Currently Reading: Crossan and Goldberg

Having finished Melville’s classic “big fish” tale, I steer back to starboard and continue my tour thru ancient Mesopotamia, Greece and Palestine both historically and archaeologically, as well as biblically as John Dominic Crossan reviews the evidence and historicity for Paul the Apostle to the Gentiles.

As I said in a post before, I have a similar volume by said author and scholar on The Historicity of Jesus that I read last year, but I also have an examination by Crossan on The Birth of Christianity on my shelf that I plan to read later on. Most probably not until the first part of 2020.

The other book I just started is Jonah Goldberg’s fascinating march thru the history of American Progressivism and what he considers Liberal Fascism as the “daughter” of not only earlier WW1 and WW2 era Leftist/Socialist fascism but also a Grand Daughter of the totalitarian and philosophical French Revolution of the late 18th and early 19th centuries. I do tend to lean more politically Libertarian and conservative, what most historians and students of American history would call “classical liberalism”. From the first few pages in the book, having already and only so far read the introduction, it would seem both “liberal” and “conservative” labels have been given a bad rap and misapplied definitions over the decades and even the centuries.

I’m excited to get into the real meat of Goldberg’s book once I’ve finished with Crossan’s In Search of Paul. Why not tell me what you’re reading… what’s next on your TBR list? What have you recently finished? Down in the bucket… you know what to do. And thanks for reading.

-mike

Currently Reading Also: In Search of Paul

Lest anyone think I’m slacking, along with Moby Dick I’m also trudging my way thru, currently on pg 157, of John Dominic Crossan’s book on the historical Paul.

It’s similar in scope and detail to the one I read of his on the Historical Jesus. Both books are Great Reads and Amazing History.

-mike

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Kadesh Barnea, Gaza, & The Exodus

The Exodus that Never Happened… and my personal one that did

This post bears the evidence that is sorely lacking in support of what we’ve been told of the biblical history of Israel. The lack of actual Archaeological Evidence for the Old Testament Biblical Accounts is at least reason for pause and deep consideration. The implications actually lead to conclusions that Christians such as I was are sometimes not willing to accept let alone think about.

I reblogged this post about 3yrs ago on another incarnation of the RKIA, but I coming back to it because this was the beginning of my willingness to disbelieve the biblical accounts. I suspended my Suspense of Disbelief long enough to lookk at the evidence with an Outsiders Point of View. I took the “Outsiders Test of Faith” encouraged by John Loftus and before long “mene, mene, tekel, upharsin” found the very foundations of my Faith Tradition “wanting” and utterly corrupt.

I’m not trying to convince anyone. The Bookish Recovering Know It All isn’t a “Counter Apologetics Ministry”. I believe I’m past that phase. But it is important to own and explain where I come from and how I got here. If there is a God, and I still believe there may be, it isn’t the Judeo Christian God described in the Old Testament. And if there actually was a Jesus of Nazareth, which I still believe there may in fact have been, he was not the Jesus described in the New Testament. He would have been just a simple preacher of righteousness calling his people and his nation back to their cultural God and moral base… and ended up getting killed for his efforts.

I no longer believe in a historical, actual, physical resurrection of the man Jesus, son of Joseph. If he was crucified, he would not have been laid in a “new tomb” owned by a rich man. He would have been tossed unceremoniously into a common grave after allowing the birds and dogs to pick his bones clean. That is what the Romans did. Crucification’s whole purpose was to deny proper, honorable, and decent burial.

That Jesus is and has been dead for millennia. For me, the NT Jesus has also been dead for about four years now. And in his death, I’ve gained New Life. My hope for you as well.

Peace. -mike

The Jewish origin tale recounted in the Pentateuch is a work of geopolitical fiction. This is the uncontested consensus of biblical archaeologists and bible scholars. It has been the consensus position amongst professionals for nearly three generations now, but as the Chief Archaeologist at Jerusalem’s Israel Museum, Professor Magen Broshi, explained: “Archaeologists simply do not take the trouble of bringing their discoveries to public attention.” So solid is the consensus, and so definitive the evidence supporting it, that in 1998, the American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR), the primary American professional body for archaeologists working in the Middle East, changed the name of its professional publication from Biblical Archaeologist to Near Eastern Archaeology simply because the bible had been determined to be (beyond all doubt) an entirely unreliable historical source to direct research into the early Jews, pre-Babylonian captivity. Indeed, in that same year, even Christianity Today’s Kevin D…

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