N.T. Wright – Learning from Paul Together

N.T. Wright’s Paper delivered at the 2017 Theological Educator’s Consultation was on “Learning from Paul Together: How New Insights into Paul’s Teaching can Help Move us Forward in Mission,” available to read here. One would not know, from many Pauline interpreters, that the unity of the church was one of Paul’s overriding passions. The famous doctrine of justification, used in the sixteenth century and later as a means of dividing the church, was itself actually designed to affirm the unity of all… Read more

Markus Bockmuehl Reviews Paul Books by Rowan Williams and N.T. Wright

Prof. Markus Bockmuehl (Oxford Uni) has posted a great review of Paul books by Rowan Williams and N.T. Wright. The Paul Debate answers the critics of Wright’s Paul in considerable part by paraphrasing Wright on Paul. As a handy guide to Paul and the Faithfulness of God, it is magnificent. As a “debate”, it features appreciably more give than take. Williams’s slender volume offers a deeply perceptive, theologically fertile and eirenic portrait that pays attention to critical and historical questions… Read more

Helen Bond on the Gospel of Mark as Biography

From the CSCO blog is a great little video by Prof. Helen Bond on the Gospel of Mark as biography. Read more

Amy-Jill Levine & Marc Zvi Brettler on Biblical Studies and Jewish-Christian Relations

The OUP Academic blog has an interview with Amy-Jill Levine and Marc Zvi Brettler on biblical studies, editing processes, and Jewish-Christian relations. The occasion for the interview is the second edition of the Jewish Annotated New Testament. Here’s a preview: In what areas, in your opinion, have Jewish-Christian relations improved, and where is there still more work to be done?  The greatest benefit is our recognition of our common histories: Jews are becoming increasingly familiar with the New Testament as… Read more

Is the New Perspective on Paul Heretical?

It has been a while since I’ve been quizzed on my thoughts about the New Perspective on Paul. But at the Overthinking Christian, Paul Moldovan interviews me for my thoughts on the New Perspective on Paul and if the NPP is quite the satanic spawn of heretical evil that some make it out to be. Here is a sample of the interview: Many Christian leaders are publicly and loudly denouncing the New Perspective as heretical. Do you think the New… Read more

Book Notice: Becoming a Pastor-Theologian

Todd Wilson (Editor), Gerald L. Hiestand (Editor) Becoming a Pastor Theologian: New Possibilities for Church Leadership Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2016. Available at Amazon.com By Chris Porter This volume is a follow up to Wilson and Hiestand’s previous work on Pastor Theologians: The Pastor Theologian: Resurrecting an Ancient Vision. Whereas the previous book–along with the corollary volume from Kevin Vanhoozer and Owen Strachan–set forth to reclaim a vision of pastor theologians, this volume is aimed at shoring up the claims. Stemming from a… Read more

Position in Christian Thought at Brisbane School of Theology

At the Brisbane School of Theology – where I formerly taught, great college, wonderful faculty, and students – there is a position for a lecturer in Christian Thought and History. Here’s the details: Brisbane School of Theology invites expressions of interest and applications for the position of a full-time lecturer in Christian Thought and History, to begin Semester 1, 2018. BST is a gospel-centred, evangelical and interdenominational Bible college, which has been training men and women for ministry and mission… Read more

Book Notice: A Week in the Fall of Jerusalem

Ben Witherington A Week in the Fall of Jerusalem  Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2017. Available at Amazon.com By Chris Porter In this brief work Witherington seeks to intertwine historical fiction with scholarly investigation as he provides twenty short vignettes focusing on the week after Titus’ sack of Jerusalem in 70CE. As a work of historical fiction Witherington takes liberties with the characters described–although many readers will find them familiar from the broader biblical narratives. Such as the figure of Matthew/Levi,… Read more

Paul Foster Colossians Commentary Giveaway

Edinburgh Uni’s Center for the Study of Christian Origins is doing a giveaway of Paul Foster’s excellent Colossian commentary (BNTC series). Go to their facebook page, share, enter, and have the chance to win. See an interview here with Paul Foster about his commentary. Read more

No, I’m Roman!

When did the Roman empire end? Well, at one level, the western empire ended in 476 AD when the Germanic general Odacer deposed Romulus Augustulus and had himself made king of Italy. But on another level, the eastern Roman empire continued right up until 1453 AD with the fall of Constantinople to the Turks. It is common to call the eastern Roman empire the Byzantine empire, however, this is an 18th-century scholarly invention. The Byzantines did not call themselves “Byzantines” but “Romans.”… Read more

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