Moses Pranks Jesus

  Cartoon removed at cartoonist’s request – please visit the cartoonist’s web site to see it! HT Jim West [Read more…]

New Look

Patheos blogs have a new look, and Exploring Our Matrix is no exception. The changes that were being made are the reason for my not posting until now. Now that the changes are done, please let me know what you think – and those of you who read this blog in a feed reader, please [Read More…]

Review of Bart Ehrman, Did Jesus Exist? Part Two

This is the second part of my review of Bart Ehrman’s book Did Jesus Exist?: The Historical Argument for Jesus of Nazareth, in which I discuss the second and third parts of the book. The first part of my review, on the first part of the book, can be found by clicking anywhere on this [Read More…]

The Ossuary Formerly Known as the “Jonah Ossuary”

A movement is afoot to ditch the term “Jonah ossuary” which reflects an interpretation that most do not find plausible, and substitute another nickname, such as the “amphora ossuary” or, if that isn’t catchy enough, the “handled fish ossuary.” In The Bible and Interpretation James Tabor recounts James Charlesworth’s claim to have found the name [Read More…]

Talpiot Tombs, the “Jesus Discovery” and the “Jonah Ossuary” in the News

Here’s the latest on the Talpiot tombs and the ossuary which should presumably cease being referred to as the “Jonah ossuary”: Bob Cargill has made another video about the image on the “Jonah ossuary”: The ASOR blog draws attention to a publication discussing that same ossuary, and the image on it, way back in 1981. [Read More…]

The Bible and the Patriot Act

Having said that I didn’t find a comic from the Far Left Side as funny as I might have expected, precisely because it didn’t seem to make a useful point, it seems only fair to share a cartoon or two that I think makes a useful point or is more amusing. [Read more…]

Review of Bart Ehrman, Did Jesus Exist? Part One

I’m grateful to have been given the opportunity to participate in the blog tour about Bart Ehrman’s latest book, Did Jesus Exist?: The Historical Argument for Jesus of Nazareth. Ehrman emphasizes that many mythicists appear to approach the question of Jesus’ existence in the manner of conspiracy theorists, and since such people refuse to change [Read More…]

The Value of Ossuaries

Many ossuaries are of archaeological and historical value. Some may be of more interest than others. But some, through spin, forgery, or other means, try to make the interesting seem incredible – and our historical understanding is liable to suffer as a result. On the Talpiot patio tomb, Bob Cargill has annotated a video with [Read More…]

Thank’s to that guy’s advice, we need to do source criticism

Via┬áMichele Stopera Freyhauf on Facebook. I have the sense that I may have seen this before, but if it has been so long that I am no longer sure, then it is worth sharing again! [Read more…]

Talpiot Tomb/Good Friday-Easter/Passover Round-Up

Since the book and documentary promoting the view that Talpiot Tomb B is connected with the earliest Christians was timed to coincide with the Easter season, it is unsurprising that the attention to it is growing. And it seems appropriate to blog about the Talpiot tombs on a day which is all about Jesus’s body [Read More…]