Category: The Disciples

Open Source Book Available: ‘The Early Reception and Appropriation of the Apostle Peter (60-800 CE)’

It seems to me that when it comes to New Testament scholarship there is more attention given to the historical Jesus and Paul than there is to the prominent albeit enigmatic figure of Peter. A new volume from Brill helps right the ship and… Continue Reading “Open Source Book Available: ‘The Early Reception and Appropriation of the Apostle Peter (60-800 CE)’”

Revisiting the Death(s) of Judas: Triggerman’s Novel Approach

INTRODUCTION Earlier this year I wrote a short piece on the Matthean and Lukan versions of the death of Judas (Matthew 27:3-10, Acts 1:18-19).[1] In it I argued that the two accounts are fundamentally incompatible and that the standard attempts to reconcile them fall flat… Continue Reading “Revisiting the Death(s) of Judas: Triggerman’s Novel Approach”

The Death(s) of Judas

In light of a recent blog post by a certain pop-apologist,[1] I thought it might be appropriate to lay out a brief case for seeing the two accounts of Judas Iscariot’s death in the New Testament (Matthew 27:3-10; Acts 1:18-19) as contradictory. To begin… Continue Reading “The Death(s) of Judas”

The Weekly Roundup – 5.10.19

“What would lead people to make all this stuff up – all of it – from scratch? Not just embroidering or adding to existing stories about an existing person, but inventing all of the above, including the bits that clearly work against their purposes?… Continue Reading “The Weekly Roundup – 5.10.19”

Musings on Mark: The Johannine Calling Narratives of John 1:35-51

In the Gospel of Mark, the first four disciples that Jesus calls to follow him (akoloutheō) are Simon, Andrew, James, and John (Mark 1:16-20). All four of those men were fishing on the Sea of Galilee when Jesus walked by and all four of… Continue Reading “Musings on Mark: The Johannine Calling Narratives of John 1:35-51”

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””

Musings on Mark: A Closer Look at Mark 6:45-52, part 2

In the last “Musings on Mark” we began taking a closer look at Mark 6:45-52. Today we finish up looking at that passage. “He Intended to Pass Them By” We left off in the last post with Jesus seeing the struggle of the disciples… Continue Reading “Musings on Mark: A Closer Look at Mark 6:45-52, part 2”

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… Continue Reading “Kyle Keefer: Utter Dullards”

The Synoptic Problem: Presenting the Problem

Michael Kok: John Mark as a Composite Creation of the Author of Acts

Michael J. Kok, The Gospel on the Margins: The Reception of Mark in the Second Century (Fortpress Press, 2015), 158-159. The John Mark of the book of Acts is a composite creation, the result of harmonizing the earlier accounts of Mark as a Pauline coworker… Continue Reading “Michael Kok: John Mark as a Composite Creation of the Author of Acts”