Discussion on Jewish Christianity

Panel to discuss two new books on subject at SBL in San Diego

Todays mail brought with it an invitation from Hendrickson's, publishers, to attend a panel discussion of two new books that have recently been published -- Jewish Believers in Jesus, by Oskar Skarsaune and Reidar Hvalvik of Norway, and Jewish Christianty Reconsiderededited by Matt Jackson-McCabe. (Amazon link has at least two misspellings that I noticed). The discussion will be held Monday, November 19, in San Diego during the AAR/SBL conferences.   Looking at the list of those taking part in the review, this will be one session I will definitely be attending.

Oskar Skarsaune and Reidar Hvalvik were at the Patristics Conference in Oxford that I notedhere.  I had the chance to speak with Reidar and hear his paper, but was unable to catch up with Oskar on that occassion.  Perhaps this time.

Tags: First Century, Paul, Ebionites, Jewish Christianity, Nazarenes

That Talpiot Tomb again!

Review of book highlights the deeps of concern over methods

Just when the debate on the Talpiot Tomb had almost waned, it arises again. This time it is sparked by the review of a book by Simcha Jacobovici and Charles Pellegrino on the Tomb. Published in the Review of Biblical Literature the piece is written by Jonathan Reed, Professor of Religion at the University of La Verne, in California. It should be noted that this is not the first time Jonathan Reed has been publicly involved with this issue. He was part of a team of ‘experts’ that the Discovery Channel assembled for a post-airing debate on the Talpiot Tomb moderated by Ted Koppel. Reed will be remembered from that debate because of one contribution—his description of the documentary as “archoporn.” His distaste for the concepts espoused in the documentary and outlined in the book are clearly evident in the review.

While I can support Reed's dislike for the methods of Jacobovici and Cameron, the program has highlighted another aspect of this issue. Jacobovici provides a few video clips—probably from the program—on YouTube. In one such video, he discusses a little-known first century group known as the Nazarenes. This group most likely comprised the direct descendents of the followers of Jesus in Judea and Galilee.

Now if only the rest of the video of the Jesus Family Tomb had been as credible!

Tags: Jesus, Talpiot Tomb, Nazarenes, Jonathan Reed, Simcha Jacobovici

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