Lena Einhorn discusses her Shift in Time hypothesis

For earlier discussions on this blog of Lena’s argument see: Review: A Shift In Time, Lena Einhorn. A new hypothesis on the origin of the Jesus narrative (2016-05-18) Another Lena Einhorn Observation — Anachronistic Crucifixions in the Gospels (2016-05-21) Jesus and “The Egyptian”: What to make of the Mount of Olives parallel? (2016-05-25) Hermann Detering’s … Continue reading “Lena Einhorn discusses her Shift in Time hypothesis”


Richard Carrier & Lena Einhorn Discuss Shift in Time

Followers of Richard Carrier’s blog will have known of Richard Carrier’s review earlier this month of A Shift in Time by Lena Einhorn: Lena Einhorn on the Claudian Christ Theory I am glad I did not mention it here at the time now because the page became more interesting in the following week with an … Continue reading “Richard Carrier & Lena Einhorn Discuss Shift in Time


Another Lena Einhorn Observation — Anachronistic Crucifixions in the Gospels

In my previous post I said I was wanting to explore in depth some of Lena Einhorn’s observations. One that I consider most striking concerns the climactic crucifixion itself. We are so used to hearing that crucifixion was a very common method of execution for rebels in Roman times that we don’t pause to ask questions when we read about Pilate’s … Continue reading “Another Lena Einhorn Observation — Anachronistic Crucifixions in the Gospels”


Review: A Shift In Time, Lena Einhorn. A new hypothesis on the origin of the Jesus narrative.

I recently completed reading A Shift in Time: How Historical Documents Reveal the Surprising Truth About Jesus by Lena Einhorn. Lena Einhorn proposes a radical rethink of Christian origins and does so in a welcome methodical and understated manner. Far from being a sensationalist weaving of data into a mesmerizing filigree of yet another conspiracy or gnostic … Continue reading “Review: A Shift In Time, Lena Einhorn. A new hypothesis on the origin of the Jesus narrative.”


Remembering

Vridar’s first post on a Hermann Detering work was in February 2007: Little Apocalypse and the Bar Kochba Revolt The next “mention” of Hermann Detering was subtle. It was hidden as a link in the last sentence — But that leads us to a new set of questions about dates and identities that will have to be addressed … Continue reading “Remembering”


Time Shift Hypothesis Presentation

Youtube now has a PowerPoint presentation of Lena Einhorn’s hypothesis on Jesus and the Egyptian Prophet/the Shift hypothesis. It is a somewhat longer version (45 min. ) of the presentation Lena made at the Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting in 2012. I like the idea of visual presentations over text posts. I might do … Continue reading “Time Shift Hypothesis Presentation”


Miscellany

Some of my recent reading . . . . On an alternative historical Jesus — Once more from Lena Einhorn, an interview with Mythicist Milwaukee: Who Was Jesus? w/ Lena Einhorn . On a tiresome Christian (or any religious) trope — From Valerie Tarico: Why It’s Time to Call Bullshit on Prayer Requests . More to … Continue reading “Miscellany”


Questioning Claims about Messianic Anticipations among Judeans of the Early First Century

Let’s take another set of references Richard Carrier cites to support the claim That Jewish expectations of some kind of messiah in the early Roman Empire were widespread, influential, and very diverse . . . has been well established by experts on ancient messianism.15 Carrier 2014, p. 67 I am referencing Carrier because he sets … Continue reading “Questioning Claims about Messianic Anticipations among Judeans of the Early First Century”


On Parallels

How do we determine the best way to interpret patterns and parallels between the Gospels and other literature? Here is one parallel that someone asks us to consider: Fishing for men. While at the Sea of Galilee, Jesus predicted that his followers would fish for men. “From now on you will catch men.” Luke 5:10 Titus’ followers … Continue reading “On Parallels”


Jesus and “The Egyptian”: What to make of the Mount of Olives parallel?

Once more exploring a question raised by Lena Einhorn in A Shift in Time — this time with doubts…. Was Jesus originally the Egyptian prophet we read about in the works of the ancient Jewish historian Josephus? Lena Einhorn seems to think so in A Shift in Time where she lists seven points in common between them. I … Continue reading “Jesus and “The Egyptian”: What to make of the Mount of Olives parallel?”


Jesus Mythicism: An Introduction by Minas Papageorgiou

Minas Papageorgiou, freelance journalist,  managing director of a Greek publishing group and a founding member of the Hellenic Society of Metaphysics (metafysiko.gr), has made his Greek language survey of a wide range of contemporary Jesus mythicist views available in English as an ebook on Amazon. And it’s not exorbitantly priced, either. Jesus Mythicism: An Introduction was … Continue readingJesus Mythicism: An Introduction by Minas Papageorgiou”


Jesus Mythicism: An Introduction

An English language version of Minas Papageorgiou’s book is due out in March 2015. (It has only been available in Greek until now.) You can find details on a dedicated Facebook page. The range of names interviewed and types of mythicism represented in the book is very wide indeed. Here is the back cover blurb with … Continue reading “Jesus Mythicism: An Introduction”