New Film on Jesus’ “Missing Years”

The Halo Effect promises to tell the story of Jesus’ life between the ages of 12 and 30, a stage in his life about which even the Christian Apocrypha are mostly silent. You can read about the film HERE but I excerpt the article below: North Shore Pictures Entertainment, a production company based in Hollywood has optioned Peter Kahalani's screenplay, "The Halo Effect." The script covers the missing years of 12-30, before Christ begins his ministry. The film has intrigue, murder, plot twists, deception, a new world order, the discovery of hidden manuscripts and an unlikely hero that shows the […]

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Vatican Library To Be Closed for Renovations

I just learned that the Vatican Library will be closed until 2010 for much-needed renovations. This article from BBC News describes how scholars are scrambling to finish their research before the Vatican Reading Room closes. The article states also that scholars can still obtain microfilm copies of manuscripts during the renovations. Good news as I have a standing order for five microfilms (the Vatican have never been very quick filling orders, mind you, so I still may have to wait until 2010 for my material). But there is another option. According to an article in the International Herald Tribune, St. […]

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“Top Ten Faulty Arguments” Revisited

Several readers have added comments to my previous post on five “Faulty Arguments” about the Christian Apocrypha advanced by Christian apologists. Before I continue the discussion by adding the next five arguments, I’d like to offer a response to the comments thus far. First, Timothy Paul Jones points out a typographical error. I wrote: “First, even if we grant that full-blown Gnostic Christianity is a late second century phenomenon (well, mid-first century really if we include Valentinus and Marcion)” but should have written “well, mid-second century…”). Oops. Bryan L. asked for my opinion on why the non-canonical gospels fell out […]

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Top Ten Faulty Arguments in anti-Apocrypha Apologetics (Part 1)

There has been talk lately on various blogs about certain conservative scholars (specifically, N. T. Wright) and the biases that influence their positions on events in the life of Jesus (specifically, the resurrection). I, too, have come again into contact with Wright’s work—his Judas and the Gospel of Jesus is an expression of conservative polemic against the Christian Apocrypha—and found myself frustrated by his approach. But Wright is not the only scholar who allows his presuppositions about the CA affect his positions on these texts; indeed, I have read many works by such scholars lately and, frankly, their arguments are […]

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Do Non-canonical Gospels Make You “Uneasy”?

April DeConick has begun a discussion on her Forbidden Gospels blog asking “Why do noncanonical texts make us uneasy?” (begin HERE). Of course this “us” would not include April and myself and at least some of our readers. We are not “uneasy” about this literature at all. Perhaps I can add to this discussion, however, by stating instead why I am attracted to it. My introduction to the Christian Apocrypha, as for many people, came in undergraduate Bible classes. I was raised as a Catholic (albeit with a small “c”) and was surprised to learn of the existence of this […]

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