The Bethsaida section, Part I: The blind man of Bethsaida scene

Summary This post extrapolates from the discussion of the blind man of Bethsaida scene in my book, The Two Gospels of Mark: Performance and Text. Here, I review elements of the scene (Mk 8:22-26). I imagine how the scene was staged. I conclude that the …

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The Joseph of Arimathea scene in the Gospel of Mark, revisited

Summary When I wrote my book, The Two Gospels of Mark: Performance and Text, I assumed that the received text of the Joseph of Arimathea scene in the Gospel of Mark (Mk 15:42-46) preserved the performance of Mark’s play. I assumed that the audience heard …

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Dramatic enactment of the Gospel of Mark by actor Max McLean

A YouTube search yields several dramatic readings of the Gospel of Mark, including an excellent one by actor David Suchet. But the dramatic enactment of the Gospel of Mark by actor Max McLean is in a class by itself. McLean dramatizes the dialogue. He uses …

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The fig tree episode in the Gospel of Mark is an editorial overwrite

Summary The episode of the cursing of the fig tree in the Gospel of Mark is not good theater. It follows the triumphal entry into Jerusalem, and brackets the Temple Incident (TI). The fig-tree episode should have some relationship to either the triumph or to …

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Review of Caesar’s Messiah, by Joseph Atwill

Introduction Caesar’s Messiah presents a tissue of preposterous theories. Fortunately, Robert M. Price has detangled Joseph Atwill’s theories and addressed them one by one in a review of Caesar’s Messiah (the 2005 edition). Price uses the words “mad,” “ludicrous,” and “perverse and gratuitous interpretations of …

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The origin of Saint Veronica: Berenice, Judean princess

Summary In this post I speculate that the origin of the early Christian saint Veronica was the real-life Berenice, Judean princess and mistress/fiancée to Titus Flavius Vespasianus. I suggest that in the 80s CE, after Titus’s death, Berenice became a member of the Roman congregation …

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Review of R.G. Price’s Deciphering the Gospels Proves Jesus Never Existed

In his 2018 book, Deciphering the Gospels Proves Jesus Never Existed, R.G. Price falls into the trap that is ever-present for independent scholars: not having sufficiently ‘read around’ the topic. Price erroneously bases his argument on and takes for granted the integrity of the received …

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What was the origin of Mark’s congregation?

This post presents my thoughts about the origin of the Roman congregation. It’s entirely top-of-my-head speculation, but of interest—I hope—because I’ve spent several years immersed in the Gospel of Mark and its adjacent texts. My thoughts on the origin of Mark’s congregation are consistent with …

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