Response to Craig’s crit of my paper on the existence of Jesus

  A while back, William Lane Craig responded to an argument of mine that was published in 2011 in Faith and Philosophy in a paper called “Evidence, Miracles, and The Existence of Jesus”. (Craig’s response appears on his Reasonable Faith website here).   In fact, Craig largely ignores the various arguments in my paper, and focuses instead in refuting arguments it does not contain. If you want to read the paper to check, it’s available … [Read more...]

Did Jesus Exit? – Part 10

In my previous post on this topic, I argued that we need to answer 44 specific questions in order to come up with fact-based initial evaluation of Bart Ehrman's Seven Gospels Argument (SGA). The first question is whether Mark (one of the seven sources that Ehrman points us to) confirms the following attribute claim: A1. Yeshu’a was a flesh-and-blood person. Because Mark is the most extensive source of the seven, one would expect that Mark would confirm all or nearly all of the … [Read more...]

Did Jesus Exit? – Part 9

MJH - Source Matrix

The current version of the Minimal Jesus Hypothesis (MJH) has five parts: ======================= There was a flesh-and-blood person who was… 1A. named Yeshu’a, and 2A. an adherent of Judaism, and a male descendant of the Hebrew people, and 3A. living in Palestine as an adult (in his twenties and/or thirties) in the 20s C.E., and 4A. known to be a preacher and teacher of religious beliefs and moral values, and 5B. crucified in Jerusalem by the Romans around 30 C.E. (between 28 and … [Read more...]

Did Jesus Exit? – Part 8

In Did Jesus Exist?(hereafter: DJE) Bart Ehrman argues for something like the Minimal Jesus Hypothesis (MJH), which I have clarified and tweaked a bit to get to this formulation: ======================= There was a flesh-and-blood person who was... 1A. named Yeshu'a, and 2A. an adherent of Judaism, and a male descendant of the Hebrew people, and 3A. living in Palestine as an adult (in his twenties and/or thirties) in the 20s C.E., and 4A. known to be a preacher and teacher of religious … [Read more...]

Did Jesus Exit? – Part 7

For the following discussion of the chronology of Jesus' ministry, I'm drawing upon the evidence and reasoning and conclusions presented by John P. Meier in his book A Marginal Jew, Volume 1: The Roots of the Problem and the Person, Chapter 11 "'In the Fifteenth Year'...A Chronology of Jesus' Life" (hereafter: AMJv1). Jesus was crucified sometime during the rule of Pilate over Judea: The Four Gospels (and various streams of earlier traditions within them), the Acts of the Apostles, … [Read more...]

Did Jesus Exit? – Part 6

Here is my clarified version of the Minimal Jesus Hypothesis (MJH): ======================= There was a flesh-and-blood person who was... 1A. named Yeshu'a, and 2A. an adherent of Judaism, and a male descendant of the Hebrew people, and 3A. living in Palestine as an adult (in his twenties and/or thirties) in the 20s C.E., and 4A. known to be a preacher and teacher of religious beliefs and moral values, and 5A. crucified in Jerusalem by the Romans around 30 C.E. (between 26 and 36 … [Read more...]

Did Jesus Exit? – Part 5

In his book Did Jesus Exist? Bart Ehrman argues for something like the following Minimal Jesus Hypothesis (MJH): ====================== There was a flesh-and-blood person who was... 1. named 'Jesus', and 2. a Jewish man, and 3. living in Palestine as an adult in the 20s C.E., and 4. known to be a preacher and a teacher, and 5. crucified in Jerusalem by the Romans around 30 C.E., and 6. crucified when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea. ======================== 1. named … [Read more...]

Did Jesus Exit? – Part 4

When Bart Ehrman asserts that "Jesus existed", he is asserting something like the following Minimal Jesus Hypothesis (MJH): ====================== There was a flesh-and-blood person who was... 1. named 'Jesus', and 2. a Jewish man, and 3. living in Palestine as an adult in the 20s C.E., and 4. known to be a preacher and a teacher, and 5. crucified in Jerusalem by the Romans around 30 C.E., and 6. crucified when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea. ======================== There was … [Read more...]

Did Jesus Exit? – Part 3

If Jesus did not EXIST, then Jesus did not EXIT this life by dying on a cross in Jerusalem. If Jesus did not die on a cross in Jerusalem, then Jesus did not rise from the dead. So, this question of whether Jesus existed has a direct logical connection to the question of whether Jesus rose from the dead. If the probability that 'Jesus existed' is .8, then the probability that 'Jesus rose from the dead' cannot be any higher than .8, and given that the evidence for the claim that 'Jesus was … [Read more...]

Did Jesus Exit? – Part 2

Author: Bart D. Ehrman Publisher: HarperCollins Copyright: 2012. Full Title: Did Jesus Exist? The Historical Argument for Jesus of Nazareth Contents: Introduction (p.1-7) Part I: Evidence for the Historical Jesus (p.11-174) Chapters 1-5 Part II: The Mythicists' Claims (p.177-264) Chapters 6 & 7 Part III: Who Was the Historical Jesus? (p.267-339) Chapters 8 & 9, plus a Conclusion Bibliography (p.341-345) Notes (p.347-361) I will focus in on Part I: Evidence for the … [Read more...]