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New Insights into the New Testament Conference (2023): The NT Gospels

This fall (2023), I was part of an exciting new venture: a biblical conference for non-scholars. My talk was entitled, “Unlocking the Symbolism of the Fourth Gospel.” Here’s the abstract: The Gospel of John contains many narratives and images not contained in other early accounts of the life of Jesus. These materials were deliberately crafted—invented—by […]

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History Channel: History’s Greatest Mysteries, Season 4 (2023)

Look for me on multiple episodes of Season 4 of “History’s Greatest Mysteries” (History Channel). Two are now available on Hulu.

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MythVision Podcast: “Wrong about the Gospel of John”

In preparation for the upcoming New Insights into the New Testament virtual conference, I recorded a little teaser interview on the MythVision Podcast. Derek Lambert is great, and it was a lot of fun. Here’s the description: Join Dr. Hugo Mendez from UNC Chapel Hill as he delves into the intricate tapestry of the Gospel […]

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Summer Residency at the NHC

The UNC College of Arts and Sciences made this small feature profiling me and my Geography colleague, Nina Martin. We were honored to be selected as Summer Residents at the National Humanities Center (and it’s been such an incredible time). Enjoy learning about my work here!

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Misquoting Jesus Podcast: “Is the Gospel of John a Forgery?”

Last month, I recorded a podcast episode with my colleague Bart Ehrman (that, well, wow, has amassed 100k views). Here’s the official description: In this special episode, Bart takes a turn at doing the interviewing, talking to his colleague Hugo Mendez about the Gospel of John. Scholars have long argued that the Gospel of John […]

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Debating the Johannine Community with Paul Anderson

In the weeks since the publication of my article, “Did the Johannine Community Exist?” Paul Anderson (George Fox University) published a response article at the Bible and Interpretation blog. I was invited to write a response, in turn. Both pieces are live: Anderson’s response to “Did the Johanniune Community Exist?” (“On Biblical Forgeries and Imagined […]

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The Daily Beast: “Everyone’s Favorite Gospel is a Forgery”

In a Daily Beast piece released this past Sunday (3/7/20), professor and writer Candida Moss profiles my new article, “Did the Johannine Community Exist?” I’m grateful to see my work translated so effectively to a popular audience—a special gift of Candida’s—and I’m especially honored by the many endorsements of my article littered throughout the piece (here offered as […]

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UNC Interview: “Was the Bible’s Gospel of John Author Fake?”

I recently completed an interview with UNC’s University Communications about my new article in JSNT, “Did the Johannine Community Exist?” As I note in the interview, the origins of the Gospel and Epistles of John have been “a mystery… we’ve been trying to get into these texts, and put together clues as to who the real author or authors of […]

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