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Mark S. Goodacre, Frances Hill Fox Professor

Mark S. Goodacre
Contact Info:
Office Location:  Gray Bldg / Box 90964, Duke University, Durham, NC 27708-0964
Office Phone:  (919) 660-3503
Email Address:   send me a message
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Teaching (Fall 2022):

  • Religion 351.01, Jesus and the gospels Synopsis
    East duke 209, TuTh 01:45 PM-03:00 PM
    (also cross-listed as CLST 322.01)
Teaching (Spring 2023):

  • Religion 635s.01, John's gospel Synopsis
    Gray 114, F 10:15 AM-12:45 PM
  • Religion 935s.01, John's gospel Synopsis
    Gray 114, F 10:15 AM-12:45 PM
Office Hours:

Please email or call 919-660-3503.

D.Phil.University of Oxford (United Kingdom)1994
M.Phil.University of Oxford (United Kingdom)1990
B.A.University of Oxford (United Kingdom)1988

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

Current projects: Non-canonical Gospels, Gospel of Mary, Passion Narrative, Pauline chronology, Epistle to the Galatians, Bible Films, Christology

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.


Director of Undergraduate Studies
Curriculum Vitae
Current Ph.D. Students  

  • Stephen Carlson
  • Ken Olson
Representative Publications   (More Publications)   (search)

  1. Goodacre, MS. Thomas and the Gospels: The Case for Thomas's Familiarity with the Synoptics.  Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 2012: 226 pages. [html]  [abs]
  2. Goodacre, MS. The Case Against Q: Studies in Markan Priority and the Synoptic Problem.  Continuum, 2002: 244 pages. [html]  [abs]
  3. Mark Goodacre. The Synoptic Problem: A Way Through the Maze.  Understanding the Bible and Its World London and New York: Continuum, 2001. [synopticproblemw00good]
  4. Goodacre, MS. Goulder and the Gospels: An Examination of a New Paradigm.  JSNT Sup, 133 Continuum, December, 1996: 416 pages. [html]  [abs]
  5. Goodacre, M. "How reliable is the story of the Nag Hammadi discovery?." Journal for the Study of the New Testament 35:4 (June, 2013): 303-322. [doi]  [abs]
  6. Goodacre, M. "Does peribolaion mean ‘testicle’ in 1 Corinthians 11.15?." Journal of Biblical Literature 130:2 (2011): 391-396. [html]
  7. Goodacre, MS. "Criticizing the Criterion of Multiple Attestation: The Historical Jesus and the Question of Sources." Jesus, Criteria, and the Demise of Authenticity Ed. Keith, C; Donne, AL. T & T Clark International, June, 2012, 256 pages. [html]
  8. Goodacre, MS. "The Talpiyot Tomb and the Bloggers." Archaeology, Bible, Politics and the Media: Proceedings of the Duke University Conference, April 23–24, 2009 Ed. Meyers, EM; Meyers, C. Eisenbrauns, 2012, 56-68. [html]
  9. Goodacre, MS. "The Evangelists' Use of the Old Testament and the Synoptic Problem." New Studies in the Synoptic Problem Ed. Foster, P; Gregory, A; Kloppenborg, JS; Verheyden, J. Peeters Publishers, 2011, 281-298. (281-98) [html]
  10. Goodacre, MS. "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. McCosker, P. Library of New Testament Studies;Continuum, 2006, 61-73. [html]
  11. Goodacre, MS. "Scripturalization in Mark’s Crucifixion Narrative." The Trial and Death of Jesus: Essays on the Passion Narrative in Mark Ed. Oyen, GV; Shepherd, T. Peeters Publishers, 2006, 33-47. [html]
  12. Goodacre, M. "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. Hatina, T. Library of New Testament Studies, 310;T & T Clark, 2008, 73-84.

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