Kyle Keefer: Utter Dullards

Kyle Keefer, The New Testament as Literature: A Very Short Introduction (OUP, 2008), 25-26. The characterization of the disciples in Mark's gospel is shocking in its condescension; the disciples are complete and utter dullards. One scene in particular makes this point. Mark narrates two stories of Jesus' miraculously feeding a crowd of thousands. The first, in Mark... Continue Reading →

Kyle Keefer: The Gospel Writers Were Artists

Kyle Keefer, The New Testament as Literature: A Very Short Introduction (OUP, 2008), 19. A reader who approaches the gospels looking for a factual, objective report of Jesus will inevitably be frustrated. The gospel writers resemble artists and/or polemicists more than journalists because they select material, style of presentation, structure, and terminology, all in the service... Continue Reading →

Kyle Keefer: Reading John and Mark Together

Kyle Keefer, The New Testament As Literature: A Very Short Introduction (OUP, 2008), 108. Reading these two gospels [i.e. the Gospel of John and the Gospel of Mark] together presents a series of dilemmas. Could both of these be true? Is one more historical and the other fanciful? Does John's account try to correct what he... Continue Reading →

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