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 the web site of www.gospelsociology.org
was divided up. It presents the material written on one particular book, for example Mark. It was intended that
in about two months all this material would be wiped clean and material on another book, for example Matthew would be put
up etc. But the plan was changed to allow people to continue to access Mark on this present site of
http://www.gospelof mark.org. The approach taken has been to encourage 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 the site of www.gospelsociology.org.
As well as the Realitysearch material, there is some "learning material" on both sites.
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.