Tag Archives: Gospels

Sabbatum Excerpt: Gregory Boyd and Paul R. Eddy on the Historical Jesus

The idea that the Jesus of the Gospels is entirely a midrashic fiction  hinges on our accepting that Paul and his mid-first-century congregations viewed Jesus as a mythic savior figure who came to earth in the distant past. If Christians at the time of Paul’s writing believed that Jesus lived only two decades earlier, that his mother, brother, and original disciples were yet living among them, and the like, it is hard to imagine the Gospel authors fabricating an entirely different Jesus several decades later and impossible to imagine Christians broadly accepting such a fabrication even if certain authors had created one. Unfortunately for the Gospels-as-midrash view, we have very good reasons to conclude that Paul and all mid-first-century Christians viewed Jesus as a recent contemporary…. Neither Paul nor the earliest Christians for whom he wrote viewed Jesus as a mythical cosmic savior figure who lived and redeemed the world “long, long ago and far, far away.” [1]


[1] Gregory A. Boyd and Paul Rhodes Eddy, Lord or Legend: Wrestling with the Jesus Dilemma (Grand Rapids, MI: BakerBooks, 2007), 87, Print.

Interview: Mike Licona Answers Bart Ehrman

Mike Licona, an apologist, Apologetics Coordinator at the North American Mission Board (NAMB) and Research Professor of the New Testament of Southern Evangelical Seminary sits with Mike Ebert to answer the questions that Bart D. Ehrman raised during their debate in Southern Evangelical Seminary. Ehrman argues that the Gospels are very unreliable and contradictory with each other.

This is an edited segment of a 4-part video series.

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Journal Review: What is the Gospel of John? by Marianee Meye Thompson

“What is the Gospel of John?” Marianee Meye Thompson

In this essay “What is the Gospel of John?” Marianee Meye Thompson has raised a literary and historical question, but the very purpose of the essay as Thompson says, is theological question: What is the gospel of John all about? What is it for? How does it serve us? Hence, the main point of the essay is what the gospel is, and how God is the one who determines the gospel’s truth.

The writer starts off her explanation with literary and historical observations. She argues that the distinction between the gospel of John and the Synoptic gospels as ‘John is theology and Synoptic are history’ is not particularly helpful. Firstly, all the gospels present Jesus’ earthly ministry and his mission. Secondly, John is a first-ordered account of the life of Jesus because John has presented the historical significance of Jesus just as it really was: God “dwelt among us.” Thirdly, she adds since “there is no such thing as theology in the abstract, it is not particularly helpful to speak of the gospel as theology versus history” (334, Thompson). Yet the characteristics of John are different from the Synoptic gospels. These characteristics, according to Thompson, ultimately illuminate what a gospel is and what the gospel is.

The writer further shows the distinction between a gospel and the gospel. According to Thompson, John is a gospel because it is a narrative account of God’s encounter with humankind through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. John also shows us that it is the gospel by demonstrating what a gospel does. The gospel presents an interpreted account of God’s encounter with humankind through Jesus and narrates how that embodied encounter engenders both belief and unbelief (335).