Why Did Early Christians Improve the Burial of Jesus?

Jeff Carter has posted on his blog about his impressions from reading my short book The Burial of Jesus: What Does History Have to Do with Faith?. I encourage you to click through and read what he says about it. He ends the post with a question for me, which I’ll quote here: The earliest followers [Read More…]

Jesus’ Prophetic Nightmare

David Hayward’s latest cartoon depicts Jesus as having a truly prophetic ability, as illustrated by this uncannily accurate nightmare: Presumably it would have been enough to cause a nightmare if Jesus had simply foreseen what some people speaking in his name would about the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Hector Avalos, [Read More…]

On The Burial of Jesus

On Facebook, Kristi Outler Byrd mentioned that she was trying to have read 81 books this year, and that #79, which she had just finished at that point, was my book The Burial of Jesus: What Does History Have to Do with Faith? (published by Patheos Press, and available as an ebook for only $2.99). [Read More…]

The Year in Rewritten Bible

My recent shared image of “The American Samaritan” and of a fundamentalist version of Proverbs 3:5 were not the first times this year that I rewrote parts of the Bible, whether to poke fun at those who take it to mean something other than it seems to, or to relate it in a more serious [Read More…]

The Jewishness of Jesus

Several posts related to the Jewishness of Jesus have appeared on blogs I read over the past couple of days. Anthony Le Donne has the first post in a series asking what it means to say that Jesus was Jewish. Joseph Hoffmann provides a list of things that the New Testament says about Jesus which [Read More…]

Torchwood: A Day in the Death

The episode “A Day in the Death” from the second season of Torchwood has not just vague religious themes or overtones, but explicit reference to the story of Jesus. And so it makes for an interesting starting point for a discussion of religion and science fiction. The story focuses on Owen Harper, who died in [Read More…]

The Bad Samaritan

Earlier today I created an image to illustrate one popular inversion of the Bible, and now I am sharing another, which I found rather than created. If the Samaritan who behaved as depicted in the story in Luke came to be known as the good Samaritan, then must we not say that one who speaks [Read More…]

Mithraism and Mythicism

Mithras is one of the more popular figures for Jesus mythicists to point to as having been the precursor to and inspiration for everything Christians eventually believed about Jesus. There have been numerous attempts to address the misinformation about bogus and slim parallels online. But since the claims continue to be made (much as creationist [Read More…]

The Short-Term Impact of Jesus’ Birth

From The New Yorker.   [Read more…]

Helen Bond’s Ten Things About Jesus

Helen Bond has a new article in The Bible and Interpretation, “Ten Things I Learnt about Jesus by Writing a Book about him.” It offers a nice, balanced overview of some key points related to both the methods and the conclusions of the scholarly quest for the historical Jesus. The book she is referring to is [Read More…]


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