How accurate is Dennis MacDonald's thesis regarding the Gospel of Mark?


(Juan Romero) #1

I recently came across a youtuber known as TruthSurge, who has a series titled Excavating the Empty Tomb:

He basically promotes the Christ myth “theory” but from a different perspective. He uses a book by Dennis MacDonald which says that the Gospels were responses to the Homeric epics and that Jesus is a fictional character.

I am quite skeptical of it, because of two things:

  1. TruthSurge is not a scholar or has any credentials.

  2. I think it is very strange that in almost 2000 no one noticed such a thing. I mean, why didn’t people from centuries ago notice that already? I read in a review that MacDonald strains passages to fit his thesis.

Is MacDonald right or is this just Christ myth nonsense?


#2

Why bother with every little thing you come across on the internet? The internet is filled with religious kooks who have silly ideas! You say this guy isn’t a scholar, so shouldn’t that tell you something?


(Juan Romero) #3

I know, but I was talking about Dennis MacDonald, who IS a scholar.

He fooled many then, just look at the comment section of most of his videos.


(Jon) #4

So he’s convincing to random people commenting on Youtube. Meanwhile, he is less convincing to trained academics. Now why would that be?


#5

No, You said that TruthSurge is not a scholar. [quote=“archicastor1, post:1, topic:37365”]

Is MacDonald right or is this just Christ myth nonsense?
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Is this a question you can answer yourself? Do you honestly think that anybody here thinks that McDonald is right? Why not read his publications and tell us what you think?


(Juan Romero) #6

That’s right, but he was using MacDonald’s book, and MacDonald IS a scholar.

I should have said “To what extent is MacDonald right?”


(Jon) #7

What audience did Mark have for a mythical savior figure modeled on Homeric epic?


#8

Why don’t you read his book since you are interested in him? I don’t get the feeling that anybody here wants to study his ideas.


(George Brooks) #9

I watched most of these videos… and all the material comes from a fairly impressive array of books.

I was impressed with some of the scholarship… but … I’m a Unitarian.


(system) #10

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