The Targets of the Fourth Gospel (H&J Part 04)

If the Gospel of John really is, in part, a polemic, then just who was the gospel written against? In this entry, I propose that the Fourth Gospel contains a multi-front polemic directed towards several groups which can still, at least in a general way, be identified: Jews who rejected Jesus and his followers the … Continue reading The Targets of the Fourth Gospel (H&J Part 04)

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John’s Mission and Method (H&J Part 03)

What was the purpose of John’s gospel?  What sort of changes did John hope to affect in and around his community? Just who made up his community?  And by what means did he work to bring about these changes through his account of the ministry of Jesus? In this entry I will begin arguing that … Continue reading John’s Mission and Method (H&J Part 03)

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

Ancient Lit. SpotLight #1: The Suda

The Ancient Lit. SpotLight series is designed to introduce works of Judaism, Christianity, paganism, and Gnosticism to a wider audience, in hopes of increasing awareness of the religious and philosophical thought of the ancient Mediterranean world. With the above goal in mind, there are few texts better to begin our exploration with than the Suda. … Continue reading Ancient Lit. SpotLight #1: The Suda

Artapanus and the Egyptian Moses: Jewish Syncretism in Alexandria

In the study of historical Gnostic religions, one is inevitably drawn towards the period of Graeco-Egyptian syncretism occurring in the wake of Alexander’s Egyptian conquest (c. 300 BCE).  My upcoming (and currently under-wraps) research project has been especially dependent upon such study.  One surprising element I have regularly encountered in this research is the participation of … Continue reading Artapanus and the Egyptian Moses: Jewish Syncretism in Alexandria