Jesus, John, Paul, George, and Ringo Mythicism

Commenter Admiral Mattbar shared a link to a site, “The Beatles Never Existed.” I got a glimpse of it, but the next time I tried to reload it, it was as though it was not there. I began to wonder if perhaps I should become a “The Beatles Never Existed” web site mythicist… But then there [Read More…]

Miriai is a Vine, a Tree that Stands at the Mouth of the Euphrates

I’ve just posted on the project blog a draft of my translation of chapter 35 of the Mandaean Book of John, the second and longer of the two chapters focused on the story of Miriai. While chapter 34 was relatively mundane by comparison (but still incredibly interesting, in my opinion!), chapter 35 is full of [Read More…]

The Butler University Israel Trip May 2012: The Motion Picture

One of the students on the Israel trip has made a series of videos about the trip – one for each day we were there. They are nicely edited, with a mixture of regional and other more familiar music for the soundtrack during sections with scenery and locations. I think you’ll enjoy them! If you [Read More…]


Several bloggers and media outlets are reporting that a Christian textbook used in Louisiana points to the Loch Ness Monster, and stories perhaps inspired by Godzilla, as allegedly evidence against evolution. Under new legislation, a voucher system will essentially mean that taxpayers support this sort of thing. It seems as though it should be a [Read More…]

Paul Valliere’s Conciliarism

This past Thursday I had the privilege of attending a book launch dinner for my colleague Paul Valliere’s new book, Conciliarism: A History of Decision-Making in the Church, published by Cambridge University Press. I had the privilege of reading the New Testament section prior to publication, and am looking forward to reading the rest of [Read More…]

Quote of the Day (R. Joseph Hoffmann)

Mythicism is not so much a conspiracy theory as a mass of cobbled  improbabilities that can only be compared to explaining the existence of a discovery by postulating that the scientist credited with  formulating it was really created by a mad scientist who invented the first and a  third who created the one who created him.  This [Read More…]

Is Jesus Satan?

Now that I have your attention, I should presumably next reassure you by saying “NO!” But hopefully you are still asking yourself why on earth anyone would ask the question in the first place. The reason is a discussion in my Sunday school class last week. We’ve been working through the Book of Revelation, and [Read More…]

Doctor Who: Silver Nemesis

Although the secrets of the Doctor – his origins, his name, etc. – were in a sense part of the show’s fabric from the very beginning, the episode “Silver Nemesis” from the Sylvester McCoy era marks something of a turning point, as an episode in which these become a central focus perhaps more so than [Read More…]

The Real Solution to the Synoptic Problem?

By Jordan Scharf, but shared on Joel Watts’ blog: The Gospel of Mark was the first draft of a doctoral candidate’s dissertation. He submitted it to his advisor who suggested the need for more background information about Jesus’ birth, maybe some more teaching material, and a stronger ending. The student rewrote his dissertation and submitted [Read More…]

Dead, Buried – and Likely to be Believed Resurrected

Thom Stark posted “It Is Finished for Richard Carrier’s Dying Messiah: Part 2.” Joel Watts linked to it with the title “Thom Stark buries Richard Carrier.” Joel also shared 11Q Melchizedek and Wisdom of Solomon as relevant ancient texts to the discussion. So apparently the argument is dead and buried. But I suspect that mythicists [Read More…]