Author Archives: Ron Goetz

About Ron Goetz

My first wife used to say, "There's nothing so sacred that Ron won't pick it apart." My desire to be a pastor -- that was a temperamental mismatch. She was so patient. If my birth mother had lived somewhere else, maybe I would've become a cold case detective. But I would have had to be J instead of a P, I think. And that mid-life reevaluation, starting adolescence as a GARB fundamentalist and transitioning to a non-theist, that gave me an unusual skill set.

‘Arav and Bethsaida on a Single Map

Here in North America, this may be one of the first times you have been able to see Second Temple ‘Arav on the same map as Bethsaida. This may be quite an occasion. It seems that no little effort has … Continue reading

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Were there Pharisees in Galilee?

Yes, the most important Pharisee in the history of Rabbinic Judaism lived 15 miles due west of the Sea of Galilee during Jesus’ last days alive. This Pharisee was probably the chief witness against Jesus at his real trial. Jesus … Continue reading

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Some First-Century Zealots were Sexually Non-Conforming

Many people are unaware of the sexually non-conforming aspect of the Zealots. This according to Josephus (Wars of the Jews, IV.9.10): “While the (Zealot) inclination to plunder was insatiable, as was their zeal in searching the houses of the rich; … Continue reading

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Four Primates

Thirty thousand years ago a group of aging primates sat around a fire one night. There were three Homo Sapiens and a Neanderthal. The young ones were asleep. The area wouldn’t be called France for a long time. Three of … Continue reading

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Talmud and Gospels on Legal Entrapment

If you’re studying history, when two separate sources talk about the same thing, from different perspectives, that is worth focusing on. The Talmud and the gospels both talk about entrapment, but from different perspectives. The Talmud discusses entrapment from the … Continue reading

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Greetings Reader

I appreciate your interest in the topics here. Recently I’ve had readers from a very interesting assortment of places on the map. United States, Israel, Germany, United kingdom, Philippines, Pakistan, Australia, South Africa, Malaysia, United Arab Emirates, Sweden, Nigeria, New … Continue reading

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Evidence (and a little explanation) for “The Gay Jew Jesus Trial” Theory

This post includes key primary sources I use in “The Gay Jew Jesus Trial” theory. They are grouped together with headings. You might want to copy and paste the following post to your device for further study, or repost somewhere … Continue reading

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Talmud Documents used in the Jesus Trial

What I’m doing here is explaining actual courtroom evidence that I am confident refers to the person we c Jesus. Some first century documents contain major records of a trial. How do you prove a historical fact? For example, what … Continue reading

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Necessary Respect, Tolerance, and Management of Excruciating Differences

I’m still in the middle of processing what it means that the Gospels were written by actual Flavians or people retained by Flavians to write what they did. I rarely use the word conspiracy. All conspiracy is is a plan … Continue reading

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Evidence that Lesbianism was a Capital Crime in First-Century Judea

“What evidence is there that lesbianism was legally a capital crime in Jewish law?” This is a jackpot question. At the outset, let me emphasize that Jewish law includes two basic sources, not just one source. The first source is, … Continue reading

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