Did Herod Really Order the Massacre of the Innocents, or Did Matthew Just Make Up a Story?

When we think of the Christmas story, our minds go to some dingy, yet warm and cozy places. We picture Mary, Joseph and a swaddling baby in a manger. We see angels, shepherds and the Magi bearing gifts. I can almost hear “Hark, the Herald Angels Sing” now. But smack dab in the middle of the Christmas story is a grim and gory tale. In Matthew 2:16 we read of Herod learning of the Messianic king’s birth, feeling threatened and then ordering the slaughter of all the male children 2 and under in Bethlehem. It’s a grizzly story, but it’s a part of the account of the birth of Christ nonetheless. But not everyone believes … Read more

Podcast Episode 3 – Debunking Jesus Mythicists’ Mishandling of Josephus

When Christians are asked where Jesus is mentioned outside of the New Testament, many of them will reply that Josephus mentions Jesus twice. But some ‘Jesus-Mythicists’ will claim that isn’t true. Here I interact with some of the mythicists, notably the popular YouTuber Godless Engineer and investigate if they’re really looking at the Josephus text fairly. Links and other References: Video: Why Josephus Doesn’t Prove the Historicity Of Jesus || Did Jesus Exist – Godless Engineer (Warning – there’s a bit of profanity in the video) Book: Did Jesus Exist? The Historical Argument for Jesus of Nazareth – Dr. Bart Ehrman, an agnostic Biblical scholar Book: The Jesus Legend: A Case for the Historical Reliability … Read more

Did early Christian scribes really completely fake The Josephus Testimonium?

If Jesus was such a big deal, then why isn’t he mentioned by more historians of his time? This is a question that often gets asked by skeptics. The common Christian reply is that he was mentioned by 1st and early 2nd-century historians – namely Tacitus, Pliny the Younger, and Josephus. This is where some critics – particularly the “Jesus-is-a-myth” crowd – cry foul. They’ll argue that Josephus never really mentioned Jesus, and if we’d critically examine the passages for ourselves, we’d admit that this popular Christian apologetic is pretty flimsy. This reply is a bit odd, seeing that even some of the strongest critics of traditional Christianity like Bart Ehrman and JD Crossan think that … Read more

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