Category: The Gospel of Matthew

Musings on Mark: The Markan Jesus on Divorce – Conflict with Matthew

In last week’s installment of “Musings on Mark” we looked at the Markan Jesus’ take on divorce where we concluded that if we ask the Markan Jesus, “Is divorce permissible?” his answer would be a resounding “No!” Why? Because marriage is a union of… Continue Reading “Musings on Mark: The Markan Jesus on Divorce – Conflict with Matthew”

The Weekly Roundup – 1.11.19

“What is at stake in that sad progression from Paul to anti-Paul? Why is it of importance that — at least with regard to slavery — radical Christian liberty is being changed back into normal Roman slavery. It means this: Jewish Christianity is becoming… Continue Reading “The Weekly Roundup – 1.11.19”

Musings on Mark: Will a Sign Be Given?

Following the feeding of the four thousand (Mark 8:1-10), the Pharisees confront Jesus and begin “asking him for a sign from heaven, to test him” (8:11). The sign would serve as divine verification of his messianic ministry. Yet Jesus is a bit flustered. We… Continue Reading “Musings on Mark: Will a Sign Be Given?”

The Synoptic Problem: The Two Gospel Hypothesis

Hopelessly Confused: Heather Schuldt Takes on Bart Ehrman, part 2

In our first post we discussed Heather Schuldt’s blog post “5 Examples Why Bart Ehrman Is Not a Gospel Expert.”1 We addressed specifically issues concerning the dating of the Synoptic Gospels, briefly giving an overview of why Mark is dated to around 70 CE and… Continue Reading “Hopelessly Confused: Heather Schuldt Takes on Bart Ehrman, part 2”

Bart D. Ehrman: Luke vs. Matthew on Mary and Joseph’s Hometown

Bart D. Ehrman, The New Testament: A Historical Introduction to the Early Christian Writings, sixth edition (OUP, 2016), 155-156. One of the telling differences between the two accounts has to do with the question of Mary and Joseph’s hometown. Most people simply assume that the… Continue Reading “Bart D. Ehrman: Luke vs. Matthew on Mary and Joseph’s Hometown”

Hopelessly Confused: Heather Schuldt Takes on Bart Ehrman, part 1

Yesterday I posted a lengthy but necessary rebuttal to pop-apologist Heather Schuldt’s bewildering piece on the Documentary Hypothesis. As I was poking around on her blog I noticed she had recently written another piece, this time attacking New Testament scholar Bart Ehrman, entitled “5… Continue Reading “Hopelessly Confused: Heather Schuldt Takes on Bart Ehrman, part 1”

Bart D. Ehrman: Matthew’s Criticism of Jewish Authorities

Bart D. Ehrman, The New Testament: A Historical Introduction to the Early Christian Writings, sixth edition (OUP, 2016), 147. Perhaps the best way to explain Matthew’s extensive criticism of the Jewish authorities is to say that his own community continued to experience opposition from non-Christian Jews,… Continue Reading “Bart D. Ehrman: Matthew’s Criticism of Jewish Authorities”

Bart D. Ehrman: Jesus and the Law

Bart D. Ehrman, The New Testament: A Historical Introduction to the Early Christian Writings, sixth edition (OUP, 2016), 139. Contrary to what many Christians have thought throughout the ages, for Matthew, following Jesus does not mean abandoning the Jewish Law and joining a new religion… Continue Reading “Bart D. Ehrman: Jesus and the Law”

Bart D. Ehrman: Correcting Mark’s Style

Bart D. Ehrman, The New Testament: A Historical Introduction to the Early Christian Writings, sixth edition (OUP, 2016), 123. Sometimes Mark used a Greek style of writing that is somewhat awkward or not aesthetically pleasing, sometimes he uses unusual words phrases, and sometimes he presents… Continue Reading “Bart D. Ehrman: Correcting Mark’s Style”