Tag Archives: Historical Jesus

Readers’ Mailbag: Should Legendary Development Have Occurred More Rapidly for Alexander the Great than Jesus?

To help boost new content on the blog, when a good question from a reader comes along, I am going to occasionally write a new post about it, which will include both the question and my response to it. Bart … Continue reading

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Dialogue with Vincent Torley over the Probability of Jesus’ Resurrection

Yesterday I wrote an extended response to apologist Vincent Torley’s OP–“Evidence for the Resurrection”–which was discussed recently in a post on John Loftus’ blog. In his OP, Torley argues that there is about a 60-65% subjective probability that Jesus rose … Continue reading

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Understanding the Value of Biblical Parallels

Here on Κέλσος I frequently discuss parallels between the New Testament, the historical Jesus, and Christianity and other literature, historical figures, and religions of the ancient Mediterranean world. I am likewise currently working on a dissertation that compares the Gospels to popular-novelistic … Continue reading

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When Do Contemporary or Early Sources Matter in Ancient History?

One of the most misunderstood methodological issues that surrounds debates over the historical Jesus is the relevance of contemporary written sources (dating to the subject’s lifetime), or relatively early sources (dating to a couple decades of the subject’s life), when … Continue reading

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Yet Another Case of Apologetic Dishonesty in Lee Strobel’s “The Case for Christ”: The Historical Evidence for Alexander the Great versus that of Jesus of Nazareth

Years back when I was completing my Classics M.A. program at the University of Arizona, I was gifted by my sister’s former pastor with a copy of Lee Strobel’s The Case for Christ. In the book Strobel tries to argue … Continue reading

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Ten Reasons to Reject the Apologetic 10/42 Source Slogan

[As of April 2nd, 2013, one of the authors of The Case for the Resurrection of Jesus, Mike Licona, has acknowledged factual errors in the book’s section dealing with the 10/42 apologetic (pg. 128). I have revised the article in … Continue reading

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