My reply to ‘On the Question of Christological and Theological Development in the Gospels’ by Denis

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In his article published on Blogging Theology earlier today Denis attempted to refute some of the reasons scholars have for seeing Christological development in the gospels. I will focus on a few points by way of rebuttal. I assume the standard solution to the synoptic problem, namely that Matthew and Luke used Mark (and other sources) in the writing of their respective gospels.  For this article I focus on how Matthew used Mark.  (For introductions to the Synoptic Problem see here).

Examples of how Matthew uses Mark.

According to the dominant sources theories, Matthew preserves about 90% of the stories and passages found in Mark’s Gospel, but he edits/changes this material according to his purposes. Studying these editorial changes is the job of ‘redaction critics’ (the discipline is called redaction criticism).

Here are some examples of Matthew’s alteration of Mark. I have listed them in order of significance: minor…

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Mark 13:32 and the “Omniscience” of the Holy Spirit

Mark 13:32 and the "Omniscience" of the Holy Spirit                        Over at the new "BloggingTheology", the Catholic apologist and blog contributor Denis Giron has published a short article in which he attempts to defend the belief in the "omniscience" of the "Holy Spirit".[1]  This is understandable, since for Christians, the "Holy Spirit" is one …

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Paul Williams Becomes a “Freelance Monotheist” (whatever that means…)

            Some sad news to report... it appears that brother Paul Williams has "left" Islam...again. This is the culmination of a months-long saga that started with an ugly incident at Speaker's Corner in the UK. And to be honest, I am shocked.             According to Paul's Twitter account, which as of this morning was active …

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