Text and Artifact, Book and Spade

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I’ve said this many times, but I’ll keep repeating it: if I could do my education all over again, I would have gotten an MA in archaeology. Here is an excellent quote from a now very dated, but excellent introduction to archaeology and the study of the New Testament; it captures the importance of approaching [Read More...]

Tossing Tridentine and Reformation Ships

Frank Matera, in his Galatians commentary (SP) writes that the alleged calm between Protestants and Catholics on Galatians has been broken by the New Perspective on Paul. He says: “[A] new storm has broken upon the Galatian sea, a storm so powerful that it is tossing both Tridentine and Reformation ships, laden with their traditional [Read More...]

Jesus in the Qur’an: Christology Outside Theology

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Was Jesus remembered in Islamic tradition? To what end was his memory used? What can be learned of the Jesus from the Qur’an? These are interesting questions particularly in our diverse pluralistic world today; but one to which, admittedly, I’ve given little to no thought. A few months back however I was having a conversation [Read More...]

Newsflash: Tyndale House Edition of the Greek New Testament

The wonderful people at Textual Criticism House, whoops, I mean, Tyndale House, are developing their own edition of the Greek New Testament. It will be called Tyndale House Edition of the Greek New Testament (THEGNT) and will be based on Tregelles’ edition with revisions. Here’s the full news: Tyndale House plans to release the electronic [Read More...]

Surviving in Seminary

My former Ph.D student, Danny Zacharias (Acadia Divinity College), has a cute little ebook out called: Surviving and Thriving in Seminary: A Practical Guide for the Wide-eyed and Mystified. I have to confess that I wish seminary students would come to college with a little more awareness of what they are going to do and how [Read More...]

Iskandar now available on Kindle

For those interested, my novel Iskandar, is now available as an ebook for Kindle. Anyone into fantasy novels heavily embedded with religious themes, might actually like it. [Read more...]

M.A. Intensive on Critical Issues in Paul

In a couple of weeks, I’m visiting my alma mater, Malyon College, to do an M.A. intensive on Critical Issues in Paul (link here). It is scheduled for 8-12 July, I think places are still available, and audit students are welcomed. Should be a great week looking at topics like Paul and Empire, Paul and [Read More...]

Endorsements for N.T. Wright’s big Paul Book

Thanks to Nijay Gupta for collecting these endorsements on Wrights PFG: “N. T. Wright’s long-awaited full-length study of St. Paul will not in any way disappoint. From the very first sentence, it holds the attention, arguing a strong, persuasive, coherent, and fresh case supported by immense scholarship and comprehensive theological intelligence. It is a worthy [Read More...]

Romans 2 … Again

I’m spending a lot of time in Romans 2 recently as part of some commentary writing. It’s really a case of deja vu, as I’ve been here before (see Saving Righteousness of God, chap. 7), but there is always so much to mull over. Along the way, I was struck by an interesting comment made by [Read More...]

Brian Rosner’s Leon Morris Lecture Available On-line

Brian Rosner delivered the first annual Leon Morris Lecture on NT studies this week. It was on “Paul and the Law: Keeping the Commandments of God.” I’m glad to say that it is now available in audio. Brian has good some great ideas on the law as wisdom and prophecy. [Read more...]

Harper Collin’s Faith Gateway

The Harper Collins Christian Publishing wing (i.e., Zondervan and Thomas Nelson) has just launched a new initiative called Faith Gateway. FaithGateway is an online community for readers to discover great content and engage with their favorite Christian authors. FaithGateway brings together content in many different forms: daily blog posts, book excerpts, devotionals, free downloads, videos, giveaways, [Read More...]

The Perfect Storm

At this years coming SBL in Baltimore, the Biblical Greek Language and Linguistic Section is having a session on “The Perfect Storm,” looking at the debates about the perfect-tense form in Greek. I believe that Con Campbell, Stan Porter, and others are presenting (personally, I’m with Porter in seeing the perfect as essentially stative). Interestingly [Read More...]

Book Notice: New Documents Illustrating Early Christianity – volume 10

S.R. Llewelyn and J.R. Harrison (eds.) with E.J. Bridge. New Documents Illustrating Early Christianity: Volume 10 Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans. Available at Amazon.com The NDIEC series should be on the shelves of everyone who is seriously interested in the history behind the New Testament and first centuries of the church. Put together by a team from Macquarie [Read More...]

Richard Burridge Wins the 2013 Ratzinger Prize

Congratulations to Richard Burridge (Kings College London) for winning the 2013 Ratzinger Prize! Richard is a great scholar and a committed churchman so it is good to see his work getting international recognition. According to the official press release: The recipients of this year’s Ratzinger Prize are the English Biblical scholar Richard A. Burridge, dean [Read More...]

Church, Marriage, Culture, and the Law

This past week I’ve been speaking to different groups about gay marriage. I confess that I don’t actually enjoy talking about this topic, but as a resident theologian, I’m inevitably asked to help groups of pastors and churches come to some conclusion on this matter. It’s a big issue in Australia as it has been [Read More...]


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