INTRODUCTION If you were to ask my dad how he became a Christian, he would no doubt tell you about his friend who handed him a King James Version New Testament and asked him to read the Gospel of John. As a single dad in his early 30s, struggling to raise his two daughters, coming... Continue Reading →

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Texts Discussed: Mark 1:16-20; John 1:28-2:1. Recommended Reading George R. Beasley-Murray, John, second edition, WBC vol. 36 (Thomas Nelson, 1999), 36-38.Kyle Keefer, The New Testament as Literature: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 23-28.Elizabeth Struthers Malbon, In the Company of Jesus: Characters in Mark's Gospel (Westminster John Knox Press, 2000), 41-69.

Texts discussed:┬áMark 1:9-11, John 1:1-18. Recommended reading:  Paula Fredriksen, From Jesus to Christ: The Origins of the New Testament Images of Jesus (Yale University Press, 1988), 19-26, 44-52.Jon D. Levenson, Sinai & Zion: An Entry Into the Jewish Bible (HarperOne,1985), 154-156.Joel Marcus, Mark 1-8, Anchor Yale Bible (Doubleday, 2000), 158-167.John P. Meier, A Marginal Jew: Rethinking... Continue Reading →

Water into Grape Juice?

In John's telling of the life and ministry of Jesus of Nazareth, the very first public miracle he performs is at a wedding celebration in Cana, a small town in Galilee. Compare this with the first miracles in the other Gospels: in Mark it is an exorcism (Mark 1:21-28); in Matthew it is healing (Matthew... Continue Reading →

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