CT’s 7 New Must Read Theology Books for 2016

Glad to see that Kevin Emmert at CT lists my Anomalous Jew: Paul among Jews, Greeks, and Romans as one of the must read theology books of 2016! An Anomalous Jew: Paul among Jews, Greeks, And Romans, by Michael Bird (Eerdmans, October). Paul was a complex figure who held a strange mixture of beliefs that brought him [Read More...]

Book Notice: John Goldingay on Proverbs

John Goldingay Proverbs, Ecclesiastes and the Song of Songs for Everyone London: SPCK, 2014. Available a Amazon.com By Felicity Clift If I was to attempt to summarise my first thoughts on Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Songs prior to reading John Goldingay’s study on these books “for Everyone” they may be something like this: – [Read More...]

Brant Pitre on the Divine Jesus of Mark’s Gospel

Is the Marcan Jesus identified with Yahweh? Brant Pitre draws on recent research to give an emphatic “Yes.” Is Jesus Merely a “Human Messiah” in Mark? Are Meier, Marcus, Yarbro-Collins, Boring, and Hays off base to see Jesus’ egō eimi saying in Mark 6 as a reference to the divine name? If so, how does one explain [Read More...]

Jesus Quotes Republican Candidates

From Jimmy Kimmel, Jesus reads quotes from Republican Candidates. Hillarious! [Read more...]

Hardest NT Essay Question Ever! Can You Answer It?

Preamble: Read Peter Lampe, Christians at Rome from Paul to Valentinus, 120-122. Bishop Callistus of Rome (217-22) had a problem. Many women from the Roman upper classes (senatorial and equestrian) had become Christians. However, there was a shortage of male Christians of the same social rank. So these women had a choice: either marry a [Read More...]

Book Review: Paul and the Vocation of Israel

Over at RBL is my review of Lionel Windor’s volume on Paul and the Vocation of Israel: How Paul’s Jewish Identity Informs his Apostolic Ministry with Special Reference to Romans. Sadly, SBL membership required in order to read it (grrhhh). [Read more...]

Book Notice: John Goldingay on Numbers and Deuteronomy

John Goldingay Numbers and Deuteronomy for Everyone London: SPCK, 2015. Available at Amazon.com By Felicity Clyft It is a bold claim to say that a book can be ‘for everyone’. From a literary point of view we might wonder if this is even possible. What would such a book look like? John Goldingay’s Numbers and [Read More...]

Has Anyone Heard of the New Illuminations Commentary Series

I have belatedly just become aware of the Illuminations commentary series edited by C.S. Seow with Loren Stuckenbruck, Scott Jones, and Judith Newman, published by Eerdmans. So far only C.S. Seow on Job 1-21 is out, but some capable scholars are lined up and it looks like it could be a good series. Here’s the NT [Read More...]

Review of Mending a Fractured Church

Joe Valenti offers a nice review of Mending a Fractured Church (edited by M. Bird and B. Rosner, published by Lexham Press). The authors of these short essays do an excellent job of presenting their topics with clarity and brevity – showing from Scripture the goal of Christian unity, but also underscoring the fact that [Read More...]

Two New Books on Paul and Apocalyptic Theology

In my forthcoming book Anomalous Jew: Paul among Jews, Greeks, and Romans (Eerdmans), I have a chapter on Paul and apocalyptic interpretation. Wish I had access to these books when I was writing it: Just saw this coming out from T&T Clark/Bloomsbury, wish I had access to it a year ago!   A vibrant and growing [Read More...]

Liberals Should Tolerate Anglican Views on Sexuality

Great article by James Mumford on “A Truly Liberal Society Would Tolerate the Anglican Church’s Views on Sexuality,” in The Spectator: Back in 2013 advocates for same-sex marriage argued that the church’s beliefs about sexuality shouldn’t be imposed on the rest of society. That makes sense. But now the church is being told it shouldn’t hold [Read More...]

Great Refugee Story

University of Western Sydney has a great advertisement featuring the story of Deng Thiak, a Sudanese child soldier, now refugee lawyer. [Read more...]

Book Review: Peter False Disciple and Apostate according to Saint Matthew

Robert H. Gundry Peter — False Disciple and Apostate according to Saint Matthew Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2015. Available at Amazon.com. By Chris Porter In this short work Robert Gundry advances an intriguing hypothesis that the Matthean Gospel presents the Apostle Peter as a ‘False Disciple and Apostate.’ This proposal runs counter to the generally [Read More...]

Imperator Caesar Augustus Divi Filius


Over the Christmas and New Year’s break I began reading for pleasure, and to expand my knowledge, the recent biography on Augustus by Adrian Goldsworthy: Augustus: First Emperor of Rome. It is well written; and while Ancient historians will be in a much better position to judge Goldsworthy’s scholarship, the work open up a fresh [Read More...]

The Gospel of Mark and Chalcedon

The other day I was reading through an old article by M. Eugene Boring on Markan Christology, and came across this quote: The explicit use of God-language for Jesus by later NT authors and the classical creeds is in continuity with the Christology already present in Mark. To state the matter somewhat provocatively: John, Nicea, [Read More...]