The Most Truly “International” Commentary Series in the World

There are many commentary series that claim to be “international,” but the one series that is the most international and the most ethnically diverse is the New Covenant Commentary Series edited by Craig Keener (American) and myself (red-headed Aussie who self-identifies as an Anglo-Ranga). The three most recent volumes in the series are Andrew Mbuvi [Read More…]

Why We Need to Teach Biblical Languages

Here is one very good reason why we should never stop teaching biblical languages in our schools, colleges, and seminaries. [Read more…]

The Passing of Joseph Fitzmyer (1920-2016)

If 2016 was not already been bad enough (save wins by the Cubs in baseball, Cronulla in rugby league, and the Bulldogs in AFL), last week we had the passing of Catholic biblical scholar Joseph Fitzmyer S.J. Fitzmyer was the vanguard of American Catholic biblical scholarship in the post-Vatican II era. He and Raymond Brown [Read More…]

Coming Soon: The Divinity School – A Michael Bird Novel

For those who purchased my debut novel Iskandar – all four of you – I have another novel coming out fairly soon called The Divinity School. A Widower Catholic priest tries to reconcile with his gay daughter. A Rabbi confronts his abusive son-in-law A Muslim professor tries to stop a young girl from joining ISIS and [Read More…]

Michael Whitenton: Hearing Kyriotic Sonship

An old acquaintance of mine, Dr. Michael Whitenon (Baylor Uni) has had his PhD thesis published which is a fascinating take on Mark’s christology. The book is: Hearing Kyriotic Sonship: A Cognitive and Rhetorical Approach to the Characterization of Mark’s Jesus (BIS 148; Leiden: Brill, 2016). In Hearing Kyriotic Sonship Michael Whitenton approaches the characterization of [Read More…]

Book Review: Stanley Hauerwas on The Work of Theology

Stanley Hauerwas The Work of Theology Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2015. Available at By Elizabeth Culhane* The latest offering from retired Duke professor Stanley Hauerwas, The Work of Theology, perhaps unintentionally verifies his conviction that “the work of theology is never done” (p. 265). With his characteristic mélange of Aristotelianism, Wittgensteinianism, and (Alasdair) MacIntyreism, [Read More…]

Christianophobia in Eastern Melbourne

Less than a week after police thwarted a plot by jihadists to attack St. Paul’s Cathedral and Federation square, we read Fairfax propaganda that the barbarians are again at the gate, preparing to destroy our civilization and our way of life. The ironic thing is that in this narrative the barbarians are Christians. The Age’s [Read More…]

Peter Leithart: How N.T. Wright Stole Christmas

An old but classic article by Peter Leithart from First Things, on How N.T. Wright Stole Christmas. Wright made me see the fairly radical difference in tone and content between Advent and Christmas hymns. Advent hymns, as you’d expect, are full of longing, and the language of the prophets. Advent hymns are about Israel’s desperations and [Read More…]