Both address topics dear to my own heart:
The first, by Omri Van Peer, Cleverly Devised Myth? Omri has put in an enormous amount of work identifying possible links between the Gospel of Mark and the Septuagint (=Greek) version of the Old Testament. One does not have to agree with all of his inferences or connections to appreciate the abundance of though-provoking observations he makes. As Omri himself points out, best to start at the beginning: http://cleverlydevisedmyth.blogspot.com/2018/07/cleverly-devised-myth-is-marks-gospel.html
The second, Jonathan’s Musings, is not so new but it has moved from the Freethoughtblogs base. John’s interests overlap with those I sometimes post about, especially posts on the literary/biographical character of the gospels.
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Everyone who peruses my Mark commentary, please forgive my eccentric way of expressing myself—I have never written anything before.
This truly is a new perspective worth presenting on the gospel narrative’s composition and I wanted only to make it available for free online, though it is very unpolished and perhaps prone to laconic tangents.
I am very ill and will probably not have the time to edit it into a publishable form but
I hope others can make some use of this work. I have been repeatedly astonished at the cleverness of this author ‘Mark,’ who seems to me greatly misunderstood.
One doesn’t need to agree that this work is a anti-Judaic Hellenistic novel to appreciate how marvelous Mark’s scribal dexterity can be. In my research I simply kept myself open-minded enough to be able to see through the text and peer into it’s mental inspiration—whether this was via literary polemics or the ‘holy spirit’ as the text would have it.
Any thoughts? Per the following authors:
Price (2003). “Sources”. The Incredible Shrinking Son of Man: How Reliable Is the Gospel Tradition?. Prometheus Books, Publishers. pp. 31, 41f, n. 14. ISBN 978-1-61592-028-0.
Price (2010). “Jesus at the Vanishing Point”. In James K. Beilby, Paul Rhodes Eddy. The Historical Jesus: Five Views. InterVarsity Press. p. 68, n.39. ISBN 978-0-8308-7853-6.
Brodie (2012). “epilogue: Bart D. Ehrman’s ‘Did Jesus Exist?’ “. Beyond the Quest for the Historical Jesus: Memoir of a Discovery. Sheffield Phoenix Press. p. 229. ISBN 978-1-907534-58-4.