Tuesday, 5 June 2012

The (Un)Real Jesus?

On his Religion for Life radio show and podcast John Shuck has been asking the question, "will the real Jesus please rise?"

So far nobody claiming to be Jesus has answered the call, but John has pulled both Bishop Jack Spong and Bart Ehrman out of the hat.  In his third interview we hear from Bob Price.  If you haven't yet heard a presentation putting forth a lucid version of the 'mythical Jesus' hypothesis, this would be a good place to start.

Get it while it's hot!

Next time John interviews that old Irish charmer, John Dominic Crossan.


  1. Great interview. Price alludes to Thompson,
    Allegro (fertility cults ), MacDonald.

    Hoffmann recently advised: "read the Nag Hammadi,
    then G Mark and that will make you an

    But I note everyone who has has read MacDonald
    goes mythicist (with Hoffmann the next domino
    to fall?)

  2. O.T. Is it just me or does Hoffmann look like Soros!
    Anyways, two very smart men!

  3. I don't agree with Ehrman that the Jesus of the New Testament is historical but I don't agree with Price or Doherty that the Jesus of the New Testament is a cosmic Christ either. Not that it matters because I've even been told that I can't even say that I don't believe God exists because I don't have a degree in Theology.

    However, there was a Jesus who Celsus wrote about and that Jesus was Jesus ben Pantera who lived during the time of the Jewish king, Alexander Jannaeus. He was stoned to death by the Jews on the eve of the Passover and hanged on a tree in 88 BCE and is also alluded to in Acts 5:30 and 10:39 and by some of the early church writers. That was the Jesus that the Jewish Christians knew about. Paul completely invented his Jesus and called their Jesus "another Jesus". Paul's Jesus only exists in vision and midrash type revelations of Jewish scripture. So, now you know, even if you don't.