Toward a fuzzier Jesus

In his review of Jesus, Criteria, and the Demise of Authenticity (edited by Chris Keith and Anthony Le Donne), Nijay Gupta writes, [Morna] Hooker expresses the kind of skepticism towards the authenticity-criteria that is indicative of most of the contributors. She writes, “Perhaps…the time has come to abandon the whole enterprise of trying to discover the ‘real […]

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

Jesus the Tanakh-thumper?

Would Jesus agree that the Bible should be our “infallible rule of faith and practice”?

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

The Passion, prophecy, the pedigree of proof-texting, and a podcast

Mark Goodacre’s latest NT Pod discusses the high concentration of “according to the Scriptures” tags in the Gospels’ Passion narratives and asks whether the Passion narratives are prophecies historicized (as argued by Crossan) or tradition scripturalized. The specific context of his discussion is the Passion narratives, but the principle that will explain it goes for […]

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

Podcast recommendation: introduction to the historical Jesus in context

I was remiss in not sooner noting the recent completion of a podcast series by York University’s Philip Harland. It’s a recently completed set of fourteen lectures on many of the issues surrounding historical Jesus studies entitled The Historical Jesus in context. Those brought up never questioning any aspect of the New Testament’s historicity should find it interesting to […]

Friday, April 8th, 2011

Evidence in the Munich Talmud of the Sanhedrin’s charges against Jesus?

Via Fr. Stephen Smuts, I found this video showing David Instone-Brewer, senior research fellow in rabbinics and the New Testament at Tyndale House, Cambridge, explaining his recent announcement to have recovered a bit of text in the 14th century Munich Talmud that he claims represents an ancient Jewish record of the charges brought against Jesus by the […]

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

Jesus’ brother lays a smackdown on Paul – TIL #7: “Fly from Heaven”

The latest episode of Mark Goodacre‘s always excellent NT Pod regarding Jesus’ brothers gave me the perfect opportunity to present this long-time candidate for Theologically Interesting Lyric. I have problems with some of the historical-critical assumptions and theological claims of the lyrics, but concerning the lyrics as art, it’s great stuff. I’ll interact with the […]

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

The Human Faces of God: apocalyptic contortions (part 2)

Review: The Human Faces of God: What Scripture Reveals When It Gets God Wrong (and Why Inerrancy Tries to Hide It) Author: Thom Stark Wipf and Stock, 2010 Chapter 8: “Jesus Was Wrong” (part 2) As a preterist with a fully “realized eschatology”, I had no trouble with most of the discussion in the first part of my […]

Thursday, February 10th, 2011