As always, a good read by Larry Hurtado. Every Easter, magazines and television shows drag out the latest installments of bad reporting on the life of Jesus. Even if you’re not in the UK and aren’t watching the show to which he refers, the issues he addresses apply broadly to these popularized accounts of the life of Jesus. This recent post from Hurtado’s blog is well worth a read:
Last Friday evening here in the UK the TV programme, “Mysteries of the Bible–Jesus” showed (Channel 5, 9 pm), and already I’ve had one commenter asking why I allowed myself to be included in the programme. So, a few comments are in order.
First, when you’re approached by researchers for such a TV programme (at least in my experience), you’re not usually told the larger storyline or sweep of the programme. They simply say they have some particular questions that they’d like to interview you about. So, you can deal with those questions but never know in advance where the rest of the programme is going, or even if they’ll use all or any of your own interview. I, therefore, have no responsibility for this or other programmes for which I’ve been interviewed.
But let me now turn to some matters that made me feel glad not to be responsible…
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