Mark Goodacre has just posted a new episode of his always-delightful “NT Pod”. This episode features a bit of discussion on the relationship between the Gospel of John and the historical Jesus, and whether or not the Fourth Gospel can shed any light on historical Jesus studies. Goodacre mentions John’s more realistic three-year timeline as well as John’s account that Jesus was executed on the Day of Preparation rather than on Passover itself (as the Synoptics depict) as possible evidence that John may have been utilizing more historically reliable sources. I remain largely unconvinced, but old habits do die hard. I do find Helen Bond’s argument about dating Jesus’ death convincing, though. I also appreciate Goodacre’s skepticism regarding the ability to separate history and theology in the Gospel literature.

On a side note, a new friend of mine recently pointed out to me that there is a small but growing number of scholars who accept Lukan dependence upon John. I’m embarrassed to say that I had never heard that theory, though I’m certainly no expert in the Synoptic Problem. I’d be interested in doing a bit more reading on the question, if anyone has any suggestions for good pro/con studies floating around out there in the ether…

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