Permissions: mine and yours

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Pilate and the Cosmic Order in Mark — 2

An earlier post here discussed thoughts arising out of the unlikely combo of Carrol’s “Existential Jesus” and Patella’s “Lord of the Cosmos.” One set of responses was too lengthy to be carried out in the tiny comment boxes so am extending the discussion here.


The sea adventure of Acts 27 an eyewitness account?

This post is in response to a lengthy citation from a work by Loveday Alexander arguing reasons for believing that the sea travel story of Acts 27 was an eyewitness account. Against that one point the following demonstrates that Alexander’s reason is relatively weak when balanced against the weight of other literary factors worthy of … Continue reading “The sea adventure of Acts 27 an eyewitness account?”


Bauckham’s Jesus and the Eyewitnesses. Chapter 6

6. Eyewitnesses “from the Beginning” On page 114 Bauckham writes: If the Gospels embody eyewitness testimony, then some at least of the eyewitnesses must have been able to testify not just to particular episodes of particular sayings of Jesus but to the whole course of Jesus’ story. Broadly the four Gospels agree on this scope … Continue reading “Bauckham’s Jesus and the Eyewitnesses. Chapter 6”


Bauckham’s Jesus and the Eyewitnesses. Chapter 2a

Chapter 2: Papias on the Eyewitnesses Bauckham begins with a discussion of Papias apparently to verify the historicity of his eyewitness model: — That eyewitnesses of Jesus provided a living source and confirmation of the oral reports circulating about Jesus; and that the earliest written accounts of Jesus (Papias’s book, and therefore plausibly the gospels, … Continue reading “Bauckham’s Jesus and the Eyewitnesses. Chapter 2a”


So the “record” of Jesus’ brothers “proves” J’s historicity?

One of many “arguments” brought out to support the case that Jesus really was an historical character is the “recording” of his brothers’ names in the Gospels of Mark and Matthew. I like the choice of the words like “recorded” or “reported” or their synonyms that are so often used in this context. They connote … Continue reading “So the “record” of Jesus’ brothers “proves” J’s historicity?”