Fakes, Forgeries, and Fictions Genuinely Available

A couple of days ago I received my copy of the proceedings of the York Christian Apocrypha Symposium that I presented at on the subject of the Gospel of Jesus’ Wife. The volume is published by Cascade (an imprint of Wipf and Stock) and available through Amazon as well as the publisher’s website. Readers may [Read More…]

NASSCAL (North American Society for the Study of Christian Apocryphal Literature)

It isn’t NASCAR (although there was some discussion of whether it would be mostly funny or mostly confusing to try to get the acronym of this new organization to have an ‘R’ at the end). NASSCAL is the newly-formed North American Society for the Study of Christian Apocryphal Literature. Please pay a visit to their website, and if you [Read More…]

Bart Ehrman’s Keynote Address at #YCAS2015

After a delightful dinner, we returned to the main conference venue. Tony Burke introduced Ehrman, saying that he needs no introduction but it would be rude not to offer one. Burke said he is not one of the Johnny-come-lately Ehrman fanboys. He was a fan since The Orthodox Corruption of Scripture, and then Misquoting Jesus [Read More…]

#YCAS2015 Fourth Panel

I chaired this session, and so took the opportunity to take a photo of the audience (see below). The first presenter was Tony Burke, a key organizer of the event, but this was his first time presenting, apparently. His paper explored forgeries in centuries past, and how these things compare to genuine discoveries. Sometimes lack [Read More…]

#YCAS2015 Begins

Last night I reached Toronto, where the York Christian Apocrypha Symposium is bing held, and met with Scott Brown and Timo Paananen for dinner. Both have written important studies of the so-called Secret Gospel of Mark, and Timo also contributed in a significant way to the discussions about the Gospel of Jesus' Wife by writing [Read More…]

YCAS Gospel of Jesus’ Wife Panel

Tony Burke has shared details about the presenters and papers that will be part of the Gospel of Jesus’ Wife panel at the upcoming York Christian Apocrypha Symposium. The keynote speaker will be Bart Ehrman. You can find further details, and the finalized schedule, on the conference website. [Read more…]

Media Kindly Promotes Academic Conference on the Gospel of Jesus’ Wife

The only explanation I can think of for why the media is focusing attention again on the Gospel of Jesus’ Wife is that Tony Burke persuaded them to give some free publicity to the upcoming York Christian Apocrypha Symposium. Via the Archaeological News Tumblr, I learned of a LiveScience article by Owen Jarus which essentially [Read More…]

Published Review or Modern Forgery?

I just received notification that Review of Biblical Literature has published my review of Ancient Gospel or Modern Forgery?: The Secret Gospel of Mark in Debate: Proceedings from the 2011 York University Christian Apocrypha Symposium, edited by Tony Burke. This is how it concludes: I think it is indisputable that this volume represents an extremely [Read More…]

Fakes, Forgeries, and Fictions: Writing Ancient and Modern Christian Apocrypha

Tony Burke has shared the program online for the 2015 York Christian Apocrypha Symposium, which will take place at York University in Toronto in September. I’ll be presenting in the final session on Saturday the 26th, on “Jesus’ Wife, Her Sister-in-Law, and the Bloggers.” Click through to see the entire program, and for details on how to [Read More…]

Tony Burke on Secret Mark

In the video above, Tony Burke talks about the Secret Gospel of Mark. See also his post on his blog about the latest episode of Finding Jesus and whether Jesus had a “secret brother.”     [Read more…]