Baptism in the New Testament: A Survey

In the Gospels the ministry of Jesus begins only once he is baptized by John. All four Gospels start their stories of Jesus with his baptism by John. And then the Baptism of Jesus seamlessly flows into the baptism of Christ-followers. Or does it? It is striking how little is actually said about the baptism […]

Is Jesus Divine in Mark?

In orthodox Christianity, Jesus is both human and divine. At least in part, this belief is based upon what is written in the New Testament. Mark, the earliest canonical Gospel (see “The Priority of Mark,” by Peter Kirby), has been interpreted as conforming to this view; but does it? Mark’s Jesus is certainly human, but […]