Christian Askeland on the Gospel of Jesus’ Wife

Over at ETC, Christian Askeland has a great piece on Jesus’s Wife Resurrected. Christian points out that any ambiguity in the carbon dating of GJW does not automatically favor its authenticity and thereby vindicate Prof. Karen King’s claims. Ye there are so many other factors which call into question its authenticity. He writes: Karen King [Read More…]

Where Evangelicals and Bart Ehrman Agree

Over at Stand to Reason, Amy Hall has a good piece showing what Bart Ehrman and Evangelicals actually agree on concerning Jesus and divinity. With all the hoopla and debate – which to be frank I have deliberately cultivated in many ways – I think it is important to stress that not everything that Bart says [Read More…]

More on the Gospel of Jesus’ Wife

The latest issue of Harvard Theological Review includes some more data on the question of the authenticity of the Gospel of Jesus’ wife fragment. There are some excellent early responses from Larry Hurtado and Francis Watson to the HTR issue and the HDS press release. Anthony Le Donne (recently appointed to United Theological Seminary) has written a book [Read More…]

Miroslav Volf’s Lecture on Exclusion and Embrace

Miroslav Volf was recently in Australia talking at conferences, on Aussie TV, spoke to seminary students, and gave a talk to our Radio National about Exclusion and Embrace. You can listen to his audio lecture here. Professor Miroslav Volf presents the idea of loving embrace as a theological response to the problems of alienation. This [Read More…]

Encyclopedia of Ancient Christianity

His name was Encyclopedia Brown. He was a protagonist of about 10 years old who in my third grade year I  thought was the most interesting character in story. And I was  a boy who cared little for reading. It has been many years since third grade and to be hones I’ve only thought about [Read More…]

Surprised by N.T. Wright

Over at CT is a big write up on Surprised by N.T. Wright, which talks about Wright’s writing ministry and how it is effecting the church. I loved the part about Wright being bigger than Bultmann: Now picture Wright as a student attending similar lectures. How could one overturn this status quo? What scholar could [Read More…]

Scot McKnight Turns Anglican

My good friend, well-known blogger, and world renowned NT scholar Scot McKnight will be ordained as a Deacon in the Anglican Church later this month in April at the Church of  the Redeemer (PEAR USA). Scot gives an account of his journey here. All the best to Scot and Kris in their new ministry role!!! [Read more…]

Baptist Anglicans … Yes, that’s what I said!

Just read a very interesting piece at ABP News about a Virginian Baptist church that looks deliberately Anglican. Sunday mornings at All Souls Charlottesville are fairly common for an Anglican congregation. The Book of Common Prayer and the Revised Common Lectionary are standard, creeds are spoken together, the Eucharist is the central focus of the liturgy and the minister blesses the congregation [Read More…]

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…]