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July 23, 2008


Deborah Sampson

You might find John Spong's "Liberating the Gospels." I'm not saying he's right, I'm saying it's an interesting theory that the Gospels were written to correspond to the Jewish liturgical year. He stretches some to make everything fit, but it is an interesting way to take a new look at the Gospels.

Frank Glenn

I set up the Sunday AM liturgy for our minister and began last November 1 with the Gospel of John using a UK Baptist four-year (fourth being John as Gospel lection). It's "freed" my pastor from his bondage to the RCL (which he's preached through about five cycles). It's been great.

This November 1 we begin "Q1 plus Gospel of Thomas" which is my own creation reflecting my long acquaintance with the work of J.M. Robinson, Koester, Stephan Patterson, Crossan, Bernard Brandon Scott (best parables qua parables guy I know), etc. I'll probably use John Butcher's quirky but interesting "Uncommon Lectionary" which has some excellent non-biblical additional readings keyed especially to GTh.

John Petty

Hi Frank,

I like the fourth gospel--it's my second favorite--but I don't know if I'd want to preach it for a whole year, especially when you get to the high priestly prayer. Uff da! Imagine preaching on that for about 6-8 weeks!

I very much dislike, however, how readings from the fourth gospel are "spliced in" in RCL. Mark and John are quite different in tone and mood. To get going in Mark, then switch to John, is jarring, and, unless you're prepared for it--which people never are--I think they likely miss important things that both Mark and John are really saying.

It would be interesting to be in a church and have the gospel reading be from "Q1 and the Gospel of Thomas"!

I like Koester too, and have heard good things about, but have not read, Brandon Scott.

John Petty

I've read a few of Spong's books, but not that one. It's an interesting theory.


Thanks for these posts on the lectionary. I thought you might be interested in an electronic version of the Anchor Yale Commentaries from Logos Bible Software. These commentaries are available for a discounted pre-order price, and contain some of the most notable contributions to biblical scholarship in the past few decades.


John Petty

Looks great! Wish I had $1500!

Thanks for the visit and glad that my humble posts are of benefit to you.

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