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September 28, 2012 | By Paul Whitefield
Sorry, “Da Vinci Code” fans, the Vatican just rained on your parade, again.  An editorial published this week in the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano proclaimed as a fake a piece of papyrus that appears to show that some early Christians believed Jesus had a wife. The Times reported Friday : L'Osservatore Romano editor Giovanni Maria Vian said the fragment, unveiled to the public last week by Harvard Divinity School professor Karen L. King, was a “clumsy forgery” that had been hyped by the American media only to be immediately called into question by specialists.
April 24, 2014 | By Sharon Mizota
A trompe l'oeil photograph may seem like an oxymoron - photographs are constantly fooling the eye with their verisimilitude. Yet in his exhibition at Luis De Jesus, L.A. artist Chris Engman has managed to create photographic images that evoke this playful artistic tradition while examining the mechanisms of their own presentation. They engage in a kind of generative navel-gazing: Photography has caught itself looking. At a minimum, the photos are neat tricks. “Surface” looks like a frame filled with shredded paper but is actually a photograph of the same.
February 10, 2000
I was offended by Jonathan Kirsch's book review of Bart Ehrman's "Jesus: Apocalyptic Prophet of the New Millennium" (Feb. 5), which suggests that blasphemy or deicide is rendered charming by a chatty, lighthearted tone--or intriguing, when laid out as a well-plotted mystery. To Christians, some of whom may even read The Times, Jesus was and is the living God. Additionally, Catholics (some of them read The Times, too) see him as person and a living, real presence in the Eucharist. Review the book, of course, but with sensitivity, please, to the things others hold sacred.
April 18, 2014 | By Maher Abukhater
JERUSALEM - Thousands of Christian pilgrims from all over the world filled the narrow streets of the Old City of Jerusalem on Good Friday to celebrate on the site they believe Jesus was crucified and buried over 2,000 years ago. The pilgrims gathered near the fourth station on Via Dolorosa, the street down which Jesus is believed to have walked on the way to his Crucifixion. Then they followed his path through that narrow alley toward the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, where they believe Jesus was crucified and buried.
December 12, 2013 | By Alicia Banks
A baby Jesus figurine has been returned to the Nativity scene at a Valencia mall after it went missing earlier this week. A Westfield Valencia Town Center employee found the figurine on the property Wednesday afternoon, marketing director Stacie House told KTLA-TV . The theft happened Monday evening, but no charges were filed with police as mall officials asked for the figurine's safe return. The theft angered shoppers, who said some things should be left alone for the Christmas holiday, even if it may have been a prank.
June 25, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
They don't care if it rains or freezes, they can keep their ski-mountain Jesus. A federal judge ruled Tuesday that a 6-decade-old, 6-foot-tall Jesus statue could stay on a small patch of federal land in the Flathead National Forest in Montana after an atheist and agnostic group argued that the statue violated the 1st Amendment separation of church and state. The Jesus statue sits on a 25-by-25-foot parcel of federal land along a ski run in the Whitefish Mountain Resort. In 1953, the Knights of Columbus, a Catholic group, won permission from the U.S. Forest Service to erect the statue.
January 26, 2008 | By Stephanie Simon, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
In a peeling house on South 32nd Street, five friends came together to stretch their faith. They left comfortable apartments for a communal home within walking distance of a prison, a pawnshop, a derelict trailer park. Exhaust from a sugar beet factory drifted down the streets. Moving in last January, they pledged to spend one year together, learning to become true followers of Christ. They would give generously, love unconditionally. They would exchange their middle-class ways for humility and simplicity, forgoing Hardee's fries, new CDs, even the basic comfort of privacy.
September 5, 2013 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
I don't read J.M. Coetzee for pleasure. To be fair, I'm not sure anyone does. The 2003 Nobel laureate writes from his head more than his heart, framing novels that are philosophical and austere, books that break down the world in highly rational ways. Over the course of his career, he's been compared to Beckett and Kafka, although despite the occasional nod in their direction - the title character of his 1983 novel "The Life and Times of Michael K. " functions to some extent as an homage to "The Trial's" Josef K. - he lacks their appreciation of humor, of life as essentially absurd.
December 23, 1985
The Times carried an advertisement (Dec. 11) from the so-called "Jews for Jesus" with the headline, "The Messiah has come and his name is Y'SHUA'." Now, although that was undoubtedly the Hebrew name of "Jesus," and although he most certainly was a Jew (and, possibly, even a "Messiah"), the implication of the rest of the ad--that these circumstances of his Jewish birth somehow elected him to the status of God--is totally misleading and offensive. The Jewish messianic tradition into which "Jesus" was born defined the Messiah as a priestly king , not as a supernatural being.
January 9, 2013 | By David Ng
Fiona Shaw, the versatile Irish actress who brought a searing "Medea" to Broadway in 2002, is set to return to the New York stage in a role that ought to raise eyebrows -- Mary, the mother of Jesus. Shaw is re-teaming with director Deborah Warner for a new stage adaptation of novelist Colm Toibin's "The Testament of Mary. " The one-woman drama, scheduled to open April 22 on Broadway at the Walter Kerr Theatre, is being backed by uber-producer Scott Rudin. The play is to have a limited run in New York through June 16. "Mary" provides a speculative account of what happened to the virgin following the crucifixion of Jesus.
April 16, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Is "Oh, Jesus" really a new series on TBS?  No, but it is part of the mini-sketch Conan O'Brien aired on his show Tuesday night riffing on the news that an ancient papyrus scroll had been discovered with purported proof that Jesus had a wife. "We have something better than a 'scroll' to prove that Jesus was married," O'Brien told the audience. "Don't ask us how, we actually have very rare footage. " He couldn't even get through the set-up without laughing at the ridiculousness of it. So in O'Brien's "footage" we see Jesus and wife in not exactly domestic bliss.
April 12, 2014 | By Saba Hamedy
What do Jesus and Church of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard have in common? According to authors Reza Aslan and Lawrence Wright, there are indeed commonalities. Fans and avid readers flocked to the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books on Saturday to hear Aslan and Wright speak during an hourlong panel moderated by Times Editor-in-Chief Davan Maharaj. “You will leave enlightened, I hope,” Maharaj said when introducing the panel. Aslan, author of “Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth,” and Wright, author of “Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood & the Prison of Belief,” delved deeper into parallels between the two religious figures featured in their books.
April 10, 2014 | By Gary Goldstein
The world of Christian pop music gets the "Best in Show" and "A Mighty Wind" treatment in the clever, consistently amusing mockumentary "Jesus People. " The film, an offshoot of a Web series made popular on, brings together a deft comedic cast (including six of the series' original actors) who enjoyably sell this tale of the speedy rise and fall of a hapless Christian band named Cross My Heart. Formed under the aegis of the earnest, supposedly dying - and conspicuously bewigged - Pastor Jerry (Joel McCrary)
April 5, 2014 | By Richard Fausset
MEXICO CITY - Mexican federal authorities have detained the interior minister of Michoacan state after determining that he has "possible contacts with criminal organizations," according to a statement released by prosecutors Saturday night. The aggressive action against Interior Minister Jesus Reyna, is a sign that the federal government, which has struggled for months to control the drug-plagued state, is considering the possibility that the influence of narcotics trafficking has spread nearly to the pinnacle of state government.
March 28, 2014 | Chris Erskine
The Arizona coach is like a quivering tea kettle. Wisconsin's guy is witty enough to do stand-up comedy. The only one of these four head coaches I'd ever buy anything from - a toaster, an annuity - is Baylor's, and he's gone. Also gone is the Aztecs' Steve Fisher, who had to be the inspiration for Coach T in those Toyota spots. In the postgame confab Thursday night, he lashed out over a breach of protocol, then ended the odd session by asking the media about the timing of a goaltending call.
March 11, 2014 | By Patt Morrison
What would Jesus shoot? Some churches in Kentucky and in upstate New York are doing what it takes to get people into the pews to hear the word of God - and in their neck of the woods, that means giving away guns. The flier for the raffle at Grace Baptist Church, in Troy, N.Y.,  shows an AR-15 - an assault rifle altered to make it legal in that state - with a quote from the gospel of St. John, “My peace I give unto you.” It isn't spelled “piece,” but it could have been.
January 7, 1986
Corey's letter, which speaks against the "Jews for Jesus" and their claims regarding Y'SHUA seems a bit outdated--by almost 2,000 years. Corey accurately states that Jesus could not be accepted as the Messiah according to Jewish Messianic tradition; it is precisely because of this "tradition" that Jesus, the Messiah, was not recognized when he arrived on the scene. In that day, and in the 20 centuries since, men have followed the traditions of man rather than accept the simple truths of God's Word.
November 6, 2002
Regarding Robert Eisenman's concern for the stone ossuary bearing Jesus' name being "too pat, too perfect" (Commentary, Oct. 29): It doesn't matter to believers. Believers know that salvation and truth rest on another stone; namely Jesus, the rock of our salvation. If it is true, then it is confirmation of what we already know, and if not, then it is just more diversion from the devil. Jim Allen Orange
February 28, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
Adapted for the big screen from the History Channel miniseries "The Bible," the new film "Son of God" is essentially a feature-length recut of the second half of the series, based on the New Testament. The reedited nature of the movie, which tells the story of Jesus from his birth through his preaching, crucifixion and resurrection, might explain why many film critics are saying "Son of God" feels more like a greatest-hits compilation than a cohesive work. In a review for The Times, Martin Tsai writes , "to its credit, 'Son of God' proves more than a mere watered-down 'The Passion of the Christ.' The epic proportions of the miniseries hold up well on the big screen, save for the digitally composed establishing shots of Jerusalem.
February 27, 2014 | By Martin Tsai
In the beginning was the Bible. The Bible begat the History Channel's "The Bible" miniseries. Now "The Bible" has begotten the movie "Son of God," which is essentially the second half of the miniseries, the New Testament, recut to feature length. The film emphasizes spectacle and slights the teachings and parables of Jesus, played by Diogo Morgado. But to its credit, "Son of God" proves more than a mere watered-down "The Passion of the Christ. " The epic proportions of the miniseries hold up well on the big screen, save for the digitally composed establishing shots of Jerusalem.
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