The Burial of Jesus

I wrote the book The Burial of Jesus: What Does History Have to Do with Faith? to mediate historical approaches to the Bible and to Jesus to a Christian audience, and to wrestle with the stories of Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection myself, while paying attention to the neglected middle – the traditions about Jesus’ [Read More…]

LOST – 316

This episode begins with Jack opening his eye in the island. But it isn’t the first time. He hears Hurley calling for help. He has landed in the water and is floating using a guitar case. Jack jumps in to help him, but the water is shallow and they can stand. Kate is in a [Read More…]

LOST Rewatch: Something Nice Back Home

In this episode, near the beginning Jack collapses after advising that everyone be patient, since Dan and Charlotte’s people will come back for them. Juliette realize it is his appendix, so she sends people to get surgical equipment from the medical station. Rose wonders why Jack is sick, since on the island people get better. [Read More…]

$3,000 per word?

Bart Ehrman recently blogged about the fact that he typically receives at least $5,000 for a speaking engagement, and an extra $1,000 per additional lecture at the same event. And so that is a minimum of $6,000 for a two-lecture event. Daniel Gulotta shared the program from an event at which Bart was giving two lectures. [Read More…]

Which Came First? Thoughts about Jesus and the Binding of Isaac

I’ve been reading a wonderful book about the Isaac story, James Goodman’s But Where Is the Lamb?: Imagining the Story of Abraham and Isaac. It is a history of interpretation, but written in an unconventional manner – as though the author of the Akedah story were surveying what future readers would say and do in response [Read More…]

In Jesus’ Way

The above photo was kindly taken by Ryan Eller on the recent trip I led to Israel. He gave me the strangest look when I told him that you never know when a photo of oneself exiting a first-century tomb will come in handy. The tomb in the photo is a replica at the Nazareth [Read More…]

Another Ehrman Round-Up

I am hoping to read Bart Ehrman's recent book, How Jesus Became God, before the end of the summer. In the mean time, here is a round up of some recent blogging about it. Ehrman shared some things that surprised him as he worked on the book, and a paper he gave about Brian and [Read More…]

That One’s Beams

I noticed the image on a post on Chet Raymo’s Science Musings Blog, “Heaven in the Ordinary,” had a quote from the Nag Hammadi text The Treatise on the Resurrection, and so I thought I should pass it on. The paragraph from which the words are taken reads as follows: The Savior swallowed up death [Read More…]

Ignoring the Most Biblical Explanation

The above chart comes from NonStamp Collector, via Hemant Mehta. In addition to Biblical inerrantists ignoring the most obvious and reasonable explanation of what is in the Bible, they are actually ignoring the most Biblical explanation. The contradictions, discrepancies, and difficulties are there within the Bible, because human beings have put these texts with their [Read More…]

Happily Easter After

It is Easter, and I celebrate and proclaim resurrection. I am not referring to a peculiar event which some claim happened in history roughly 2,000 years ago, in which a human (or, according to some, a just barely human divine entity) was raised to life in a body he didn’t need, before being exalted to [Read More…]


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