Roman Libraries and Gospel Anonymity

George W. Houston’s Inside Roman Libraries: Book Collections and Their Management in Antiquity (Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 2014) provides some information that may be relevant to the authorship of the Gospels. Scholars often claim the Gospels were originally anonymous and the names assigned to them (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John) were given…

Book Recommendation: Medical Miracles

Back in September I linked to an article by an atheist doctor, Jacalyn Duffin, who confirmed a healing deemed miraculous by the Vatican. In the article she says she investigated over 1,400 miracle investigations by the Roman Catholic Church conducted between 1588 and 1999. For Christmas I received her Medical Miracles: Doctors, Saints, and Healing…

Online Coins of the Roman Empire

The Online Coins of the Roman Empire website appears to be an interesting resource that provides some background information for the Roman world inhabited by the NT authors. Online Coins of the Roman Empire (OCRE), a joint project of the American Numismatic Society and the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World at New…

Bayesian evaluation for the likelihood of Christ’s resurrection

The NaClhv blog has a long but interesting series entitled “Bayesian evaluation for the likelihood of Christ’s resurrection”. Part 1: Gauging personal credulity regarding personal testimony. Part 2: Starting with a low prior probability for Christ’s resurrection of 1e-22. See Scientific Notation – E Notation: 6.022e23 is equivalent to 6.022×10^23 so 1e-22 is equivalent to…

Book Recommendation: The Case for Jesus by Brant Pitre

The Case for Jesus: The Biblical and Historical Evidence for Christ by Brant Pitre is an excellent introductory-intermediate text for budding apologists. It’s primary focus is on whether Jesus claimed to be/is God. 5/5 stars. The task begins by addressing the nature of the canonical gospels, the primary sources for the life of Jesus. Chapters…