Mike Bird’s Romans Commentary is only $6.00 on Kindle!

Bargain bonanza, my Romans commentary in the SGBC series is now only $6.09 on kindle! It is normally $36.99, so get it while you can.   [Read more…]

What If I Told You There Was A Reasonable & Non-Homophobic Case Against Same-Sex Marriage?

Okay, this might be a tad late for friends in Ireland, UK, NZ, and the USA, but in Australia we are yet to legalize same sex marriage. So the good folks at the Australian Christian Lobby have published a short article of mine where I try to set out a reasonable and non-homophobic case against same-sex [Read More…]

Podcast Interview with Larry Hurtado on “The Destroyer of the Gods”

Over at The Deep Waters podcast is an excellent interview by Nick Peters of Larry Hurtado about his forthcoming new book Destroyer of the Gods: Early Christian Distinctiveness in the Roman World (Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2016). Click “podcast” to listen on-line or else subscribe via iTunes. [Read more…]

Trinity Conference in Houston this November

RTS Houston is hosting a conference on 12 November called Confessing the Triune God: Retrieving Nicene Faith for Today’s Church, with a great panel of speakers lined up: Dr. Michael A. G. Haykin | Biblical Exegesis in Fourth-Century Trinitarian Debates Rev. D. Blair Smith | Trinitarian Relations in the Fourth Century Dr. Scott R. Swain | “God from God, [Read More…]

Greg Beale on End of Exile in 2 Cor 6:16-18

I’m currently writing a chapter on 1 & 2 Corinthians for an NT Introduction. While I’ve always felt like I had a good grip on 1 Corinthians (its argument and scholarly conversation), but generally I haven’t been as familiar with 2 Corinthians, so I’m always learning more here. There is an interesting point 2 Corinthians 6 where [Read More…]

Latest Issue of Journal for the Study of the Historical Jesus

The latest issue of Journal for the Study of the Historical Jesus, includes these articles: Anthony Le Donne Editorial: The Third Quest in Retrospect James Crossley Editorial: Some Future for Historical Jesus Studies Dale C. Allison Memory, Methodology, and the Historical Jesus: A Response to Richard Bauckham Richard Bauckham The General and the Particular in Memory: [Read More…]

Book Notice: Daniel Hawk on the Book of Ruth

L. Daniel Hawk Ruth  Apollos Old Testament Commentary. Downers Grove, IVP, 2015. Available at Amazon.com By Jill Firth L. Daniel Hawk (PhD, Emory University) is professor of Old Testament and Hebrew at Ashland Theological Seminary in Ashland, Ohio and an ordained minister in the United Methodist Church. His work on narrative and identity formation includes [Read More…]

Book Notice: Stephen Chapman on 1 Samuel

Stephen B. Chapman  1 Samuel as Christian Scripture: A Theological Commentary Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2016. Available at Amazon.com By Jill Firth Stephen B. Chapman (PhD Yale) is associate professor of Old Testament at Duke Divinity School, director of graduate studies in religion at Duke University, and an ordained American Baptist minister. He is author of [Read More…]

Book Notice: Joy Schroeder on Genesis

Joy A. Shroeder (trans, ed) The Book of Genesis  The Bible in Medieval Tradition Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2015. Available at Amazon.com By Jill Firth Joy Shroeder (PhD Notre Dame) is holder of the Bergener Chair in Theology and Religion at Trinity Lutheran Seminary and Capital Seminary in Ohio. Schroeder works in feminism in medieval thought [Read More…]

Some Notable New Studies about the Septuagint

A couple of great articles about the Septuagint (LXX) that you need to know about are: W. Edward Glenny, “The Septuagint and Biblical Theology,” Themelios  41 (2016). This article is an excellent survey of scholarly views on how the LXX relates to the biblical canon and its uses for biblical theology. This article addresses the question: How does [Read More…]

Book Notice: Soong-Chah Rah on Prophetic Lament

Soong-Chan Rah  Prophetic Lament: A Call for Justice in Troubled Times Downer’s Grove, IVP, 2015. Available at Amazon.com By Jill Firth Soong-Chen Rah (DMin, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary) is Milton B. Engebretson Associate Professor of Church Growth and Evangelism at North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago, Illinois. He is the author of The Next Evangelicalism (2009) [Read More…]

Kyle Greenwood GETS Why I Wrote What Christians Ought To Believe

My thanks to Kyle Greenwood for a great review of What Christians Ought To Believe. It was for guys like him and for churches like his that I wrote it! So, how did I underestimate the value of this book? It’s not just for my teenagers who are lacking formal theological education. It’s for pastors, needing [Read More…]

Bird on a Wire – Dear GOP, How could you let this happen?

I think I might start posting short videos of political, social, and theological commentary under the title “Bird on a Wire.” Here is my comical attempt to identify the depth of the GOP’s blunder in nominating Donald Trump as its candidate for president. Goes for 4:00 mins. [Read more…]

The St. Paul Hip Hop Contest

Okay, I’m gonna throw down at Jarvis Williams and challenge him to a St. Paul Hip Hop Contest. Jarvis is working on the Galatians volume for the NCCS (Wipf & Stock) and is threatening to insert some hip hop lyrics into his . However, I already did this in my Romans commentary for the SGBC [Read More…]

Book Notice: Lim and Castelo on Hosea

Bo H. Lim and Daniel Castelo  Hosea  Two Horizons Old Testament Commentary Grand Rapids, Eerdmans, 2015. Available at Amazon.com By Jill Firth This interdisciplinary work is the fruit of collaboration between Bo H. Lim and Daniel Castelo, who are associate professors at Seattle Pacific University and Seminary. Lim teaches Old Testament and Castelo works in [Read More…]