Douglas Green to Join Queensland Theological College

I was delighted to hear on FB that Douglas Green will be joining Queensland Theological College (Brisbane, Australia) in late 2015 as Senior Lecturer in Old Testament. The QTC principal is Gary Millar. QTC already have a great faculty and it is located in a wonderful part of Brisbane adjacent to the University of Queensland. So, ironically, an [Read More...]

The American Encounter with Vegemite

In Australia, Vegemite is a popular spread for sandwiches and toast! See this video of American kids eating it. When I teach courses at US colleges, this is what I’ll be making students eat as a punishment for not doing their assigned readings! Yes, I am that evil. Moowohaha! [Read more...]

Ioudaios as “Jew” or “Judean”

Over at Marginalia, T. Michael Law has put together a great team of folks including Adele Reinhartz, Steven Mason, Daniel Schwartz, Annette Yoshiko Reed, Joan Taylor, Malcolm Lowe, Jonathan Klawans, Ruth Sheridan, and James Crossley to chime in on the debate about how best to translate Ioudaios. This is a topic that touches upon biblical studies, [Read More...]

Tyndale House Edition of the Greek New Testament

I’m hoping that you all know about Tyndale House which is probably one of the best research centers for biblical studies in the world. Well, the team at TH (Dirk Jongkind, Peter Head, and Peter Williams) are producing the Tyndale House Edition of the Greek New Testament. You can read about it here with an [Read More...]

OT Teaching Position in Sydney

The United Theological College in Sydney is looking for a lecturer in OT studies beginning in 2015. See the info here. [Read more...]

The More We Know . . . the More We Understand

The more accurately we understand the historical setting of 1st-century Palestine, the more precise and faithful will be our understanding of what the incarnate Word taught, did and suffered. The more we know of the Mediterranean world of Roman antiquity, more naunced will be our understanding of the ways in which the NT’s epistles summoned [Read More...]

Chocolate Cake Does Not Lie

One of Mariam Kamell-Kovalishyn’s students at Regent College made this cake, and I love it. Make sure you read the words on the cake!! [Read more...]

Too Much Jesus in the Old Testament … Makes for a Bad Presbyterian

Over at CT, Kevin Emmert has a piece on, Can You See Too Much Jesus in the Bible? referring to WTS-Philly’s decision to “retire” Doug Green because he found more Jesus in Ps 23 than the Westminster Board was comfortable with (assuming you don’t think the real reason was to poleaxe him because he was [Read More...]

QOTD: Robert Jewett on preaching and gospel

Good quote from Robert Jewett’s Romans commentary (p. 642), where he notes that “the compelling power of the gospel resides not in its preachers but in Christ himself, who becomes present in the preached gospel for those who believe.” [Read more...]

“The NT is not a Christian Document”: Logos Mobile Education Course: Jewish History & Literature

I’m please to announce the upcoming release of a Logos Mobile Education bundle featuring two courses by myself and David deSilva called Between the Testaments Bundle. David deSilva’s course is on the Old Testament Apocrypha. My course is a survey of the history and literature of the Jewish Second Temple period, the time between the [Read More...]

QOTD: What Does Gospel Genre have to Do with Twilight Novels?

I have to say that my favorite quote from The Gospel of the Lord is this one: [P]utting the heading “Gospel” on a document does not really determine its genre any more than inscribing “Recent Observations on Nocturnal and Hematophagic Humanoids” on the cover of a Twilight novel turns it into a scientific research paper.     [Read more...]

How Angry Atheists Worship

After seeing all the crazy and ad hominem things in the comments section on my recent ABC article, I thought this picture was very apt.   HT: Jim West [Read more...]

Scot McKnight on Inerrancy

Scot concludes his review of Biblical Inerrancy: Five Views by offering his own assessment about inerrancy as a tradition and as a hermeneutic. He raises some big issues about whether inerrancy brings light or simply creates a fight. Is inerrancy as historical referential precision really going to hold up against a lot of historical and archaeological [Read More...]

Will Ending Religion End All Violence?

Journalist Sam de Brito had a piece in the weekend’s Sydney Morning Herald called, God is with us, unfortunately, where he went on a tirade arguing that if we got rid of religion then we could get rid of all the violence and hardship troubling this world. Remove questions of God from Israel and Gaza and you’re [Read More...]

How Do We Tell One Story of Jesus?: The Plurality of the Four Gospels and the “So Called Historical Jesus”


I continue to struggle with how to factor in the plurality of the four Gospels when presenting the story of Jesus. On the one hand, I am uncomfortable with the harmonizing and minimizing tendencies of my evangelical tradition when it comes to alleged contradictions in detail. Francis Watson I think is right when he recently wrote [Read More...]