Category Archives: Mark

No Imminent Eschatology for Mark and Luke; Galilee and the Messiah

For my write-up today on W.D. Davies’ The Gospel and the Land, I have two items. 1.  My first item is imminent eschatology, the notion that the end would come soon.  According to Davies, Mark and Luke do not believe … Continue reading

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Mark 11:23, Seneca, and Earthquakes

For my write-up today on Robert Grant’s Miracle and Natural Law in Graeco-Roman and Early Christian Thought, I’ll focus on Grant’s comments regarding Mark 11:23, which states (in the KJV): “For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say … Continue reading

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Jesus’ Halakah: Strict and Lenient

In my latest reading of volume 4 of John Meier’s A Marginal Jew: Rethinking the Historical Jesus, Meier talks about the co-existence of strictness and leniency in Jesus’ approach to the Torah. According to Meier, Jesus was stricter than the … Continue reading

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Meier on Christology: “In the Beginning Was the Grab Bag”

In my latest reading of volume 2 of John Meier’s A Marginal Jew: Rethinking the Historical Jesus, Meier was talking about the Gospel story in which Jesus walks on water, and the one in which he stills the storm. Meier … Continue reading

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Meier on Sabbath Controversies and Jesus’ Confusing Itinerary

I have two items for my write-up today on volume 2 of John Meier’s A Marginal Jew: Rethinking the Historical Jesus. 1.  Meier does not believe that the Sabbath controversy in Mark 3:1-6 happened, but he is open to the … Continue reading

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The (Gentile) Demoniac

For my write-up today on volume 2 of John Meier’s A Marginal Jew: Rethinking the Historical Jesus, I will talk some about Meier’s discussion of Jesus’ exorcism of the Gedarene demoniac.  This story appears in Mark 5, Luke 8, and … Continue reading

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The World Below

At church this morning, the theme was Jesus’ transfiguration (Mark 9).  The pastor talked about how the disciples saw Jesus in a way that they had not seen him before, and he compared that to Madeleine Albright’s discovery that her … Continue reading

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Mark and Peter

I’m still reading Richard Bauckham’s Jesus and the Eyewitnesses: The Gospels as Eyewitness Testimony. Bauckham argues that the Gospel of Mark contains eyewitness testimony that goes back to Peter.  Here are some reasons: 1.  Bauckham compares the Gospel of Mark … Continue reading

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Ben Witherington’s Critical Methodology and Apologetics

I finished Ben Witherington III’s Jesus the Sage.  I have two items: 1.  Are the Gospels fiction, or are they historical?  Witherington says on page 154: “I have argued elsewhere that the ancient popular biography provides us with our closest … Continue reading

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Son of Man in I Enoch

Source: Michael E. Stone, “Apocalyptic Literature,” Jewish Writings of the Second Temple Period, ed. Michael E. Stone (Philadelphia: Fortress, 1984) 399. “One might add that an ancient date is implied by the use of ‘Son of Man’, an old Jewish … Continue reading

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