Was Jesus Gay? (Part 3 of 3)

Jesus was gay?

That’s what Morton Smith wanted us to believe.

And just to be clear at the outset: I don’t think there’s anything wrong with the idea that Jesus may have been gay.

But there’s no real evidence hinting that he was–except perhaps in the Secret Gospel of Mark, which is most likely a […]

About Loren Rosson

Loren Rosson heads up the circulation department at the Nashua Public Library. He's worked at the library since graduating from Lewis and Clark College, with the exception of the two years he spent in Lesotho with the Peace Corps, teaching high school.

Was Jesus Seditious? (Part 2 of 3)

In the last post we saw a scholar’s approach to the question of Jesus’ wife, and today we’ll examine two popular accounts of Jesus’ politics.

Within months of each other, Bill O’Reilly and Reza Aslan published books that are still on bestseller lists: Killing Jesus: A History and Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus […]

About Loren Rosson

Loren Rosson heads up the circulation department at the Nashua Public Library. He's worked at the library since graduating from Lewis and Clark College, with the exception of the two years he spent in Lesotho with the Peace Corps, teaching high school.

Was Jesus scandalous? (Part 1 of 3)

Was Jesus scandalous? Perhaps not in the ways many people think.

Jesus may have had a wife, but if so, we’ll probably never know who she was.

Jesus seems to have opposed taxes, but his anger was directed at an agrarian empire that had little in common with the targets of modern libertarians.

Jesus could […]

About Loren Rosson

Loren Rosson heads up the circulation department at the Nashua Public Library. He's worked at the library since graduating from Lewis and Clark College, with the exception of the two years he spent in Lesotho with the Peace Corps, teaching high school.

Whiskey, petticoats, and surgery by candlelight

“I cannot help you become a physician. What you are asking is impossible.”

“My Name Is Mary Sutter” is available from the library in hardcover and audio download

These are some of the first words Mary Sutter hears from Dr. James Blevens.

Mary has heard this many times but she refuses to give up […]

About Jen McCormack

Jen McCormack is the director of the Nashua Public Library. Previously she was director of the Tewksbury (Mass.) Public Library and assistant director and reference librarian at the Amesbury (Mass.) Public Library. She studied history at UNH and earned her master's in library and information science from Simmons College.

That’s my kind of history

My big rebellion in high school was refusing to study for a couple of Mrs. Carter’s American History quizzes and getting D’s on both of them.

Every history course I sat through was focused on war, which left me yawning. I never even took history in college.

But after I finished school, I found a […]

About Carol Luers Eyman

Carol Luers Eyman is the outreach and community services coordinator at the Nashua Public Library. After graduating from Kirkland College, she earned a master’s of education and a certificate in technical communication from the University of Massachusetts.

Intrigue Infects the Iditarod

“The Boy in the Snow” is available from the library in hardcover and downloadable audio.

Edie and Bonehead make a great couple.

They both love dogsled racing and eat a diet of mostly meat and fish, the rarer the better.

In M.J. McGrath’s novel The Boy in the Snow these two have flown south […]

About Jen McCormack

Jen McCormack is the director of the Nashua Public Library. Previously she was director of the Tewksbury (Mass.) Public Library and assistant director and reference librarian at the Amesbury (Mass.) Public Library. She studied history at UNH and earned her master's in library and information science from Simmons College.

Dead before we knew him

Despite current sentiment toward the federal government, I’ve always been a fan of the institution of the President of the United States.

So many different people have given the role so many different meanings. Some presidents are beloved, some are hated; all are unique men with complicated stories. And some of these intriguing stories are […]

About Sophie Smith

Sophie Smith is the supervisor of teen services at the Nashua Public Library and can also frequently be found at the reference desk. As a history and Spanish major at Kenyon College she spent a year in Salamanca, Spain. She earned her master's in library and information science from Simmons College.

The Boys Are Back in Town

The time has come for Zachary Olson to turn himself in.

Susan knows it. Her son admits that he threw the frozen pig’s head into the mosque while Somali refugees worshiped. He thought he was pulling a prank! He’s never heard of the Muslim taboo on pork, and the butcher wasn’t selling cow heads.

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About Carol Luers Eyman

Carol Luers Eyman is the outreach and community services coordinator at the Nashua Public Library. After graduating from Kirkland College, she earned a master’s of education and a certificate in technical communication from the University of Massachusetts.

Farewell to My Favorite Leper

Thirty-six years.

That’s a long time since we first met Thomas Covenant and wet our toes in a fantasy series that somehow became a 10-volume sprawl.

And if “The Last Dark” sounds like a grim conclusion, it is, which makes it right at home in today’s Game of Thrones climate of moral ambiguity.

The […]

About Loren Rosson

Loren Rosson heads up the circulation department at the Nashua Public Library. He's worked at the library since graduating from Lewis and Clark College, with the exception of the two years he spent in Lesotho with the Peace Corps, teaching high school.

A Murder Mystery for Fans of Downton Abbey

“The September Society” by Charles Finch. Available from the library in hardcover or digital download.

Like many people I have a long commute to and from work. Admittedly there are some days when I crave silence and room for my own thoughts for those two or three hours, but most of the […]

About Jen McCormack

Jen McCormack is the director of the Nashua Public Library. Previously she was director of the Tewksbury (Mass.) Public Library and assistant director and reference librarian at the Amesbury (Mass.) Public Library. She studied history at UNH and earned her master's in library and information science from Simmons College.