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If copying my blogposts elsewhere, please clearly post links back to this Vridar blog and the original site of the post here. Also, unless I have given prior permission otherwise, please make it clear that I may not personally endorse other views on the site or blog where it is posted.

Many thanks,


Jonathan Cook <….> 8 December 2013 17:18
To: Neil Godfrey <….>

hi neil. please feel free. and thanks for introducing me to your blog – it looks very interesting. all best, jonathan

On 8 December 2013 02:36, Neil Godfrey wrote:

From: Neil Godfrey
Subject: request permission to copy your article

Message Body:
Dear Jonathan Cook,

Is it permissible for me to repost your article, Dissenting Opinion on Nelson, in full and with full attribution to yourself and linked to the ICH site (or other that you prefer) on my personal blog, vridar.org?

Neil Godfrey

from:  phoenix press . . .
to:  Neil Godfrey . . .
date:  30 July 2013 20:23
subject:  Re: requests — to copy, a photo
mailed-by:  sheffield.ac.uk

Dear Neil

Please accept my apologies that it has taken so long for me to get back to you on this. I can now confirm that it will be fine for you to attach a copy of chapter 7 to your blog, as per your request below.

I have attached a photo of Thomas Brodie herewith which I hope will be suitable. If you would like to make contact with the man himself then please let me know and I will pass your email address on to him or ask if he is happy for me to send you his email.

With best wishes

Ailsa Parkin


from:  Neil Godfrey . . . .
to:  phoenix . . . .
date:  15 July 2013 15:02
subject:  requests — to copy, a photo
mailed-by:  gmail.com

Dear Sheffield Phoenix Press

I would like to know if I can have permission to copy chapter 7 of “Beyond the Quest for the Historical Jesus: Memoir of a Discovery” by Thomas L. Brodie to attach to a blog post.

I have been blogging a series on this book (most recently @ http://vridar.org/2013/07/14/making-of-a-mythicist-act-2-scene-3-that-is-an-important-thesis/ ) and generating some wider interest in it, and would like to post a link to chapter 7 to illustrate the depth and complexity of Brodie’s methods if this is permissible.

One more request. Can you either provide me with a photograph of Thomas Brodie that I might also be able to post on my blog, or ask if Thomas Brodie himself might be able to provide one – or make it possible for me to contact him to ask?

Many thanks,

Neil Godfrey


Sheffield Phoenix Press Ltd
Department of Biblical Studies
University of Sheffield
45 Victoria Street
Sheffield S3 7QB

On 19 April 2012 19:44, ken humphreys <ken[at]jesusneverexisted.com> wrote:
> Hi Neil,
> But of course!
> Like many, I waited with baited breath for Ehrman’s long-promised “historical Jesus” and was miffed by what eventually popped out of the box. But I like to think that at the end of the day Bart has, wittingly or not, put the mythicist case into the public domain.
> Best wishes
> Ken
> On 19 Apr 2012, at 10:35, neilgodfrey @ FRDB wrote:
>> This is a message from neilgodfrey at FRDB ( http://www.freeratio.org/index.php ).
>> Hi Ken,
>> Thank you for a brilliant review of Bart Ehrman’s book.
>> I have linked to it on FRDB via a comment by Steven Carr on my blog.
>> But I was wondering if you would mind if I re-posted it on my blog (vridar.org) as a post in its own right as well. I would of course give full acknowledgement to you and the FRDB as the source of the original posting. The blog has a reasonably high level of readership, averaging 1500 “hits” a day, and is quite well known in the wider field of “bible scholars” and others interested in mythicism and biblical studies.
>> If you don’t mind my re-posting it do reply by email to let me know.
>> Many thanks,
>> Neil Godfrey

from: Mary Tolbert
to: Neil Godfrey
date: 20 January 2011 12:40
subject: RE: use of your photo in my blogpost?
mailed-by: psr.edu<

Yes, you can have permission.  The HRC photo is the more recent one.

Mary Tolbert

Dr. Mary A. Tolbert

—–Original Message—–
From: Neil Godfrey
Sent: Wednesday, January 19, 2011 5:25 PM
To: Mary Tolbert
Subject: use of your photo in my blogpost?

Dear Professor Tolbert,

I would like to know if I have permission to attach a photograph of
you on a personal blogpost of mine in which I present a sketch outline
of your argument relating to the genre of the Gospel of Mark. I have
in mind either the photo at http://web.archive.org/web/20110707172852/http://www.hrc.org/seminaryscholarship/advisory.asp or the one at http://www.gtu.edu/academics. In the same post I will be using a public domain photograph of Eric Auerbach.

While my blog (https://vridar.org) approaches biblical
studies from a “radical left field” perspective, I can assure you I am
always careful to make it clear that any sources I discuss or cite do
not support my own interpretations where that is the case.


Neil Godfrey

8 September 2010 21:21

Hello Neil,

. . . . .

For future purposes, if you like some of my writings, please feel free to post them without having to ask me.  . . . .


Date: 8 September 2010 13:11

Hello Neil,

This is Monzer Zimmo.  Gilad forwarded your message to me.

I am glad that you liked my recent article.  Please feel free to post the articleon your blog.  Also, please send me your Blog’s URL, so that I may visit it.

Thank you for your interest.


Hope is the stuff from which life is made!

from Mike Stanfill
to Neil Godfrey
date 6 July 2010 21:50
subject Re: use of a cartoon?

Hi Neil;

By all means, help yourself for blog usage. The more the merrier.

=mike stanfill=
– Hide quoted text –

> Just discovered your farleftside site. What is the rights status of the comics? Do I have permission to post one of the cartoons on my blog? Conditions?
> Thinking in particular of adding http://www.farleftside.com/2008/10-29-08.html to my blog post at /2010/06/20/which-bone-was-eve-made-from/
> Thanks
> Neil

CartoonStock – Purchaser’s license agreement
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Image(s): cgan649
Date license granted: 07 April 2010

from Stevan Davies
to Neil Godfrey
date 25 March 2010 00:58
subject Re: request to post a comment of yours
mailed-by misericordia.edu
Yes, go right ahead. What is the address of your blog?
Stevan Davies
—– Original Message —–
From: Neil Godfrey
To: Stevan Davies
Sent: Wednesday, March 24, 2010 1:55 AM
Subject: request to post a comment of yours

Hello Professor Davies,

I still recall your refreshing openness to new ideas and insights on Crosstalk back in 1999 when I was beginning to investigate biblical studies as an amateur. In particular, I recall your post (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/crosstalk/message/5438) in which you spoke favourably of Earl Doherty’s attempts to explain evidence from an alternative perspective.

While I am aware you do not agree with all (perhaps much) of what Doherty has written (and I have my own disagreements with him that I have with him) I wonder if you would mind if I posted the bulk of the text of your 1999 Crosstalk message on my blog. I have this past month been doing a few posts on the mythicist model, and in response to much of the flack I have copped as a result, I would like to post your comments — although of course I would make clear the context them of them and that you yourself are not a mythicist, etc.

But understand if you would rather that I do not post your message in such a context.

Neil Godfrey

Permission to copy large section from Satyricon on “The Above-average Typist” site

from Kenny [XXXX]
to Neil Godfrey
date 30 December 2009 06:47
subject RE: permission to copy a section of satyricon?

That would be fine. Feel free.

From: Neil Godfrey [mailto:neilgodfrey1[AT]gmail.com]
Sent: Tuesday, December 29, 2009 3:54 AM
To: kenny[AT]igibud.com
Subject: permission to copy a section of satyricon?

Hi Kenny

I am wondering if you would mind if I copied the section of the Widow of Ephesus tale — the last part of chapter 13 of the Satyricon — on a blog post of mine? I would, of course, give top billing and prominent recognition to your site and source of this copy, plus a link.

If not, no worries. Understand.

Many thanks
Neil Godfrey

In response to my form email request on Gilad Atzmon’s website to post his article, . . . .

from Gilad Atzmon
to neilgodfrey1[AT]. . .>
date 15 October 2009 18:37
subject Re: Form Submission – Send Email
mailed-by mac.com

100% yes, and anything else on my blog xg

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from Recovery from Religion <recoveryfromreligion@gmail.com>
date 22 October 2008 15:51
subject Please help spread my piece on Sarah Palin
hide details 15:51 (2 hours ago)

Hello friends,

As a former fundamentalist Christian, I am very concerned about Sarah Palin’s religion.  I was asked to write a piece to explain the Assemblies of God Church, since I have the same background.

This kind of religion is not what we need in government – it is dangerous to democracy and to the world.

This “open letter” has been posted on the internet in a number of places, such as DailyKos


and I would appreciate any help you can give to further distribute it.

Thanks so much!
Marlene Winell

P.S.  Please forgive me if you get this more than once.

Marlene Winell, Ph.D.
Berkeley, CA

Press Release – October 21, 2008
For immediate publication or distribution

10 May 2008 14:39

requesting permission to post your article in the Independent on my blog

Dear Johann Hari,

Do I have permission to post your article, “The loathsome smearing of Israel’s critics”, on my blog? I will of course give due and prominent recognition to you, and the Independent, if so.

But if there are copyright impediments do let me know,

Neil Godfrey


From J.Hari[AT]independent.co.uk
to Neil Godfrey
date 10 May 2008 22:23
subject Re: requesting permission to post your article in the Independent on my blog

hide details 22:23 (11 hours ago)




to Brendan.ONeill. . . .
date 27 April 2008 08:41
subject linked to your postcard image on my blog


I have linked to my blog the TIbet-China postcard you used in your
recent Slitty Eyes article. I have at the same time linked to
Spiked-Online and your blog. Please let me know if this is in breach
of copyright and I will remove it.

To see how I have used this postcard image, see . . . . . http://tinyurl.com/4scd6h

to Neil Godfrey . . . .
date 18 Apr 2008
subject Re: GushSite/gush_shalom: requesting permission to post article on my blog

For sure, we WANT the article to be speare as widely as possible!
Go ahead by all means.

Adam Keller – Gush Shalom spokesperson

—— On 16 Apr 2008, . . . Neil Godfrey . . . . wrote:

Subject: GushSite/gush_shalom: requesting permission to post article on my blog
Date sent: Wed, 16 Apr 2008

Subject: requesting permission to post article on my blog

Would I be allowed to post Uri Avnery’s recent article, “Manifest
Destiny”, on my blog — naturally with full recognition of Uri Avnery
as its author, and a link to gush_shalom as well?

. . . . . .

From: Marlene Winell
Sent: Thursday, 27 September 2007 2:59 PM
Subject: Re: Contact Dr. Winell submission

Dear Neil,
Thanks for writing. The answer is, Yes! feel free.
Kind Regards,
Marlene Winell

On 7/14/07, mwinell@….. wrote:
> Your Name : Neil Godfrey
> Phone Number : 61 7 …….
> Your Message : I am wondering if I could have permission to copy a portion of your text for discussion on my https://vridar.org blog.
> I would like to discuss Healthy/Dysfunctional family trait lists found in your “Leaving the Fold” pp130-131 and to do so would want to copy much of the text of those lists if I had permission to do so. I would of course acknowledge your book and provide online links to it.
> —–
> Submitted by (….marlenewinell….) on Sat, 2007-07-14 15:19

Marlene Winell, Ph.D.

Hi Neil,You may post the piece at your blog. I appreciate your
interest in and support of my writing.

Thanks again.


— Neil . . . wrote:

> May I post your article currently accessed at
> on my blog at
> http://sweetreason.wordpress.com ?
> I will of course link to your name and email address
> as the author.
> Thanks
> Neil

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  1. Dear Neil Godfrey:
    It has been a pleasure to read several articles on Revelation. I have been a pastor, in the United Methodist Church (USA) for over 63 years. Until a few years ago I was sold on the futurist interpretation of Revelation. I discovered a book by Dr. Christoph Peppler, from Cape Town, South Africa, REVELATION IN THE STARS The Sidereal and Witten Word. There were two other books that has influenced my thinking and research: ON THE GENRE AND
    MESSAGE OF REVELATION, Bruce Malina. The other book is SOCIAL-SCIENCE COMMENTARY on the BOOK OF REVELATION, Bruce Malina and John Pilch. While researching the internet, there were well over 100 plus articles on the subject of Revelation written in the sky. This brings me to your articles on the subjects of review and comments on the study of Revelation. I found them very informative and reliable. I hope soon that you will include these articles and other research in a book.

    1. Thank you for the comment, Felton. Yes, Malina’s sociological approach is certainly of interest, and I have noted several interpretations of astronomical/astrological leaning, as well as some very ingenious observations from other perspectives along the way, but I think Witulski’s works have several advantages over all of those: mainly his ability to ground his analysis in archaeological evidence alongside the literary sources.

      1. And in addition he engages with what seems to me like almost every other interpretation that has been advanced since “modern scholarship began”.

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