But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

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Tuesday, 09 January 2018 18:16

The Site Word Cloud

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I now and then get asked to comment on something that I’ve posted on already, sometimes a year or more earlier.  I wonder if some readers don’t grasp the function of the “word cloud” on this site (the words/phrases of various sizes on the right side of the home...

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Friday, 05 January 2018 18:49

Advice for New Scholars (from an older one)

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The latest video in the series prepared by our Centre for the Study of Christian Origins is me offering some advice for new scholars:  here.  It’s all pretty basic, and will likely seem obvious.  But it’s what came to me for this brief video.  There are likely...

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Friday, 22 December 2017 23:41

Editio Critica Maior: Acts Volumes

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I am the happy and grateful recipient of the newly-published four-volume work on the text of Acts of the Apostles that forms part of the Editio Critica Maior (ECM) project based in the Institute for Text-Critical Research in the University of Muenster.  Published by the Deutsche...

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Tuesday, 19 December 2017 20:18

Commentary on Luke: Wolter in English Translation

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The second/final volume of the English translation of Michael Wolter’s massive commentary on the Gospel of Luke has just appeared:  The Gospel According to Luke: Volume II (Luke 9:51–24), in the Baylor-Mohr Siebeck Studies in Early Christianity series.  The German...

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Monday, 18 December 2017 00:27

Jesus: Davidic Messiah?

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Relating to the historical Jesus issue, one of our recent PhD students has his recently published thesis reviewed favorably in a recent issue of Review of Biblical Literaturehere.

Michael Zolondek, We Have Found the Messiah: How the Disciples Help Us Answer the Davidic Messianic...

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Saturday, 16 December 2017 23:05

“The Son of Man”: The Video

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Another of the several short videos filmed by and for our Centre for the Study of Christian Origins has appears, this one me responding briefly on scholarly study of “the Son of Man” expression:  here.

P.S.  For more of my analysis of the “son of man” issue, see my...

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Tuesday, 12 December 2017 21:41

New Book on Christology of GJohn

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I’m pleased to see that the PhD thesis of one of my recent students has now appeared, which offers an original contribution to our understanding of the christology reflected in the GJohn:  Joshua J. F. Coutts, The Divine Name in the Gospel of John: Significance and Impetus (WUNT...

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Tuesday, 12 December 2017 18:34

New Article on “Mythical Jesus”

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With apologies to readers fed up with the “mythical Jesus” discussions, I simply note a newly published article comprising a careful, fair, and incisive critique of Richard Carrier’s book:  Daniel N. Gullotta, “On Richard Carrier’s Doubts:  A Response to...

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Monday, 11 December 2017 18:58

Hurtado Books on Jesus-Devotion

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After mentioning the reduced prices on Kindle editions of three of my books recently (here), some readers have asked for me to give some information on the basic focus of several of my books on the origins of Jesus-devotion.

My first book on this research-programme is not included in this holiday...

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Monday, 11 December 2017 00:11

On Accurate Representation of Texts

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Over the last week or so, in the discussion of some of the “mythical Jesus” claims, we’ve discovered some inaccurate representation of key texts.  One of these that has come up previously (and is cited by Carrier as crucial corroboration of his own “mythical”...

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Sunday, 10 December 2017 21:56

“The Real Jesus”in National Geographic

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I noticed when making a hurried visit to a local supermarket last evening that (just in time for Christmas) the current issue of National Geographic (Dec 2017) has its cover story: “The Real Jesus.”    “Mythicists” will be disappointed, as the author (Kristin...

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Sunday, 10 December 2017 21:01

Greek Prepositions and Careful Exegesis

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In the current discussion about Paul and Jesus, it’s important to have a sensitive appreciation of how Koine Greek writers used prepositions.  One of the impressive features of ancient Greek is the development and use of a number of prepositions, which allowed for a rich variety of...

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Sunday, 10 December 2017 18:55

Texts and Historical Context

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Some readers have asked for guidance on what texts are relevant as historical context for the NT, Jesus and Christian origins, and what editions or scholarly works on them there are.  The list is considerable, so here is a handy resource:

Craig A. Evans, Ancient Texts for New Testament...

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Friday, 08 December 2017 19:17

Philo of Alexandria

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The prolific Jewish writer of the early first century CE, Philo of Alexandria has come up in recent discussion.  His substantial body of works ranges over a number of matters, and exhibit different approaches:  sometimes apologetical, sometimes allegorizing, and sometimes...

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Thursday, 07 December 2017 22:31

Holiday Deals for Kindle-books Readers

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A reader alerted me that Eerdmans has Kindle editions of three of my books on a special holiday price (till 2 January):  At the Origins of Christian Worship ($3.83); How on Earth Did Jesus Become a God? ($3.59);  and Lord Jesus Christ:  Devotion to Jesus in...

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Thursday, 07 December 2017 01:30

Gee, Dr. Carrier, You’re Really Upset!

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If you want to read a blogger going ape-shit, troll through Richard Carrier’s recent belligerent, intemperate response (here) to my posting in which I showed that his three claims that supposedly corroborate his “mythical Jesus” view are all incorrect.  It’s really...

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Tuesday, 05 December 2017 19:10

Philo of Alexandria and Early Christianity

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I’ve just uploaded the pre-publication version of my essay, “Philo and Early Christianity,” under the “Selected Essays” tab on this site here.  It was published in 2004, but as Philo comes into discussions of Christian origins (rightly), I thought readers might...

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Tuesday, 05 December 2017 18:27

Focus, Focus, Focus!

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Some of the comments responding to my posting about the failure of the “mythical Jesus” notion to catch on with scholars illustrate the necessity of keeping clear the issue under discussion.  The issue in my posting was whether the three claims on which Carrier bases his case are...

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Sunday, 03 December 2017 19:56

“Mythical Jesus”: The Fatal Flaws

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My lengthy posting in which I explained why the “mythical Jesus” claim has no traction among scholars (here) drew (predictably) an attempt to refute it from the “Vridar” blogsite.  I don’t think it succeeds, but readers will have to judge for themselves. ...

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The overwhelming body of scholars, in New Testament, Christian Origins, Ancient History, Ancient Judaism, Roman-era Religion, Archaeology/History of Roman Judea, and a good many related fields as well, hold that there was a first-century Jewish man known as Jesus of Nazareth, that he engaged in an...

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Friday, 01 December 2017 04:22

Can a Christian be a Good Scholar?

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A few weeks back I was asked to be interviewed for a series of videos to be released on the web site of our Centre for the Study of Christian Origins.  The first of these has now appeared here.

In this first one, I was asked to consider whether it was difficult for a Christian to do good...

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Wednesday, 29 November 2017 21:59

The “Mythic” Jesus’ Last Hurrah

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For several years now, the “mythic Jesus” notion has been re-asserted and, with the aid of the internet, has gained some widespread attention, much to the puzzlement (and often amusement) of serious scholars in the field of origins of Christianity.  I’ve commented on the...

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Sunday, 26 November 2017 18:28

“History for Atheists”!

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Last week an acquaintance introduced me to a particularly interesting blog site:  History for Atheists (for information on the purposes of the site see here).  The author (Tim O’Neill) describes himself as an atheist, but produces the blogs to correct the dubious historical claims...

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Monday, 20 November 2017 03:27

The NT Virtual Manuscript Room

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I had occasion today to check on a particular variant that does not appear in the Nestle-Aland edition of the Greek NT (nor in the SBL or the new Tyndale editions either), and was very glad to have to hand the online “New Testament Virtual Manuscript Room” based in the University of...

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Sunday, 19 November 2017 17:41

House Rules . . . again

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It’s been a while since I last reminded readers of the “house rules” on this blog site.  And also there are many new readers who may not have known to read them here.  The first rule is that we identify ourselves with our real names.  You know who I am, and common...

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