What came first, the metaphor or the miracle?

It is easy to see when two texts are linked. It is much harder to determine which of the two came first. However, if one source is a metaphor and the other a literal miracle story, I think we can be confident that the metaphor came first. Recently, while working on my...

The virgin and the four whores

The genealogy in Matthew, like that in Luke, is really a genealogy of Joseph who, according to Matthew, is not even the real father of Jesus. Moreover, there is nothing about this Joseph in Mark. Even if Joseph is only Jesus’ father-in-law through his marriage...

The Gnostic New Age and Simon Magus

My plan was to produce a series of posts on April DeConick’s new book, but I have fallen a little behind! The Gnostic New Age covers some fascinating ground, so I need to buck up and get on. In this post, I aim to cover the ground from the emergence of...

Fascinating image of Mary from Nazi loot

Some timeĀ ago, while browsing the lootbusters.com site, I came across an image of Mary, Peter and Paul in a section of Nazi loot. It is a Roman roundel dated to the fourth century. I have no further information about it at all, and I do not know its original location...

CNN – ‘Scholars argue if Jesus existed’

As we enter Lent and the run-up to Easter, the thoughts of the media turn to Jesus. On CNN there is a second series of ‘Finding Jesus’ – Mark Goodacre has a post about it here. Associated with this series is an article on CNN online about the...