For some time now I have been interested in the question: How did the early Christian movement persuade others that its God, its gospel message centering upon a crucified and resurrected Messiah, and its attendant way of life were superior to competing Greco-Roman ways of worship and piety toward their gods? Some of the most […]
The Testament of Mary Sue Many here will be familiar with the editorial-critical term ‘Mary Sue’ — a term used for a character whose qualities and perspective make her (or him) an idealised author-surrogate. When this device works well, even critical readers raise no objection; some have proposed that Æneas should be understood as a […]
Colm Tóibín , The Testament of Mary I’ve been asked to look at this book from the perspective of a historical Jesus scholar. And I’m very happy to do so: I’m a firm believer that historical fiction can sometimes shed light on the past – when our sources are as fragmented as the gospels we’re […]
For context to this series, reference the first blog here. The Persuasive Art of Colm Toíbín in The Testament of Mary In a 2013 article in the Guardian, Paula Cocozza remarked that, “Jesus is having a moment in literary fiction.” A sudden spate of novels on Jesus had hit the shelves—The Liars Gospel, The […]
At this years’ British New Testament Conference, the joint session “Jesus, Synoptics, and New Testament Use/Influence” discussed Colm Tóibín’s book, The Testament of Mary. In it some interesting points about Christian origins are raised. Scholars Alison Jack, Elizabeth Shively, A K M Adam, and Helen Bond have graciously given CSCO the opportunity to publish their […]
*Warning: This is an academic piece of research which aims to unpack St. Paul’s concerns in Romans 1.26-27. The explicit language used throughout is necessary to better reflect the coarse intentions of the ancient authors called upon to shed light on the biblical passage.* Romans 1:26-27 26 Διὰ τοῦτο παρέδωκεν αὐτοὺς ὁ θεὸς εἰς πάθη ἀτιμίας, […]
In this video, Professor Mark Goodacre helps us understand John’s use of the Synoptics.
In this second video, Professor Bond looks at two examples of how ancient biography works in Mark’s Gospel.
At SBL last year, I attended a review session of Lincoln Blumell and Thomas Wayment’s helpful book, Christian Oxyrhynchus (Waco, Baylor University Press, 2015). During the discussion, someone mentioned that it was the first time The Life of Apa Aphou, Bishop of Pemje (= Oxyrhynchus) had ever been translated into English (they mention this on […]
In this first video, Professor Helen Bond introduces her work on ancient biography and the Gospel of Mark.