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Musings on Mark: Index to My Translation of Mark (AEV)

The two of you who regularly read my blog are aware that I’ve been slowly producing my own translation of the Gospel of Mark that I’ve humbly dubbed the Amateur Exegete Version. For your benefit (and my own), I am compiling what I’ve translated into an… Continue Reading “Musings on Mark: Index to My Translation of Mark (AEV)”

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”

Michael D. Coogan: The Covenant Code and the Code of Hammurapi

Michael D. Coogan, The Old Testament: A Historical and Literary Introduction to the Hebrew Scriptures, third edition (OUP, 2014), 132. Both the Code of Hammurapi and the Covenant Code set the laws in an explicitly religious context. In both, it is the deity who is… Continue Reading “Michael D. Coogan: The Covenant Code and the Code of Hammurapi”

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””

Preaching to the Choir: On Pop-Apologists and Their Craft

I’m not a very intelligent individual nor am I an exceptional writer. This blog, my presence on Twitter, and my (slowly) growing YouTube channel represent my rather insignificant contribution to the world of biblical studies (and sometimes atheism). But though my influence is small,… Continue Reading “Preaching to the Choir: On Pop-Apologists and Their Craft”

The Weekly Roundup – 10.26.18

Enjoy! Over on his blog, Bart Ehrman has a short post on the Lukan story of the rich man and Lazarus (Luke 16:19-31). Ehrman thinks that while the historical Jesus certain railed against the rich, calling them to repent before the impending reign of… Continue Reading “The Weekly Roundup – 10.26.18”

Elizabeth Struthers Malbon: Minor Characters in Mark as “Narrative Punctuation”

Elizabeth Struthers Malbon, In the Company of Jesus: Characters in Mark’s Gospel (WJK, 2000), 209. In addition to their significance in extending the continuum of responses to the Markan Jesus, minor characters often appear at significant points in the narrative. Especially when Mark’s Gospel is… Continue Reading “Elizabeth Struthers Malbon: Minor Characters in Mark as “Narrative Punctuation””

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”

Michael D. Coogan: Three Different Versions of the Ten Commandments

Michael D. Coogan, The Old Testament: A Literary and Historical Introduction to the Hebrew Scriptures, third edition (OUP, 2014), 123. It is important to note that the Bible contains three different versions of the Decalogue. The first is in Exodus 20.2-17; in its present form, it… Continue Reading “Michael D. Coogan: Three Different Versions of the Ten Commandments”

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”