Category: Redaction Criticism

The Weekly Roundup – 5.17.19

“To be clear, some religious people evaluate their subjective experience as a piece of the evidential pie without taking this strong of a stance – but I want to address those who attempt to build atop the ‘unshakable’ ground of religious experience.  The epistemology… Continue Reading “The Weekly Roundup – 5.17.19”

The Weekly Roundup – 2.22.19

“The stories of the ancestors of the Israelites do not come from any one period but developed over time. It is best to see the ancestors as composite characters.” – John McDermott Bart Ehrman asks and answers the question “Why does it matter if… Continue Reading “The Weekly Roundup – 2.22.19”

Musings on Mark: Artfully Structured

Gerd Theissen, The New Testament: A Literary History (Fortress Press, 2012), 43-44. The Gospel of Mark is artfully structured. It consists of individual pericopes, each of which makes its own point. Through their arrangement into a gospel they acquire a “surplus of meaning”: in the… Continue Reading “Musings on Mark: Artfully Structured”

Bart D. Ehrman: Redaction Criticism

Bart D. Ehrman, The New Testament: A Historical Introduction to the Early Christian Writings, sixth edition (OUP, 2016), 120-121. A “redactor” is someone who edits a text; “redaction criticism” is the study of how authors have created a literary work by modifying or editing their sources… Continue Reading “Bart D. Ehrman: Redaction Criticism”

Michael D. Coogan: Some Books Went Through Multiple Editions

Michael D. Coogan, The Old Testament: A Historical and Literary Introduction to the Hebrew Scriptures, third edition (Oxford University Press, 2014), 10-11. Although some ancient and most modern authors have produced single works that remain essentially unchanged, that was not the case with many books… Continue Reading “Michael D. Coogan: Some Books Went Through Multiple Editions”