An Anomalous Jew has Arrived!

My new book, An Anomalous Jew: Paul among Jews, Greeks, and Romans (Eerdmans) is now out and available for purchase! Only $16.66! Let me explain why I think this book will interest folks into Pauline studies: The introduction gives a fresh overview of discussions in scholarship about how Paul was Jewish, with a review ranging from Markus Barth to Francis [Read More…]

Open Letter to SBL concerning their Proposed Ban of IVP from the Annual Convention (Updated)

I’ve just heard word that Dr. John Kutsko, Executive Director of SBL, has written to InterVarsity Press, informing them that there is a proposal to temporarily suspended IVP from hosting a book stall at the annual convention in Boston in 2017 pending advisement from the executive committee and AAR (who can ratify or reject the [Read More…]

Ebook Sale on Mike Bird’s Romans Commentary

Right now my eBook on Romans (#SGBC) is 64% off going for $8.99:  This deal disappears end of day Oct. 21. [Read more…]

Markus Bockmuehl on Apocryphal Gospels

I just saw that Markus Bockmuehl’s volume Ancient Apocryphal Gospels is soon to be out. I’ve read some parts of it and it really is good. In particular, I like Bockmuehl’s notion of some apocryphal Gospels and fragments as “para-textual” rather than “apocryphal” or “heterodox” as categories. It will be one to get, probably not available [Read More…]

Mike Bird Interviews N.T. Wright for Christianity Today

Over Christianity Today, I interview N.T. Wright about his book The Day the Revolution Began. I ask him some juicy questions, like “If you had to preach one biblical text on the cross, what would it be, and roughly what would you say?” [Read more…]

US Agency Calls Religious Freedom a Form of Bigotry

Over at Relevant is a great article on Multi-Faith Leaders Ask Pres. Obama to Reject a Report That Calls Religious Freedom Discriminatory. It opens by saying: “Last month, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights released a report on the topic of religious liberty called Peaceful Coexistence: Reconciling Nondiscrimination Principles With Civil Liberties. Recently, faith leaders including [Read More…]

Michael Horton Reviews N.T. Wright’s The Day the Revolution Began

Over at TGC, Michael Horton reviews N.T. Wright’s The Day the Revolution Began. Quite a positive review in many ways, Horton comments at one point: My impression is Wright has somewhat moderated his own view of justification. Deuteronomy makes clear, he observes, that in covenant justice God punishes his people, hence the exile (304). In Romans 3:21, dikaiosynē theou means “God’s covenant [Read More…]

Larry Hurtado and Tom Holland on Premier Radio

If you haven’t listened to Unbelievable please do, because this week Justin Brierly interviews novelist/history Tom Holland about how he changed his view on Christianity as expressed in an article in New Statesman and Larry Hurtado on his book Destroyer of the God. They discuss some great stuff: Ancient religion. The roots of western ethics. Slavery. [Read more…]

Scot McKnight on the Apocalyptic Paul

Scot McKnight chimes on in the “apocalyptic Paul” view at his Kingdom Roots podcast, which is a great introduction to what all the fuss is about. Scot suggests that Richard Hays might belong somewhat to the apocalyptic Paul view. In some ways, yes, because Hays sees Paul’s hermeneutic as robustly christological, he does lean that [Read More…]

St. Paul and the Creation of the Individual

I’ve been reading Larry Siedentop’s Inventing the Individual: The Origins of Western Liberalism (UK: Random House, 2014), where Siedentop notes the role of Paul in the process: He says that Paul saw Jesus’ crucifixion “as a moral earthquake” (p. 58) and “Paul’s conception of the Christ overturns the assumption on which ancient thinking had hitherto rested, the [Read More…]

Vale Bill Dumbrell

I’ve just heard reports of the passing of William J. Dumbrell, an Australian biblical scholar known for his work in the area of biblical theology. Bill Dumbrell (Th.D., Harvard University) taught at Moore Theological College in Sydney, Australia, Regent College in Vancouver, the Presbyterian Theological Hall in Sydney, Macquarie University in Sydney, and Trinity Theological [Read More…]

Free Book on the Month: Craig Keener on Romans

Folks, this is not a drill, Craig Keener’s Romans commentary in the NCCS is the FREE BOOK of the MONTH thanks to Logos. This is vintage Keener, his array of background sources is correct, and it not insanely long, but very readable. A must have! If you haven’t signed up to Logos, do so, just [Read More…]

New Book by N.T. Wright: God in Public

I just learned that N.T. Wright has yet another book just out – in addition to his The Day the Revolution Began – about God and politics. N.T. Wright God in Public: How the Bible Speaks Truth to Power Today London: SPCK, 2016 [released in October]. Available at What has Christianity to do with power? [Read More…]

The Future of Evangelicalism is a Secular Age

I’m reading through Charles Taylor’s Secular Age with the help of James K. A. Smith’s How (Not) To Be Secular: Reading Charles Taylor and I was intrigued by their predictions for the future. According to Taylor, our secular age stresses a closed order where meaning and activity are entirely immanent and this-worldly. However, because of suspicion and longing [Read More…]

Kevin DeYoung on the Trinity Debate

Over at TGC, Kevin DeYoung Chimes in on the Trinity Debate with a blog post on Distinguishing Among the Three Persons of the Trinity within the Reformed Tradition. After surveying several leading Reformed thinkers in the European and American traditions, DeYoung surmises: I find that some proponents of ESS answer Ursinus’s question—“How are the three Persons [Read More…]