Scholars are all agog over a new discovery. What is being heralded as the oldest known artefact of Homer’s “Odyssey” records 13 verses of the epic poem on a tablet. The tablet is dated to the 3rd century AD. The poem, along with the “Iliad,” is believed to have been written in the 8th century BC. That’s over a thousand-year interval, but it’s still considered a trustworthy witness to Homer’s work. Continue reading
It sure seems as if the latest “Bible based” media epic to hit the small screen, “Killing Jesus”, has gone viral.
The original airing of the program broke viewer records, and the tide of controversy and conversation is still rolling in. And yet “Killing Jesus” has shown itself to be more of the same when it comes to the last decade’s worth of religious box-office hits…something to which even “The Passion of the Christ” was guilty of: namely, tinkering with the scriptures in the name of poetic license and for the sake of drama.
How can anyone familiar with the gospels actually believe that there is a single hint of John the baptizer having to convince the Lamb of God of his mission? And yet this was a major theme, crutch and hinge of dramatic dialogue that took place between the voice in the wilderness and the one for whom the paths were made straight.
I’m sorry, or maybe I’m not, but I don’t think setting Jesus straight on his mission was a part of John’s mission! Nor does the Bible even hint at such dramatic nonsense.
So why do people, and I’m not just talking media producers here, love to tinker with the Bible? Continue reading