Monthly Archives: August 2010

Full Article on “Heresy Hunting” Published in SR

The short article I wrote for the JBL Forum a few years ago entitled "Heresy Hunting in the New Millennium" (read it HERE and some reactions and discussion HERE) has now appeared in its original longer form in the latest … Continue reading

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Dispute Between the Cherub and the Thief

Mark Bilby (University of Virginia) pointed out to me this edition by Sebastian Brock of a fifth-century Syriac poem entitled The Dispute Between the Cherub and the Thief. The poem is related to the Decensus traditions in which the one … Continue reading

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Conference on Infancy Gospels

The Infancy Gospels Research Program is hosting three conferences in Switzerland this fall. You can check out the program HERE. The events feature surprisingly few North American scholars and also little on apocryphal texts (though see the final day, which … Continue reading

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The Beheading of John the Baptist by Euriptus, the Disciple of John

I have just added this text to the More Christian Apocrypha page on my main site ( It's a curious text, as it reports some events of John's life and death differently from other Baptist-related texts and traditions. Here Herod's … Continue reading

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Review of Aasgard’s The Childhood of Jesus

Jim Davila at Paleojudaica pointed out this review of Reidar Aasgaard's study of the Infancy Gospel of Thomas (The Childhood of Jesus: Decoding the Apocryphal Infancy Gospel of Thomas, Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2009).

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Manuscript Hunter Part 2: The Results

I have returned from my trip to the US to photograph a handful of Syriac manuscripts. The work went quite well, with only a few minor problems accessing the material. Here's a brief rundown of the trip. I arrived in … Continue reading

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