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Creative Boom (blog)
September 8, 2017
Bendiksen adds: "While my story is about these Messiah claimants, my overriding theme is the mechanics of religion itself. My aim is to use this project to open a debate about faith. Is there anything stranger to dedicating your life to following a Siberian real-life Messiah than following the missives of anÃâÃÂ ...
International Business Times UK
September 5, 2017
Bendisken says he hopes this project will encourage reflection and discussion through the telling of a unique and entertaining story: "While my story is about these Messiah claimants, my overriding theme is the mechanics of religion itself. My aim is to use this project to open a debate about faith. Is thereÃâÃÂ ...
New York Times
February 14, 2017
But unlike other Messiah claimants of his time, he did not unleash an armed rebellion against Rome. He did not bow down to Rome, either. He put his attention to something else: reviving the faith and reforming the religion of his people. In particular, he called on his fellow Jews to focus on their religion'sÃâÃÂ ...
August 6, 2016
Ever since Jesus came along in the first century of the common era, claiming to be the son of God and the messiah, there have been a lot of copycats. Messiah claimants have arisen in Judaism, Christianity and Islam, and have come from every corner of the world touched by the Abrahamic faiths. SabbataiÃâÃÂ ...
January 5, 2016
Q. You comment that Jesus wasn't the only one thought to be the Messiah in the New Testament period. A. We know that throughout history there were many Messiah claimants—and probably at least six during the New Testament period. Acts 5:36-37 names two: Theudas, who rose up against Rome withÃâÃÂ ...
October 7, 2014
Archeologists say they have discovered an ancient artifact depicting Jesus that will force historians to “rethink the history of Christian Spain.” A team of experts found a glass plate depicting one of the first images of Jesus Christ — and he's clean-shaven, sporting short hair, according to The Guardian.
April 29, 2014
(CNN) - It seemed real; it seemed fake; it seemed real again; now we're back to fake. "It” is the controversial little scrap of papyrus, written in Coptic, that seems to have Jesus referring to “my wife,” in contrast to the traditional stance that affirms Jesus' perpetual bachelorhood. The quick backstory: In 2012,ÃâÃÂ ...
January 28, 2014
(CNN) - That faint humming sound you've heard recently is the scholarly world of the Bible and archaeology abuzz over the discovery of the oldest known Mesopotamian version of the famous Flood story. A British scholar has found that a 4,000-year-old cuneiform tablet from what is now Iraq contains aÃâÃÂ ...
Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal
December 24, 2011
None of this necessarily means that Jesus did not exist, but rather pact, being just one of the many mystics, faith-healers, miracle-workers and Messiah-claimants of the time. What is more important, particularly concerning mythologised figures such as Jesus, is the social forces these figures embody. A number of Jews hadÃâÃÂ ...