Parallel discussions in the blogosphere about Parallelism

It started here with McGrath speaking about Brodie’s aptness to resort to parallelism, a term coined by Sandmel. The Shape responded here by saying, “It’s not the process of parallelomania that I dislike but rather the term itself. It is not helpful and is dismissive in its nature.” McGrath responded. The Shape responded. And now, let me respond. First, I want to point out to you something rather odd… Petrus Ens, a Reformed professor in Harderwijk, had been accused of teaching Socinian theses [in the middle of the 18th century]. While the case of Stinstra [a minister removed from office

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A different perspective on Thomas Brodie

That guy with the odd name that cannot be his own has written a post YOU ALL SHOULD READ. He writes, in part Thomas Brodie gave a great display in intellectual honesty in the publication of his last book and he was crucified (ahem!) for it. via It’s All Random…Mostly…: Thomas Brodie and Intellectual Honesty in Biblical Studies…. My friend is correct, of course. Brodie has led the way in intertextuality and while I disagree with his conclusions on the Historical Jesus, his work has pushed us in this still unrespected realm to new heights. In the end, he


How do you solve a problem like… Brodie fandom…

Update – Neil believes the fandom bit is about him and is a swipe — because he thinks everything is a swipe against him. In speaking about fandom, I am referring to myself.  My new best buddy Neil has written a bit on my acceptance of Thomas Brodie‘s work in my book, Mimetic Criticism. I called Brodie’s work a masterpiece among other things. When Brodie first announced, I considered retracting those comments, but I felt like it would be unfair. I had not read Brodie’s book (still haven’t). But the books I did read (Birthing the New Testament, Crucial Bridge) I thought and still

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Is this another malfeasance of the Academic Community?

Father Thomas L. Brodie, recently out of the closet as a Jesus-mythicist, has been replaced at his teaching position. According to documents seen by the Irish Sun, the veteran scholar was also banned from any lecturing, teaching or writing while a probe is under way…. (here – via The Irish Sun) The online journal has a somewhat more interesting take, a take that looks really, really close to the Irish Sun. Anyway… I am an admirer of Thomas Brodie’s work on mimesis; however, I think he has lost his focus and hold on the facts. My concern is the

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Blogging my Book: Avoiding the trap of Parallelomania

Tom posted a link on my wall today from a favorite scholar of mine. Thomas L. Brodie has a new book coming out that details his decent into mythicism. The work of tracing literary indebtedness and art is far from finished but it is already possible and necessary to draw a conclusion: it is that, bluntly, Jesus did not exist as a historical individual. This is not as negative as may at first appear. In a deeply personal coda, Brodie begins to develop a new vision of Jesus as an icon of God’s presence in the world and in

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Blogging my book: I’m living in an allusive paradox

Yesterday, I was working on chapter 4 of my book. This chapter deals with mimesis and mimetic studies in the Gospel of Mark. Specifically, I am using Dennis MacDonald, Thomas L. Brodie, and Adam Winn. My beef with MacDonald is first and foremost his understanding of mimesis which is shaded only by Stephen Hinds. Hinds should have listened to Roger F. Thomas more. Anyway, Hinds argues that allusions aren’t easily seen or known by the audience. Other new literary critics argue that authorial intent is not to be looked for. So, allusions are sometimes just accident artifacts of the author. My

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Blogging my Book: “Wears a Green Carnation”

Actually… Oscar Wilde is mentioned in my book. But I was looking for a word that goes with some sub-headings in the work. Found this one. It’s in bold. It is also a scientific theory. Comes from the fact that Oscar Wilde used to wear one. Pretty boys, witty boys, You may sneer At our disintegration. Haughty boys, naughty boys, Dear, dear, dear! Swooning with affectation… And as we are the reason For the “Nineties” being gay, We all wear a green carnation. ” —Noel Coward, 1929 , Bitter Sweet I have thus far these three headings in discussing