Episode 25 – Synoptic Gospels (Did Jesus Exist?)

History of ChristianityThis is the final episode of the series on the Synoptic Gospels based on my lectures from Tyndale University College. Although there were more lectures given for the course, this is the last one that will be posted here.

In the episode we ask the question, Did Jesus exist? Those who hold to the Jesus Myth Theory believe that Jesus never existed and that the Jesus of the Gospels is based on pagan myths. In this episode we look at the evidence for Jesus and examine the supposed similarities to pagan gods.

The first book that I wrote was a response to the Jesus Myth. You can get i through the links below.

Special Announcement

Second World WarWe take a short break from our regular scheduled episodes to bring you a special announcement. I have decided to start a new podcast on World War Two. It is called the Second World Podcast and you can find it here.

If you are interested in military history or just history in general, I hope you will join me on this. The Second World War Podcast won’t be replacing the History of Christianity Podcast but will be in addition to it.

I hope you will join me on this journey.

Episode 24 – Happy Birthday Jesus!

History of ChristianityWe take a break from our series on the Synoptic Gospels for a short Christmas episode. In this episode we look at how Dec. 25 came to be the date of Christmas. One of the things that I discovered in this episode was that the fixing of the date actually took place during the life time St. Nicholas!

While you are in the Christmas mood, you might want to check out my blog post 5 Reasons Why Christians Should Reject Santa Claus.

May you and your family have a blessed Christmas!

Episode 23 – Synoptic Gospels (Luke)

History of ChristianityIn this lecture from the course Jesus and the Synoptic Gospels taught at Tyndale University College, we look at the Gospel of Luke. We look at some of the specific interests of Luke, including women, Samaritans, the poor and the marginalized in general. We also look at some of the popular parables unique to Luke, such as the Prodigal Son and the Good Samaritan.

Recommended Book:

Episode 22 – Synoptic Gospels (Matthew)

History of ChristianityOne of the most popular Gospels is that of Matthew. It is in Matthew that we get the Sermon on the Mount and the classic version of the Lord’s Prayer. Matthew has helped shape Christian theology and worship for centuries.

This lecture from my course on Jesus in the Synoptic Gospels that was taught at Tyndale University College introduces us to Matthew and some of the unique aspects of this Gospel.

Recommended Book:

Episode 21 – Synoptic Gospels (Mark)

History of ChristianityIn this lecture on the Synoptic Gospels from Tyndale University College, we look at the Gospel of Mark. Mark is generally considered to be the earliest of the Synoptic Gospels. We look at some of the unique aspects of Mark to set up the rest of our study of the Synoptic Gospels.

Episode 20 – Synoptic Gospels (Authorship and Date)

History of ChristianityThis is a continuation of my lectures on Jesus in the Synoptic Gospels as taught at Tyndale University College.

In this episode, we look at the authorship and the dating of the Gospels. Were Matthew, Mark and Luke really the authors? And when were they written? There are some who date the Gospels early and others who date them late. Who is right?

Episode 19 – Synoptic Gospels (Synoptic Problem and Historical Criticism)

History of ChristianityThis is a continuation of the course on Jesus in the Synoptic Gospels that I taught at Tyndale University College. In this section, we look at the synoptic problem, various forms of historical criticism, the three quests for the historical Jesus and the criteria of authenticity.

The book I recommend is this book that was used as part of the students’ take home exam. It gives a good summary and interaction with the most popular solutions to the synoptic problem.

Episode 18 – Synoptic Gospels (Background, Genre, Canon)

History of ChristianityThis the second part of a lecture on Jesus in the Synoptic Gospels taught at Tyndale University College. In this section, I give a quick summary of the Greco-Roman background of the Gospels. In addition we look at the genre of the Gospels. We finish with a look at the development of the canon, including a look at the Gospel of Thomas, the Infancy Gospel of Thomas, the Gospel of Peter and the Secret Gospel of Mark.

Recommend Book:

Episode 17 – Synoptic Gospels (Jewish Background)

History of ChristianityThis episode is the first part of a series of lectures I gave for a course on Jesus in the Synoptic Gospels for Tyndale University College.

This first lecture deals with the Jewish background to the Synoptic Gospels. While some of this material was given in our episode on Second Temple Judaism, it is worth repeating. There is also some new material in this lecture. If you are interested, you can find the slides for this lecture here.

I would also recommend this book, which is the text that I used for this course: