Was Jesus Sold for Drug Money?

The short answer to the question in the title of this post is almost certainly “no.” But it still seemed worth sharing the news article that came to my attention, claiming that an archaeologist has found the tomb of Judas, and in it, a pipe with traces of cannabis resin. I suspect that this may [Read More…]

James Charlesworth on Jesus' Tomb(s)

Eerdmans shared the above interview with James Charlesworth, talking about the excavations in Talpiot and the tombs found there, in connection with his forthcoming edited volume, The Tomb of Jesus and His Family?: Exploring Ancient Jewish Tombs Near Jerusalem’s Walls. For my own thoughts on the subject, see The Burial of Jesus: What Does History [Read More…]

Eldad Keynan on Jesus’ Burials

Eldad Keynan has a new article on the Bible and Interpretation site, about the burials of Jesus. While my book is about The Burial of Jesus in the singular, it does discuss the possibility that there could have been more than one. And my use of the plural in reference to Keynan's article is intentional, [Read More…]

Talpiotpalooza

There have been a number of articles and blog posts in recent days related to the burial of Jesus in general, and the claim that a tomb in the Talpiot neighborhood of Jerusalem is the place where Jesus was buried. Here are the relevant links to three recent articles in The Bible and Interpretation: James Tabor wrote [Read More…]

The Burial of Jesus

Due to some sort of glitch on Amazon.com, my ebook The Burial of Jesus: What Does History Have to Do with Faith? (Patheos Press, 2012) was not available for purchase. I am not sure how long this was the case, but I thought I should announce here that it is available again, still at the low [Read More…]

Loquats, Olive Oil, and Tombs

What the three things mentioned in the title of this post have in common is my friend Eldad Keynan, who stopped by the hotel where I am staying in Haifa and spoke to my students as well as me. He brought me some fruit from his garden (sheseq, which a quick internet search informed me [Read More…]

The Historical Jesus around the Blogosphere

There’s a lot of interesting stuff in the blogosphere in the past day or so related to topics of regular interest on this blog. Bart Ehrman offered a lengthy reply to Richard Carrier. Ehrman also did an interview at Religion Dispatches about his latest book, Did Jesus Exist? Thom Stark deals with Richard Carrier’s attempt [Read More…]

From the Talpiot Tomb to the Blogosphere

In my class on the historical Jesus yesterday we discussed the burial of Jesus, including some discussion of the Talpiot tomb. Here’s what’s been appearing in the blogosphere since my last round-up on the topic: Mark Goodacre shows problems with the claim that Jonah’s name appears on an ossuary in the Talpiot patio tomb. He [Read More…]

The Doubly Upside-Down Jonah Ossuary

Steve Caruso noticed that the supposed name of Jonah is upside-down on the ossuary. Of course, so is the supposed stick figure of Jonah himself. So is this two strikes against the idea that Jonah is depicted, or do they fit nicely together? Rogue Classicism has a lengthy discussion of the documentary and its claims. [Read More…]

“The Resurrection Tomb” Documentary: Live Blogged to Death

Steve Caruso offered a “post mortem” on the “live blogging” about the documentary which aired last night, and the incongruity of a post mortem about live blogging seemed oddly appropriate. He also offered an analogy to the “there’s no consensus about what kind of vase it is, therefore it is a fish” argument. Bob Cargill, [Read More…]