Refugee Christmas

The cartoon above came to my attention via Daily Kos. Brice Jones recently wrote a blog post about Stephen Carlson’s argument regarding the mistranslation “inn” in Luke’s infancy narrative. That in turn builds on the case that Kenneth Bailey has made regarding the cultural background of that story. On the one hand, the traditional versions [Read More…]

Where Jesus Prayed

I am happy to have the chance to participate in the Patheos Book Club about Danielle Shroyer’s book Where Jesus Prayed: Illuminating the Lord’s Prayer in the Holy Land. I was eager to participate, since I’ve been to the Holy Land multiple times, and will be leading a group of students traveling there again next [Read More…]

#YCAS2015 and Gospel Authorship Around the Blogosphere

I’m not the only blogger who was at the York Christian Apocrypha Symposium, by any means. I am glad to see that Eric Vanden Eykel was inspired to revive his blog, and has posted a recap of the conference. Timo Paananen has also posted a recap of day 1. There was also a very strange [Read More…]

Were Jesus’ Grandparents a Gay Couple?

The question is facetious, but I presume readers are aware of the genuine issue that lies behind the question. If not, I will sum it up briefly: The Gospels of Matthew and Luke both provide genealogies for Jesus. They contradict one another in after David except for a brief convergence around Zerubbabel. So why propose – [Read More…]

Straight Outta the Synoptic Problem

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

Is Q the Didache?

Alan Garrow has shared a number of videos arguing that the Didache is the source of the Q material. I have not yet had a chance to watch all of them, but I seem to recall having come across this argument before, and having found it problematic because of the similarities between the Didache and Matthew’s versions [Read More…]

The Disciples’ Prayer

Several people have been blogging about a book that I mentioned when I read a draft of it about a year ago. The book is by Jeffrey Gibson, and the title is The Disciples’ Prayer: The Prayer Jesus Taught in Its Historical Setting. Jim Spinti offered some brief thoughts on the book, and Loren Rosson offers a [Read More…]

Bake for them Two

An updating of Matthew 5:41 by Jessica Kantrowitz. Click through to her blog to read her further thoughts about that text against the background of its original context, and its application today.   [Read more…]

Matthew Conflator

Chris Tilling shared a link to Alan Garrow’s website, where he explores the neglected solution to the Synoptic problem which views Matthew as having worked with Mark and Luke. That view will also get a treatment in Robert MacEwen’s forthcoming monograph, Matthean Posteriority: An Exploration of Matthew’s Use of Mark and Luke as a Solution [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…]