The Nazareth myth

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by Neil Godfrey

I’ve just discovered Rene Salm now has a a page introducing his argument for the archaeological evidence (or lack of it) for the existence of Nazareth as a village at the time of the early first century c.e. (Am I the last to know about this?)


.Another page of his addresses the establishment arguments against his case.

An Essential Nazareth Bibliography

For those who like James Randi, there is also a Youtube endorsement by Randi.

I recall reading lengthy exchanges of a wide cross-section of biblical scholars with Rene Salm on Crosswalk (or Crosswalk2) some years ago and was a bit dismayed at the way the most pro-historical-Nazereth arguments were flimsy attempts to draw definitive, even dogmatic, facts from vague propositions and ‘minimalist’ evidence.

An interesting summary of exchanges seeking an explanation for the origin of the connection of Nazareth with Jesus can be found in a post (13031) on Crosstalk2 by Bob Schacht.

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  • 2009-05-30 09:01:05 UTC - 09:01 | Permalink

    A discussion of Rene Salm’s work and James Randi’s response is on freeratio here.

  • 2009-05-31 12:49:44 UTC - 12:49 | Permalink

    and again a discussion of Ken Dark’s scholarly review of Salm’s book at http://vridar.wordpress.com/2009/05/31/reviewing-a-scholarly-review-of-rene-salms-the-myth-of-nazareth/

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