Carmichael-Walling Lectures: Nov. 9

You are invited to join us for the 31st annual Carmichael-Walling Lectures, presented by ACU’s Center for the Study of Ancient Religious Texts, at Abilene Christian University on Nov. 9.

Dr. Mark Goodacre will give the Lectures on the theme, Transforming Gospels: Exploring John’s Relationship to the Other Three. An expert on the New Testament Gospels, Dr. Goodacre will speak on the complex and controversial question of the relationship between the Gospel of John and the Synoptic Gospels. He will explore John’s knowledge of the Synoptics as revealed in the way the Evangelist casts their narratives in the dramatic mode. Also, he will address surprising and typically understated similarities in the Christology of the Synoptics and John.

  • 4 p.m. – John’s Dramatic Transformation of the Synoptics
  • 7 p.m. – John’s Christological Transformation of the Synoptics

Lectures are free, open to the public, and will take place in the Onstead-Packer Biblical Studies Building in Room 114 on ACU’s campus. For more information, contact [email protected].

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We hope you will join us for this insightful evening as we delve into the Gospels together and explore the links between them.

Mark Goodacre

Mark Goodacre is Professor of New Testament & Christian Origins in the Department of Religious Studies at Duke University. He has published many articles. His books include, The Case Against Q: Studies in Marcan Priority and the Synoptic Problem (2002), and Thomas and the Gospels: The Case for Thomas’s Familiarity with the Synoptics (2012). Mark edits New Testament Gateway, one of the longest-lived websites devoted to New Testament Studies, and is a lively participant in online conversation about the connections between academic biblical studies and contemporary culture.



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