Many Jesuses?

There isn’t really debate about the plural of “Jesus.” If it were Latin, then perhaps “Jesi” would be appropriate. But as the Anglicized rendering of the Greek form of a Semitic name, it is better to go with “Jesuses.” I have yet to even begin watching the TV series American Gods, but I gather that it [Read More…]

Skeptical of Mythicism

Ron Huggins shared the following on Facebook: The French scholar Charles Guignebert, Professor of Christian History at the Sorbonne in Paris, wrote a very critical book on Jesus in the 1950s. He was far more skeptical of the value of historical data on Jesus than most New Testament scholars liberal or conservative would be today. [Read More…]

Targum Jonathan and Mythicism

I have explained before on numerous occasions the problems which the proclamation of Jesus as a crucified messiah present for mythicism.  Let me try to restate the point again briefly, as I sought to do in a comment on another post: The claim of Christians is that Jesus was the anointed one descended from David. [Read More…]

Applying the Baloney-Detection Kit

Skeptic magazine recently shared the Baloney-Detection Kit infographic below. I would challenge P. Z. Myers and Jerry Coyne to apply it to the mythicist bunk that they so gullibly embrace and promulgate. See also Paul Braterman’s recent article on the limits of logic, and Alison Head and John Wihbey’s article “The Importance of Truth Workers [Read More…]

The Brilliance of Mythicism

I’ve sometimes heard people deride young-earth creationists, mythicists, and various others as “stupid.” But that is grossly unfair. Whether someone is wrong need not and often does not correlate with their intelligence or lack thereof. Indeed, it can require astounding mental acumen to find ways to defend one’s viewpoint against impressive counter-evidence. For an extreme illustration [Read More…]

An Article Conceived on this Blog is Born!

About a year ago, I floated an idea in a blog post, something that had struck me in teaching my class on the historical Jesus. Anthony Le Donne noticed it and encouraged me to explore the topic further and consider developing it into an article. I did so, and submitted it to the Journal for the Study [Read More…]

The World’s Leading Mythicist Scholar on International Women’s Day

Robert M. Price is the only New Testament scholar who has a PhD in a relevant area, and actually works as an academic in the field, who subscribes to mythicism and seeks to make a case for it in appropriate academic venues. Here is what he posted on Facebook for International Women’s Day: When mythicism is [Read More…]

Was Paul a Contemporary of Jesus?

In everyday parlance, a contemporary means someone who lived at the same time as another person. In conversations with mythicists, Paul is dismissed as not a contemporary of Jesus, because he did not (as far as we know) see him while he was alive. But this brings into focus one of mythicism’s many problematic aspects. Mythicists often [Read More…]

Review of Bart Ehrman, Jesus Before the Gospels

My review of Bart Ehrman’s recent book, Jesus Before the Gospels, has appeared in Review of Biblical Literature. I have shared the review on Academia.edu for those who may not subscribe to RBL. Here is an excerpt: Early in the book Ehrman justly emphasizes the relative neglect of recent work on the psychology of memory by New [Read More…]

Christina Petterson’s Review of Richard Carrier, On The Historicity of Jesus

I am grateful to have had Christina Petterson’s review of Richard Carrier’s book, On The Historicity of Jesus, drawn to my attention. It appeared in the journal Relegere. Here are two excerpts, to help persuade you to click through and read the rest. I am just sorry that sometime soon, if he hasn’t already done so, Richard [Read More…]