The Anchoress was pretty impressed by a performance by Steven Colbert skewering some guy who purports to find contradictions in the Bible. I dunno. It strikes me as rather amateurish. He’s just doing the basic “interrupt and insult” technique that dominates television, and using the most basic approaches to apologetics. It reminds me of the hokey skits on EWTN’s Knights of St. Michael.
One key point, but I don’t think Colbert makes it capably at all, as Elizabeth Scalia puts it:
“Ehrman alsodoesn’t seem to understand (or perhaps he just doesn’t care)
that in both Mark and Luke’s gospels, Christ is clearly praying psalms while he
is on the cross. So whether it’s “my God, why have you forsaken me,” or “into
your hands I commend my spirit” – he’s praying psalms.”
Yes, and here’s nothing to say he didn’t say *both*, just as different news stories may quote different lines from a speech.
Though, in the context of satire, it’s an opportune point to mention that, when Jesus says, “Eloi, Eloi, . . . ” the people say, “he’s invoking Elijah.”
I’ve never understood what they mean. When I was a kid, I assumed it was a quotation of Elijah, but, of course, it’s a psalm.
It’s really a rather humorous comment for the evangelist to include: it is showing how genuinely stupid these people were. Jesus is praying/quoting the Psalm and taking it to Himself, and the crowd a) doesn’t recognize the Psalm and b) apparently doesn’t even recognize the Hebrew name of God. That’s how ignorant they are of their own Scriptures. So, not understanding what Jesus is saying, they comment, “Oh, he must be evoking Elijah.”