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If you'd like to see a blog by Peter Kirby, please head over to the blog at www.peterkirby.com for some "late Peter Kirby writings." It has any new comments on Early Christian Writings, Early Jewish Writings, and other subjects of interest.
Michael Turton has written a book review of Donald H. Akenson's St. Saul: A Skeleton Key to the Historical Jesus. Among other things, Turton observes that there is not enough focus on Paul himself (or on Paul in relation to the historical Jesus), and the book is not recommended. Read it now.
Peter Kirby presents dozens of outsider sources on formative Islam, based on Hoyland's book Seeing Islam as Other Saw It. The compilation should be helpful in reconstructing early Islamic history, the origins of the Qur'an, and the life of Muhammad. Read it now.
David C. Hindley has compiled a compendium of quotes, based on the original appendix to Josephus by William Whiston, that put the debate over the authenticity of Jesus in Josephus in perspective. Read it now.
Marcion, the Canon, the Law, and the Historical Jesus
Peter Kirby looks at traditions concerning the names and number of the apostles of Jesus, both inside and outside of canonical texts. Kirby identifies a tradition of the Seven that rivals that of the Twelve. Read it now.
Sid Green traces the Zadokite priestly line from before the Hasmonean era to the murder of James the Just by Ananus in the first century. He demonstrates how Zadokite expectations were later misunderstood in the Diaspora and construed as the gospel stories, describing the supposed life and mission of Jesus the Nazorean. Read it now.
G.R.S. Mead wrote this exploratory book suggesting that Jesus may trace back to some time period other than that traditionally assigned, based on references in the Talmud and other literature. Available online for the first time: read it now.
Sid Green has written this article that explores the relationship between the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Nazorean sect that became Christianity with some help from Paul and the later Gospel mythmakers. Green concludes that the Jesus story may trace back to a figure in the centuries BCE. Read it now.
A prominent defender of the Jesus Myth point of view in the first half of the twentieth century was the French writer M. Couchoud. Couchoud raised such classic arguments as the ideas that Paul spoke of a heavenly non-physical Jesus and that the Evangelists spun their tales out of Old Testament midrash. Maurice Goguel, a respected New Testament scholar, published this book in part to respond to the ideas of Couchoud. Available online for the first time: read it now.