Humanities

Who Was Jesus’ Father? Imagining the Best

As many of my readers know I have been working on my new book, The Lost Mary: How the Jewish Mother of Jesus Became the Virgin Mother of God now for three years! I am still doing final re-writing and editing and it won’t be published until 2020. I hope it will be worth the wait! [...]...

Monday Missive – February 11, 2019

Games People Play — For the members of the Children’s Literature Graduate Organization (CLGO) this spring semester is barely long enough to fit in all of the events and projects that they have planned.  The biggest of these events is their annual Graduate Student Colloquium, which will take place on March 21 in Cone 111 from 9:30 to 2:30. The title for this year’s colloquium is “Modern Authors, Historic Influences:  Framing Children’s Literature...

Tomography, Talpiot, and Not One but Three Talpiot Tombs

I recently posted detailed information on the area south of Jerusalem, today called East Talpiot, where the so-called “Jesus family tomb” was discovered in 1981, with maps and diagrams of the modern streets and apartments in the area, see “Where are the Talpiot Tombs Located?” Apparently, judging from the thousands of page views, readers found [...]...

My Talk At Loomis Chaffee 2/5/19

I’ll be speaking at Loomis Chaffee on Tuesday February 5th at 9:55am. Here’s the text of my talk. Intro posted below. Have you ever thought about why songs are organized the way they are? Why do they have the specific......

My talk at Loomis Chaffee 2/5/19

After getting back from Berlin, I’ll be speaking in Connecticut on Tuesday the 5th. Here’s the info....

Paul’s Six Greatest Ideas: Part Two

This post is continued from the previous one here. Here are the last three in this two-part posting. You will find a full exposition of these ideas, chapter by chapter, in my book Paul and Jesus. At the Recently Discovered “Tomb of Paul” in Rome 4) Already but Not Yet. Paul operated with strongly apocalyptic [...]...

Paul’s Six Greatest Ideas: Part One

Historically most interpreters of Paul have understood his teaching of “justification by grace through faith” based on the atoning blood of Jesus Christ as his greatest and most central insight. From Augustine to Luther, through Bultmann and Barth, the banner of the “Reformation” was centered on this fundamental precept. Wayne Meeks has a wonderful collection of [...]...

Monday Missive – February 4, 2019

African American History Month — Throughout the history of UNC Charlotte’s English Department, various members of our department have taught courses and conducted scholarship on African American literature and culture, but there are two retired faculty members who played especially important roles in this part of our department’s history:  Mary Harper and Sandra Govan.  Given that February is African American History Month, I have decided to...

Did Paul Found a New Religion Called “Christianity”?

One thing historians of religions often emphasize is that no religious tradition is a static monolithic entity. Whether we are talking about Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity, or Islam, the varieties and diversity within each tradition as it develops at the beginning, and over time, are rich and complex. Judaism is no exception–nor is Christianity for that [...]...

The Extraordinary Life of David Horowitz Documented at Last!

I am pleased to report that the new long-awaited biography of the extraordinary career of David Horowitz (1903-2002), veteran United Nations correspondent and founder of United Israel World Union has been published and is now available through all major book outlets. It is a gripping readable account that will rivet the reader on a journey [...]...
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