Latest Issue of Journal for the Study of the Historical (2014)

Some neat articles in the latest issue of JSHJ 12.1-2 (2014):

Fernando Bermejo-Rubio
Jesus and the Anti-Roman Resistance: Reassessment of the Arguments

Michael R. Licona
Historians and Miracle Claims

Robert J. Miller
The Domain and Function of Epistemological Humility in Historical Jesus Studies

Stanley E. Porter and Hughson T. Ong
Memory, Orality, and the Fourth Gospel: A Response to Pal Foster with Further Comments for Future Discussion

Paul Foster
Memory, Orality, and the Fourth Gospel: An Ongoing Conversation with Stan Porter and Hughson T. Ong


Book Notice: Trempler Longman on the Psalms (TOTC)

Tremper Longman Psalms: An Introduction and Commentary (TOTC) Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2014. Available by Amazon.comBy Rev. Jill Firth, Adjunct Lecturer in Hebrew and Old Testament at Ridley CollegeHow is the new Tremper Longman TOTC Psalms commentary different from all other Psalms commentaries? While multi-volume commentaries on the Psalms, such as WBC or Hermeneia, explore scholarly details, the brevity and succinctness of a one-volume commentary is often appreciated by a preacher, … [Read More...]

Book Notice: Psalms as Christian Lament

Bruce Waltke, James M. Houston, & Erika Moore The Psalms as Christian Lament: A Historical Commentary Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2014. Available at Amazon.comReview by Rev. Jill Firth, Adjunct Lecturer in Hebrew and Old Testament at Ridley CollegeThe Psalms as Christian Lament (hereafter, PACL) is a companion volume to The Psalms as Christian Worship: A Historical Commentary (Eerdmans, 2010), by the same authors (hereafter, PACW). Both volumes bring detailed exegesis of selected … [Read More...]

Mike Bird’s “The Gospel of the Lord” wins CT Book Award For Biblical Studies

I am elated to announce that my book The Gospel of the Lord: How the Early Church Wrote the Story of Jesus has won the Christianity Today's 2015 Book of the Year for Biblical Studies. Second year in a row that an Aussie has taken out this gong. Last year it was won by Con Campbell for his book Paul a … [Read More...]

Book Notice: Jesus, the Temple, and the Son of Man

Robert H. Stein Jesus, the Temple, and the Coming Son of Man: A Commentary on Mark 13 Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2014. Available at Amazon.comRobert Stein has written some great books on the Gospels, climaxing in his Mark commentary for the BECNT series. Here he attempts the first real … [Read More...]

An Australian Perspective on CIA Torture Report

Glad to see that my former boss, Dr. John Blaxland, is now a senior fellow at ANU's Strategic and Defence Studies Center. He provides a great response as a defence analyst to the recent CIA report on interrogation and torture (see here as well). Listen to it here, goes for 6 mins. His opening quote f … [Read More...]

Louisville Conference in January on Interpreting the NT

I'm glad to report that I'll be teaching a course on "Grace & Eschatology" at Houston Baptist University in the first two weeks of January.After that, I'll be speaking at a one day conference at 2nd Presbyterian Church in Louisville, Kentucky on 17 January on Reading the New Testament in the … [Read More...]

Faith Debates – What Does the Church Offer the Next Generation

A somewhat intriguing and slightly disturbing discussion at Lancaster University about what the COE can offer the next generation.I have to say that the only real thing that the Church of England, or any Church for that matter, has to offer is Jesus. Not its clergy, its bishops, its synod, i … [Read More...]

Helen Bond on Sexism in NT Studies

Over at The Jesus Blog, Helen Bond has a great and somewhat confronting piece about sexism in NT studies.The line that struck me was: Over the years, I’ve sometimes found unexpected allies. Older male colleagues with adult daughters develop great insights into what it’s like for women in the pro … [Read More...]

The New Big Thing in Pauline Studies

The big and messy debate in Pauline studies at the moment in "salvation-history" vs. "apocalyptic" interpretations of Paul.Scot McKnight has an excellent write up on this debate that you can view here.This debate goes back to Krister Stendahl and Ernst Kasemann back in the late 70s.  It co … [Read More...]

The Aussie Debate over Higher Education and Funding Theological Colleges

The current Australian Govt. is proposing to deregulate the university sector, reduce funding for the major universities, and provide funds to private colleges including theological colleges.The prospect of the Australian Govt. funding theological education, including the training of priests, … [Read More...]

The Church and the Lure of Power

Just came across this interesting quote from Stanley Hauerwas: To be among those who praise God as the ruler of this world, however, has often tempted Christians to think they are or must be in control if this is in fact God’s world. Caesar’s throne can be or must be usurped to insure that justice i … [Read More...]

Leon Morris on Love

Ridley College's celebration of the centenary of Leon Morris' birth comes to a close with a final blog post by Rhys Bezzant which you can read here. It includes a link to a talk by Leon Morris delivered at the C.S. Lewis institute in Washington DC in 1979 on the theme of love.   … [Read More...]

New Mini-Series “A.D.”

The creators of "The Bible" have a new TV mini-series coming out with NBC premiering on Easter Sunday in 2015 called A.D. which is about the first ten chapters of Acts. … [Read More...]

Latest Issue of Themelios

In the latest issue of Themelios are a couple of good articles including:Andrew David Naselli, Three Reflections on Evangelical Academic Publishing. A review of John D'Elia's biography of G.E. Ladd and S.E. Porter's book Inking the Deal. I'm a big fan of Stan Porter, but Naselli pushes back on h … [Read More...]