“The ‘Amalgam Jesus’ idea boils down to little more than hand waving. It is a vague and grudging admission that there may be some historical kernels in the story, but a rather muddle-headed attempt to keep this from becoming an acceptance that there was most likely a historical Jesus. As such, it is not so much a coherent argument and more of an emotional defence mechanism. Much like most Jesus Mythicism.” – Tim O’Neill
- @StudyofChrist put out a video last month on bullae from Hezekiah the king of Judah. The bullae are fascinating because they feature Egyptian imagery, somewhat perplexing for the faithful Judahite. But as @StudyofChrist discusses, there are some scholars who think that Yahweh was associated with the sun or that the symbols are merely decorative and not significant at all. @StudyofChrist explains it all. (If you haven’t subscribed to his channel, I highly recommend you do so.)
- On a recent episode of the New Testament Review, Laura Robinson and Ben Sheppard discussed Christian persecution and the work of GEM de Ste Croix. As they show, early accounts of persecution were usually written far later than the events they describe and were often exaggerated for effect.
- Claude Mariottini, an accomplished Old Testament scholar, put out the April 2019 edition of the Biblical Studies Carnival. Check it out! Lots of great stuff.
- Tim O’Neill of History for Atheists wrote a post not long ago responding to the claims of Aron Ra that Jesus is some kind of composite figure. When Aron Ra is talking about evolution I tend to listen, but when he goes off on subjects related to the Bible or historical Jesus I just get a really bad headache.
- Volume 15 of Bible and Critical Theory came out recently and the articles are available for free online. There are pieces by Jill Hicks-Keeton, Sara Parks, and others.
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