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Historical Jesus

Was Jesus the Son of God? It's Complicated

James D. Tabor | Posted 08.13.2015 | Religion
James D. Tabor

Scholars are aware of the rich and diverse ways in which the term "Son of God" is used in the Hebrew Bible, in subsequent Jewish literature, and in the New Testament writings themselves, not to mention various non-Jewish texts of the Greco-Roman period.

The Quest for the True Cross of Jesus

Paul N. Anderson | Posted 05.31.2015 | Religion
Paul N. Anderson

The quest for the true cross of Jesus can never be limited to the touching of a piece of wood or an archaeological marker. Rather, it is a reality that can only be appropriated personally -- an invitation of faith rather than a fostering of proof.

Judas -- Traitor or Hero?

Paul N. Anderson | Posted 05.17.2015 | Religion
Paul N. Anderson

Perhaps he was a bit of both. Clearly, his primary association among the canonical Gospels is that of being a traitor, although the "handing over" of Jesus to the authorities is not necessarily to be rendered as a "betrayal" in the Greek.

I Didn't Know Jesus Was Lost

Paul N. Anderson | Posted 05.03.2015 | Religion
Paul N. Anderson

While the Shroud of Turin will be of little help in the finding of Jesus, personally or historically, the CNN documentary and the book behind it remind us of the problem of Jesus' being relatively lost to recent modern audiences.

Discovering a Lost and Forgotten Early Christian 'Gospel'

James D. Tabor | Posted 11.04.2014 | Religion
James D. Tabor

Few Christians today have even heard of the Didache, but this text allows us a glimpse into a largely forgotten form of early Christianity, one that stands in rather stark contrast to the Christianity developed by the Apostle Paul some decades after the death of Jesus.

Jesus' Sex Life on the 'Down Low'

Irene Monroe | Posted 06.18.2014 | Religion
Irene Monroe

I just find it hard to believe that this wandering rabbi and his gang of 12 surely horny men were unmarried and celibate.

Jaweed Kaleem

'Gospel Of Jesus' Wife' Papyrus Is Ancient, Not Fake, Experts Say

HuffingtonPost.com | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 04.11.2014 | Religion

An ancient, business-card-sized papyrus fragment that appears to quote Jesus Christ discussing his wife is real, Harvard University announced Thursday...

If You're Going to Bring Them to Jesus, Then Bring Them to Jesus

Bryan Berghoef | Posted 05.03.2014 | Religion
Bryan Berghoef

In the Great Commission, he called for the making of disciples -- people who followed a teacher in order to bring about his or her vision of the world. So I say, if you're going to bring them to Jesus, then actually bring them to Jesus!

The Myth of the Conservative Christian

Mark Morford | Posted 03.31.2014 | Religion
Mark Morford

I often wonder, given sufficient whisky and irony and time: Has there ever been a more delightfully inept, wince-inducing oxymoron in the tortured American lexicon than 'conservative Christian?' I am almost completely serious.

Here's Why I Love the Che Guevara Jesus Poster

Paul N. Alexander | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Paul N. Alexander

I love this picture. I've been showing it in my classes for more than a decade. But why in the world would I -- an activist committed to consistent nonviolence -- appreciate a portrayal of Jesus that is blended with Che Guevara?

Jesus and the Zealotry of Reza Aslan

Joseph Loconte, Ph.D. | Posted 10.06.2013 | Religion
Joseph Loconte, Ph.D.

Like countless authors before him, Aslan claims to have discovered a radically different Jesus from the personality portrayed in the gospels and preached by the church for two millennia.

Reza Aslan on Jesus: A Biblical Scholar Responds

Greg Carey | Posted 07.30.2013 | Religion
Greg Carey

Allow me to address the common complaint that as a Muslim Aslan has no business writing a Jesus book. Aslan clearly respects and admires Jesus. That some Christians might find his claims unsettling is, well, tough, because Aslan is doing serious intellectual work.

The Oldest Easter Story: Forgotten But Hidden in Plain Sight

James D. Tabor | Posted 09.28.2013 | Religion
James D. Tabor

John 20:1-10 is a precious glimpse into a most plausible historical scenario as to what happened after Jesus' death, and why the temporary tomb into which Jesus was placed was indeed empty, before the various theological presentations involving "sightings" of Jesus began to accrue to the story.

A (Somewhat) Muslim Perspective: Why Is Reza Aslan's Jesus So Small?

Rob Asghar | Posted 09.28.2013 | Religion
Rob Asghar

Aslan is a remarkable writer and speaker. I only wish I had his talent. Yet his book on Jesus carries numerous problems.

WATCH: Reza Aslan Is 'Obsessed' With Jesus The Zealot

The Huffington Post | Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 07.17.2013 | Religion

“I’ve been obsessed with Jesus for a very, very long time,“ Reza Aslan confessed to HuffPost Live host Ahmed Shihab-Eldin, “I heard the Gospel...

What if Jesus Was Real?

Joel L. Watts | Posted 08.19.2013 | Religion
Joel L. Watts

The historical trajectory of theological development ending with the Gospels but beginning with the Jesus of history is rather easy to trace and even more recoverable than the Historical Jesus. Perhaps this could tell us something about the real Jesus.

Witness: To Be With Jesus' Companions After The Crucifixion

Jonathan Wolfman | Posted 08.03.2013 | Religion
Jonathan Wolfman

I want to have known the charisma of the rabbi who was Jesus. I want to have been among the first to hear his words on justice and the Kingdom of God spoken over and over and over again.

Mary: Mother of God Or Jewish Mother Of Seven?

James D. Tabor | Posted 07.31.2013 | Religion
James D. Tabor

Christian dogma and devotion, as sincere as it might be, robs the mother who bore Jesus of her humanity. The very concept of an asexual "mother of God" is alien and foreign to Jewish culture and to the Hebrew Bible.

PHOTOS: In The Footsteps Of (The Historical) Jesus

Jean-Pierre Isbouts, D.Litt. | Posted 01.12.2013 | Religion
Jean-Pierre Isbouts, D.Litt.

"In the Footsteps of Jesus" is the culmination of a very personal 15-year quest for the historical Jesus. I spent part of that time trying to retrace the footsteps of Jesus and those who followed in his wake.

A Post-Christian Hindu Yogi In Communion

Chris Fici | Posted 12.30.2012 | Religion
Chris Fici

Returning to communion for me is a chance to reclaim a part of my spiritual identity, to fully form and own an understanding of my development as a seeker and servant of God.

Jesus' Nonviolent Resistance For The Marginalized

Craig S. Keener | Posted 12.19.2012 | Religion
Craig S. Keener

If Jesus' preaching of an imminent kingdom sounded too political, it would arouse Roman concern. Jesus probably did not simply predict his death: He provoked it.

Jaweed Kaleem

Amidst Mounting Scrutiny Scholars Suspect 'Jesus Wife' Artifact Is A Fake

HuffingtonPost.com | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 09.26.2012 | Religion

Facing mounting doubts over the legitimacy of a business card-sized Coptic papyrus fragment that appears to quote Jesus Christ discussing his wife, th...

Jaweed Kaleem

Shocking Discovery About Jesus

HuffingtonPost.com | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 09.19.2012 | Religion

A discovery by a Harvard researcher may shed light on a controversial aspect of the life of Jesus Christ. Harvard Divinity School professor Karen L...

Jesus Existed

Craig S. Keener | Posted 09.07.2012 | Religion
Craig S. Keener

What movement would make up a recent leader, executed by a Roman governor for treason, and then declare, "We're his followers"? If they wanted to commit suicide, there were simpler ways to do it.

Bart Ehrman's New Portrayal Of Jesus Is Surprisingly Sympathetic

Posted 04.03.2012 | Religion

By Yonat Shimron Religion News Service CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (RNS) For years, nonbelievers rejoiced at the publication of a new book by New Testament ...