Fishers of People

If this expression from Mark 1:17 is familiar to us, and has been interpreted in particular ways, it is easy to miss just how odd it is. What do you think it meant, either on the lips of the historical Jesus, or on the page of the Gospel of Mark in its original context? Thanks [Read More...]

Jesus’ Piety

One text which received a significant amount of discussion in the Bart Ehrman book review panel session at SBL was Mark 10:18, in which Jesus is depicted as saying, “Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone?” There is a long tradition of avoiding the most natural sense of these [Read More...]

Jesus Had Doubts

Via Episcopal Church Memes on Facebook.   [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...]

Philip Jenkins on Mark’s Original Ending

Ben Witherington shared a comment by Philip Jenkins, making an argument similar to what B. H. Streeter made 90 years ago, and which I myself have made before, concerning the likelihood that the original ending of Mark has become lost, and that traces of it can be found in John 21 and the Gospel of [Read More...]

Problematic Papyri

Brice Jones has brought to light some disturbing news about the alleged first century fragment of the Gospel of Mark that we’ve been waiting to hear more about after tantalizing references to it were made some years ago. It seems to be connected not just with the Green Collection but also with Josh McDowell. Given [Read More...]

Ehrman in the Blogosphere: Round-Up of Recent Posts on Christology and Monotheism

I haven’t even managed to start reading Bart Ehrman’s most recent book, How Jesus Became God. But others have been doing so, and blogging about it. And so to tide you over until I get to it, here are some posts I am aware of elsewhere: Greg Monette got me excited by pointing out that [Read More...]

Are the Christologies of Paul and Mark Different?

In discussions of Christology, a major divide (as illustrated by the dueling books between Ehrman and several Evangelical scholars) is between those who say that “high” Christology was present as far back as we can trace, and those who see such Christology as a result of a long period of development. Two key pieces of [Read More...]

Cut It Out #thingsjesusneversaid

The sermon at my church yesterday was about sin. The pastor preached about Jesus’ statements (clearly not to be taken literally) about cutting off one’s hand, or foot, or plucking out one’s eye. The context in Mark suggests that there is a real danger of judgment, with fire, but also that the fire has a [Read More...]

UPDATE: No First Century Manuscript of the Gospel of Mark Update

UPDATE: I had an article (mentioned below) come to my attention today, and since I saw that the date was February 24th, I missed that it was February 24th 2012. So there is no new news – although we should still hope that the fragment will be published! Perhaps we should mark each anniversary of [Read More...]


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