Nazareth Village

There are many more photos on the trip blog (and now also a video on YouTube). Here on my own personal blog, I want to single out one of the places we visited today: Nazareth Village. This is a recreation of life in Jesus' time, as it happens on a site where they discovered, in [Read More...]

The Quest for the Historical Nazareth

Greg Jenks has shared his essay “The Quest for the Historical Nazareth” on Academia.edu. It deals with the subject in a manner that the apologists for Christianity and Jesus-mythicism do not. Also of interest is Matthew Ferguson’s impression of the Gospels as a student of Classics (linked to by Richard Carrier). Like many mainstream New Testament scholars, [Read More...]

He Shall Be Called a Nazorean: Intertextuality Without an Intertext?

In 2010 I read a conference paper at SBL on the reference in the Gospel of Matthew to something prophets had supposedly said, “He shall be called a Nazorean.” I looked at it from the perspective of intertextuality, and also brought my work on the Mandaeans into the picture. Since I still have not found [Read More...]

Academic Scholarship on Reddit

Today I learned (sorry, I couldn’t resist using that popular Reddit phrase in this context) that there is a subreddit on Reddit dedicated to matters pertaining to the academic study of the Bible. One interesting discovery there was an article by Greg Jenks, available on Academia.edu, on “The Quest for the Historical Nazareth.” There is [Read More...]

Maligning Mythicist and Nazareth Nazorean

Richard Carrier has written a characteristically-long blog post which ends with the following sentence: “But alas, when people make false claims about our work and straw man our arguments in an effort to malign our competence, sometimes we have to pay at least the respect of exposing what they’ve done.” The post also mentions a [Read More...]

Nazareth in the First Century

It seems that Richard Dawkins may be right about infectious memes. But they aren’t just an issue for religious people. I have on multiple occasions encountered claims by atheists who insist that there was no village of Nazareth in the first century, often citing outdated or misunderstood archaeological data, or worse still, things written by [Read More...]

Bart Ehrman and the Quest of the Historical Jesus of Nazareth

Tom Verenna drew a new book to my attention, Bart Ehrman and the Quest of the Historical Jesus of Nazareth. He has now written a very negative review of the volume. Although Richard Carrier is a contributor to the volume, and says that Tom’s review is too scathing, Carrier’s own review is not much less [Read More...]

Well, That Escalated Quickly

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Jesus was NOT born in a Manger

Let me start by saying that Jesus was not born in a manager. I had that spelling error on an exam this semester. For that to have happened might have looked something like this: Assuming, of course, that the father in the picture was some sort of manager. But even if you get the spelling right, [Read More...]

Mythicist vs. Short Smiling Scholar

It has been a while since I have blogged about mythicism. But several mythicism-related blog posts have appeared over the past day or so. I will start with the most entertaining. Rene Salm managed to get a paper accepted at SBL, and not only has he shared his paper online, but at the blog Vridar [Read More...]

Class on Apocalyptic, Early Judaism, and the Context of Jesus

Above is the screen capture and audio from a class I taught as part of my course on the Bible, initially focusing on apocalyptic literature (and in particular the Book of Daniel), and moving from there to the Judaism of Jesus’ time. [Read more...]


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