Category: Gospels

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”

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””

Bart D. Ehrman: Defining “Greco-Roman Biography”

Bart D. Ehrman, The New Testament: A Historical Introduction to the Early Christian Writings, sixth edition (OUP, 2016), 99-100. If I were to attempt a definition of the Greco-Roman biography, then, it might be something like this: ancient biography was a prose narrative recounting an individual’s… Continue Reading “Bart D. Ehrman: Defining “Greco-Roman Biography””

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… Continue Reading “Kyle Keefer: The Gospel Writers Were Artists”

Bart D. Ehrman: What Are the Gospels?

Bart D. Ehrman, The New Testament: A Historical Introduction to the Early Christian Writings, sixth edition (OUP, 2016), 97. What kind of literature is a Gospel? Or, to put it somewhat differently, when ancient persons read or heard one of these books, what kinds of… Continue Reading “Bart D. Ehrman: What Are the Gospels?”

The Synoptic Problem: Presenting the Problem

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”

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”

Robert Guelich on The Gospels as Portraits of Jesus

Every weekday I do about forty-five minutes of reading in the Greek text of Mark’s Gospel. After I finish reading through a pericope there are two main commentaries I go to for any insights that I as an amateur undoubtedly missed: the late R.T.… Continue Reading “Robert Guelich on The Gospels as Portraits of Jesus”

Bart Ehrman on Whether the Gospels Originally Had Titles

All four Gospels are anonymous. One would think this is an uncontroversial statement but there are some (i.e. pop-apologists) who contend the opposite. Nevertheless, as far as all the internal evidence is concerned, the Gospels are completely anonymous. (And even the external evidence is… Continue Reading “Bart Ehrman on Whether the Gospels Originally Had Titles”