The Josephus Problem

The above video was drawn to my attention by a friend. It is nice to know that there are people for whom the “Josephus problem” is not something related to the Testamonium Flavianum or the mention of James the brother of Jesus, but something with real world practical implications. Can you guess what the “Josephus [Read More…]

Trolley Problem Memes

I mentioned the possibility that “The Skittles Problem” might replace “The Trolley Problem” as the go-to illustration in ethics classes. I am now almost certain that it won’t – unless we get as many amazing Skittles problem memes as there are trolley problem memes. Take a look at this sampling below, which is just a collection of [Read More…]

Problem Solved

Sometimes science does indeed offer a clear answer to a supposedly insoluble problem…   [Read more…]

Statistics and the Synoptic Problem

Statistics tell us… well, even though they are numbers, statistics do not automatically provide answers to questions. And 73.2% of all statistics are made up on the spot – as that one was. But sometimes statistics can tell us something important. They can quantify what otherwise may seem vague and merely impressionistic. I regularly cite [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 Real Solution to the Synoptic Problem?

By Jordan Scharf, but shared on Joel Watts’ blog: The Gospel of Mark was the first draft of a doctoral candidate’s dissertation. He submitted it to his advisor who suggested the need for more background information about Jesus’ birth, maybe some more teaching material, and a stronger ending. The student rewrote his dissertation and submitted [Read More…]