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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

The Bible in Indigenous Languages of Tatooine

Jeff Carter shared the above photo with me on Facebook. He asked me if I had seen this on my visits to Israel, and wrote: “At the Yardenit baptismal site on the Jordan River, Mark 1: 9 – 11 is displayed in various languages – including Jawa…” I wonder what other science fiction languages are [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...]

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...]

Markan Puzzles in Pictures

In searching for images to go in my previous post about the Gospel of Mark, I came across two great images, both of which relate to puzzling aspects of that Gospel, and both of which were shared by Deane Galbraith in reviewing Maurice Casey’s wonderful volume, Jesus of Nazareth: An Independent Historian’s Account of his [Read More...]


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