Jesus and Paul of Ryan

Nicholas Kristof has depicted a conversation between Jesus and Paul Ryan. Here is an excerpt: Click through to read the rest in the New York Times. [Read more…]

Stand Up For Jesus

It has been a while since I’ve shared one of David Hayward’s cartoons, and this one seems especially worthy of circulation and comment. Conservative Christians regularly fail to reflect on the possibility that, just as Jesus and his early followers caused divisions and faced oppositions in their Jewish context, so too it may be necessary [Read More…]

Jesus Supped With His Apostles

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Is Voter Fraud an Issue Here?

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Putting Jesus on ICE

For those who may not be from the United States, ICE on the back of the flack jacket stands for “Immigration and Customs Enforcement.” That is the branch of Homeland Security that has been making headlines in recent days by rounding up immigrants in large numbers and deporting them. [Read more…]

Jesus and the Traders

Kodály Zoltán’s choral work Jézus és a kufárok (“Jesus and the Traders”), based on the New Testament accounts of the temple incident. [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…]

Why Jesus Died

The quote comes from my post “Remembering the Needs of the Many at Christmas.” [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…]