Critic of the Domination System

I haven’t tracked down the exact source of the quotation, but Borg discusses the domination system of Jesus’ time, and his relation to it, in The Heart of Christianity: Rediscovering a Life of Faith. [Read more...]

Romans and a Miracle-Worker

The question raised in this People in White Coats cartoon is an interesting one. There are stories of martyrdoms of miracle-workers, and not just from early Christian sources. But do those stories make any sense if the individual in question actually performed the kinds of miracles they are supposed to have? We can understand why [Read More...]

Jesus: Not God in New Testament Christologies

Here are links to three interesting posts related to New Testament Christology. In each case, the evidence suggests that the New Testament authors in question did not identify Jesus as identical to, part of, or “included in the divine identity” of the one God of Jewish monotheism. First, Andrew Perriman made the case that Hebrews does not [Read More...]

Jesus the Exception?

While I was traveling recently, lots more appeared in the blogosphere related to the historical Jesus in general, and Bart Ehrman’s book on Christology in particular. Larry Hurtado had a review of the latter published. Jonathan Burke blogged about whether Jesus existed. Cassandra Farrin discussed Jesus’ unique voiceprint. Bart Ehrman has had a series of [Read More...]

Scholars Discussing Paul

Fortress Press featured the above video on its website, which has N. T. Wright, Richard B. Hays, and Michael Gorman talking about Paul’s letters. The website also has a discussion guide as well as a couple of other videos. [Read more...]

Romans Paraphrases Galore

I need to get back to my project of paraphrasing Romans to give modern Christian readers a sense of the impact Paul’s words would have had in his time, before there was a label “Christian” and when “the people of God” meant Jews or Israelites. In the mean time, I recently learned that Judy Stack-Nelson [Read More...]

Happy Reformation Day!

via Bill Heroman on Facebook [Read more...]

“Biblical Scholarship”

Chris Tilling shared the above image on Twitter. If you don’t get it, it relates to the claims of Joseph Atwill, which have begun circulating again even though he doesn’t seem to be saying anything that he hasn’t said before. [Read more...]

“Simply pretending to hold a watermelon does not validate your argument”

“Simply pretending to hold a watermelon does not validate your argument.” – Steve Caruso Via Robert Cargill. See also the posts by Nathan Campbell, Tom Verenna, and Joel Watts about Joseph Atwill’s claims for more of the background. (UPDATE: Now see also posts by Unreasonable Faith, Richard Carrier, and JT Eberhard)   [Read more...]

Jesus Mythbusting

Several people on Facebook drew my attention to a misleading press release about Joseph Atwill, who is listed there as a “Biblical scholar,” even though there is no evidence that he has relevant qualifications or research to his name. His view is similar to ones that have been discussed on this blog before. The press [Read More...]

Not Just a Pot

There is a comparison between God and a potter on the one hand, and humanity and pottery on the other, in both testaments of the Christian Bible. The analogy is not apt. Pots do not feel pain. And as human beings, we rarely agree that the simple act of creating means that the one who [Read More...]


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