Translating (Away) The Son of God

I’ve been meaning for some time to come back to a topic that has been garnering attention, the news that some Bible translations aimed at predominantly Islamic contexts were not using the phrase “son of God”, ever since I circulated an online article mentioning the news and was met with expressions of concern because that [Read More…]

Round-Up on the Talpiot Patio Tomb (to fish or not to fish – that is the question)

Today’s round-up on the Talpiot tombs and the “Jesus discovery”: James Tabor posted on his blog on the subject of whether the fish might be something else, and whether there is in addition to the fish a man in its mouth. Mark Goodacre continues a theme he began back when the Talpiot Tomb subject came [Read More…]

Was Jesus a Hermaphrodite?

I learned via Jerry Coyne’s blog that Susannah Cornwall (a theoblogger and biblioblogger) had made an argument for gender equality in ministry by pointing out that we do not know whether Jesus was biologically male. This led to the Telegraph picking up the story, as well as some negative responses which largely missed the point. Do we [Read More…]

Latest Talpiot Tomb Round-Up (including a review of The Burial of Jesus)

Here’s a round-up of the latest blogging about the Talpiot tomb and related topics on other blogs. Let me begin with Daniel Mănăstireanuţs blog review of my book The Burial of Jesus, which he said grabbed his interest for multiple reasons, including the current media attention to the Talpiot tombs. Christopher Rollston points out the [Read More…]

A Not-So-Empty Tomb? Keeping Track of Bodies in First Century Jewish Tombs

In my book The Burial of Jesus: What Does History Have to Do with Faith?, I discuss the likelihood that after being crucified, Jesus was buried in a tomb located near the execution site which was dedicated to the entombment of criminals executed there. This implies that, while it may or may not be the [Read More…]

How Old Were Jesus’ Disciples?

The student who presented in my historical Jesus class on the twelve disciples mentioned that disciples – i.e. apprentices or students – were normally younger people. We tend to think of Jesus’ disciples as older, but the possibility that they may have been teenagers was drawn to mind by a humorous video Mark Goodacre shared [Read More…]

Talpiot Tombs and New Testament Historical Criticism

A piece I wrote, expanding on my thoughts about the relationship between the recent claims regarding the Talpiot tombs on the one hand, and New Testament historical criticism on the other, has appeared on the ASOR blog. Click through to read it. [Read more…]

Was Thaddaeus Jesus’ Original Drummer, or his Secretary of Housing and Urban Development?

In my historical Jesus class yesterday, one of the topics was the twelve apostles. When the fact came up that there are discrepancies between the names listed in various Gospels, I suggested that one explanation might be comparable to the bands many of us love, but from which we can name the lead singer and [Read More…]

Is the New Testament Evidence Compatible with Jesus having been Buried in Talpiot?

Many news outlets and blogs are talking about the second first-century tomb in Talpiot that James Tabor and Simcha Jacobovici have investigated and written about in The Jesus Discovery. Having recently discussed the subject of Jesus’ burial in my book The Burial of Jesus: What Does History Have to Do with Faith?, I have my own [Read More…]

The Jesus Discovery and The Burial of Jesus

James Tabor and Simcha Jacobovici have a new book coming out in a couple of days, entitled The Jesus Discovery. Here’s the blurb from the Facebook page for the book: This book documents a new archaeological discovery in a 1st century Jewish tomb in Jerusalem that relates to the earliest faith of Jesus’ followers. The [Read More…]