Original Jesus Fish Discovered

In news that would be surprising if it were about any other “archaeologist” than Simcha Jacobovici, it has just been revealed that Jacobovici has unveiled yet another historic find – he has also uncovered the original Jesus fish, also made from crucifixion nails. Bob Cargill provided the photographic evidence below. Bob seems to believe that these also served [Read More…]

Talpiot Tomb Geology

CNN, the New York Times, the Independent, the Jerusalem Post, and the Guardian have had articles about it. James Tabor has mentioned it on his blog more than once, and others like Mark Goodacre, Bob Cargill, and Ben Witherington have also chimed in. I am referring, of course, to the not at all new suggestion [Read More…]

Leave My Robe Alone

A recent article on Simcha Jacobovici’s The Lost Gospel included Titian’s painting “Noli me Tangere,” which is in the public domain.  I had seen the painting before, but the poses of the two figures never struck me in quite the way they did when I saw it connected with Jacobovici’s conspiracy theory about Jesus and Mary Magdalene being [Read More…]

Assessing the Lost Gospel

Mark Goodacre has been sharing Richard Bauckham’s response to the claims made in the book The Lost Gospel in installments. Here are links to the posts in question: Part 1: The Chronicle of Pseudo-Zachariah Rhetor – Content and Context Part 2: Misinterpreting Ephrem Part 3: Misreading Joseph and Aseneth Part 4: Responding to Simcha’s Responses We [Read More…]

Quote of the Day

“It’s not lost, it’s not a gospel, it’s a very naughty marketing campaign.” — Rev. Arun Arora, speaking about the claims in Simcha Jacobovici’s book The Lost Gospel. [Read more…]

Married with Children? Recent Headlines About Jesus and Mary Magdalene

Lots of people have been sharing the “news” headlines that a Syriac text allegedly reveals that Jesus married Mary Magdalene and had children with her. The fact that the book these news articles are designed to promote mentions “decoding” an ancient text is the first sign that this is dubious. That the “decoding” will be carried [Read More…]

More Memes

In response to my sharing of those “Bro, do you even…?” meme images with Biblical scholars earlier today, some people on Facebook decided to make some more. Here’s what I’ve seen so far: The first three are by Daniel McClellan, and the last one is by David Meadows. [Read more…]

“Simply pretending to hold a watermelon does not validate your argument”

“Simply pretending to hold a watermelon does not validate your argument.” – Steve Caruso Via Robert Cargill. See also the posts by Nathan Campbell, Tom Verenna, and Joel Watts about Joseph Atwill’s claims for more of the background. (UPDATE: Now see also posts by Unreasonable Faith, Richard Carrier, and JT Eberhard)   [Read more…]

Talpiot Tomb Representation and Rhetoric

The discussion of the Talpiot tomb (not that one, the one across the street) and the rhetoric used by Simcha Jacobovici in recent blog posts continues. Steve Caruso offers a visual representation of the differences between the two “replicas.” Mark Goodacre responded to specific claims Jacobovici made, while Bob Cargill and Dan McClellan look specifically [Read More…]

Talpiot Tomb Latest

The Talpiot Tomb seems to surge in and out of public attention, and thus also in and out of focus in the biblioblogosphere, on the blogs of academics who focus on Biblical studies, archaeology, and other related fields. What led it to become a focus again was the report that renowned scholar Emile Puech had [Read More…]


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