The Genre of the Gospels

The Genre of the Gospels The short answer: Gospels are written in genre of Roman biographies. A Few Academic Voice on the Issue Craig Keener: “Most Gospels scholars today view the Gospels as belonging to the genre of ancient biography. Both supporters and detractors...

Son of Man in Mark

Son of Man in Mark “Son” language in Mark Mark uses “son” language to speak of Christ; the most common is “Son of Man”. Except for the personal name “Jesus,” the theological title “Son of Man” is the most frequent phrase used to refer to Jesus in Mark. 1. What “Son of...

How to Smell a Sandwich

How to Smell a Sandwich Smell can be a powerful sense. The right smell can bring back old memories, you haven’t thought about for decades. In the same way having a good literary sense about a text can unfold truths hidden in plain sight. It all begins by knowing...

Christ in Mark

Christ in Mark God-man of action From start to finish, Jesus is the uncontested subject of the Gospel of Mark, and he is portrayed as a man of action. The action of the Gospel is all-important to the meaning of the Gospel, for we learn who Jesus is not so much from...

Who Wrote Gospel of Mark?

Who Wrote Gospel of Mark? Over the coming weeks, I am going to release additional material on the gospel of Mark. We will look at background, themes, theology and and the interesting style of mark’s gospel. This week we will look at the authorship of Mark and the...

Jewish Hope and Pentecost

Jewish Hope and Pentecost   Pentecost as fulfillmentWhen speaking of the theme of promise and fulfillment in relation to Pentecost most would point to Jesus’s words, in Luke, “I am sending upon you what my Father promised; so stay here in the city until you have...