Review of Urban von Wahlde’s Latest Book

Urban C. von Wahlde, Gnosticism, Docetism, and the Judaisms of the First Century: The Search for the Wider Context of the Johannine Literature and Why It Matters. LNTS 512. London: Bloomsbury/T&T Clark, 2015.   What follows are thoughts by me prepared for a book review session at the Midwest Regional Society of Biblical Literature conference: [Read More…]

What’s Your Source?

Dawn Trautman shared this image on Facebook. Does it match your perception of these sources? If not, do you assume that the issue is with the chart, or with your perception?   Also, does the infographic itself convey the message that being a political centrist is more correct than leaning to the right or left? Isn’t [Read More…]

Preservation through Quotation: From Q to Doctor Who

When a clickbait title says that there are 30 things I never knew about The Force Awakens, or 9 outrageously awesome Doctor Who facts, I tend to be skeptical, but may well click through nonetheless. It was genuinely new information for me that the footage of the Beatles appearing on Top of the Pops has been lost, [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…]

Too Old

A student sent me this e-mail recently: Dr. McGrath, Sorry about the multiple emails. I’m not sure if we went over this or not but I was wondering what your thoughts were on about how far back we should go when deciding which articles to use? I have all mine set, but one is from the [Read More…]

Who Wrote the Pentateuch?

Rachel Portnoy Bradley shared the following in a comment on Facebook, in response to my post about JEPD as four-part harmony: In my intro to OT class, we were required to do an “art project” — something creative about what we’d learned that quarter. A group of us got together and sang, “Who wrote the [Read More…]

Farrer-Goulder-Goodacreian Rhapsody

Is this a real source? Is this just fantasy? Scholarly landslide An escape from reality Open the Gospels Find parallels and see Because it’s Markan priority Then Matt and Luke agree Anyway the wind blows, Q stuff really matters to me, to me Farrar debunked the trend Laid out evidence and said The Q theory [Read More…]

Gospels and Other Ancient Texts in the Blogosphere

There have been several interesting posts related to the study of the Gospels in recent days. Mike Kok blogged about the old form critical view of the Gospels as sui generis. Tim Lewis mentioned an article by Kyle R. Hughes (available online) about the possibility that the Pericope Adulterae could be from the L source. [Read More…]

Scholars Behaving Badly – Er, I Mean, Citing Wikipedia

I've been discussing information literacy in general and Wikipedia in particular not only here, but on Facebook, quite a bit in recent days. One discussion asked about the appropriateness of a scholar citing a Wikipedia article, if only to offer it as a brief introduction to a topic. The question was posed by Joseph Kelly [Read More…]

The Penalty for Citing Wikipedia

John Anderson shared on Facebook the wonderful threat he makes to students if they should dare to cite Wikipedia in an assignment. He said he tells them he will change the Wikipedia article, penalize them for citing Wikipedia, and then penalize them again for not citing it accurately! The point he is trying to get [Read More…]