Clarifying Gospel Genre for a Confused Mythicist

Since words did not seem to be sufficing to get through to a mythicist who commented on a recent post on my blog, I have decided to try using pictures. And so hopefully the explanation that follows will be helpful.

If you think that the Gospels in the New Testament are the same genre as this:

then that probably means that the inside of the Bible you are using looks something like this:

If so, that explains what has caused your confusion. In the future, in order to participate in adult conversations about the Bible, you will want to acquire one that looks like this:

or at an absolute bare minimum like this:

The cover can also be a useful guide to choosing a Bible appropriate for adult study and discussion:

If you are uncertain which of the above is the one for grown ups, please ask someone. Don’t be embarrassed. Everyone has things they need to learn, and admitting we don’t know and asking for help is an important first step.

If you do not choose a Bible without pictures, even though it may seem less interesting or accessible, you will be prone to confusion about differences in genre between the array of ancient literature found in the New Testament, and the modern day comic book or graphic novel.

I hope this PSA clarifies things. Please do let me know!

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  • Daniel O. McClellan

    Maybe his kind of literary analysis is the result of prioritizing speed and ease in choosing institutions of higher education:

  • mikew1584

    I'm not sure what the point of the Gospels as comic book angle. I think finding a work supported his positions (gospel as parable)would be a much better point to make as an argument. I mean I've heard that Mark was a Hellenistic Life, but reading some of the more obscure Lives really drove the point home. The comedy bit didn't help his case at all. I mean, hell, maybe there is a hidden message in Mark, but I need more evidence than an interpretation of line like that. I'm a skeptic.I'm not off bass on my observation that Mark doesn't resemble a parable or allegory am I?

  • Keika

    I don't know why, but I'm giggling.


    There're bibles without pictures? Jeepers, I am behind the times! 😉

  • rameumptom

    Once we get one of these Bibles without pictures, does that mean we'll also have to learn to read it? Or can we just color along the edges with our Crayolas? :)

  • mikew1584

    I'm actually a big fan of Crumb's illustrated Genesis.

  • Beau Quilter