Plagiarism or Meme?

Jim, as he usually does, has a bit of fun at my expense. That’s okay. I destroy him most days.

It involved this picture:


We all get it. Ha. Ha.

But, notice Jim’s comments. “Look carefully.” “Joel Watts.” “1830.”

Then, I get up this morning and see this (friendly alerted) on Brill’s facebook page:

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It comes from Brill History’s facebook page:

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Dang… that’s funny. Except…

The 1830 Joel Watts (or as we call him, the 27th Joel Watts), did not write a book on Zwingli (thank God).

Rather, this preface comes from a different book by a different author on a different non-Zwingli subject:

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Notice Brill History’s comments.

Read carefully.” “Joel Watts.” “1830.”

I would assume they derived “Zwingli’s Letters and Treatises” from the name of the blog, although I would not call Jim’s series of “Answering your Letters” the same thing as “Letters and Treatises.”

Internet memes are fun, aren’t they?

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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