Mark Goodacre

Mark Goodacre
Mark Goodacre is Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins in the Department of Religion, Duke University, North Carolina, USA. He earned his MA, M.Phil and DPhil at the University of Oxford. His research interests include the Synoptic Gospels, the Historical Jesus and the Gospel of Thomas. Goodacre is editor of the Library of New Testament Studies book series and the author of four books including The Case Against Q: Studies in Markan Priority and the Synoptic Problem (Harrisburg, PA: Trinity Press International, 2002) and Thomas and the Gospels: The Case for Thomas’s Familiarity with the Synoptics (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2012). He is well known for his website The New Testament Gateway, his podcast on the New Testament, the NT Pod. Goodacre has acted as consultant for several TV and radio programs including The Passion (BBC / HBO, 2008), The Bible: A History (Channel 4, 2010) and The Bible (History Channel, 2013). For more details, see Mark Goodacre's homepage at

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  • Bible & Archaeology Fest XVI, November 22 - 24, 2013
    Was Jesus married to Mary Magdalene?
    From Jesus Christ,Superstar to the Gospel of Jesus’ Wife, from the Last Temptation of Christ to the Da Vinci Code, there has been a radical shift in our perspectives on key characters in early Christianity. Mary Magdalene has been transformed from a repentant prostitute to the first apostle - now she is even Jesus’ wife. But is Mary’s rehabilitation rooted in reassessments of the primary texts or is it a product of our own immersion in popular culture? What do we know about her Gospel, her tomb and her family? The real story of Mary’s rejuvenation is so mysterious that it leads us to question the identity of the woman we thought we knew. This presentation explores the latest research on Mary Magdalene and the role she plays in the early Christian texts.
  • Bible & Archaeology Fest XV, November 16 - 18, 2012
    The Secret Gospel of Mark: Primitive Gospel or Modern Hoax?
    Professor Morton Smith announced his discovery of the Secret Gospel of Mark in 1958 and scholars have been in debate about this extraordinary text ever since. Does Jesus' nocturnal initiation of the young man hint at homosexuality? Was it originally part of the Gospel of Mark? Could it shed light on the evolution of the Gospel tradition or is it in fact an ingenious modern hoax, created by Morton Smith himself? This presentation will take a look at the text of the Secret Gospel and the history of the scholarly debate and ask whether Morton Smith had the genius to pull off what would have been a remarkable literary forgery.
  • Bible & Archaeology Fest XIV, November 18 - 20, 2011
    A Giant Jesus and a Walking, Talking Cross: Exploring the Gospel of Peter
    The Gospel of Peter is a non-canonical Gospel that was lost to the world until the late 19th-century, when a portion of it was found buried with a monk. This portion, which consists only of the Passion Narrative, is an enigma. It resembles the Passion narratives in the canonical Gospels and overlaps with them at several points, but its differences are often peculiar, most notably in its narration of what actually happened at the resurrection of Jesus. Jesus emerges from the tomb, grows until his head reaches beyond the heavens, and is followed by his cross, which even appears to speak. The Gospel of Peter is one of the strangest artifacts of early Christianity, its text is full of anomalies and its orthodoxy is not entirely clear. This presentation explores this Gospel’s text and origins, its relationship to the canonical Gospels, and its picture of Jesus.
  • Bible & Archaeology Fest XIII, November 19-21, 2010
    Paul’s Letters: Women, Men and the End
    Paul’s attitudes to men, women, sex and gender are famously perplexing. Is he an egalitarian or is he a misogynist? Why does he appear to endorse women in leadership roles at some points, and prevent them from speaking in church at other points? Several key passages warrant careful examination: Romans 16, where he mentions several prominent women; 1 Corinthians 11, where he appears to insist on head-coverings for women; and Galatians 3.28, in which he says that there is no “male or female” and that all are one in Christ. In our context it is easy to miss the fact that Paul’s attitudes to men and women are driven by one over-riding concern: The imminent end.
  • Bible & Archaeology Fest XII, November 20-22, 2009
    Was the Gospel of Thomas familiar with the Synoptic Gospels?
    The Gospel of Thomas is perhaps the most controversial early Christian text. Some think that it emerged as an early, autonomous sayings gospel that provides important evidence for research on the Historical Jesus and Christian origins. Others think that it is a later text, useful primarily for shedding light on the development of Christianity in the second century. The key that unlocks the problem is substantial evidence that Thomas knew and used the Synoptic Gospels. This lecture will attempt to explain how, when and why this happened.

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BAS Learning Resources Featuring Mark Goodacre

Who Really Wrote the Bible? Differing Views on the Authorship of the Bible (DVD Lectures)

Selected Books by Mark Goodacre