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encountered claims by atheists who insist that there was no village of Nazareth in the first century, often citing outdated or misunderstood archaeological data, or worse still, things written by [Read More...]

Ancient Christian Burial Practices: A Request for Help

I have a friend who has an interest in following the development of early Christian burial practices, and in particular those of Jewish Christians. Among non-Jewish Christians, we can pick up the threads of development in some other places, like Rome. And it has been suggested that some part of the necropolis on the Mount [Read More...]

Names in the Talpiot Tombs

Kevin Kilty and Mark Elliot have an article in The Bible and Interpretation about the names in Talpiot Tomb A. Jim West also linked to it. Among other things, it asks whether it is implausible that Jesus could have had a son named Judah. Bob Cargill opined that each new photo from the Talpiot tombs [Read More...]

“The Resurrection Tomb” Documentary: Live Blogged to Death

Steve Caruso offered a “post mortem” on the “live blogging” about the documentary which aired last night, and the incongruity of a post mortem about live blogging seemed oddly appropriate. He also offered an analogy to the “there’s no consensus about what kind of vase it is, therefore it is a fish” argument. Bob Cargill, [Read More...]

Talpiot Tombs, the “Jesus Discovery” and the “Jonah Ossuary” in the News

Here’s the latest on the Talpiot tombs and the ossuary which should presumably cease being referred to as the “Jonah ossuary”: Bob Cargill has made another video about the image on the “Jonah ossuary”: The ASOR blog draws attention to a publication discussing that same ossuary, and the image on it, way back in 1981. [Read More...]

Talpiot Tomb, Jesus Mythicism, and Related Round-Up

Mark Goodacre had a busier blogging day than we’ve seen from him in a long time, discussing both the evidence that ossuaries in Talpiot tomb B (the “patio tomb”) had been moved around, and seeming discrepancies between information from James Tabor and Simcha Jacobovici on the one hand, and James Charlesworth on the other. Bob [Read More...]

Anything but a Fish with Love Handles Talpiot Round-Up

Here’s a round-up of the latest on the Talpiot tombs and related matters. James Tabor blogged that some seem inclined to say that the image on the ossuary is “anything but a fish.” Bob Cargill agrees. Bob also commented on Nina Burleigh’s article (the article itself is here). Antonio Lombatti has an article in The [Read More...]

The Talpiot Tomb Jumps the Tropical Fish

Here’s the latest round-up on the Talpiot tomb discussion in the blogosphere. The title of this post comes from a post by Bob Cargill which responds to the suggestion that the “fish” on one of the Talpiot ossuaries is inspired by a tropical fish. It includes this image which treats the logic of that claim [Read More...]

Round-Up: Talpiot Tomb and James Ossuary Latest

Here’s my round-up combining the latest from the blogosphere on two key archaeological topics that are featuring prominently in news and blogs: the Talpiot tombs and their ossuaries, and the conclusion of the James ossuary forgery trial. James Tabor makes an attempt at satire, but I don’t think it works very well. He also draws [Read More...]

Demolishing and Reconstructing the Burial of Jesus (and Christianity Itself)

Sam Alexander has posted a review of my book The Burial of Jesus on his blog {Take and Read}. It is appreciative and yet asks some important questions, most pointedly, what comes after the sort of historical-critical demolition of widely held views, and of certainty in general. What, in short, should Christianity look like in [Read More...]

The Talpiot Mysteries: Featuring the Biblioblog Detectives and the Case of the Ichthyomorphic Ossuary Unguentaria/Amphora

The biblioblogs have been abuzz with discussions about the Talpiot tombs. Here are some highlights: Bob Cargill, Mark Goodacre, Steve Caruso, and Tom Verenna have all been drawing attention to digitally-altered images which have apparently since been substituted with others on the Jesus Discovery web site. This follows on from Mark’s post yesterday about discrepancies [Read More...]


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