One of my favorite memories of graduate student teaching at the University of Virginia was helping to teach the course on Medieval Christianity with Father Augustine Thompson, OP, a Dominican who happens to be one of the world’s leading experts on Francis of Assisi.Read More »
Thought it would be a nice courtesy to readers to distill down some of the highlights from Qn, the very First Gospel out of the Jesus movement, a text that I discovered and announced a few weeks ago and am busy proving and reconstructing each day. A partial preliminary edition and translation has now been released for public viewing. While I have called this text Qn or the Gospel of the Poor, we might also consider calling it the Gospel of the Enslaved Messiah, the Slave Gospel, the Abolitionist Gospel, or the Gospel of Liberation.Read More »
Do you ever have that feeling when you read the Constitution? That feeling that god brought it together?Read More »
My good friend and intellectual mentor Dennis MacDonald speaks in one of his books about having a dream of having an amusement park all to himself, astonished that no one wants to go there with him. I totally understand that now.Read More »
A Black friend recently encouraged me to read Frederick Douglass’ autobiography. It was horrifying and yet inspiring. What an incredible human being.Read More »
Calling the first, original Jewish Gospel Qn was necessary to build our arguments and contextualize our hypotheses within traditional Gospel and Q scholarship.
While Qn is a serviceable abbreviation in many ways to point to its many continuities with previous Q reconstructions, the designation also has deficiencies and limitations.
New wine-skins will eventually be needed to hold this new wine. I suggest some additional options for the community to consider adopting eventually, both for our shared Gospel and for ourselves.Read More »
[Revised July 10]
A big part of the challenge we face, especially in the study of Gospel texts, is that:
1) the main content does not offer clear, external historical references as to time of composition and/or editing (very unscientific of them, not to date and time stamp and version control their work!); and
2) manuscripts tend to fabricate and improvise anachronistic historical references, such as putting the names of legendary leaders, “Mark,” “Matthew,” “Luke,” “John,” “Peter,” etc., at the beginning (incipits) of texts within manuscripts.Read More »
Just one of many major headlines that can and should be written in coming days about the discovery of Qn and its significance. See the draft chapter on Mark as the Anti-Qn in the self-archived, iterative Open Access book proposal.
It’s going to take some time for the scholarly community to review my five hypotheses and the related evidence I’ve compiled, which will be released publicly on Zenodo later today or tomorrow.Read More »
Yesterday I uploaded to Zenodo a book proposal draft (over 50 pages of detailed hypotheses and thick evidence). Its embargo is set to expire on July 7, when it will become available open access to the world.
The book’s tentative full title is The First Gospel, the Gospel of the Poor: A New Reconstruction of Q and Resolution of the Synoptic Problem based on Marcion’s Early Luke.Read More »