March 2017 Biblical Studies Carnival

Jonathan Robinson has posted a five-part Biblical Studies Carnival. Here are the links:

Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5.

Since he has made the theme one of “March Madness,” I will seize this opportunity to mention the “March Madness of Religion” which includes my friend and Butler colleague Brent Hege!

"Here is the title Carrier just posted for his new online course on the historicity ..."

Gaps in Jesus’ Fossil Record?
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"My conclusions about the noble lie theory are different from Ehrman's, but I agree with ..."

Mythicists Shock Bart Ehrman, Set Off ..."

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  • John MacDonald

    I made the March Carnival too!: http://xenos-theology.blogspot.co.nz/2017/03/biblical-studies-carnival-mad-as-march_50.html

    Just scroll down to the post by Gordon MacNeil (a pseudonym – I’ve read too much Kierkegaard lol)

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/exploringourmatrix/ James F. McGrath

      Excellent!

      • John MacDonald

        Thanks. I don’t know why the topic of “The Noble Lie In The Judeo Christian Tradition” fascinates me so much. I have been intrigued by the ethics of the “Noble Lie” since I first encountered it in Plato’s “Republic.” I can almost see Cephas and The Twelve, devastated by the loss of their beloved Master Jesus, inventing stories of Jesus’ resurrection appearances in hopes of carrying on, and bringing divine authority to, Jesus’ wonderful ethical message of loving your neighbor and enemy. This is mere speculation, of course, but it certainly is fun to think about.

        • John MacDonald

          Thank goodness for the edit feature! I called Jesus a “Mater” instead of a “Master.” The etymology is slightly different lol.

        • John MacDonald

          This may have been an ethical cause the disciples were willing to die for, just as Socrates was willing to die for an ethical cause.