Straight Outta the Synoptic Problem

Another Straight Outta Compton Bible meme that came to my attention via Joel Watts.   [Read more...]

Mark and the Not-Divine, Very Human Jesus

Dale Tuggy makes some excellent points in his recent blog post, “Where did Jesus claim to be God?” He writes: What bothers me the most is that this whole strategy perversely ignores the explicit, central, repeated, emphasized point of all the gospels, which is Jesus is the Messiah, God’s anointed. The assumption here is that God’s anointed [Read More...]

The Criterion of Mortification

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal featured the comic below, which illustrates a popular misunderstanding of the criterion of embarrassment which scholars sometimes use. I’ll share more thoughts below the comic. First, it is worth pointing out that, in historical studies, the fact that an author is honest about something does not automatically mean they are honest about [Read More...]

COATPEG Miracles

Paul Regnier came up with an acronym for remembering key aspects of Jesus’ miracles as depicted in the New Testament, which is adapted from an A-Level textbook by Gwynn ap Gwilym. Here’s how Regnier explains the acronym in greater detail: Command – Jesus performs some miracles with only a verbal command. This is the case with nature [Read More...]

Matthew Conflator

Chris Tilling shared a link to Alan Garrow’s website, where he explores the neglected solution to the Synoptic problem which views Matthew as having worked with Mark and Luke. That view will also get a treatment in Robert MacEwen’s forthcoming monograph, Matthean Posteriority: An Exploration of Matthew’s Use of Mark and Luke as a Solution [Read More...]

The Historical Nazareth of Jesus

Larry Hurtado blogged about an article about recent excavations of structures in Nazareth from the time of Jesus. Mike Kok has an article in The Bible and Interpretation, based on his new book about the Gospel of Mark. Jonathan Burke shared a list of books on the historical Jesus that he recommends. The Christian Post [Read More...]

Handling Ancient Artifacts

The handling of mummy masks by Josh McDowell, allegedly in the interest of getting his hands (literally) on a first-century copy of Mark and perhaps other New Testament texts, has been getting a lot of attention. Some – including me at one point – have missed exactly what he said as a result of not watching the video [Read More...]

The Markan Mummy

We’ve been wondering for some time about the alleged first-century copy of the Gospel of Mark which Daniel Wallace mentioned some years ago now. Attention has turned to the subject again since LiveScience had an article about it. Whatever else one may think, it is good to see that the work has apparently not led [Read More...]

Was Jesus Wrong on Purpose?

Mike Skinner shared some interesting thoughts on Mark 2:25-26 from the late Bill Placher: “Is this all a joke? A mistake? By Jesus? By Mark? Mark so rarely misremembers texts that I doubt he is doing so here. I infer, then, that the point of his reply is to show that these Pharisees, eager to [Read More...]

Are the Gospels Anonymous?

I created a draft post back in October when Michael Barber shared a link to an article about the titles of the Gospels by Simon Gathercole, planning to return to the topic. It is, in fact, something that I had blogged about previously. But I wanted to return to it, and when the recent online article [Read More...]

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...]


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