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Talpiot Tomb, Jesus Mythicism, and Related Round-Up

Talpiot Tomb, Jesus Mythicism, and Related Round-Up April 4, 2012

Mark Goodacre had a busier blogging day than we’ve seen from him in a long time, discussing both the evidence that ossuaries in Talpiot tomb B (the “patio tomb”) had been moved around, and seeming discrepancies between information from James Tabor and Simcha Jacobovici on the one hand, and James Charlesworth on the other.

Bob Cargill blogged about and made a video about digitally-manipulated fish. UPDATE: He also addressed the appeals to James Charlesworth in support of particular interpretations of the inscription and other evidence from the Talpiot tombs.

Mentioning the Talpiot tombs, Mike Kok segues from there to catacombs in Rome and then the question of whether Peter ever went there.

Larry Hurtado talked about more likely candidates to be the earliest Christian graffiti.

Tripp Fuller does a podcast with Bart Ehrman about his latest book, Did Jesus Exist? I’m delighted to say that I’ve started reading the book and will be blogging about it in the near future myself.

Jerry Coyne posted a second time on Ehrman’s book, still not having read it. But he sagely suspends judgment rather than weigh in on a topic about which he has no expertise. He is largely reacting to a Huffington Post piece the headline of which describes Ehrman as “sympathetic” towards Jesus – which is very odd indeed if one reads the rest of the article.

John Byron and Don Rogers also blogged about Bart Ehrman’s book on Jesus mythicism.

Brian LePort got the impression that Bart Ehrman is omnipresent. I suspect that he may be mistaking him for someone else…

In almost entirely unrelated news, Skeptic featured a different sort of “Jesus fish.”

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