I am reading the proofs of my contribution to The Reception of Jesus in the First Three Centuries. The following quotes from Daniel Boyarin are true not only for dealing with what the Talmud has to say about Jesus but for any time we are engaging ancient texts. The effort must be made to read the texts in their own context and resist the temptation to ask of the texts the questions we have, but […]
This past year I was asked by Chris Keith to write a chapter on Jesus in the Talmud for The Reception of Jesus in the First Three Centuries. Last month I was invited to speak at the 1892 Club at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. They recorded it and have posted the presentation (and the rest of the series) on YouTube.
I am reading Peter Schäfer’s creative reconstruction of the background for Jesus in the Talmud and a thought occurred to me that I do not see how I missed before (and a connection Schäfer does not seem to make). The Talmud addresses Jesus’ lineage (b Shab 104b), asserting that he is a bastard, a mamzer in the Hebrew. The biblical legal issues surrounding a mamzer go back to Deut. 23. Deut. 23:2 Those born of an illicit […]
… and which candidate is more like JC. (BTW there are very real and interesting historical questions about Jesus’ ethnicity that are usually very poorly handled. This story is actually about modern social issues and contemporary politics.) I like the contrast put forward: Less remarked are the differences in how the color of Christ pertains to each candidate’s campaign. Ever since videos emerged in 2008 of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright shouting “God damn America” and […]
Tonight is the first film in our local series “The Reel Jesus.” Here are my opening words. Reel Jesus Introduction Good evening. My name is Christian Brady and I am dean of the Schreyer Honors College and on behalf of the State College Theatre and the Film Collective I welcome you to the Reel Jesus Film Festival. In a moment I will outline the events of our evening, but first a few words about this […]
This piece (or a version of it, I am over the word limit by 80 words) should appear in the Centre Daily Times in the near future. It is an introduction to an upcoming film series The Reel Jesus. The story is up! “Jesus is coming to a theater near you.“ I believe that I can state, without doing any research whatsoever, not even firing up The Google, that Jesus is the single most discussed […]