Blunt’s Undesigned Coincidences on-line

J.J. Blunt: Undesigned Coincidences
J.J. Blunt: Undesigned Coincidences

J.J. Blunt’s classic work Undesigned Coincidences in the Writings of the Old and New Testament, an Argument of Their Veracity is now available on-line in PDF.

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” When I first read through the Gospels forensically, comparing those places where two or more gospels writers were describing the same event, I was immediately struck by the inadvertent support that each writer provided for the other…. When one gospel eyewitness described an event and left out a detail that raised a question, this question was unintentionally answered by another gospel writer (who, by the way, often left out a detail that was provided by the first gospel writer)….

As someone new to the Bible, I began to investigate whether or not anyone else had observed this phenomenon and found that a professor of divinity name J.J.Blunt wrote a book in 1847 entitled Undesigned Coincidences… This was one of the  first books about the Bible I ever purchased. In his section related to the Gospels and the Boo of Acts, Blunt identified the very same inadvertent parallel passages I discovered when examining the Gospels forensically. Blunt described the phenomenon as a series of “undesigned coincidences” and identified over forty locations in the New Testament where this feature of unintentional eyewitness support could be seen on the pages of Scripture. “

J. Warner Wallace, Cold Case Christianity. A homicide Detective Investigates the Claims of the Gospels. Colorado Springs, CO:  David C. Cook, 2013. pp.184-185.

With such a recommendation I am very pleased to be able to make this book available.

Douglas Moo on Tradition and the Old Testament in Matthew 27:3-10

I started reading the second edition of Craig Blomberg’s excellent book The Historical Reliability of the Gospels two nights ago (I hope to write a review at some point). In the introduction he writes of how his book was a popularisation of The Gospel Perspectives series arising out of research carried out at Tyndale House in the 1980s.

This reminded me that several years ago I had been given permission to place on-line one essay from each volume in that series. At the time I had asked blog visitors to vote on which articles was to go on-line – see here to see what was chosen. I missed out volume 4 because it was a monograph and volume 3 because I couldn’t get access to a copy at the time. However my connections with Bible College libraries have improved greatly since then and a copy arrived from Oxford this morning. As I was scanning it the email permission came through from Douglas Moo, so I am finally able to complete a long-standing job.

Now on-line:

Douglas J. Moo, “Tradition and the Old Testament in Matt. 27: 3-10,”  R.T. France and David Wenham, eds, Gospel Perspectives, Vol. 3: Studies in Midrash and Histiography. Sheffield: JSOT Press, 1983. pp.157-176.

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My thanks to Professor Moo for his kind permission. Professor Moo was unsure, given its age, the article would still be of interest to anyone. Please leave some feedback in the comments below that I can pass on to him.