Scholarship and Jesus in the Public Square

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Tonight I will finish Anthony Le Donne’s The Wife of Jesus: Ancient Texts and Modern Scandalsso hopefully I’ll have a review of the book ready by tomorrow, but tonight I want to say one thing: there is something wrong when Reza Aslan’s Zealot: The Life of Times of Jesus of Nazareth and Bill O’Reilly’s Killing Jesus: A History will have sold more copies than this book by year’s end. Le Donne’s writing is scholarly, yet readable. He is honest, as objective as possible, careful with the facts, and cautious with speculation. If either Aslan or O’Reilly had been any of these things their books wouldn’t exist.

For anyone aiming to make their studies of the historical Jesus, or early Christianity, or early Judaism accessible to the public without compromising the need for rigorous research I think this book can serve as a model. People who read it will…

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My name is James Pate. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting. I have degrees in fields of religious studies. I have an M.Phil. in the History of Biblical Interpretation from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. I also have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University.
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2 Responses to Scholarship and Jesus in the Public Square

  1. I look forward to reading a review of the book about Mrs. Christ. I subscribed to the blog so that I won’t miss it!



  2. Yeah, that will be interesting!


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