This blog is now entering ‘sleep’ mode… — that’s the heading for René Salm’s final post at least for a while. René explains his decision to retire from posting and publishing his research into Christian origins. Fortunately his blog with its many resources will remain online for some time yet. I think René’s strongest contribution to the public was his overview and analysis of the archaeological reports on Nazareth that have been produced over the years. The responses to his work from some academics and even lay critics was anything but scholarly rebuttal. They were viciously hostile, full of insult, ridicule and blatant misrepresentation. That’s not how one expects sound and valid research and scholarly publications to be defended. One must suspect that his reviews and analysis hit a raw nerve in the academy. René has undertaken research into areas that few others have undertaken and one of his last series of posts was a translation and commentary on Hermann Detering’s thesis involving the relationship of Buddhism with Christianity view the Therapeutae in Egypt.
My posts on René’s books on the archaeology of Nazareth:
The Nazareth myth (2009-09-04)
The Real Jesus Challenge, Bart Erhman, and Nazareth (2010-08-15)
Interview with René Salm (2011-04-27)
Nazareth Boondoggle (2012-09-24)
More Nazareth Nonsense from Tim O’Neill (2012-12-29)
Nazareth, General Overview of the Evidence (2016-02-22)