Disharmony in the gospels

Not a problem to be fixed

Regular readers of the New Testament are likely to notice differences between the four gospel narratives of Jesus’ life and teaching. While John’s account varies considerably from Matthew, Mark, and Luke, it is these three synoptic1 gospels where, by virtue of their similarity, the narrative contrasts appear sharpest.

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Studying the Ancient Israelites: A Guide to Sources and Methods by Victor Matthews (Part 2)

Introducing the interdisciplinary approach required to understand the world of the Ancient Israelites

Literary Approaches

Regrettably, literary approaches, which include both critical study of the Bible and the use of ancient Near Eastern literature for comparative study are viewed with suspicion. This is unfortunate as such approaches can provide considerable insight into problems that are commonly advanced as reasons to doubt the integrity of the biblical narrative. Continue reading “Studying the Ancient Israelites: A Guide to Sources and Methods by Victor Matthews (Part 2)”

Studying the Ancient Israelites: A Guide to Sources and Methods by Victor Matthews (Part 1)

Introducing the interdisciplinary approach required to understand the world of the Ancient Israelites

Apart from grammar and semantics, one of the main hermeneutic tools any serious Bible student needs to understand is the historical and cultural context of the Bible. This, needless to say is not a minor subject given that the historical context of the OT alone spans at least one thousand years and covers many civilisations. Continue reading “Studying the Ancient Israelites: A Guide to Sources and Methods by Victor Matthews (Part 1)”