Translation vs. Resurrection

Someone recently asked me about why Jesus’ death was understood by Christians as a resurrection rather than a “bodily translation to heaven” or something of the sort. It’s a fascinating question, and so I thought I would share some of my answer here. The reference in Jude to a Jewish tradition about Michael and the [Read More...]

Jesus was NOT a Zombie

Jeremy Smith wants to make sure that, if you are a nerd who is inclined to be sacrilegious as the Halloween season draws near (or at Easter, for that matter), you at least do it accurately. And so he shared this: Now, in case you are wondering, I don't think that Jesus was a Lich. [Read More...]

Appropriately Skeptical Thomas

The above cartoon depicts the caricature of a doubter, and specifically of Thomas who became known as “Doubting Thomas.” But is skepticism in the face of seemingly incredible claims really inappropriate? Was Thomas the fool depicted in the cartoon above, or wiser than far too many gullible Christians today, whose unwillingness or inability to doubt [Read More...]

A Worse Resurrection

My Sunday school class yesterday started with me suggesting that we could either carry on in Hebrews or do something more Eastery. Someone in the class asked, “Hebrews isn’t Eastery?” And that’s how it all started. We took a close look and saw that, on the one hand, the author mentions resurrection a couple of [Read More...]

Happy Easter!

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Doctor Who Resurrection

Doctor Who returns this evening! Feel free to pass the time talking here!   [Read more...]

Unfortunate Convergence

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The Burial of Jesus

Due to some sort of glitch on Amazon.com, my ebook The Burial of Jesus: What Does History Have to Do with Faith? (Patheos Press, 2012) was not available for purchase. I am not sure how long this was the case, but I thought I should announce here that it is available again, still at the low [Read More...]

The Resurrection in Orthodox Iconography and the Marriage Gesture of cheir’ epi karpo

At SBL in November, John Dominic Crossan spoke about Eastern Orthodox iconography of the resurrection (I previously blogged about this). Here is an example of the iconography: I was struck by the consistent depiction of Jesus grasping Adam by the wrist, which I assumed symbolized that the entirety of the salvation was accomplished by God, [Read More...]

Why Did Early Christians Improve the Burial of Jesus?

Jeff Carter has posted on his blog about his impressions from reading my short book The Burial of Jesus: What Does History Have to Do with Faith?. I encourage you to click through and read what he says about it. He ends the post with a question for me, which I’ll quote here: The earliest followers [Read More...]

Why Nero Was Infamous: A Student’s Perspective

This is the first really funny statement on a student assignment this semester. It occurs in close proximity with what I assume is an unintentional pun. Enjoy! Caesar Nero was infamously known for a few actions: idly watching Rome ablaze in the great fire of 64, blaming the Christians for the fire and destruction, and [Read More...]


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