Repairing the Tomb of Christ

Richard Engel has a fascinating report about the much-needed repairs to the part of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher that is traditionally identified as the tomb of Jesus, and the historic way that this is resulting in collaboration between Christian denominations that have often fought more than they have cooperated. Click through to get [Read More…]

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What Is This?

My friend Eldad Keynan shared these photos of a carving in the wall of a building in the Golan Heights. Any suggestions as to what it might be or represent? [Read more…]

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Ancient Comic Sans

Matthew Morgenstern made me laugh when he shared the above image, with the caption, “I told them: NEVER use Comic Sans on a tombstone!”   [Read more…]

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Talpiot Tomb Geology

CNN, the New York Times, the Independent, the Jerusalem Post, and the Guardian have had articles about it. James Tabor has mentioned it on his blog more than once, and others like Mark Goodacre, Bob Cargill, and Ben Witherington have also chimed in. I am referring, of course, to the not at all new suggestion [Read More…]

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The Burial of Jesus

I wrote the book The Burial of Jesus: What Does History Have to Do with Faith? to mediate historical approaches to the Bible and to Jesus to a Christian audience, and to wrestle with the stories of Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection myself, while paying attention to the neglected middle – the traditions about Jesus’ [Read More…]

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Eldad Keynan among the Tombs

ASOR recently had an article highlighting the work of my friend Eldad Keynan, who has been surveying tombs in Israel, especially in the Galilee. Urban von Wahlde had an article in Bible History Daily about what kind of stone was most likely placed over the opening of the tomb in which Jesus was buried, according [Read More…]

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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…]

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Barabbas and the Crucified

George Athas blogged last week about the possibility that the remains of the last Hasmonean king, Antigonus II Matthathiah, may have been identified – “discovered” would be the wrong word, since this is not a recent discovery, but a reconsideration of an earlier find, the study of which seems to have confronted unfortunate mishaps and [Read More…]

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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…]

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Ehrman in the Blogosphere: Round-Up of Recent Posts on Christology and Monotheism

I haven’t even managed to start reading Bart Ehrman’s most recent book, How Jesus Became God. But others have been doing so, and blogging about it. And so to tide you over until I get to it, here are some posts I am aware of elsewhere: Greg Monette got me excited by pointing out that [Read More…]

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Was Jesus Sold for Drug Money?

The short answer to the question in the title of this post is almost certainly “no.” But it still seemed worth sharing the news article that came to my attention, claiming that an archaeologist has found the tomb of Judas, and in it, a pipe with traces of cannabis resin. I suspect that this may [Read More…]

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