Dealing with Objections to GJohn as anti-Gnostic polemic (H&J Part 05)

Could the Gospel of John really contain anti-Gnostic sentiments?  As we have seen in previous entries, many scholars throughout history have thought so.  But others have argued against this idea.  Before we enter into an in-depth analysis of John’s relationship with Christian or Hermetic Gnosticism, it will be helpful to first deal with several possible … Continue reading Dealing with Objections to GJohn as anti-Gnostic polemic (H&J Part 05)

GJohn as Polemic: A brief history of John studies (H&J Part 02)

Many have believed the Gospel of John stands against a backdrop of intra-Jewish community conflict.  But could the Fourth Gospel also have a relationship with early Gnosticism?  Could the gospel actually contain a carefully structured argument against Gnostic opponents or ideas current in John's first-century environment?  Many scholars, both ancient and modern, have thought so. In … Continue reading GJohn as Polemic: A brief history of John studies (H&J Part 02)

H&J on Audio – Introduction and Part 01: “The Primacy of John”

Happy to introduce the new Hermes & John audio series!  This series will provide those interested in the Hermes & John project with another way to digest all the research. The paper which accompanied my recent presentation at the 2017 Theological Conference is rather long and packed full of information.  Since not everyone is able … Continue reading H&J on Audio – Introduction and Part 01: “The Primacy of John”

“Hermes & John” – 2017 Theological Conference Presentation

Over the weekend I had the pleasure of attending the 2017 Theological Conference hosted by Restoration Fellowship in Atlanta.  Below is a recording of my presentation, "Hermes & John: The Fourth Gospel in the Early Gnostic World."  Many thanks to Carlos and Sarah for the audio/video work, and to everyone involved in hosting the event! … Continue reading “Hermes & John” – 2017 Theological Conference Presentation

Forbidden Gospels, the Gnostic Jesus, and My Encounter with Dr. James Charlesworth

Last weekend I had the pleasure of attending a lecture by world-renowned biblical scholar Dr. James Charlesworth, Professor of NT Language and Literature at Princeton. Charlesworth was joined by Dr. Lee McDonald (Acadia Divinity College) at the beautiful Lanier Theological Library for an evening of discussions around the Apocrypha, the Dead Sea Scrolls, the canonization process, … Continue reading Forbidden Gospels, the Gnostic Jesus, and My Encounter with Dr. James Charlesworth

Dr. Dustin Smith on the Embodiment of Wisdom

Dr. Dustin Smith has recently released two videos regarding the portrayal of God’s wisdom in Jewish literature, and how it relates to the famous prologue of the Fourth Gospel.  I’ve found Smith’s work especially accommodating to my own position on John 1:1-14, and I believe his evidence is worth considering. As I laid out in … Continue reading Dr. Dustin Smith on the Embodiment of Wisdom