Scot McKnight Reviews David deSilva’s New Book on Justification

David A. deSilva, who is currently busy writing a commentary on Galatians for the NICNT series, has a punchy and controversial book out about justification by faith called Transformation: The Heart of Paul’s Gospel (Snapshots 1; ed. M.F. Bird; Bellingham, WA: Lexham, 2014). See or cheaper on Logos. The crux is that deSilva argues that for [Read More...]

New Book on Israel and the Church

A short and very pointed book about Israel and the Church has just been released: P. Chase Sears, Heirs of the Promise: The Church as the New Israel in Romans (Snapshots; ed. M.F. Bird; Bellingham, WA: Lexham, 2015). Available in paper back and esp. through Logos. $9.99. Here’s the blurb: In Heirs of Promise, P. Chase Sears answers [Read More...]

Whose Religion? Which Secularism?

ABC Religion and Ethics has published my piece on: Whose Religion? Which Secularism? Australia Has a Serious Religious Literacy Problem Where I show the slipperiness of the term “secularism,” try to explain to secularists why people actually enjoy being religious, and assert that church and state should be separated but can and do work together [Read More...]

NT Job: Trinity Theological College, Perth, Western Australia

SENIOR LECTURER/LECTURER IN NEW TESTAMENT (2016) Trinity Theological College, Perth an affiliated college of the Australian College of Theology, invites expressions of interest and nominations for the position of full-time Senior Lecturer/Lecturer in New Testament (to begin July 2016; earlier start date is possible). The successful candidate will demonstrate: a lively personal Christian faith and [Read More...]

Revisiting Salvation in Paul’s “Judaism” with Preston Sprinkle

I’m refurbishing an old essay on “Salvation in Paul’s Judaism” and Preston Sprinkle is a good dialogue partner to spring ideas off: Paul teaches that salvation comes from Judaism in a positive sense in terms of its point of origin because Christ himself came from Israel and to Israel (esp. Rom 9:4-5). In Pauline language, Gentiles [Read More...]

N.T. Wright Conference on the Cross in Baltimore this November

For those in Baltimore or nearby, you might wanna get to this: N.T. Wright Conference: The Royal Power of the Cross November 18-19, 2015 The Ecumenical Institute of Theology of St. Mary’s Seminary & University, Baltimore, MD Wednesday, Nov. 18, 7:30-9 pm (doors open at 6 pm) Dunning Lecture: “The Puzzles of the Cross: Ancient Text, [Read More...]

Book Notice: Goldingay on Isaiah for Everyone

John Goldingay  Isaiah for Everyone London: SPCK, 2015. Available at Many of us have favourite passages in Isaiah, such as the promises for the child to be born in Isaiah 9, or the suffering servant of chapter 53. Other passages are puzzling, such as the disturbing vision of the last words of the book, [Read More...]

Book Notice: Goldingay on Jeremiah for Everyone

John Goldingay  Jeremiah for Everyone London: SPCK, 2015. Available at Goldingay’s magnum opus is nearly complete with the publication of Jeremiah for Everyone, while Lamentations and Ezekiel for Everyone will be available in April 2016, followed by Daniel and the Twelve for Everyone in June 2016. Goldingay offers an introduction which sets the Book of [Read More...]