The Pilate Stone

Here is a photo of me next to a replica of the Pilate Stone, in the place where the inscription was found, Caesarea. Sites like this are also important for the way they give a different picture of Herod the Great that is crucial for those whose impression of him is shaped wholly by his [Read More…]

Jesus’ Final Hours

I was asked to summarize my views on the events from Jesus’ arrest onwards. It was originally going to be a phone conversation but that didn’t work out, and so I thought that if I was going to write about this, I should do it on the blog as well. I will be leaving for [Read More…]

Pilate Mythicism

This meme was drawn to my attention in a comment on an earlier post. It focuses too broadly on atheists in general, and it is simply incorrect about what the coins say. But its main point retains some validity nevertheless. While it may be appropriate to withhold judgment about a matter if the evidence seems [Read More…]

Whatever Happened to Pontius Pilate?

Allan Bevere shared this cartoon from Inherit the Mirth. It actually highlights something about the powerful. They have the audacity to claim that they are “traumatized” by their involvement in processes in which they snuff other human beings out of existence, and the luxury to cope with such trauma by relocating to someplace warm and [Read More…]

Were You There (When They Crucified My Lord)?

I saw the image above on Facebook, and thought that playing on the similarity was a cheap shot. But then someone added the “Were you there…?” quip, and that made it even funnier.   [Read more…]

Easy Mistake To Make

From the Faith and Theology blog. [Read more…]

Was Jesus an Exercist?

HT Jona Lendering I could imagine both the spelling errors occurring in a single student essay which ends up saying: “Jesus went around exercising until he was killed by Pilates.”   [Read more…]

Bad Pun of the Day

At least they spelled his name correctly as “Pilate.” I regularly have students write “Pilot” or “Pontius Pilot.” From here [Read more…]

Responding to Richard Carrier’s Response to Bart Ehrman

I linked previously to Bart Ehrman’s piece on whether Jesus existed in The Huffington Post. A response has been written by Richard Carrier (also discussed by Tom Verenna and Neil Godfrey), and I want here to point out some problems with that response. Let me begin by emphasizing that when scholars write op-ed pieces for [Read More…]