Say NO to Fundamentalism

Steve Caruso shared the above image he made, in a post which suggests that the most relevant verse in the Bible when it comes to young-earth creationism might not be something in Genesis 1-3, but Matthew 18:6. Click through to read the rest.   [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...]

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...]

Riding a Donkey and a Foal

In a recent post I shared a drawing of one way that Jesus might have ridden on both a donkey and a foal as Matthew’s Gospel claims. This is another possible way it could have been done: [Read more...]

Literalism upon Literalism

This is a literalistic depiction of a literalistic understanding of Matthew 21:7, which reflects the author of that Gospel taking Zechariah 9:9 literally.   [Read more...]

Magi, Not Jedi

I saw this clock on Amazon.com and thought I’d share it.  It will make a good Christmas gift for religion professors who are also Star Wars fans, if not for anyone else… [Read more...]

Beyond Library Walls

Today’s Indianapolis Star includes an article by Stephanie Wang on academic libraries’ move in the direction of focusing on digital resources. The article mentions me, as I spoke with Ms. Wang on the phone the other day. She had heard from our dean of libraries, whom she also interviewed for the article she was working [Read More...]

He Shall Be Called a Nazorean: Intertextuality Without an Intertext?

In 2010 I read a conference paper at SBL on the reference in the Gospel of Matthew to something prophets had supposedly said, “He shall be called a Nazorean.” I looked at it from the perspective of intertextuality, and also brought my work on the Mandaeans into the picture. Since I still have not found [Read More...]

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...]


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