Dear Friends and Family,
Since April 8th, Ralph Ellis has been running around Google searching for my name and sending out hateful and spiteful emails to colleagues and friends (also to me, because he doesn’t realize the sites that he is emailing are run by me) because I wrote negatively about his online work (suggesting Jesus was King Arthur, that his relative was Cleopatra, and that Jesus was King of Edessa–so yes, I wrote some scathing posts about them). This is completely legal and within my rights under the 1st Amendment and through my experience as a student majoring in the field at a high tier research university.
He has libeled and harassed me and continues to do so however, and I want you to be aware that this individual may be dangerous. He has threatened to ‘run me off’ and I have been saving all the emails and notifications that many of you have sent along (thank you). I am compiling a portfolio full of his harassing and threatening messages so I continue to ask you all to send everything to me that he sends out to you.
I want to be clear that this isn’t a minor issue. If Ralph Ellis were simply an internet troll or someone with whom I just disagreed, this wouldn’t be that big of a deal. But he is actively trying to discredit me to people I’ve known for years and while he will not succeed, he is breaking the law and willfully engaging in bullying tactics in order to force me to remove my negative reviews of his work. I will not bow to this bully and I want you to know that,
This is the stalker:
Here is how Steve Caruso (and here and here), James McGrath (and here), Diglot, and Joel Watts have handled his threats and libel. Also Aaron Adair (and here) and Rod from Political Jesus have also jumped into the fray to lend their support.
Daniel McClellan has also offered some helpful thoughts on this whole matter; here is a snippet:
Next, the link in the comment takes one to a website entitled “Thomas Verenna Is A Lying Idiot.” Obviously such an insulting and unprofessional attempt to undermine Tom’s credibility does more to expose Mr. Ellis’ own lack of scruples, but it gets worse. Ellis’ accusations of dishonesty are incredibly ironic in light of his rather transparent habit of posting multiple anonymous and/or sock-puppet comments on his and others’ blogs in an attempt to make it seem like his claims have broad support. This kind of childish and petulant behavior flatly undermines any and all claims on his part to objectivity or scholarly erudition. Mr. Ellis is apparently submitting comments like these all over the internet, and as the link above shows, he’s starting blogs to personally attack Tom.
In another post, Dan writes in response to Mr. Ellis’ complaints:
The worst methodological mistake you make throughout all of your texts, however, is your insistance on synthesizing select data from various different disparate sources, while dismissing data that conflict with your preconceptions. You refuse to acknowledge errors where errors are beyond doubt, while asserting errors where the texts are clearly accurate, all in an effort to manipulate the sources in the aid of your presuppositions. Then you bark about people not being in the know, and not understanding because they’re trying to do history instead of acknowledging that the truth is cryptically hidden underneath the surface of the text. This is pseudo-scholarship, pure and simple.
Ralph Ellis is not in his right mind, as you can see.
Here are some links with more information:
- The Aramaic Blog on Ralph Ellis and his ‘Izas Manu’ Creation (Thomas Verenna)
- A New Theory That Jesus Was King of Edessa? Not So Fast, Mr. Ellis! (Thomas Verenna)
- Ralph Ellis, Jesus, and his Myth of the King Jesus of Edessa (Thomas Verenna)
- King Jesus of Edessa by Ralph Ellis — Er.. What? (Steve Caruso)
- More Ralph Ellis Conspiracy Nonsense: The Final Debunking (Thomas Verenna)
- When Did Josephus Leave Judea? Does it even matter? (Thomas Verenna)
- Aaron Adair on Ralph Ellis and Jesus as King Arthur