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Julia Fridman Says this Is the Best Thing Since Monty Python

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February 27, 2015 at 19:55

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Where Do The People Who Are Elected to Congress Come From?

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February 27, 2015 at 18:57

Posted in Contempt

The Week That Was (And, the European Union is a Country?)

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February 27, 2015 at 17:22

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The Truth of Biblioblogging Revealed

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You’ve always wondered how it all worked; how it all held together; how things flowed.  Here it is- the truth of biblioblogging revealed, publicly, for the first time.  Amen and Amen.


Written by Jim

February 27, 2015 at 16:54

Posted in biblioblogs, Humor

“Finding Jesus”: A Series of Live Bloggings Ahead

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CNN is airing the Mark Goodacre el al special beginning this Sunday night.

Finding Jesus discovers fascinating new insights into the historical Jesus, utilizing the latest scientific techniques and archaeological research.

Rollston.MiqneThe topics to be covered are

1) Examining the Shroud of Turin – Is an ancient linen cloth bearing the image of a crucified man the very shroud that Joseph wrapped Jesus in? Premieres March 1 at 9pm ET/PT.

2) John the Baptist – Who was the real John the Baptist? An investigation of a relic believed to be a bone from his finger uncovers proof of John’s powerful legacy. Premieres March 8 at 9pm ET/PT.

3) Judas – Does an ancient codex discovered in an Egyptian burial cave answer the great Biblical question of why Judas betrayed Jesus? Premieres March 15 at 9pm ET/PT.

4) Secret Brother of Jesus – The discovery of an extraordinary 2000 year-old burial box brings to light the remarkable story of Jesus’ brother James. Premieres March 22 at 9pm ET/PT.

5) The True Cross – Are pieces of the cross Jesus died on still in existence today? The incredible legend of the True Cross is investigated. Premieres March 29 at 9pm ET/PT.

6) Mary Magdalene – Could ancient texts preserved in the sands of Egypt shed light on the nature of Mary’s relationship with Jesus? Premieres April 5, Easter Sunday, at 9pm ET/PT.

candida_mossOk- as you know I’ve taken a vow not to watch Bible specials in 2015 but what the heck, I’m going to break that vow on this occasion because I want to see what Moss, Garroway, Nicola Denzey Lewis, DeConick, Emmel, Rollston, Pagels, BWIII, Obery Hendricks and Mark Goodacre do with the subjects.

Here’s what I hope is going to happen:  each episode will take the topics listed above in order and discuss how they have been in the news in recent years.  Then, the scholars involved will offer reasons as to why the popular understanding is incorrect and inadequate- resulting in the following basic answers to the 6 questions posed above:

  • 1- No
  • 2- No
  • 3- No
  • 4- No
  • 5- No
  • 6- No

Prayer: dear Lord, don’t let sensible people say things I’ll have to take exception to.  At least, don’t let Goodacre and Moss and Rollston, because I’m genuinely fond of them and don’t want to have to pray imprecations against them at SBL.  Thanks, your best friend, Jim.

I’ll live blog the specials as I can and have opportunity.

Written by Jim

February 27, 2015 at 15:50

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The British New Testament Conference: Registration is Open

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Paul Middleton writes

Booking for BNTC 2015 to be hosted by the University of Edinburgh is now open.

There is a link from our website or for the direct link:…

The cost BEFORE (emphasis original) 1st July is £210 residential/ £140 non-residential. It then increases to £230/£160.

To book you need to create an account (which is a very simple process), before going on to book your place. Please make sure you choose the correct option.

You will also need to choose your seminar at the booking stage.

I’m waiting till it’s back in Chester in 2016 to attend.  Chester.  I love that place.  Truly, madly, deeply.  It was there, in that historic village, that I was elected to membership in SOTS in 2008.  It will be nice to return next year.

Oh I want to be back in Chester… and skinny again too.  I have time.

Written by Jim

February 27, 2015 at 14:25

Posted in Conferences

Jesus Mythicism: An Observation

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Written by Jim

February 27, 2015 at 13:49


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