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A Little Extra

June 16th, 2008 · Comments Off on A Little Extra · christianity, media

After I posted my review of Marvin Vining’s Jesus the Wicked Priest, he contacted me to thank me for the review and asked me to send him questions. Heh, heh, heh. So I did. My questions: You claim that Essenes were the dominant culture and that their leader, the “Teacher of Righteousness,” was also the […]

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Another Student of Cumont

June 10th, 2008 · Comments Off on Another Student of Cumont · christianity, history, media

I was looking to see what content wiki had on early Christianity, when I found a link to a digital version of papers written by Martin Luther King, Jr, when he was in divinity school. Most immediately, I’ve enjoyed his study of Mithraism and his paper on Mystery Religions in Christianity. It is at this […]

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Book Review — The 13th Apostle

June 5th, 2008 · Comments Off on Book Review — The 13th Apostle · christianity, history, media, metaphysics

April D. DeConick, The Thirteenth Apostle. (c) 2007, Continuum. London, New York. This scholarly translation of the recently discovered Gospel of Judas attempts to address some inaccuracies and misrepresentations made in the original translation. DeConick’s translation work began the day the plates from the National Geographic scholars had been released. Reading from the original Coptic, […]

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Jesus the Wicked Priest

June 1st, 2008 · Comments Off on Jesus the Wicked Priest · christianity, history, media

Marvin Vining, Jesus the Wicked Priest. (C) 2008. Published by Bear and Company, Rochester, VT. www.MarvinVining.com This work is a fascinating reading that combines sources from Dead Sea Scroll materials and Biblical exegesis to produce a surprisingly personal story of conflict between characters in the gospel stories. Vining brings to life a vital, aggressive Jesus, […]

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Not one but many

May 28th, 2008 · Comments Off on Not one but many · christianity, history, media

I’m beginning to accumulate an unwieldy quantity of historical Jesuses. Less useful in that I’ve moved to a primary narrative that leaves Jesus out altogether. Even so, in the absence of an actual, historical Jesus, we may still create a number of literary Jesuses, each distinct and beloved, and required for generational continuity of the […]

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The Hi-Def Supper

May 7th, 2008 · Comments Off on The Hi-Def Supper · christianity, media

Here’s a site that offers a unique, hi-res view of daVinci’s Last Supper. Very useful if you’re caught into a controversy regarding the gender of the ‘beloved apostle’ or the owner of the knife.

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Gospel of Judas, revisited

May 7th, 2008 · Comments Off on Gospel of Judas, revisited · christianity, history, media

The latest issue of BAR revisits the much hyped Gospel of Judas, and has some unkind words for National Geographic and their media-heavy release of the original material. The biggest complaint was that they picked the wrong scholars who didn’t understand Gnostic cultures and misinterpreted key passages of the text. Most significantly, NatlGeo published an […]

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Dog, Star: I’m serious

March 24th, 2008 · Comments Off on Dog, Star: I’m serious · culture, media

In Japan, a praying Chihuahua is bringing in lots of visitors to his master’s Zen temple. Yoshikuni said Conan generally goes through his prayer routine at the temple in the capital of Japan’s southern Okinawa prefecture (state) without prompting before his morning and evening meals. “I think he saw me doing it all the time […]

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Addendum

March 8th, 2008 · Comments Off on Addendum · christianity, history, media

I mentioned Dungan’s Constantine’s Bible the other day before I had finished reading it. I fear that I made it sound like a lame book, and I’m glad I didn’t let my waning enthusiasm sour me on it before I was done. Dungan didn’t go on and on about Eusebius like I had expected. Instead, […]

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The Polis killed the Olympians

March 6th, 2008 · Comments Off on The Polis killed the Olympians · christianity, history, media

Yes, another book. David Dungan’s Constantine’s Bible has an amazing reach, starting from the beginnings of civilization, through the development of Greek philosophy and its distribution through the ancient East. Only a third of the way through, but I’m pretty sure I know how this one ends. Actually, I’m having such a severe case of […]

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