• “Dear Theophilus” – sermon notes

  • Abraham in Luke’s Gospel

    The first two chapters of Luke's Gospel contain many allusions to the story ...

  • Approaching the Gospels

    The Gospels are about Jesus - his coming, his earthly ministry, his cross and ...

  • Bart Ehrman’s ‘Top Ten’ spurious verses

    In his book Misquoting Jesus, Bart Ehrman lists ten 'top verses that were not ...

  • Demons, ghosts, and Jesus

    For those who accept the metaphysical reality of daimons (I'm using a straight ...

  • Discussion starters, Jn 20:1-18

    (a) Suppose you had known nothing about Jesus, or about the Christian faith. ...

  • Does typology imply fiction?

    It is a well-known fact that the New Testament writers often present Jesus ...

  • Four witnesses – sermon notes

    Mark 1:1-20 A book by Philip Pullman : ‘The good man Jesus and the scoundrel ...

  • How the resurrection accounts fit their 1st century setting

    The Gospel accounts of the resurrection of Jesus are sometimes thought to be ...

  • Imagining the Kingdom

    'Imagining the Kingdom: Mission and Theology in Early Christianity': This is ...

  • Intentional ‘contradictions’ in John’s writings

    In Jesus, Interrupted: Revealing the Hidden Contradictions in the Bible (and ...

  • Jesus and the Eyewitnesses

    New Testament scholar Richard Bauckham appeared recently on Premier Radio's ...

  • Mary Magdalene – fact and fiction

    According to Luke 8:2, Mary Magdalene had been a severely demonised woman whom ...

  • Messianic secret

    It has long been recognised that in Mark's Gospel Jesus is frequently recorded ...

  • Midrash

    With reference to the rabbinic writings, the term 'midrash' refers to both ...

  • Miracle and metaphor

    Marcus J. Borg describes himself as  ‘moderate to liberal’ scholar.  In ...

  • One language, two religions

    It was J. [...]

  • Peter and Mark

  • Protective anonymity in the Gospels

    In Mark’s Gospel there are three characters that go unnamed but are later ...

  • Psalms of lament in the Gospels

    The function of the psalms of lament in the Gospels, especially in the passion ...

  • Seven Synoptic ‘Problems’

    Writing on the Historical Reliability of the Gospels in Dictionary of Jesus ...

  • The case of the rotting fisherman

    Richard Bauckham offers vivid demonstration of how reliable eyewitness testimony ...

  • The Gospel Miracles

    For many people, the miracle-stories of the Gospels present the chief difficulty ...

  • The Gospels and eyewitness testimony – the use of names

    What follows is based on this lecture by Dr Peter J. Williams. Recent studies ...

  • The Gospels as eyewitness testimony

    The New Testament writers assert on a number of occasions that the accounts ...

  • The historical reliability of the Gospels

    Of course, for some kinds of literature, historical reliability is irrelevant.  ...

  • The Kingdom of God in Matthew’s Gospel

    Matthew's Gospel contains rich teaching on the kingdom of God, with thirty-two ...

  • The psychology of eyewitness testimony

    I have referred, on several occasions, to the work of Richard Bauckham on Jesus ...

  • The reliability of recollective memory

    What factors tend to increase the reliability of recollective memory, and how ...

  • The role of the apostles as authoritative eyewitnesses

    'The role of the apostles as witnesses to the fact that the crucified and buried ...

  • The twelve disciples as ‘official’ eyewitnesses

    At first glance, the lists of Jesus' disciples (Matt 10:2-4; Mark 3:16-19; ...

  • What to look out for in Mark’s Gospel

    Tim Chester has written a short piece on 'What to look out for in Mark's Gospel'. ...