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...]

Authorized Jesus Dealer

My pastor used the phrase “Authorized Jesus Dealer” in his sermon this past Sunday, and it seemed to me to be worth sharing, and turning into a sign (as I did below). The sermon, as you might have guessed, was about Mark 9:38-41. It is a passage which most people who claim to have a [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...]

Farrer-Goulder-Goodacreian Rhapsody

Is this a real source? Is this just fantasy? Scholarly landslide An escape from reality Open the Gospels Find parallels and see Because it’s Markan priority Then Matt and Luke agree Anyway the wind blows, Q stuff really matters to me, to me Farrar debunked the trend Laid out evidence and said The Q theory [Read More...]

A New Two-Source Hypothesis

I came across the above image in a comment on Mark Goodacre’s NT Pod website. I was looking for images to embed in an upcoming post with lyrics to a song I’m writing called “Farrer-Goulder-Goodacreian Rhapsody.” [Read more...]

Jesus, Enoch, Elijah, and Job’s Children

The same person who recently asked me about translation and resurrection drew my attention to this statement by William Lane Craig: In an extra-canonical Jewish writing called The Testament of Job (40), the story is told of the translation of two children killed in the collapse of a house. The children are killed when the house [Read More...]

Needle Through a Camel

Shouldn’t the needle be through the eye of the camel, if it is a misunderstanding of Jesus’ saying? [Read more...]

A Better Way to Zap a Fig Tree

A post about the nature of the Bible on Tom Rapsas’ blog includes an interesting question. Instead of cursing the fig tree for not bearing fruit in the story in the Gospels, why didn’t he bless it and make it fruitful? The real question for us today should be what the story means, and we [Read More...]

Michael Kruger again on Jesus as God in the Gospel of Mark

Michael Kruger has written a rather unhelpful response to a post of mine, which was in turn a response to an earlier one of his. He offers a condescending suggestion that I ought to “reread” Hurtado and Bauckham, as though I had not written a book of my own interacting with their views (The Only [Read More...]


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