The RealitySearch analysis is quite long and because it consists of Scripture it is quite heavy going. The analysis,
as shown in www.realityworkshops.org is about 250 pages long. The gospels are now being compared with other types of
literature and as such have parallels to poetry. Few people could sit down and work through a poetry book 250 pages
long in the one or even a few sittings. |
The result probably is, with the Reality Search analysis, that people only look at this a few pages at a time.
They flick into Mark, then one or more of the other gospels and that's "enough for one day." A result of this is they
never really get to appreciate all the books. For this reason this web site divides the books up. It presents
the material written on one particular book, for example Matthew. But in about two months all this material will be wiped
clean and material on another book, for example Luke-Acts will be put up. Two months or so after that another book,
for example John's gospel will be put up etc.The approach of this site encourages people to explore the whole of a
book, as analysed, without getting lost in all of the books.
If there is need to compare or contrast with another book, the whole analysis is up on www.realityworkshops.org.
and a particular passage can be found there.|
As originally planned, the Realitysearch material on Matthew has now been put onto this site.
As well as the Realitysearch material, there is some "learning material" on the site, and this is repeated on www.gospelofmark.org
The material presents current biblical scholarship, for example the historical background of the first century CE which
shows there was a stronger influence of Greek culture (Hellenism) in 1st century Palestine than traditionally thought.
Also it should be noted there are range of methods for interpreting the gospels. The main methods are Historical Critical
Exegesis and more recently Narrative Criticism. The method used in the Realitysearch analysis however can be
described as "Semiotic Analysis." It fits the discription given by the Catholic Pontifical Biblical Commission (1994).
But use of this method is not widespread.
A Line of Logic
Two World Views
Five Pivotal Texts
Material to help in understanding
Towards a Sociological Interpretation of the Gospels
Questions and Answers
The booklet above is the first section of a much fuller exploration of positions in the material below,
This referenced material, below (over 300 pages), explores positions that are either at the base of the Reality
Search Gospel analysis or which are raised by the analysis.
Is There a Critique of Greek Philosophy in the Gospels?
Also, given that the Reality Search Analysis uses Semiotic Analysis
as a method of interpretation an explanation of this method is provided here.
according to the Catholic Pontifical Biblical Commission 1994