The inaugural episode of my new podcast Amateur Exegesis has arrived!
"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 Mark's Gospel was written first?" What it boils down to is... Continue Reading →
This is the third post in a series examining pop-apologist Heather Schuldt's attempt to take down New Testament scholar Bart Ehrman. The two previous posts can be viewed here: Part 1. Part 2. In this post we will be looking at Schuldt's claim regarding the oral tradition that lay behind the Gospel accounts. ORAL TRADITION... Continue Reading →
Michael J. Kok, The Gospel on the Margins: The Reception of Mark in the Second Century (Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 2015), 9-10, 11. Evidently the weight of Petrine authority did not compel an active readership of Mark. The reason for this limited use may lie in Mark's glaring absences. Elements missing included the lofty Christological language of... Continue Reading →