Which Came First? Thoughts about Jesus and the Binding of Isaac

I’ve been reading a wonderful book about the Isaac story, James Goodman’s But Where Is the Lamb?: Imagining the Story of Abraham and Isaac. It is a history of interpretation, but written in an unconventional manner – as though the author of the Akedah story were surveying what future readers would say and do in response [Read More...]

In Jesus’ Way

The above photo was kindly taken by Ryan Eller on the recent trip I led to Israel. He gave me the strangest look when I told him that you never know when a photo of oneself exiting a first-century tomb will come in handy. The tomb in the photo is a replica at the Nazareth [Read More...]

Another Ehrman Round-Up

I am hoping to read Bart Ehrman's recent book, How Jesus Became God, before the end of the summer. In the mean time, here is a round up of some recent blogging about it. Ehrman shared some things that surprised him as he worked on the book, and a paper he gave about Brian and [Read More...]

That One’s Beams

I noticed the image on a post on Chet Raymo’s Science Musings Blog, “Heaven in the Ordinary,” had a quote from the Nag Hammadi text The Treatise on the Resurrection, and so I thought I should pass it on. The paragraph from which the words are taken reads as follows: The Savior swallowed up death [Read More...]

Ignoring the Most Biblical Explanation

The above chart comes from NonStamp Collector, via Hemant Mehta. In addition to Biblical inerrantists ignoring the most obvious and reasonable explanation of what is in the Bible, they are actually ignoring the most Biblical explanation. The contradictions, discrepancies, and difficulties are there within the Bible, because human beings have put these texts with their [Read More...]

Happily Easter After

It is Easter, and I celebrate and proclaim resurrection. I am not referring to a peculiar event which some claim happened in history roughly 2,000 years ago, in which a human (or, according to some, a just barely human divine entity) was raised to life in a body he didn’t need, before being exalted to [Read More...]

The Burial of Jesus

Most readers of my blog will know that I wrote a book a few years ago, available as an ebook, on the relationship between history and faith in connection with the events that are on the minds of Christians around the world today through Sunday in particular. The book is The Burial of Jesus: What [Read More...]

Easter Cake

That’s one way of depicting the resurrection. Via Christian Funny Pictures. [Read more...]

Easter Approaches

Marcus Borg, Kimberly Winston, and Jim Naughton all raised the question of whether Christians need to believe that Jesus rose bodily from the dead. Their conclusions are different, in interesting ways. What do readers of this blog think? Of related interest, Mark Goodacre shared a video of an interview Karen King recently gave: And Bart [Read More...]

How Christianity Started

Despite having received criticism the last time he did so, C. Michael Patton has posted these two images again, which are supposed to compare how Christianity started with how all other religions started: The first image is simply wrong, unless Patton accepts certain extracanonical texts as historically reliable. The Gospel of Peter depicts a scene [Read More...]

Komarnitsky Doubting Jesus’ Resurrection (Second Edition)

I have been meaning to post about the second edition of an interesting book by Kris Komarnitsky, Doubting Jesus’ Resurrection: What Happened in the Black Box?, exploring what natural explanation is possible for the rise of Christian belief in the resurrection. I’m kind of glad I waited, because now I can also point to Richard [Read More...]


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