Circling @goodacre’s book, Thomas and the Gospels: The Case for Thomas’s Familiarity with the Synoptics

I have had in my possession since 5 October 2012 this book that I have read. The arguments are sound, cohesive and convincing. So, what can I say?

I could cheesily speak about his writing style – one to be mimic, but Goodacre is a scholar who has several books under his belt. His writing style is, as always, just right. Of course, having heard Dr. Goodacre speak, I often hear his voice as I read, or maybe, I read it in a British accent. So, like watching Dr. Who, I read it really loud in my head. (Honestly, he is in this country – he could learn English!!!)

I intend to do a review before the end of the year because I need to. I have a list I am preparing regarding the top 5 books I have reviewed this year. This one is on it.

Why? Because this will narrow down literary criticism of the Gospels, early trajectories of Christianity, and  play into social memory, Markan priority, the so-called Synoptic Problem, and the difference between oral tradition and oral tradition based on a literary tradition.

So, expect a more thorough going review later, but if you are looking for a last minute Christmas gift, get this one.

For yourself, for your friends, for the entirety of the Q, Markan Literary Sources, and any other section at SBL dealing any any topic related to the Synoptics and/or Thomas.

Joel L. Watts
Joel L. Watts holds a Masters of Arts from United Theological Seminary with a focus in literary and rhetorical criticism of the New Testament. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of the Free State, analyzing Paul’s model of atonement in Galatians. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014).

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