Instead of spending money on another half-baked Lost Gospel (None of the Above), aim your browser at this link and drown in legitimate texts. Be sure to click the links at the top left.
Category: early christianity
Brian Mattson’s Sympathy for the Devil, which says the film is diametrically opposite what most viewers think it is, and very much a work for the twenty-first century. Lots of good info for those without ancient religions background.
HT: Mike Heiser via Twitter
Christmas and Easter got you down? Tired of the same old stories? Just not impressed with feeding thousands and raising the dead anymore? Oblivious to the profundity of the Sermon on the Mount?
I’ve got the book for you! It that fan favorite, “the same thing but different”.
Bat Ehrman and Zlatko Plese have extracted the English portion of their multi-language scholarly book The Apocryphal Gospels to make The Other Gospels, a collection of forty noncanonical gospels of Jesus that are all the rage among early Christian scholars, but often inaccessible to the general public. Now you can read what people are all excited by on the Internet and the documentary TV channels for yourself.
Available at reasonable prices in paperback and ebook.
The new History Channel show, the first episode of which I watched last night, is available for internet viewing here.
I repeat, the show is just a fast review of controversial aspects of the Bible that have been pondered by believers and scholars and skeptics for a very long time. It is a good way to become acquainted with biblical scholarship and see some current scholars of note in the flesh, as it were. It raises questions without really giving full answers, as television usually does, by nature.
HT: Bob Cargill