Blog Posts - Historical Jesus



Jesus the Bridegroom Now 40% off at Wipf & Stock

Now through December 31, Wipf & Stock is offering 40% off any purchase through their website, using the discount code BYE2016. The best use of this discount is to buy my book, Jesus the Bridegroom (Pickwick, 2015). Marianne Blickenstaff of Union...
by Reading Acts on Dec 16, 2016

Book Review: C. Marvin Pate, 40 Questions about the Historical Jesus

Pate, C. Marvin. 40 Questions about the Historical Jesus. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Kregel, 2015. Pb. 407 pp. $23.99.   Link to Kregel Historical Jesus studies have fallen on hard times in the last few years. In the mid-1990s there was a flurry of publi...
by Reading Acts on Apr 21, 2016

Book Review: C. Marvin Pate, 40 Questions about the Historical Jesus

Pate, C. Marvin. 40 Questions about the Historical Jesus. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Kregel, 2015. Pb. 407 pp. $23.99.   Link to Kregel Historical Jesus studies have fallen on hard times in the last few years. In the mid-1990s there was a flurry of publi...
by Reading Acts on Apr 21, 2016

Book Review: Capes, Reeves and Richards, Rediscovering Jesus

Capes, David B., Rodney Reeves and E. Randolph Richards. Rediscovering Jesus: An Introduction to Biblical, Religious and Cultural Perspectives on Christ. Downers Grove, Ill.: IVP Academic, 2015. 272 pp. Hb; $30.00.   Link to IVP In Mark 2:6 Jesus t...
by Reading Acts on Mar 28, 2016

Christmas: The War on Jesus

Every Christmas we do the “Holiday Hustle and Bustle Two-Step” and may experience the “Christmas Blues” along with a good mix of some “Christmas Family Conflict.”  But there is one more feature to the “most wonderful time of the ye...

Book Review: Mark L. Strauss, Jesus Behaving Badly

Strauss, Mark L. Jesus Behaving Badly: The Puzzling Paradoxes of the Man from Galilee. Downers Grove, Ill.: IVP Academic, 2015. 223 pp. Pb; $16.00.   Link to IVP In his introduction, Strauss points out most everybody likes Jesus. Although he begins...
by Reading Acts on Nov 6, 2015

In the Mail from @BloomsburyPub: “Jesus and Brian: Exploring the Historical Jesus and his Times via Monty Python’s Life of Brian”

Over the next few days, I will post some reflections. I really… really…. REALLY wish I was at this conference. Monty Python’s Life of Brian film is known for its […] The post In the Mail from @BloomsburyPub: “Jesus and B...
by The Church of Jesus Christ on Sep 10, 2015

When under Rome

A question that has no answer: who was Jesus of Nazareth? Well, no single answer, anyway. When Reza Aslan’s Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth came out, there was uproar. (Something, by the way, that publishers love.) … Conti...

-Scholars Now Believe the “Gospel of Jesus’ Wife” is a Modern Fake

Most scholars now believe that the so-called “Gospel of Jesus’ Wife” is a modern fake. This is not a new story but you probably haven’t heard about this on the 10 o’clock news which originally hailed the story of its magnificent discovery.
by APOLOGETICA on Jul 19, 2015

-Does God Have a Gender?

Recently a number of priests in the Church of England publically called for changes in the church’s liturgies to include references to God as a female and mother alongside the traditional male designations. From Christian Today: Proclaiming "Je...
by APOLOGETICA on Jun 8, 2015

-Was Jesus a Real Person? Historical Evidence Beyond the Bible

          (Tacitus via Wikipedia) I recently read one of the best summaries ever of all of the historical evidence for the real existence of the man called Jesus of Nazareth in a recent edition of the Bibl...
by ANSWERS For The Faith on May 22, 2015

-Was Jesus a Real Person? Historical Evidence Beyond the Bible

          (Tacitus via Wikipedia) I recently read one of the best summaries ever of all of the historical evidence for the real existence of the man called Jesus of Nazareth in a recent edition of the Bibl...
by APOLOGETICA on May 22, 2015

Jesus the Bridegroom Reviewed by Review of Biblical Literature

Marianne Blickenstaff of Union Presbyterian Seminary reviewed my Jesus the Bridegroom for Review of Biblical Literature. I am very happy to have her review the book, especially since I read her book, ‘While the Bridegroom is with them’...
by Reading Acts on Mar 13, 2015

Book Review: Michael Bird, The Gospel of the Lord (Part 3)

Bird, Michael F. The Gospel of the Lord: How the Early Church Wrote the Story of Jesus. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans, 2014. xiv + 393 pages, pb. $30.   Link to Eerdmans [NB: This is the third and final part of my review of Bird’s The Gospel...
by Reading Acts on Dec 29, 2014

Book Review: Michael Bird, The Gospel of the Lord (Part 3)

Bird, Michael F. The Gospel of the Lord: How the Early Church Wrote the Story of Jesus. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans, 2014. xiv + 393 pages, pb. $30.   Link to Eerdmans [NB: This is the third and final part of my review of Bird’s The Gospel...
by Reading Acts on Dec 29, 2014

Book Review: Michael Bird, The Gospel of the Lord (Part 2)

Bird, Michael F. The Gospel of the Lord: How the Early Church Wrote the Story of Jesus. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans, 2014. xiv + 393 pages, pb. $30.   Link to Eerdmans This is the second part of my review of Michael Bird’s new book, The Gospel...
by Reading Acts on Dec 27, 2014

Book Review: Michael Bird, The Gospel of the Lord (Part 2)

Bird, Michael F. The Gospel of the Lord: How the Early Church Wrote the Story of Jesus. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans, 2014. xiv + 393 pages, pb. $30.   Link to Eerdmans This is the second part of my review of Michael Bird’s new book, The Gospel...
by Reading Acts on Dec 27, 2014

Book Review: Michael Bird, The Gospel of the Lord (Part 1)

Bird, Michael F. The Gospel of the Lord: How the Early Church Wrote the Story of Jesus. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans, 2014. xiv + 393 pages, pb. $30.   Link to Eerdmans Michael Bird’s The Gospel of the Lord: How the Early Church Wrote the Story...
by Reading Acts on Dec 26, 2014

Book Review: Michael Bird, The Gospel of the Lord (Part 1)

Bird, Michael F. The Gospel of the Lord: How the Early Church Wrote the Story of Jesus. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans, 2014. xiv + 393 pages, pb. $30.   Link to Eerdmans Michael Bird’s The Gospel of the Lord: How the Early Church Wrote the Story...
by Reading Acts on Dec 26, 2014

Joseph, the Righteous Man (Matthew 1:18-25)

Joseph discovered his young wife to be is with child (Matthew 1:18-19). Betrothal in the Second Temple Period was a legally binding relationship which could be set aside only through a divorce-like proceeding. A betrothal period could take up to twel...
by Reading Acts on Dec 22, 2014


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