Quote of the Day (Larry Hurtado)

I think I’m not alone in feeling that to show the ill-informed and illogical nature of the current wave of “mythicist” proponents is a bit like having to demonstrate that the earth isn’t flat, or that the sun doesn’t revolve around the earth, or that the moon-landings weren’t done on a movie lot.  It’s 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…]

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…]

John’s Apologetic Christology for Kindle

I somehow failed to notice earlier that my first book, John’s Apologetic Christology: Legitimation and Development in Johannine Christology, is available for Kindle, at a much cheaper price than even the paperback version, and a significant reduction off even the digital list price. And so I thought I’d mention it here! [Read more…]

SBL Paper Proposal Accepted: Revisiting the Relationship between the Mandaean Book of John and the New Testament

I’ve been meaning to blog about this for a few days. I received notification that the paper I proposed, “Revisiting the Relationship between the Mandaean Book of John and the New Testament,” has been accepted for the 2012 Annual Meeting program unit Nag Hammadi and Gnosticism. Several other bibliobloggers have also shared details about the [Read More…]

Talpiot Tombs and New Testament Historical Criticism

A piece I wrote, expanding on my thoughts about the relationship between the recent claims regarding the Talpiot tombs on the one hand, and New Testament historical criticism on the other, has appeared on the ASOR blog. Click through to read it. [Read more…]

Today’s Round-Up of Talpiot Tomb Posts

Here are key posts around the blogosphere today related to the Talpiot tombs. James Tabor posted on his own blog about the names in the tombs, and both there and on the ASOR blog about the imagery of a fish (or something else) on one of the ossuaries. Mark Goodacre explains that the idea of [Read More…]

Is the New Testament Evidence Compatible with Jesus having been Buried in Talpiot?

Many news outlets and blogs are talking about the second first-century tomb in Talpiot that James Tabor and Simcha Jacobovici have investigated and written about in The Jesus Discovery. Having recently discussed the subject of Jesus’ burial in my book The Burial of Jesus: What Does History Have to Do with Faith?, I have my own [Read More…]

Patience, Not Undue Skepticism, Appropriate Regarding Early Mark Manuscript Claims

Several bloggers, including myself, have urged folks not to get too excited at this early stage about rumors regarding a very early – indeed, first-century – fragment of the Gospel of Mark having been found. But it is important that one respond with calm patience, not with the assumption that the claim is bogus. To [Read More…]

Is Mythicism Falsifiable?

As Neil Godfrey helpfully drew attention to in a comment, there seems to be no agreement among Jesus-mythicists about when the earliest Christian sources were written, which sources are the earliest, or which ones are authentic. This ought to raise suspicion that mythicism is a preordained conviction in search of any arguments that can be [Read More…]