Historical Jesus Tag

To paraphrase John Cleese, "and now for something completely overdue." A couple years ago I was sent a copy of Mark Roncace's book, Raw Revelation: The Bible They Never Tell You About for review on this blog, with the understanding that it might take a little while...

Another terrific review of Aslan's best-seller, aided by the botched Fox News interview. A few snippets: Zealot’s claim is essentially a conspiracy theory: Jesus was really a proclaimer of violent revolution, but the gospels and Paul covered up the evidence. Aslan then has a typical conspiracy-theory...

Mark Goodacre has posted an interesting piece, considering whether much of Matthew's redaction of Mark could be seen as "an attempt to fix some of the potentially troubling ideas and implications in Mark." He pushes forward three examples: the question of Jesus' father, Jesus' baptism...

My historical Jesus course just finished going through the four canonical gospels in sequence (Mark, Matthew, Luke, John). I thought a couple of my students' observations on Luke (and its relationship to the other Synoptics) were especially noteworthy. First, as one of the (admittedly weaker) arguments...

Had some fun with my Historical Jesus course last night, asking my students (who had just finished reading Mark) to answer the following question: What exactly did Jesus preach? Eventually, one enterprising student rightly called attention to Mark 1:14–15, After John had been handed over, Jesus went...

Mark Goodacre has just posted an op-ed at Bible and Interpretation in which he explores our overall ignorance about the life of Jesus. I was thinking about this very issue yesterday while reading Schweitzer's Paul and His Interpreters, making this note in response to Schweitzer...