Great Video on Story of the Old Testament

From The Gospel Project, is a great little video, only three minutes, which provides a short but able summary of the Old Testament. I like resources like this for two reasons: First, for most lay Christians, the stuff before Jesus is a bit of a blur of names, places, and dates, with no conceivable narrative unity. [Read More…]

Interview with Eerdword about An Anomalous Jew

Here is my interview with Rachel Blomberger from Eerdmans about my book An Anomalous Jew. I’m a bit slow out of the blocks, but I hit full stride eventually. Gives you a good overview of what the book is about! [Read more…]

Book Notice: Ken Bailey on Psalm 23

Kenneth E. Bailey The Good Shepherd: A Thousand Year Journey from Psalm 23 to the New Testament  Downer’s Grove: IVP Academic, 2014. Available from By Jill Firth The late Kenneth Bailey needs no introduction to most readers because of his expertise in Middle Eastern culture after spending 40 years in Egypt and the Middle [Read More…]

My Interview with American College Students about Donald Trump

I wrote an article for ABC News about what American College students think, fear, and hope for in relation to Donald Trump’s presidency. What the students had to say might surprise you! How American College Students Feel About a Trump Presidency Are all millennials hiding in their safe spaces and hugging a therapy bear, or [Read More…]

Review of God and the Faithfulness of Paul

Over at Books at a Glance is a very, very positive review of God and the Faithfulness of Paul which is a series of responses to N.T. Wright’s Paul and the Faithfulness of God. The review is by Mark Baker who’s conclusion is probably the best sales pitch for the book one could make: It seems fitting [Read More…]

Book Notice: Neither Complementarian Nor Egalitarian

Michelle Lee-Barnewall Neither Complementarian nor Egalitarian: A Kingdom Corrective to the Evangelical Debate Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2016. Available on Reviewed by Felicity Clift When people enter the complementarian/egalitarian debate most people are looking for an answer. Most want a definitive answer: ‘Yes, women may hold positions of authority in the church’, or [Read More…]

Why Be Anglican? Let Me Count the Ways!

Scot McKnight has a great post on Why Be Anglican? referring primarily to the beauty and wonder of the liturgical year. It’s a great post and Scot talks about his own journey into Anglicanism as well. In addition, for my own amusement, and perhaps even yours, I have included a further list of ten reasons for [Read More…]

Book Notice: Basics of Classical Syriac

Steven C. Hallam  Basics of Classical Syriac: Complete Grammar, Workbook, and Lexicon Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2016. Available at By Jill Firth Steven C. Hallam has taught Hebrew, Greek, Aramaic and Syriac at a graduate level. He has written a clear and practical text welcoming new students into the Syriac language. Syriac is a dialect of [Read More…]

Book Notice: Preaching Christ from the Psalms

Sidney Greidanus  Preaching Christ from Psalms: Foundations for Expository Sermons in the Christian Year  Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2016. Available from Preaching Christ from Psalms builds on Greidanus’ foundational book, Preaching Christ from the Old Testament (1999) and further volumes on preaching narrative (Genesis), wisdom (Ecclesiastes) and prophecy/apocalyptic (Daniel). Greidanus settled on a lectionary approach, [Read More…]

Douglas Campbell’s Critique of N.T. Wright’s PFG

Over at the journal Scottish Journal of Theology, Douglas A. Campbell has published a further critique of N.T. Wright’s Paul and the Faithfulness of God. Campbell offered his initial review of Wright’s book at Marginalia on N.T. Wright and the Lutheran-ness of Paul (2015), but he has more to say in a new article “Panoramic Lutheranism and apocalyptic ambivalence: [Read More…]

Why Australia Needs a Confident Pluralism

Check out my latest foray on The Drum into Aussie politics arguing that Australia needs a commissioner for political pluralism in order to make sure that extreme views from the margins like civic totalism (from the left) and ethno-nationalism (from the right) never gain a foothold in our pluralistic democracy. Why Australia Needs a Commissioner for [Read More…]

The Church in Exile? Maybe Not!

There is a great piece by Kate Harrison Brennan on No Place for Exile: How Christians Should (Not) Make Sense of their Place in the World. She argues that: Christians, however, cannot return to God’s true vocation by re-claiming the position of exile, or by re-claiming the powerful position of Jerusalem (a point made by John [Read More…]

New Editors for the NIGTC

I just heard the official news that the newly appointed editors for the NIGTC are Todd Still and Mark Goodacre. In my mind, that is a great choice for Eerdmans and two excellent guys to lead an excellent series. Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. has signed two leading New Testament scholars—Mark Goodacre, professor of New [Read More…]

Jesus the Eternal Son Now Ready for Pre-Order

For those interested, my book Jesus the Eternal Son: Answering Adoptionist Christology is now available for pre-order from either Eerdmans or Available in July 2017! Only $18.00 USD!! Adoptionism—the idea that Jesus is portrayed in the Bible as a human figure who was adopted as God’s son at his baptism or resurrection—has been commonly accepted in [Read More…]

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…]