References in “50 Ways to Forge a Gospel”

At some point I’ll post a listener’s guide, if necessary, to the song “50 Ways to Forge a Gospel,” which I shared here recently, the YouTube video of which I’ve embedded above. It is full of references to specific forgeries, pseudepigraphies, novels, and other kinds of Jesus literature both ancient and modern, both canonical and [Read More...]

50 Ways to Forge a Gospel

As the song lyrics indicate, it genuinely was at the 2015 York Christian Apocrypha Symposium that I got the idea for this song, and mentioned it to Bart Ehrman over a drink after his keynote address, which was the primary inspiration for the song, although the whole range of papers were in mind and there [Read More...]

The Bible as Photo Album (Snapshots of a Dynamic Faith)

Two blog posts by Chuck Queen intersected with one another, and both made important points in memeworthy fashion. In one of his posts, Chuck focuses in on the oral tradition that preceded, influenced, and in some cases is incorporated into the New Testament. He writes: The written documents that constitute our Bible are snapshots of an [Read More...]

Review of Eric Eve, Behind the Gospels

Behind the Gospels: Understanding the Oral Tradition: Understanding the Oral Tradition. Eve’s book is probably one of the most important books related to the historical Jesus and the Gospels to be published in recent years, since it brings together and evaluates the full range of New Testament scholars who have offered proposals in recent years related [Read More...]

Straight Outta the Synoptic Problem

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

It Is Dangerous To Deny Q

  For the purists, the t-shirt really should say this: (Q is better when you read it in the original Klingon). And for those few readers who may not know Klingon at all, the t-shirt says: “Mark Goodacre says there is no Q. We will engage him in battle in November!” Hopefully readers of this blog [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...]

Q Conference

Mark Goodacre mentioned a conference in Denmark in June 2015, “Gospel Interpretation and the Q‐Hypothesis.” I’m not sure whether I’ll be able to make it, but it certainly looks like it is likely to be fantastic, and will at least want to read the papers from the conference when they are published. Call for papers“Gospel Interpretation [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...]

Ignoring the Most Biblical Explanation

The above chart comes from NonStamp Collector, via Hemant Mehta. In addition to Biblical inerrantists ignoring the most obvious and reasonable explanation of what is in the Bible, they are actually ignoring the most Biblical explanation. The contradictions, discrepancies, and difficulties are there within the Bible, because human beings have put these texts with their [Read More...]

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...]