Tag: Jesus

Musings on Mark: Can the Markan Jesus Read?

A brief consideration of Spencer McDaniel’s view that the Jesus of Mark knew how to read.

Musings on Mark: A Brief Response to Erik Manning on Markan Christology

INTRODUCTION The central question of the Markan Gospel is found near its narrative center in Mark 8:27-30. “Who do people say that I am?” he queries the disciples on their way to Caesarea Philippi (v. 27). A flurry of answers proceeds: people have speculated… Continue Reading “Musings on Mark: A Brief Response to Erik Manning on Markan Christology”

INANNA: Returning to the Underworld with Richard Bayesian Carrier (Guest Post by Chris H.)

Note: This is a post written by Chris H. (@unicornwiz) in response to comments made by Richard Carrier (see note #1 below). Chris can be reached on Twitter or at his email address biblicalhistoryskeptic32ad@gmail.com. Richard Carrier apparently responded to my article in a text message… Continue Reading “INANNA: Returning to the Underworld with Richard Bayesian Carrier (Guest Post by Chris H.)”

Amateur Exegesis on YouTube

The first season of Amateur Exegesis is in the books and available on iTunes, Google Play, and other podcast platforms. But I realized that it had no presence on YouTube and so I uploaded all ten episodes onto my channel for your listening pleasure.… Continue Reading “Amateur Exegesis on YouTube”

The Weekly Roundup – 10.11.19

“So, reader be warned. Cultivating sensitivity to Christian anti-Judaism involves re-learning or at least re-thinking a body of material that “everybody knows.” Un-learning and re-learning, in my experience, is always challenging, often annoying, sometimes infuriating.” – Heather Thiessen. @AlchemistNon has constructed a moral argument… Continue Reading “The Weekly Roundup – 10.11.19”

Amateur Exegesis – Episode 10: Portraits of Jesus

Recommended Reading: Robert A. Guelich, “The Gospels: Portraits of Jesus and His Ministry,” Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society (June 1981), vol. 24 no. 2, 117-125. Peter R. Henriques, “Don’t Print the Legend,” American History (December 2018), vol. 53 no. 5, 34-41. Willard Sterne… Continue Reading “Amateur Exegesis – Episode 10: Portraits of Jesus”

Amateur Exegesis – Episode 9: Dirty Hands, Clean Food

Texts discussed: Mark 7:1-23; Matthew 5:17-42, 15:1-20; Galatians 2:11-16 Recommended Reading: Darrell Bock, Mark, New Cambridge Bible Commentary (Cambridge University Press, 2015), 221. Howard Clarke, The Gospel of Matthew and Its Readers: A Historical Introduction to the First Gospel (Indiana University Press, 2003), 137.… Continue Reading “Amateur Exegesis – Episode 9: Dirty Hands, Clean Food”

Inanna: The Not So Parallel Goddess (Guest Post by Chris H.)

Note: This is a post written by Chris H. (@unicornwiz) in response to a recently published piece by @GodlessEngineer entitled “Inanna’s Descent Matches Jesus’ Passion Narratives.” Chris can be reached on Twitter or at his email address biblicalhistoryskeptic32ad@gmail.com. *Prenote: this revision was made possible… Continue Reading “Inanna: The Not So Parallel Goddess (Guest Post by Chris H.)”

Musings on Mark: Markan Christology – Introduction

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… Continue Reading “Musings on Mark: Markan Christology – Introduction”

Amateur Exegesis – Episode 5: Many Are Called, Few Are Chosen, part 2

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:… Continue Reading “Amateur Exegesis – Episode 5: Many Are Called, Few Are Chosen, part 2”