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Did Papias Know the Apostle John?

April 27, 2016 2 comments

by Michael J. Kruger

I just received in the mail the latest issue of the Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society. And I noticed that it contained my review of Monte Shanks’ recent volume, Papias and the New Testament (Pickwick, 2013). (I can’t keep track of when my book reviews appear!).

Seeing this review reminded me of one of the key debates in discussions of the emerging New Testament canon, namely whether Papias, the bishop of Hierapolis in the early second century, knew the apostle John. This is a key question simply because Papias provides one of the earliest explicit references to the gospels of Mark and Matthew.

So, where did Papias get this information from? And can this information be trusted?

 

 

 

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Biblical scholar claims to have found the oldest known Gospel — inside a mummy mask Pt 2

February 23, 2015 Leave a comment

A few weeks ago I posted some links concerning the supposed discovery of the Gospel of Mark inside a mummy mask. Thanks to Jason Delgado over at Confessingbaptist.com, I was pointed to a Mp3 put out by Jeff Riddle concerning this supposed find.

Today I am placing up a link and urge you all to go over and check out this Mp3 by Jeff Riddle. He does a great job explaining why it wouldn’t matter a whole lot even if this is an authentic find.

So in order to download this audio just click right here. Also be sure to check out Pastor Jeff Riddle’s blog post concerning this subject.

Biblical scholar claims to have found the oldest known Gospel — inside a mummy mask

February 2, 2015 3 comments

When it comes to historical analysis of the Bible, everything is fodder for debate. But even in such a tendentious arena, there is one hypothesis that’s mostly agreed upon. The shortest gospel was also the earliest: Mark’s. Called the Marcan priority, the school of thought holds that the Gospel of Mark was a source for the later works of Matthew and Luke.

It has its shortcomings, however. Despite its historical proximity to Jesus, the Gospel of Mark is tantalizingly short on the details of Jesus’s life. It sidesteps his birth narrative and doesn’t elaborate on what happened after his death. It also differs in several pivotal places from other gospels, most notably in Jesus’s interactions with John the Baptist.

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How Should We Respond to Reports that a Fragment of Mark Dates to the First Century?

It was reported yesterday that a three-dozen member team of scientists and scholars—apparently including the well-respected New Testament historian Craig Evans—is working on a papyrus fragment of the Gospel of Mark, discovered as part of an ancient Egyptian funeral mask.

Due to the expense of securing clean papyri sheets in the ancient world, the papier-mâché of these masks was made from recycled papyri that already contained writing. Evans explains, “We’re recovering ancient documents from the first, second and third centuries. Not just Christian documents, not just biblical documents, but classical Greek texts, business papers, various mundane papers, personal letters.”

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