Mark S. Goodacre

Mark S. Goodacre

Frances Hill Fox Professor

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Mark Goodacre is the Frances Hill Fox Professor 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. He has been at Duke since 2005.

His research interests include the Gospels and the Historical Jesus. Goodacre is 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 creating web resources on New Testament and Christian origins, including his podcast, the NT Pod. Goodacre has acted as consultant for several TV and radio programs including The Passion (BBC / HBO, 2008) and Finding Jesus (CNN, 2015-17). Goodacre is currently working on a book on John's knowledge of the Synoptic Gospels, as well as articles on Mary Magdalene, and the Gospel burial and resurrection accounts.

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., University of Oxford (UK) 1994
  • M.Phil., University of Oxford (UK) 1990
  • B.A., University of Oxford (UK) 1988

Goodacre, M. "Redaction Criticism." Searching for Meaning. Ed. P Gooder. SPCK, 2008. 38-44.

Goodacre, M. "Source Criticism (Including the Synoptic Problem)." Encyclopaedia of the Historical Jesus. Ed. C Evans. Routledge, 2008. 599-602.

Goodacre, MS. "Scripturalization in Mark’s Crucifixion Narrative." The Trial and Death of Jesus: Essays on the Passion Narrative in Mark. Ed. GV Oyen and T Shepherd. Leuven: Peeters Publishers, 2006. 33-47. Open Access Copy

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. P McCosker. London & New York: Continuum, 2006. 61-73. Open Access Copy

Goodacre, M. "Jesus." The Good Book. London: BBC Factual and Learning, 2004. 60-77.

Goodacre, M. "Paul." The Good Book. London: BBC Factual and Learning, 2004. 78-90.

Goodacre, MS. "The Power of The Passion of the Christ: Reactions and Overreactions to Gibson's Artistic Vision." Jesus and Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ: The Film, the Gospels and the Claims of History. Ed. R Webb and K Corley. London & New York: Continuum, 2004.

Goodacre, MS. "When is a Text not a Text? The Quasi-Text-Critical Approach of the International Q Project." Questioning Q. Ed. N Perrin and MS Goodacre. Downers Grove, IL: Intervarsity Press, 2004.

Goodacre, MS. "A World Without Q." Questioning Q. Ed. MS Goodacre and N Perrin. Downers Grove, IL: Intervarsity Press, 2004.

Goodacre, MS, Parker, D, and Taylor, D. "The Dura-Europos Gospel Harmony." Texts and Studies: Contributions to Biblical and Patristic Literature. Ed. D Taylor. Birmingham: University of Birmingham PRess, 1999. 192-228.


Goodacre, MS. "[Review of the book Rethinking the Synoptic Problem, edited by D.A. Black and D.R. Beck]." Novum Testamentum: an international quarterly for New Testament and related studies 49.2 (2007): 197-199. (Review)

Goodacre, M. "On Choosing and Using Appropriate Analogies: A Response to F. Gerald Downing." Journal for the study of the New Testament 26.2 (2003): 237-240. (Academic Article)

Goodacre, MS. "Reverence and Resolution: The Heart of Carroll's Religion." The Carrollian - The Lewis Carroll Journal 9 (2002): 32-42. (Academic Article)

Goodacre, M. "The Synoptic Jesus and the Celluloid Christ: Solving the Synoptic Problem Through Film." Journal for the Study of the New Testament 23.80 (March 2001): 31-43. Full Text

Goodacre, M. "Beyond the Q Impasse or Down a Blind Alley?." Journal for the Study of the New Testament 22.76 (April 2000): 33-52. Full Text Open Access Copy

Goodacre, MS. "[Review of the book James: Wisdom of James, Disciple of Jesus the Sage, by R. Bauckham]." Reviews in Religion and Theology 7 (2000): 52-54. (Review)

Goodacre, M. "The Quest to Digest Jesus: Recent Books on the Historical Jesus." Reviews in Religion & Theology 7.2 (2000): 156-161. (Academic Article) Full Text

Goodacre, MS. "[Review of the book The Composition of the Sayings Source: Genre, Synchrony, & Wisdom Redaction in Q, by A. Kirk]." Novum Testamentum: an international quarterly for New Testament and related studies 42 (2000): 185-187. (Review)


Goodacre, M, and Perrin, N. "Questioning Q: A Multidimensional Critique." (February 2005).

Goodacre, MS. "The Passion, Pornography and Polemic: In Defense of The Passion of the Christ (Unpublished)." The Bible and Interpretation (April 1, 2004). (Academic Article)

Goodacre, MS. "The Pleasures and Perils of Talking to the Media (Unpublished)." Society of Biblical Literature Forum (March 1, 2004). (Editorial Comment)