Book Notice: Galilee in the Late Second Temple and Mishnaic Periods

David A. Fiesny and James Riley Strange Galilee in the Late Second Temple and Mishnaic Periods, Volume 1: Life, Culture, and Society Fortress Press, 2014 I am excited to promote this new and important book on Galilee. For anyone interested in the social world of Jesus and early Christianity, this is a go to source [Read More…]

People of the Land Conference at Georgetown University

A couple of weeks ago, I had the privilege of participating in an important discussion on the question of Israel and the Land. The conference was sponsored by the Institute for Religion and Democracy in D.C. and the conference was held at Georgetown University. Here is a segment of the day long conference which included [Read More…]

What Christian College Students Are Saying About Sex . . . It May Surprise You

Every semester in my Jesus of Nazareth course, I have students read through Scot McKnight’s book One.Life: Jesus Calls, We Follow and write a one page response to each chapter.  The book describes what life looks like when you are following Jesus. Students really like it. It is great to see even the less than interested [Read More…]

The essential nature of the church as both the circumcised and uncircumcised

One of my many “novel” interpretations of the letter of Galatians as I work on the text for my commentary is to take Paul’s statement about the “truth of the Gospel” (2:5; 2:14) to name the essential nature of the church as comprised of both circumcised and uncircumcised. In both cases where the phrase is found, Paul is [Read More…]

Jens Schröter’s From Jesus to the New Testament

I have had finally gotten around to reading Jens Schröter’s book From Jesus to the New Testament: Early Christian Theology and the Origin of the New Testament Canon. It is a translation of his German, Mohr Siebeck volume Von Jesus zum Neuen Testament (2007). The translation was done my one of my very good friends [Read More…]

Bonhoeffer as Youth Worker, Part 2

This is part 2 of the review of Bonhoeffer as Youth Worker: A Theological Vision for Discipleship and Life Togetherby Pete Sutton. Another insight from part 1 of Bonhoeffer as Youth Worker came out of Root’s examination of Bonhoeffer’s “Eight Thesis on Youth Work” written while serving as the youth secretary for the ecumenical movement in [Read More…]

Bonhoeffer as Youth Worker by Andrew Root, Part 1

Most of you know my passion for Bonhoeffer. Fewer may be aware of my long engagement in youth work. My major in college was youth ministry and I’ve been in full time and part time youth ministry in stents at different times. When I saw the title of this recent volume on Bonhoeffer by Andrew [Read More…]

Perhaps Mark 7:17-19 Doesn’t Teach What You Thought it Did about the Abrogation of Torah

Check out this provocative exposition of Mark 7 by Daniel Boyarin. [Read more…]