Category Archives: Historical Jesus

Who was the historical Jesus, and what were his teachings?

Pious Fraud, Vegetarian Style

The New Testament includes many books whose actual authors are other than they are claimed to be. That is, they are forgeries — but made it into the New Testament anyway.  Paul’s two “letters to Timothy,” for example, were not … Continue reading

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“Vegetarian Propaganda”

Recently, in response to a friend’s blurb promoting Disciples on Facebook, someone asked whether the author of the book (namely, me) was promoting vegetarian “propaganda.” I have heard this same basic objection before, expressed in other ways. Readers feel that … Continue reading

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Was there a historical Jesus?

People are seriously debating whether there ever was a historical Jesus. Some assert that Jesus himself never existed, that “Jesus is a legend, like King Arthur or Robin Hood or Paul Bunyan.” The best representative of this position is likely … Continue reading

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“Disciples” is published

My new book, Disciples: How Jewish Christianity Shaped Jesus and Shattered the Church (Apocryphile Press, 2013) has now been published. You can order it on Amazon here. (I will not be selling it through my website.) A book about the … Continue reading

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Was Jesus a Zealot? Part II

Reza Aslan’s Zealot provocatively places Matthew 10:34 as the book’s motto: “I bring not peace, but the sword.” What was the attitude of the early followers of Jesus towards violence? One might conclude from the title and the motto that … Continue reading

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Was Jesus a Zealot? Part I

It’s a pleasure to encounter a book about Jesus that acknowledges the critical importance of Jesus’ disruption of the animal sacrifice business in the last week of his life; that acknowledges that Jesus was a Jew and tries to understand … Continue reading

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This Just In: Ancient Temple was a Slaughterhouse!

Well, surprise, surprise! According to a recent archeological report, the ancient temple in Jerusalem was a slaughterhouse that powered the local economy. The animals sacrificed came from both near and far away, which “confirms visions of the temple depicted in … Continue reading

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Vegetarianism and Christianity — why don’t they mix?

The San Francisco Vegetarian Society has now uploaded the YouTube video of my talk, “Vegetarianism and Christianity — Why Don’t They Mix?”  This talk was given on Sunday, October 7, 2012, in San Francisco at the World Vegetarian Festival. Let … Continue reading

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This Just In: Jesus was Married!

Karen King, a Harvard Divinity School scholar whom I greatly respect, has submitted a draft of an article for the Harvard Theological Review discussing a Coptic gospel fragment which refers to Jesus having a wife.  This is now all over … Continue reading

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I am honored to have been invited to speak to the World Vegetarian Congress in San Francisco, which goes from October 5 to October 8. I’ll be speaking on: “Vegetarianism and Christianity: Why Don’t they Mix?”  The talk will be … Continue reading