Dialogue with Scot McKnight on 'King Jesus': Part One

Q.  Let’s start with a question I get asked a lot which usually takes the form---- ‘What!  Another book by you?   What prompted you to write yet another book and why this book in particular?Yes, I get asked that question at times, and as we enter into … what do we call this part of our careers, Ben?, because we don’t want to admit we are starting to be the veterans in the circle … the writing habit has become part of how we live. But, each book has its own genesis and this began for me y … [Read more...]

Marooned at Midnight

Type:There is something magical about going to a good concert.  It moves you, you feel good about life, you remember why you bought that CD or downloaded that song, it reaches you in places that mere words fail to reach.  I've been going to concerts since I was very small indeed, beginning with community concerts of a classical nature which my Mom took me to as a child.  I remember going to see the great violinist Isaac Stern,  who was when he caught me and my friend Jackie Ca … [Read more...]

The Legacy of Martin Hengel–via Larry Hurtado


Whither "New Testament Studies"? larryhurtado | August 26, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Categories: Uncategorized | URL: http://wp.me/pYZXr-b2I've had advance access to a translation of a provocative essay by Martin Hengel (sadly, no longer with us), newly translated by Wayne Coppins, that re-ignited some questions about where the field of NT Studies is and is going:Martin Hengel, "A Young Theological Discipline in Crisis," in Earliest Christianity:  History, Literature and Theology.  Es … [Read more...]

Martin Freeman as Bilbo

It’s been all quiet on the The Hobbit front for the past few weeks, as breaks in production has caused for minimal updates to report.  We expect another video blog from Peter Jackson to be released within the next month or so, which are always a treat for Hobbit fans.A writer for the LA Times was able to share a car ride with Jackson while at Comic Con.  He had some great things to share about his thoughts on Bilbo Baggins as well as Martin Freeman playing that role.  He is what he had … [Read more...]

'Rebels and Traitors'— Another Uncivil War

In view of the fact that American readers of a long novel are an endangered species these days (this one clocks in at 742 densely packed pages), it may seem to my readers that reviewing this book is an exercise in futility rather than fertilty. I assure you however, this novel is well worth your time, even though, in my case I spent the whole summer reading it a little at a time.  Some books are like eating marzipan--- you only can consume a little of it at a time, but it is worth the … [Read more...]

Paul Did Not Teach "Stay in Slavery"

UPDATED: I've embedded the PDF for Professor Bartchy's paper in a PDF viewer below.The following is an important study, making very clear that lexicons are not always reliable guides to the meaning of Greek words, and that Paul's teaching on slavery is in fact less conventional by Greco-Roman standards than is often thought,  and finally that Luther's theology of vocation, and the subsequent development of that theology by later Lutheran scholars is based on a misunderstanding of the use … [Read more...]

The Pretenders and the Contenders– NT Studies Doctoral Students


Here is a recent post of Larry Hurtado which I entirely agree with. One of the reasons I wrote 'Is There a Doctor in the House' was precisely this problem. Not knowing the languages.Tools of the Trade larryhurtado | September 4, 2011 At the annual British New Testament Conference (held this year in Nottingham), along with some interesting papers and a plenary-session dialogue on "The Veneration of Jesus in Early Christianity and the First Commandment" involving Prof. J.D.G. Dunn and me, … [Read more...]

BBC Funny Talking Animals– Part Four

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BBC Funny Talking Animals— Part Three

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