Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Life of Brian

I watched this on Good Friday. I didn't know a documentary about the passion of Christ could be entertaining?! It seems James Tabor and Simcha Jacobovici are still pushing the “Jesus Family Tomb” stuff, and I readily admit that Simcha is a genuinely funny guy.

This time he and Tabor reinterprets the Gospels (no less) by claiming that Jesus and Herod Antipas cooperated on a Messianic-political scheme together with Sejanus, the Praetorian prefect of Roman emperor Tiberius. Jesus would become priestly Messiah with full control of the Temple, Antipas would be secular Messiah (and king of the Jews), while Sejanus presumably would become emperor. When Sejanus fell from grace in Rome (and straight into the Tiber), high priest Caiaphas got the upper hand in Jerusalem and forced Pontius Pilate (another ally of Sejanus) to execute Jesus, with Antipas washing his hands…

Yes, *of course* that's what happened. Why didn't we all see it before? However, I think Richard Carrier is even more entertaining. According to him, Jesus was an angel crucified in a Palestinian twin world in outer space, and then somebody stole his body. Or something.

Let's face it, boys and girls, atheists have more fun at Easter!

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