Born in the Second Century

30. The Gospel of Justin.

June 16, 2023 Chris Palmero
Born in the Second Century
30. The Gospel of Justin.
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BORN IN THE SECOND CENTURY embarks on the effort to answer the most important question of our age, or of any age: whether Justin Martyr was aware of the New Testament Gospels. In a deep analysis of Justin's stories about Jesus from the so-called Memoirs of the Apostles, host Chris Palmero begins to excavate "the Gospel of Justin."

Anyone who listens to this episode can learn about how Justin was truly a "somebody" in the early church; about the potential sources to which Justin had access; about how Justin apparently forgot that Jesus had visited his hometown; about the three specific instances where Justin's quotes of Jesus manage to line up with their Gospel counterparts; about Jesus and his disciples finding the colt; and about John the Baptist "sitting" by the Jordan River.

Opening reading: Justin, in his Apology, explains that everything we want to know about Jesus can be learned in "the Acts Composed Under Pontius Pilate."

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Reading: JUSTIN MARTYR, Apology. On the Acts of Pontius Pilate.
OPENING Remarks.
Reading: IRENAEUS, Against Heresies. A Quote from Justin.
Re-Intro to JUSTIN.
Justin's Gospel: Potential OBJECTIONS Anticipated.
Jesus Rides the COLT into Jerusalem.
John the Baptist SITS by the Jordan.
CLOSING Remarks.