Category: Historical Jesus

Did Jesus Plan to Start a New Religion? Matthew Thiessen’s Answer

“Did Jesus plan to start a new religion, then? No.” – Matthew Thiessen

Jesus in Our Own Image

On the temptation to make Jesus in our own image and likeness.

Musings on Mark: Can the Markan Jesus Read?

A brief consideration of Spencer McDaniel’s view that the Jesus of Mark knew how to read.

Bart Ehrman on What It Would Mean If We Had the “Original” Gospels

Over on his blog, NT scholar Bart Ehrman addresses the question, “What if we had the ‘original’ Gospels?” Apologists seemingly believe that if we had an original copy of Mark or Matthew that it would give what they wrote some degree of credibility. In… Continue Reading “Bart Ehrman on What It Would Mean If We Had the “Original” Gospels”

INANNA: Returning to the Underworld with Richard Bayesian Carrier (Guest Post by Chris H.)

Note: This is a post written by Chris H. (@unicornwiz) in response to comments made by Richard Carrier (see note #1 below). Chris can be reached on Twitter or at his email address biblicalhistoryskeptic32ad@gmail.com. Richard Carrier apparently responded to my article in a text message… Continue Reading “INANNA: Returning to the Underworld with Richard Bayesian Carrier (Guest Post by Chris H.)”

The Weekly Roundup – 9.20.19

“This is the only life that we know we get: use it in the best way you know how. Don’t wait around for a bonus life that may never come.” -@Paulogia0 @Paulogia0 published a video entitled “Why I am Not a Christian” over at… Continue Reading “The Weekly Roundup – 9.20.19”

Inanna: The Not So Parallel Goddess (Guest Post by Chris H.)

Note: This is a post written by Chris H. (@unicornwiz) in response to a recently published piece by @GodlessEngineer entitled “Inanna’s Descent Matches Jesus’ Passion Narratives.” Chris can be reached on Twitter or at his email address biblicalhistoryskeptic32ad@gmail.com. *Prenote: this revision was made possible… Continue Reading “Inanna: The Not So Parallel Goddess (Guest Post by Chris H.)”

Bible Talk – 8.15.19

So I decided to host my first livestream discussion and did so with Chris H., a brilliant guy who has an almost encyclopedic knowledge of the Hebrew Bible and its relationship to Ancient Near Eastern cultures. We talked about the Gospel of Mark, the… Continue Reading “Bible Talk – 8.15.19”

The Weekly Roundup – 7.5.19

I was finally able to listen to part 2 of “Pete ruins Exodus” over at the podcast The Bible for Normal People. As usual, great material looking at the beginning stages of Moses’ call to Egypt, including that bizarre scene in Exodus 4:24-26. The… Continue Reading “The Weekly Roundup – 7.5.19”

The Weekly Roundup – 5.31.19

“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… Continue Reading “The Weekly Roundup – 5.31.19”