After a few years ago writing a fascinating exposé of the forger (Walter Fritz) behind the so-called Gospel of Jesus’ Wife and his duping of Karen King at Harvard, just yesterday Ariel Sabar published an equally fascinating exposé about stolen and misrepresented New Testament papyri, including many from Oxford’s Egyptian Exploration Society (EES) and its famous Oxyrynchus papyri collection.Read More »
Over the years I’ve developed a variety of individual handouts for New Testament classes that I’ve taught. Today I decided to compile them into a brief New Testament Introduction Sourcebook to share freely and openly with the world.
The sourcebook materials are well-suited to accompany my introductory video lectures for New Testament (RLST 201) at CSU Fullerton. The related RLST 201 course syllabus for Spring 2018 is also available.Read More »
Always enjoyable to come back to paleography. Today’s task is to finish my critical edition of CANT 78.3, The Hospitality and Perfume of the Bandit, based on a collation of texts found in two manuscripts, Vatican Library Lat. 6300 and British Library Harley 3199. The story is likely 13th or 14th century, one among several medieval variations of the Good Thief’s hospitality to the Holy Family during their sojourn to Egypt.
This story is unique in that it ties the miraculous perfume the Good Thief receives from Jesus’ mother Mary to the alabaster-carried perfume that Mary Magdalene used to anoint the feet of Jesus.Read More »
After obtaining or checking for permission with my publishers, I’ve uploaded open access versions of many of my recent publications. All of these self-archived publications now have DOIs and are linked in my ORCID record. This was also a good reminder to update my ORCID record more generally, so I added all of my missing presentations and service work. I’m almost up to 100 academic works!Read More »
Campus news piece sent out by email today featured our recently edited book on Mimesis Criticism of the New Testament. Thank you to the most excellent team in Strategic Communications for sharing this publication and those of other faculty!
The first six chapters look with critical appreciation on MacDonald’s recent work, support mimesis criticism becoming a vital and standard methodology within New Testament studies, and sometimes propose new directions of mimetic inquiry. The final three chapters focus on close mimetic analysis of specific passages in the Gospels and Acts, while also tracing out broader literary and theological implications for the New Testament, early Christianity, and the reception of epic literature in late antiquity.Read More »
Classical Greek Models of the Gospels and Acts: Studies in Mimesis Criticism. Edited by Mark G. Bilby, Michael Kochenash, and Margaret Froelich. Claremont, CA: Claremont Press, 2018.Read More »