Introduction to the New Covenant Commentary Series

See below a video by myself and Craig Keener about the New Covenant Commentary Series published by Cascade (Wipf & Stock).

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Rudolf Bultmann versus the Jesus Mythcists

Nice words from the old Marburger against Jesus mythicism: Of course the doubt as to whether Jesus really existed in unfounded and not worth refutation. No sane person can doubt that Jesus stands as founder behind the historical movement whose first distinct stage is represented by the oldest Palestinian community. But how far that community preserved an objectively true picture of him and his message is another question. Bultmann, Jesus and the Word, pp. 17-18. … [Read More...]

The Spirituality of Wine

I'm again reading through Gisela Kreglinger's book The Spirituality of Wine, and it is a terrific read.The chapter begins with the words, "Wine is a great mystery and a profound gift." And while one might think that the Bible would speak against the desire and temptations of wine, it speaks far more of its enjoyment. She write: "Many learned women and men have marveled at this lavish gift of God and have put their delight and gratitude into poetry, song, and reflections. It should not s … [Read More...]

An Anomalous Jew – The Musical

Here is a Hamiton spin-off I shot with Eerdmans's Rachel Bomberger about my book An Anomalous Jew.See here.Good fun! … [Read More...]

My New Novel – The Divinity School – Now Ready for Order

Okay, my novel, The Divinity School, is now ready for ordering for Australian and New Zealander readers! Not yet on Amazon.com, but available at the Morning Star's Home Page.Here's the blurb:The Divinity School follows the lives of four of faculty members at an interfaith studies centre at … [Read More...]

Martin Hengel’s Verdict on Rudolf Bultmann

I'm reading a lot of Rudolf Bultmann these days, as part of a particular research project, and as much as I try to like Bultmann - even with David Congdon's help - I just can't. In the end, I agree with Martin Hengel's verdict on Bultmann: After I became Stiftsrepetent [i.e., a student instructor] … [Read More...]

Book Notice: John Stackhouse on Partner’s in Christ

John G. Stackhouse Partners in Christ: A Conservative Case for Egalitarianism Wheaton, Illinois: InterVarsity Press, 2015. Available at Amazon.comReviewed by Felicity CliftIn the conservative evangelical world (and perhaps beyond) it seems that conscientious evangelical women pursuing … [Read More...]

Nijay Gupta on 1-2 Thessalonians

If you don't have Nijay Gupta's Thessalonians commentary, why not, you should, it's great. I reckon it is one of the best around, up there with Mahlherbe and Fee (though John Byron is good too in the SGBC, esp. for preachers).Here's an interview Nijay did about the volume! … [Read More...]

Mega Archaeological Find: New Cave Discovered at Qumran

This is not a drill, over at theLab, Craig Evans writes on a new cave discovered at Qumran, including some new parchments! This is known as Cave 12 with a possible Cave 13 still to be found. [Randall] Price and his team made a truly significant discovery. Although the cave that the archaeologist … [Read More...]

Another Review of What Christians Ought To Believe

Glad to see another positive review of What Christians Ought to Believe, this time by Donnie Haflich over at Solid-State ApologeticsAnyone who thinks that the practice of orthodox doctrine in one’s life is a pursuit of stale, boring, and dusty thinking from ancient people who were not as te … [Read More...]

Book Notice: A Short Life of Thomas Cranmer

Leslie Williams Emblems of Faith Untouched: A Short Life of Thomas Cranmer Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2016. Available at Amazon.comThomas Cranmer was the Archbishop of Canterbury during the tumultuous reigns of Henry VIII, Edward VI, and Mary I.In this short biography, Leslie Williams … [Read More...]

Win a Copy of Paul’s Triumph

Christoph Heilig is my favourite German Neutestamentlich Aussenseiter and you can win a copy of his new book Paul’s Triumph: Reassessing 2 Corinthians 2:14 in Its Literary and Historical Context published by Peeters. In his second (canonical) letter to the Corinthians, Paul makes an assertion about … [Read More...]

N.T. Wright Interviewed Books and his New Book

N.T. Wright gets interviewed by Krish Kandiah on Three Book that Changed N.T. Wright's Life (his picks will surprise you!) and Eric Metaxas also interviews Wright on his show about The Day the Revolution Began. … [Read More...]

The Council of Nicea Rap Battle

As some of you may know, before I was a theologian I was a soldier and before I was a soldier I was a budding lyricist for musicals. Below is my attempt to write a hip-hop style rap between the Arians and Homoousians at the Council of Nicea. Note, not quite historically accurate, Athanasius was a … [Read More...]

The Bultmann Smackdown

I'm reading Rudolf Bultmann's 1952 essay "On the Problem of Demythologizing," where I noticed this backhand jibe by him at the criticisms of E. Stauffer: I think I could amicably part with Stauffer if only we could each make a confession: I, that I understand nothing about "Realtheologie," and he, … [Read More...]