“For all the nations…”: the universality of the Kingdom in Mark

It’s common to come across the well-founded observation that Luke’s Gospel is particularly interested in highlighting the universality of the Kingdom of God. References to the outcast of society abound, including Gentiles, women, the poor, and the sick. So when I heard someone casually mention that in one of the Gospel accounts Jesus’ given rationale […]

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

How well do we know the Gospels?

Take the test as a closed book exam. No open Bibles. This is a test of your retention of gospel stories and sayings (not a test of your ability to look things up!!). This great 50-question test from Yeshua in Context is really something worth looking at. It ranges from fairly easy and innocuous questions: […]

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

Translator’s fatigue in the Gothic Bible

Recently I ran across an old article1 in the journal Language and had to smile at its similarity to a recent topic in the redaction criticism of the Gospels for which I previously noted a parallel in the translations I am studying in my dissertation. In the Gothic translation of the Bible, at i Cor. […]

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

Editorial fatigue : author :: progressive latitude : translator

The so-called Synoptic Problem in biblical studies results from the search for an explanation of the similarities in the Synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark, and Luke) that even in a cursory analysis essentially necessitates that there was borrowing between them. In many cases there are entire sentences that are reproduced verbatim in two or even all three of […]

Saturday, February 13th, 2010

Help wanted: critical editions of the Gospels

Ok, I’ll give this a try, although I didn’t get any bites with my last attempt at soliciting information from the learned… I need to find the best references for textual variants in the Gospels. I’m not as much interested in the critically identified “best readings” of the text themselves, but good apparati that show […]

Friday, February 5th, 2010

Dialectology and the Gospels

Since starting my research of the Gospels for my dissertation, I have repeatedly wondered (as I idly mused earlier) if there have been any attempts to identify where the Gospels may have originated/developed based upon dialectal considerations. As I run across patterns such as Matthew’s preference for plural nouns and lexical issues such as synonym […]

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

Meandering through the Synoptics

Ok, I promised to write stuff I find interesting as I go through my diss research, so here’s a couple thoughts I had tonight as I was researching. These will doubtless seem somewhat stream-of-consciousness, so I apologize in advance for any seasickness that results from an attempt on your part to read through the meandering […]

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010