Jesus and the Bible

This is the latest cartoon from David Hayward: The first point is explicitly stated within the Bible itself: John 21:25. The second is clearly evidenced for careful readers of the Bible. Each Gospel has distinctive stylistic features, and contains material attributed to Jesus which is not found elsewhere and matches the author’s style and emphases. [Read More…]

The Fourth Gospel: Tales of a Jewish Mystic

I had it drawn to my attention this morning that John Shelby Spong has a new book coming out soon: The Fourth Gospel: Tales of a Jewish Mystic. As it is about the Gospel of John, it is obviously of interest. I have a great ambivalence about Spong’s writings. On the one hand, his willingness [Read More…]

Synoptic Length Comparison

I chuckled when I read this in a student assignment today: A common argument,  analyzes the lengths of each of the synoptic writers. I’m pretty sure that I’ve never come across an attempt to compare the lengths of the writers of the Synoptic Gospels. I don’t know how one would go about undertaking such a [Read More…]

The Lost End of Mark

The classic study of The Four Gospels by B. H. Streeter is available online. I am linking to the chapter on the end of Mark’s Gospel because of my longstanding interest in that subject. Streeter drew the conclusion that John 21 was the lost ending of Mark. I think that putting it that way is [Read More…]

Take Up Your Cross

I received a question in an e-mail that seemed worthy of a blog post rather than just a private response. The question was about the depiction in the Gospels of Jesus telling people to not simply follow him, but to take up their cross and follow him. One question is obviously whether Jesus can be [Read More…]

Awesome Cracked Headline for Apocryphal Gospels and Acts

On, an article appeared today with the title “5 Miracles Deleted From the Bible For Being Too Awesome.” While the idea that the contents of the extracanonical Gospels and Acts were deleted from the Bible is simply wrong, it is very cool to see the Gospel of Peter, the Acts of John, and other such [Read More…]

Do Gospel Authors Owe Us The “Truth”?

I read the words below in an article in today’s New York Times about the blurriness of the lines between history and historical fiction in recent movies. How do you think its points relate to the depictions, reworkings, and interpretations of history in the Gospels? I for one doubt that the majority of people in [Read More…]

Rick Brannan Apocryphal Gospels for Logos

Rick Brannan’s edition of the Greek Apocryphal Gospels, Fragments, and Agrapha for Logos offers an important new resource that anyone interested in the early history of Christianity will want to have. There are in fact two “volumes” – the Greek texts themselves in the original language, and an English translation with an introduction to each [Read More…]

An Important Book on the Synoptic Problem

My review of Dennis R. MacDonald’s book Two Shipwrecked Gospels: The Logoi of Jesus and Papias’s Exposition of Logia About the Lord has been published by Review of Biblical Literature and can be read online. Here is how the review begins – hopefully that will inspire readers of this blog to click through and read [Read More…]

Mark Goodacre on the Gospel of Thomas

A video interview courtesy of EerdWord, the blog of Eerdmans Publishing Company. [Read more…]