The Gospels as Biography

Mike Kok has been blogging through the question of the genre of the Gospels and the history of scholarship on the subject, and of late he has reached Richard Burridge’s work on whether the Gospels are Bioi, i.e. ancient biographies of the sort written in that historical and cultural context. His latest post features a [Read More...]

The LEGO Samaritan

Here is another video from the retreat that I mentioned in an earlier post: Sharing the earlier one led someone to draw another LEGO parable to my attention, the Parable of the Sower: And I also learned that one has to be careful when bringing LEGOs to church. [Read more...]

The Sabbath was not Made for Matthew and Luke

In a recent post I mentioned Jesus' statement (recorded in Mark 2:27) about the Sabbath being made for human beings, not vice versa. A commenter asked about the omission of this statement from the other Gospels, and I thought the subject deserved a follow-up post of its own. The other Gospels omit that element from [Read More...]

Gospels and Other Ancient Texts in the Blogosphere

There have been several interesting posts related to the study of the Gospels in recent days. Mike Kok blogged about the old form critical view of the Gospels as sui generis. Tim Lewis mentioned an article by Kyle R. Hughes (available online) about the possibility that the Pericope Adulterae could be from the L source. [Read More...]

Christianity in a Nutshell?

I probably should have saved this until Christmas, and called it “Christmas in a nutshell” – with or without the question mark. But the picture appeared on Reddit, and came to my attention today, and so I thought it best not to wait. Surely it is always worth asking – and especially at a time [Read More...]

The Sequel to the Good Samaritan

Rev. Brian Konkol recently wrote a guest post at Faith Forward about the parable of the Good Samaritan. Here is an excerpt: While the Parable of the Good Samaritan is brilliantly effective for what Jesus seemingly sought to promote, one can argue that out-of-context misinterpretations have since initiated numerous incomplete social movements, which in turn [Read More...]

Diet Gospels?

Jim West posted the above photo featuring personalized Coke bottles available in the UK. I knew that Jim had really gone off the rails lately, but I had not realized quite how badly. Matthew and John as (according to the label colors) diet Gospels? Hmph!   [Read more...]

Statistics and the Synoptic Problem

Statistics tell us… well, even though they are numbers, statistics do not automatically provide answers to questions. And 73.2% of all statistics are made up on the spot – as that one was. But sometimes statistics can tell us something important. They can quantify what otherwise may seem vague and merely impressionistic. I regularly cite [Read More...]

Jeffrey Gibson on the Disciples’ Prayer

I had the privilege of taking a look recently at a draft of a book Jeffrey Gibson has been working on, about the Lord’s Prayer, or as he prefers it be called, the Disciples’ Prayer. He has a very interesting take on it, suggesting that a key background to the prayer is to be found [Read More...]

Ken Ham, Moses, and Jesus

Ken Ham has posted a reaction on Facebook to an image I shared on my blog yesterday (you can read the comments from his cronies there). I’ll share the text of his Facebook post here and then discuss it: Come on James McGrath, do you really think stooping to such lows befits a professor at [Read More...]

Synoptic Length Comparison

I chuckled when I read this in a student assignment today: A common argument,  analyzes the lengths of each of the synoptic writers. I’m pretty sure that I’ve never come across an attempt to compare the lengths of the writers of the Synoptic Gospels. I don’t know how one would go about undertaking such a [Read More...]


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