Jesus Mythicism – Nazareth to Nicaea- Dr. Mike Bird


The Nazareth to Nicaea vodcast discusses the historical Jesus, the Christ of Faith, and everything in between. We look at the many texts and traditions, the stories and artifacts, the heroes and heretics of the christological controversies. We cover the debates, the doubts, and the dissenters about all things related to Jesus and the early church.

This episode examines the topic of “Jesus Mythicism” the belief that Jesus did not exist. I give 9 reasons why I doubt Jesus mythicism.

Otherwise keep up with me on: Twitter: @mbird12 Blog: michaelfbird.substack.com

Recommended Reading Justin Meggitt, ‘“More Ingenious than Learned?”

Examining the Quest for the Non-Historical Jesus,’ NTS 65 (2019): 443-60. M. David Litwa,

How the Gospels Became History: Jesus and Mediterranean Myths (New Haven, CN: Yale University Press, 2019). S. Byrskog,

‘The Historicity of Jesus: How Do We Know That Jesus Existed?’,

Handbook for the Study of the Historical Jesus (ed. T. Holmén and S. E. Porter; vols.; Leiden: Brill, 2010) 2183-2212. Daniel Gulotta,

“A Response to Richard Carrier’s On the Historicity of Jesus: Why We Might Have Reason for Doubt,” JSHJ (2017): 310-46. Maurice Casey, Jesus: Evidence and Argument or Mythicist Myths? (London: Bloomsbury, 2014).

Bart Ehrman, Did Jesus Exist? The Historical Argument for Jesus of Nazareth (New York: Harper Collins, 2013).

#HistoricalJesus #Christology #Atheism #Apologetics #History #Theology #Church

Guest Post Elijah Hixson- The Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts


The Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts: Monthly Newsletter

A VISIT ACROSS THE POND

By: Elijah Hixson

CSNTM has hit the ground running as travel restrictions have begun to lift. In September, Dan Wallace and I travelled to the United Kingdom, where we visited a few libraries in England.

Our purpose was to make some contacts and secure digitization agreements. We hope to return with our equipment to digitize Greek New Testament manuscripts in these collections.

While more and more libraries are purchasing their own digitization equipment, we still offer our services completely free of charge to these institutions. Our digitizing their Greek New Testament manuscripts frees up their own digitization departments to make progress in other areas.

It was good to be back in the UK where I lived for 6 years. Our first stop was at a library in London, where we examined a few Greek New Testament manuscripts, some collations by scholars of previous generations, and an important manuscript in the history of the English Bible.

From there, we went north to Cambridge. The city is filled with amazing libraries, and the one we visited had an incredibly difficult palimpsest (that would greatly benefit from MSI), as well as some valuable unpublished work by scholars who were active more than a century ago.

In Birmingham, our next stop, we met with a couple of scholars to get advice on how we at CSNTM could use our resources to better serve the wider discipline. Textual criticism is a small world, and the more collaboration we can do, the better.

At our final stop, Oxford, we made a couple of big purchases for the CSNTM Research Library at both Blackwells and St. Philip’s Books (which might be my favorite second-hand bookstore that I’ve ever visited). We also visited two libraries in Oxford that had some amazing New Testaments and an unpublished, handwritten catalogue of Greek manuscripts written by a scholar who lived in Oxford at the time. We did not walk on the grass.

Dan then returned to the States while I stayed a few extra days at Tyndale House for a bit of research and to see Dirk Jongkind. While I was there, the editors of the Tyndale Bulletin very graciously gave CSNTM a near-complete print run of the Tyndale Bulletin for CSNTM’s library.

Dan Wallace and I felt our trip to be quite successful. We were able to see several fascinating manuscripts and make some important library acquisitions. And, hopefully soon, CSNTM will return to the UK to digitize several manuscripts with our new equipment.

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Faithlife Verse of the Day Matt. 22:37-38 w/notes


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Matthew 22:37–38 NET w/notes

22:37 Jesus44 said to him, “ ‘Love45 the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’46 22:38 This is the first and greatest47 commandment.

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44tn Grk “And he”; the referent (Jesus) has been specified in the translation for clarity. Here δέ (de) has not been translated.
45tn Grk “You will love.” The future indicative is used here with imperatival force (see ExSyn 452 and 569).
46sn A quotation from Deut 6:5. The threefold reference to different parts of the person says, in effect, that one should love God with all one’s being.
47tn Grk “the great and first.”

Why Is James White Still Spreading a Myth? — The Text of the Gospels


James R. White, the director of Alpha & Omega Ministries, continues to spread a false version of how Codex Sinaiticus was initially encountered by Constantine Tischendorf – and it looks likes his colleagues in/around Phoenix, Arizona are doing nothing to prevent him from doing so.  As far back as 1995,…

Why Is James White Still Spreading a Myth? — The Text of the Gospels

“…For Their Own Conscience and Thoughts…”


Morning Meds (Take 1 each Morning with all the Prayer You Need)

15 They demonstrate that God’s law is written in their hearts, for their own conscience and thoughts either accuse them or tell them they are doing right. — Romans 2:15 NLT 

Romans 2:10-16 NLT

It is said that on a dark night with no obstructions, the human eye can see the flickering flame of a candle up to a distance of thirty miles.  How is this possible?  Even the smallest of lights will dispel darkness.  This is true of that quality that we refer to as “good”.   Good dispels evil.  As Edmund Burke put it:  “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”  Even those who have never read God’s law or those that say there is no God know this is true.  All humans innately know the difference between good and evil.  For most humans, it is natural to choose to do…

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