My friend and occasional academic patron Dennis MacDonald is a genius and all NT scholars need to start taking his work seriously, damnit.Read More »
Dibs again. Highlight reel! Claimed it. First time ever in history. Jesus’ public ministry in Qn started with him getting a body man, before his first women disciples/patrons joined the movement. And this was no ordinary body man. This was a hunky hunk of a Roman Centurion body man. Cuz if you’re gonna be a world-class rhetorical ass kicker, you need some official, state-sponsored muscle in your posse.
I just did a Digital Gospel Science (DGS) DUNK all up on the faces of New Testament scholars… again!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1) the main content does not offer clear, external historical references as to time of composition and/or editing (very unscientific of them, not to date and time stamp and version control their work!); and
2) manuscripts tend to fabricate and improvise anachronistic historical references, such as putting the names of legendary leaders, “Mark,” “Matthew,” “Luke,” “John,” “Peter,” etc., at the beginning (incipits) of texts within manuscripts.Read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 »
The opening mythical/literary frame that identifies and defines Jesus in the newly rediscovered first Gospel (Qn, 50-65 Judea) was none other than the notoriously ugly slave, randy philosopher, and witty fabulist Aesop.
We’ve laid out the basic details of this opening material in our iterative, Open Access book proposal. We’ll definitely need specialists on Aesop to help us fill in what we expect to be many, many overlaps (some previously discovered and perhaps many not yet discovered) between the fables of Aesop and the reconstructed content of Qn. Even the closing story about Zacchaeus may point to an Aesop-influenced inclusio.
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 »
The next promised installment presents a Greek parallel set showing the textual relationships between the Gospel of Mark, the Gospel of Marcion (Early Luke), and the Gospel of Matthew.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 »
As I’m preparing to publish several forthcoming books, I did a scan of current book titles in print to make sure my titles would be unique and original. I was originally thinking about using the title FrankenChrist for the first volume, but there is already an album with that name; and FrankenChurch for the fourth volume, but there is already book with that title.
So, without further ado, today on June 11, 2020, I’m claiming the following titles and announcing the Mythical Christianity series:
- Book 1. The Mythical Christ
- Book 2. The Mythical Peter and Paul
- Book 3. The Mythical Bible
- Book 4. The Mythical Church