Mark S Goodacre
  • Mark S Goodacre

  • Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies
  • Religion
  • 314 Gray Building
  • Campus Box 90964
  • Phone: (919) 660-3503
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  • Bio

    Mark Goodacre is Professor in the Department of Religion at Duke; he specializes in New Testament and Christian Origins. He earned his MA, M.Phil and DPhil at the University of Oxford and was Senior Lecturer at the University of Birmingham until 2005. 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 The New Testament Gateway, the web directory of academic New Testament resources, and he has his own regular 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, 2011) and The Bible (History Channel, 2013). For more details, see Mark Goodacre's homepage.
  • Specialties

    • New Testament
    • Christianity
  • Research Summary

    New Testament, Gospels, Historical Jesus, Paul, Christian Origins, Gospel of Thomas, Jesus in Film, the Internet
  • Research Description

    Mark Goodacre is a Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at Duke University. He specializes in the New Testament and Christian Origins. He earned his MA, M.Phil and DPhil at the University of Oxford and was Senior Lecturer at the University of Birmingham until 2005.

    His research interests include Jesus and early Christian Gospels including the Gospel of Thomas, film, Paul and Christology. 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 the award-winning internet site, The New Testament Gateway, the web directory of academic New Testament resources and for his regular podcast, the NT Pod. For more details, see Mark Goodacre's homepage.
  • Current Projects

    Non-canonical Gospels, Gospel of Mary, Passion Narrative, Pauline chronology, Epistle to the Galatians, Bible Films, Christology
  • Areas of Interest

    New Testament
    Gospels
    Historical Jesus
    Early Christian Gospels
    Christology
    Paul
    Gospel of Thomas
    Bible and Film
    Bible and the Internet
  • Education

      • DPhil,
      • Theology,
      • University of Oxford,
      • 1994
      • MPhil,
      • Theology,
      • University of Oxford,
      • 1990
      • BA (later MA),
      • Theology,
      • University of Oxford,
      • 1988
  • Selected Publications

      • Mark Goodacre.
      • Thomas and the Gospels: The Case for Thomas's Familiarity with the Synoptics.
      • Grand Rapids: Eerdmans,
      • 2012.
      • Mark Goodacre.
      • The Case Against Q: Studies in Markan Priority and the Synoptic Problem.
      • Harribsurg, PA: Trinity Press International,
      • 2002.
      • [web]
      • Mark Goodacre.
      • The Synoptic Problem: A Way Through the Maze.
      • Understanding the Bible and Its World,
      • London and New York: Continuum,
      • 2001.
      • [web]
      • Mark Goodacre.
      • Goulder and the Gospels: An Examination of a New Paradigm.
      • JSNT Sup, 133,
      • Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press,
      • 1996.
      • Mark Goodacre.
      • "How reliable is the story of the Nag Hammadi discovery?."
      • Journal for the Study of the New Testament
      • 35
      • .4
      • (2013)
      • :
      • 303-22.
      Publication Description

      James Robinson’s narrative of how the Nag Hammadi codices were discovered is popular and compelling, a piece of fine investigative journalism that includes intrigue and blood vengeance. But there are several different, conflicting versions of the story, including two-person (1977), seven-person (1979) and eight-person (1981) versions. Disagreements include the name of the person who first found the jar. Martin Krause and Rodolphe Kasser both questioned these stories in 1984, and their scepticism is corroborated by the Channel 4 (UK) series, The Gnostics (1987), which features Muhammad ‘Ali himself, in his only known appearance in front of camera, offering his account of the discovery. Several major points of divergence from the earlier reports raise questions about the reliability of ‘Ali’s testimony. It may be safest to conclude that the earlier account of the discovery offered by Jean Doresse in 1958 is more reliable than the later, more detailed, more vivid versions that are so frequently retold.

      • Mark Goodacre.
      • "Does peribolaion mean ‘testicle’ in 1 Corinthians 11.15?."
      • Journal of Biblical Literature
      • 130
      • .2
      • (2011)
      • :
      • 391-6.
      • [web]
      • Mark Goodacre.
      • "Criticizing the Criterion of Multiple Attestation: The Historical Jesus and the Question of Sources."
      • Jesus, Criteria, and the Demise of Authenticity.
      • Ed. Chris Keith and Anthony LeDonne.
      • London & New York:
      • T & T Clark,
      • 2012.
      • 152-69.
      • Mark Goodacre.
      • ""The Talpiyot Tomb and the Bloggers"."
      • Archaeology, Bible, Politics and the Media: Proceedings of the Duke University Conference, April 23–24, 2009.
      • Ed. Eric M. Myers and Carol Meyers.
      • Winona Lake:
      • Eisenbrauns,
      • 2012.
      • 56-68.
      • Mark Goodacre.
      • "The Evangelists' Use of the Old Testament and the Synoptic Problem."
      • New Studies in the Synoptic Problem.
      • Ed. P. Foster, A. Gregory, J. S. Kloppenborg, J. Verheyden.
      • Leuven:
      • Peeters,
      • 2011.
      • (281-98)
      • Mark Goodacre.
      • "Scripturalization in Mark’s Crucifixion Narrative."
      • The Passion of Mark.
      • Ed. Geert van Oyen and Tom Shepherd.
      • Leuven: Peeters,
      • 2006.
      • 33-47.
      • Mark Goodacre.
      • "The Rock on Rocky Ground: Matthew, Mark and Peter as Skandalon."
      • What Is It That the Scripture Says?: Essays in Biblical Interpretation, Translation, And Reception in Honour of Henry Wansbrough Osb.
      • Ed. Philip McCosker.
      • Library of New Testament Studies;,
      • London and New York: T & T Clark,
      • 2006.
      • 61-73.
      • Mark Goodacre.
      • "Mark, Elijah, the Baptist and Matthew: The Success of the First Intertextual Reading of Mark."
      • Biblical Interpretation in Early Christian Gospels, Volume 2: Matthew.
      • Ed. Tom Hatina.
      • Library of New Testament Studies, 310;,
      • London & New York:
      • T & T Clark,
      • 2008.
      • 73-84.
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  • PhD Students

    • Stephen Carlson
      • 2007 - 2012
    • Ken Olson
      • 2006 - present
  • Teaching

    • RELIGION 360.01
      • JESUS IN FILM
      • Physics 130
      • TuTh 10:05 AM-11:20 AM
    • RELIGION 630-11.01
      • EX GRK N T: SYNOP GOSPEL
      • Soc/Psych 126
      • TuTh 01:25 PM-02:40 PM
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