Richard Bauckham on the Pooh Community

| January 7, 2014

You have to love this. Well known NT scholar Richard Bauckham’s essay on the (Winnie the) Pooh community — a satirical jab at what NT historians do to the gospels and Jesus study. A sample: Such insight into the tensions between various factions in the Pooh community could easily be extended into more debatable territory […]

What is it with the Hebrew Roots Movement?

| December 24, 2013

I’m not that familiar (or interested) in the Hebrew roots movement, but in the past month or so I’ve gotten several emails about it and its ideas. I’m presuming that not everyone associated with the movement thinks as poorly or oddly as the folks I’ve been directed to for commentary on their teachings. At least […]

Update on Joseph Atwill’s Josephus Code

| October 23, 2013

I blogged recently about Joseph Atwill’s research, which asserts that Jesus was a Roman invention. Now that his PR launch (disguised as a conference) is history, I decided to post an update of some reviews of Atwill’s work. Joel Watts asked, “Was Jesus a Roman Invention?” over at the Huff Post Robert Price (who doesn’t […]

First the Josephus Code – Now the O’Reilly Code?

| October 18, 2013

First it was the Josephus Code. Now I’m getting emails about Bill O’Reilly’s new book, Killing Jesus. Let’s take a deep breath. O’Reilly’s book is just another book on Jesus written by someone who doesn’t know much about the academic study of the gospels. Neither O’Reilly nor his co-author are biblical scholars, so what should […]

Jesus and the Morning Star

| October 12, 2013

One of the questions I get with some frequency concerns the phrase “(bright) morning star.” The gist of the question usually concerns some presumed relationship between Jesus and Lucifer (the question, as we will see, is something of a misnomer all on its own). That’s really not what’s going on in biblical theology here. I’ll […]