The First New Testament

Jason BeDuhn’s book, The First New Testament: Marcion’s Scriptural Canon, offers both a reconstruction of the text of Marcion’s Gospel and Apostolikon (a collection of letters of Paul which corresponds to those judged authentic by modern scholars), and a discussion of the relevant scholarly matters and their implications. Scholars of the New Testament should not [Read More...]

Synoptic Potato Head

I’ve shared this before, some years ago, but it is worth circulating again. Click on the above to see “Eman Laerton” (read it backwards) explain the Synoptic problem using Mr. Potato Head. HT Mark Goodacre   [Read more...]

Synoptic Solution, Mon Capitaine

At least twice before, I’ve shared images playing on the fact that “Q” is both a Star Trek character and the designation for a hypothetical source thought to have been used by the authors of the Gospels of Matthew and Luke. But I am not sure if I shared this one. And so here it [Read More...]

The Path to Discerning God’s Will

We had a really interesting discussion in my Sunday school class today. The focus was on the idea of God's will, and the view some Christians hold that there is a perfect will of God for each life, including where one should study, whom if anyone one should marry, where one should work, and so [Read More...]

Jesus in the Wilderness

HT Roger Wolsey on Facebook [Read more...]

The Q Continuum

I couldn’t resist (with inspiration from a Facebook comment by Carl Beck Sachs) using this Star Trek phrase in reference to the range of views that scholars hold on the hypothetical document Q, proposed to explain the overlaps between Matthew and Luke on material that is not in Mark. (See the bottom of the post [Read More...]

Q Skepticism in the Biblioblogosphere

There has been a lot of discussion of Q online recently. The Jesus Blog declared Q to be in critical condition. Keith Reich articulated some points about Q skepticism. Discussion of the subject could even be found on Reddit! By way of comparison, today I spotted a blog post about the fact that rumors of [Read More...]

Quelle Erat Demonstrandum

The Jesus Blog has a poll, asking “Do You Q?” Please click through and vote! I'd also be interested to hear your thoughts on the subject here. Mark Goodacre also discussed Q skepticism in the context of the academy on his blog recently. It also came up in discussion of another post here, whether the [Read More...]

What is Sin? (Virtual Sunday School)

Last Sunday in my Sunday school class, we reached the part of the Lord’s Prayer that asks for forgiveness of sins/debts/trespasses. Among the topics which came up, and to which we would have returned today if all church events had not been cancelled due to the severe winter weather, were the question of what “sin” [Read More...]

Were the Gospels Originally Anonymous?

Like many New Testament scholars, the work that I do builds on the work of those specifically engaged in the field of New Testament textual criticism. An article by Simon Gathercole in ZNW, “The Titles of the Gospels in the Earliest New Testament Manuscripts,” makes me wonder about the impression that I and most others [Read More...]

Earliest Christology

Larry Hurtado has posted about views of early Christian Christology. He says that proponents of the view that significant development took place over the course of the first century of Christianity fail to do justice to the exalted status of Jesus and devotional practice evidenced from the beginning. I would respond by saying that proponents [Read More...]


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