New Books by Lindsey Davis and Stephen Saylor


Over the past twenty or so years, there are few authors I've enjoyed reading more than Lindsey Davis, especially her Falco series of novels about ancient Rome. Her most recent release, 'Master and God' (474 pages St. Martins Press) is not a volume in that series, but it is, in a word, excellent, and longer than some of those volumes, but just as much fun, and witty. The scene is the reign of Domitian, basically all of it, hence the title 'Master and God' (or in Latin 'Dominus et Deus') which … [Read more...]

Gordon Fee’s Thesis Now Available

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Many years ago Gordon Fee was one of my most dynamic teachers at Gordon Conwell. Larry Hurtado has an important announcement about his classic doctoral dissertation. Here is what he says. Fee’s PhD Thesis Available by larryhurtadoI'm tardy in passing on news (that likely is already known among those most concerned) that Gordon Fee's PhD thesis is now available freely, "The Significance of Papyrus Bodmer II and Papyrus Bodmer XIV-XV for Methodology in New Testament Textual Criticism" ( … [Read more...]

Andy Griffith— In Passing

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I loved Andy Griffith for many reasons, and whilst I was reading his lengthy obituary in the Carolina Alumni Review there was this testimony to him that gave me one more--- Cindi his wife since 1983 said "Andy was a person of incredibly strong Christian faith and he was prepared for the day when he would be called Home to his Lord. He is the love of my life, my constant companion, my partner, and my best friend. I cannot imagine life without Andy, but I take comfort and strength in God's grace … [Read more...]

O Danny Boyle— Let the Games Begin

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Danny Boyle, perhaps best known for his production of the film Slum Dog Millionaire had the proverbial hard act to follow---- the Bejing opening ceremonies extravaganza. Boyle said, in his press release, that in some ways it was liberating that the 2008 ceremonies were so jaw-droppingly spectacular, as he realized there was no competing with that. And so he did not try---- well, not really.Besides the fun film gag of Bond (Daniel Craig)in Buckingham Palace meeting the real Queen and … [Read more...]

Hurtado on the Hermeneutics of Agape

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Hermeneutics of ‘Agape’ by larryhurtadoIn my inaugural lecture as Professor of New Testament Language, Literature & Theology (1996), "New Testament Studies at the Turn of the Millennium: Questions for the Discipline," I devoted a section to "The 'Postmodern' Challenge to New Testament Studies" as to the interpretative task. (The lecture was later published in Scottish Journal of Theology 52 [1999]: 158-78.)I acknowledged gratefully "the critique of naive epistemological ass … [Read more...]

Michael Halcomb’s 15 Things that Make Being a Biblical Scholar Difficult

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15 Things That Make Being A Bible Scholar Difficult1) Retention of the languages & syntax/grammar rules 2) Retention of the details of historical events and the various interpretive nuances about them 3) Retention of key figures and discussions in interpretive history 4) Keeping up with the mass of relevant academic studies/literature 5) Keeping up with the mass of relevant popular literature 6) Being able to, at one and the same time, be a generalist across the spectrum (history, … [Read more...]

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The Early High Christology of Earliest Christianity


(Here is a fine post by Larry Hurtado on an important matter). An “Early High Christology” by larryhurtadoA reader responding to an earlier posting of mine drew attention to a forthcoming book in which apparently the author asserts that the view of Jesus as somehow divine or partaking in divine honor arose sometime in the 40s and in places such as Antioch (where, supposedly, the influence of pagan religion with the frequency of divinized heroes would have helped to generate a divine Jes … [Read more...]

Harmonic Convergence— or Bill Evans Redivivus?


It would be difficult to over-estimate the influence Bill Evans has had on jazz since he left us, all too early, when I was in college. Classically trained, Bill became that rarest of persons--- someone who could play jazz just as well as he could play classical music. In regard to the latter, he admitted he was deeply influenced by the Impressionists, folks like Ravel for example, and you can hear this in his lyrical way of playing, and his inventive use of chords.To say there has … [Read more...]