Book Notice: Dean Flemming, Recovering the Full Mission of God

Dean Flemming Recovering the Full Mission of God: A Biblical Perspective on Being, Doing and Telling Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2013. Available at By Andrew Prince (Lecturer Ministry and Mission, Brisbane School of Theology). Historically there has been a tension within the Church concerning how it is to carry out its God-given mission. Is [Read More…]

Simon Gathercole Debates Bart Ehrman on British Radio (Part 2)

Over at Unbelievable Justin Brierly talks to both Simon Gathercole and Bart Ehrman about Jesus’ divinity. Listen to part two here. In regards to Ehrman’s initial remark about the blurb to HGBJ, Ehrman thinks Jesus is “divine” or “god” in some sense along a spectrum of divinity immediately after his resurrection in the mind of [Read More…]

Some Responses to Ehrman and Bird Christology Books

Several reviews and comments on the “christology war” books have appeared. Here’s a few: Parchment and Pen (Rob Bowman). A good summary of both books and an evaluation of each one, including recognition of the stuff that Ehrman gets right. Sadly, Bowman does not “get” my sense of humour and takes issue with how I [Read More…]

Bart Ehrman Interviewed by Washington Radio about Jesus’ Divinity

Here is the audio for Ehrman’s interview on the radio show “Interfaith Voices” about his new book. [Read more…]

Helen Bond on the Criteria of Authenticity in Historical Jesus Research

Over at The Marginalia Review of Books is a great review by Helen Bond of Chris Keith and Anthony Le Donne’s edited volume on Jesus, Criteria, and the Demise of Authenticity. Bond is a very capable scholar, having written on Pontius Pilate, Caiaphas, and fine introduction to the historical Jesus. I think she puts it well when [Read More…]

Douglas Campbell on Paul’s Letters and His New Book “Framing Paul”

Over at the Eerdmans blog is an interview with Doug Campbell about his forthcoming book Framing Paul: An Epistolary account. The blurb reads: All historical work on Paul presupposes a story concerning the composition of his letters — which ones he actually wrote, how many pieces they might originally have consisted of, when he wrote them, where [Read More…]

Excerpts from Christology Books now Available

Over at the Huffington Post, Bart Ehrman gives a very good summary of his argument set forth in How Jesus Became God. To whet your appeitite, he writes: Many believers – at least very conservative evangelical Christians and others who have not had much contact with biblical scholarship – will be surprised to learn that Jesus [Read More…]

My Paper on Jesus and the Zealots

I know its late, but In light of Reza Aslan’s Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth, I thought I should post up an article I write some years ago called: “Jesus and the Revolutionaries: Did Jesus Call Israel to Repent of Nationalistic Ambitions?” Colloquium 38.2 (2006): 127-39. It touches on the Jesus-the-Zealot view set forth [Read More…]

Video Promo for How God Became Jesus

Here’s a video promo of How God Became Jesus largely thanks to Wayne Chan. [Read more…]

The SBL 2013 “Perfect Storm” Debate about the Perfect Tense to be Published

For me one of the highlights of SBL 2013 was the “Perfect Storm” session featuring Stan Porter, Con Campbell, and Buist Fanning.  It was a discussion about the nature of the biblical Greek’s perfect tense-form in relation to verbal aspect. It was a cracker of a discussion! I’m friends with both Stan and Con so [Read More…]

Blogcast with Charles Hill, Chris Tilling, and Michael Bird on Jesus’ Divinity

Nick Peters from Deep Waters interviews Charles Hill, Chris Tilling, and Michael Bird – all on three different continents – about the book How God Became Jesus. The blogcast goes for a massive two hours! I think I came in at about the 65 mins mark. Charles and Chris do a great job talking up what is at [Read More…]

Simon Gathercole Debates Bart Ehrman on British Radio (Part 1)

Over at Unbelievable Justin Brierly talks to both Simon Gathercole and Bart Ehrman about Jesus’ divinity. Listen to part one here. [Read more…]

Neil Bach’s Lecture about Leon Morris Now On-line

Neil Bach’s lecture about the life, scholarship, and ministry of Leon Morris is now available in audio here. A very good lecture to listen to! [Read more…]

Doing NT Theology critically and canonically … the challenges!

I’m hoping to soon start working on a short NT Theology for IVP. I’ve toyed with many ideas on how to go about it. The normal way to go is book by book or corpus by corpus (Thielman; Marshall), or a historical origins approach (Morris), whereas others  go for common themes (Guthrie; Schreiner) How does one [Read More…]

N.T. Wright’s HBU Lectures on Israel in Pauline Theology

Glad that Wright’s lectures at the HBU conference on Paul and Israel is available on! Paul in his Jewish World Israel in Pauline Theology HT: Brian LePort [Read more…]