Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Young Jesus Chronicles

James McGrath draws attention to a great cartoon from a book called Young Jesus Chronicles, which has some nice previews online, including this one:


"Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, see me after class. Your book reports
are surprisingly similar."


It's a delightful cartoon and I suspect I will be using it in class too.  But it's clearly not a cartoon designed by an academic.  The saintly character on the right is the eponymous "Young Jesus" and an academic would never make Jesus contemporary with the evangelists.   And New Testament scholars would not dream of characterizing John's Gospel as "surprisingly similar" to the Synoptics.  This teacher might just deserve an F herself for not paying careful enough attention to the contents of the evangelists' book reports. Unless, of course, the younger author of the Fourth Gospel was inclined to be somewhat more "Synoptic" than he became in his maturity.

7 comments:

James F. McGrath said...

Well, some do think that John used the Synoptics - and that he was just better at disguising plagiarism than some of his fellow Gospel authors! :)

James F. McGrath said...
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James F. McGrath said...

Or maybe after getting caught for plagiarism as a child, John turned from his wicked ways, while his classmates sadly did not change their ways... :-)

Nazaroo said...

Your comments were more entertaining than the tagline! Well done.

Nazaroo

Hans said...

Funny. The kid on the right looks more like a 'Thomas' to me. Which might explain the halo.

Mark Goodacre said...

Yes, that's what I thought when I first saw it. I thought it was a clever take on the whole Thomas as the fifth Gospel thing. But then again, I think I can demonstrate that Thomas has been copying too (forthcoming book to that effect!).

Ian Foster said...

I think it's a beaut little book and reiterates the 'modern' view that Jesus was human - very, very human. Given that fact, his achievements, understandings, teachings are truly awae-inspiring. The book covers a lot of bits about his life we were never taught at Sunday School, but always secretly wondered about.