Category Archives: Religious Studies

Suetonius, Nero’s Dreams, and Biographical Memory

Several years ago, back in Spring 2011, I took a graduate course taught by prominent Classics scholar Marilyn Skinner on ancient biography and Suetonius’ Life of Nero. One of the most interesting sections of the biography is a series of … Continue reading

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Guest Blog by Michael Kok: The Tradition about the Apostle and Evangelist John

Below is a guest blog by Michael Kok (Ph.D. in Biblical Studies, University of Sheffield) on the topic of his new book regarding the identity and reception of the “Beloved Disciple” in the Fourth Gospel, and how the text came to … Continue reading

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Guest Blog by Tyler Huson: Jotham’s Fable or Aesop’s Fable? A Discussion of Textual Relations

I’ve been pretty busy teaching in the UC Irvine Humanities Core this academic quarter, and so I have been soliciting a number of guest blogs from friends and scholars, in order to keep up regular posting activity on Κέλσος. If you … Continue reading

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Review of Craig Keener, “Miracles,” Part 1: What Evidence of Miracles Are Skeptics Searching for?

Over the last couple years I have been asked by multiple apologists and skeptics alike to take a look at Craig Keener’s Miracles: The Credibility of the New Testament Accounts. Keener published his 1200+ pages, 2 volume set in 2011, … Continue reading

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SBL 2015: Bible, Myth, and Myth-Theory

Last month I attended the Society of Biblical Literature annual meeting in Atlanta where there was a special session (Bible, Myth, and Myth-Theory) dedicated to the research of NT scholar Dennis MacDonald. I have discussed MacDonald’s use of mimesis criticism in my post … Continue reading

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Presenting at the AAR Western Region 2016 Annual Conference

I just received news that my abstract has been accepted to the American Academy of Religion West Coast Region 2016 annual conference. I will be presenting on ancient polytheism and the problem of defining Paganism as the cultural and religious “other.” … Continue reading

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Some Scholarly Bibliography on the Historical Jesus and the Apostle Paul

Last Spring quarter, when I was taking graduate seminars on the New Testament and Christian Origins at UC Santa Barbara, I compiled a bibliography of notable scholarship over the last several decades on the historical Jesus and the apostle Paul … Continue reading

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Daniel Boyarin, “A Radical Jew: Paul and the Politics of Identity”

Earlier this year I had the privilege of meeting Dr. Daniel Boyarin when he visited the Thesaurus Linguae Graecae at UC Irvine during the Winter academic quarter. He gave a guest lecture in the TLG for a “Jews in Theory” course … Continue reading

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Missing Religious Ontologies in Ancient Polytheism

Below is a brief paper that I wrote for my “Greek Religion” seminar last quarter, where I address some of the ontologies of religion (e.g. sacred texts, church, dogma) that appear to be absent from ancient Greek polytheism. I discussed … Continue reading

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Zaidman and Pantel, “Religion in the Ancient Greek City”

As I announced in a previous post, I am taking a seminar this quarter on ancient Mediterranean religions and their relation to Christian origins. In particular, we are looking at the Greek (and sometimes Roman and Egyptian) polytheistic religions that were predominant … Continue reading

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