Category: Gospel of John

Some Thoughts on Carey Bryant’s “The Gospel of John as an Eyewitness Account”

Over at his blog Theology in Motion, Carey Bryant posted a piece entitled “The Gospel of John as an Eyewitness Account,” summarizing why he thinks the Johannine Gospel is an eyewitness account to the life of Jesus. He makes four main arguments: The author was… Continue Reading “Some Thoughts on Carey Bryant’s “The Gospel of John as an Eyewitness Account””

Weekly Roundup – 10.5.18

Here’s the Weekly Roundup! (Note: there will be no Roundup next Friday.) Over at bibleinterp.com there is an excerpt from John: Interpreted by Early Christian and Medieval Commentators (Eerdmans, 2018) entitled “The Spiritual Gospel: The Gospel of John in the Early Church.” In this excerpt Bryan Stewart… Continue Reading “Weekly Roundup – 10.5.18”

Musings on Mark: Mark vs Matthew vs John on Jesus Walking on Water

One of the few stories shared by both the Synoptic Gospels and the Gospel of John is the story of Jesus walking upon water. (Well, almost all of the Synoptics – Luke omits it.) Each version is different in one way or another. The… Continue Reading “Musings on Mark: Mark vs Matthew vs John on Jesus Walking on Water”

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… Continue Reading “Kyle Keefer: Reading John and Mark Together”

Kyle Keefer: John’s Portrayal of Jesus versus Mark’s

Kyle Keefer, The New Testament as Literature: A Very Short Introduction (OUP, 2008), 107. In contrast to Mark’s portrayal, John’s Jesus seems strikingly stoic with regard to his death. In fact, John’s Jesus seems to peer into Mark’s garden scene only to mock Jesus’ prayer.… Continue Reading “Kyle Keefer: John’s Portrayal of Jesus versus Mark’s”

Musings on Mark: Another Reason to Doubt Peter Was Behind Mark’s Gospel

In addition to my regular Bible reading schedule and my verse-by-verse translating of the Gospel of Mark, I’ve also been reading a Markan pericope a day each weekday. Today I was in Mark 14:43-52 and something struck me as really odd. Jesus is in… Continue Reading “Musings on Mark: Another Reason to Doubt Peter Was Behind Mark’s Gospel”

L. Michael White: The Gospel of John and the Breach with Judaism

L. Michael White, Scripting Jesus: The Gospels in Rewrite (HarperOne, 2010), 360. The Gospel of John thus represents a social situation of much greater separation of the Christian community from its Jewish neighbors. The theme of rejection of the message about Jesus has not been magnified… Continue Reading “L. Michael White: The Gospel of John and the Breach with Judaism”

Philip Jenkins on the Four Anointing Episodes in the Four Gospels

Those familiar with the Gospel narratives undoubtedly know about the four different stories of Jesus’ anointing that appear within them. In Mark, the anointing takes place at Simon the leper’s house just prior to the Last Supper (Mark 14:3-9). Matthew agrees with the location… Continue Reading “Philip Jenkins on the Four Anointing Episodes in the Four Gospels”

Marie Noonan Sabin: Early Christians Were Faithful Jews

Marie Noonan Sabin, The Gospel According to Mark, New Collegeville Bible Commentary (Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2006), 7. Modern Judaism and modern Christianity may have developed along clearly different paths, but readers of the Gospels need to understand that Jesus and his disciples, as well as… Continue Reading “Marie Noonan Sabin: Early Christians Were Faithful Jews”

Marie Noonan Sabin: Why Are the Pharisees Vilified in the Gospels?

Marie Noonan Sabin, The Gospel According to Mark, New Collegeville Bible Commentary (Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2006), 7. Why, then, are the Pharisees vilified in the New Testament? The answer does not lie in the time of Jesus. Indeed, many of the teachings of Jesus… Continue Reading “Marie Noonan Sabin: Why Are the Pharisees Vilified in the Gospels?”