Sunday, November 02, 2008

Link of the day

Perriman responds to a critical review of his uniquely stimulating and provocative book, The Coming of the Son of Man. Give it a read, here.


At 11/02/2008 11:26 PM, Anonymous Antonio Jerez said...

Saw on his homepage that Perriman thinks most of the writings of the NT predate AD 70. That puts him beyond the pale in my eyes. A better guide on these matters is surely Mark Goodacre who is at the moment giving us some food for thought in a series named "the dating game" on his blog. Take a look here:

At 11/03/2008 10:59 PM, Anonymous Antonio Jerez said...

might alert you that there is already a review of Perriman´s book up on I have already ordered the book to our university here in Goteborg. Hope to come with some comments on it as when I have read it.

If I have understood the reviewer at amazon right Perriman is arguing that the sheep in Matthews Last Judgement are non-christians who will be rewarded for helping christians (Jesus brethren). If so I agree. The trouble is that he links this to the destruction of Jerusalem. It´s a farfetched connection that has little grounding in the text and makes quite a mess of the link Matthew makes between the preceding parousia parables in 25:1-30 (just like 25:31-46 all made up by Matthew himself). But I´ll have to reserve my final judgement until I´ve read Perriman´s book.

At 11/03/2008 11:16 PM, Anonymous Chris Tilling said...

Hi Antonio, I look foward to reading your thoughts on Perriman's book.

I was mulling over whether Luke was written pre70 recently, and tended to the position that it was written after the destruction of Jerusalem based on the way Luke uses Mark. But it was a close cut case.

I need to read more of Goodacre's series...

At 11/03/2008 11:29 PM, Anonymous Antonio Jerez said...

concerning Luke you have definitely reached the right conclusion. Now Mark Goodacre and me only have to convince you that Luke is not only dependent on Mark but also on Matthew. Just as John was also dependent on Mark (and possibly Luke also). The strange thing is that a sceptic like seems to have a lot more faith in the strong links between the Christian communities around the Mediterranean than most conservative Christians, particularly evangelicals. I find it amazing that people can imagine that a church leader like the one who is behind the gospel of John was unaware of what another church leader like the author of GMark had been up to decades after he wrote his gospel :)

At 11/03/2008 11:37 PM, Anonymous Antonio Jerez said...

Could also add that I am proud to have been one of the first to have discovered the talents of Mark Goodacre. I made a push for him on the now defunct discussion list Crosstalk ages ago. Mark is a genius!


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