Two Forthcoming NT Books You Need to Know About!

Paul the Jew: Rereading the Apostle as a Figure of Second Temple Judaism by Gabriele Boccaccini (Editor) Carlos A. Segovia (Editor) published by Fortress. Available 1st May 2016. See the preface here. The decades-long effort to understand the apostle Paul within his Jewish context is now firmly established in scholarship on early Judaism, as well as [Read More…]

Book Notice: John Goldingay on Exodus and Leviticus

John Goldingay Exodus and Leviticus for Everyone London: SPCK, 2010 Available at By Laura Paul The very first line of the introduction to John Goldingay’s Exodus and Leviticus for Everyone begins by noting that, “as far as Jesus and the New Testament writers were concerned, the Jewish Scriptures that Christians call the “Old Testament” [Read More…]

Andrew Mbuvi on Jude & 2 Peter

For those of you who dare to read, study, teach, and preach from the General Epistles, the latest installment in the NCCS is Andrew M. Mbuvi, Jude and 2 Peter (NCCS; Eugene, OR: Cascade, 2015). This is a great volume, written by an African scholar (now teaching at Shaw University), with a fresh translation, making great use [Read More…]

Russell Moore on Why the Church Needs to Confront Social Darwinianism

Russell Moore is quickly becoming my second favourite Southern Baptist (behind, Timothy George – peace be upon him!), because he’s doing some good stuff like this excellent lecture on The Gospel vs. Sunday Morning Social Darwinianism. If I had to make one ironic criticism of so much American evangelicalism, its that people who don’t believe [Read More…]

Morna Hooker’s New Article on Pistis Christou

I just saw this today, Morna D. Hooker, “Another Look at πίστις Χριστοῦ,” SJT 69 (2016): 46-62. The debate regarding the meaning of πίστις Χριστοῦ in the Pauline epistles continues and is important because of its implications for theology. In the phrase there is a double ambiguity, which touches not only the significance of the genitive, but [Read More…]

Wonderful Book about Meeting God Face to Face

David H. Wenkel Shining Like the Sun: A Biblical Theology of Meeting God Face to Face Wooster, OH: Weaver, 2016. Available at David Wenkel (Ph.D., University of Aberdeen) is an adjunct professor of Bible at Moody Bible Institute and one of my former PhD students. He is the author of Joy in Luke-Acts: The Intersection [Read More…]

Rowan Williams on Reading Paul

I’m slowly reading over Rowan Williams’ book Meeting God in Paul and really loved this quote: I believe that we need to read Paul with a sense of his own intense conviction that he was exploring a new country – as fertile, beautiful and exhilarating, above all as real and tangible in its working, as any [Read More…]

A Defense of the Holtzmann-Gundry Hypothesis on the Synoptic Problem

Over at Remnant of Giants, Deane Galbraith has a good post on Luke knew Matthew, But Still Q. In The Gospel of the Lord I’ve advocated this and called this view the Holtzmann-Gundry Hypothesis (HGH) to the Synoptic problem (I hope it catches on). It rests on the idea that although Luke used Matthew, Luke and Matthew might have [Read More…]

Nice Comments on My Romans by Nijay Gupta

Nijay Gupta has some nice words about my Romans commentary over at this blog Crux Sola. This is a commentary I wrote, not for scholars, but more for pastors! I owe him a coke! [Read more…]

Book Review: Josh Jipp on Divine Visitations and Hospitality to Strangers

Over behind the RBL pay wall is my review of Divine Visitations and Hospitality to Strangers in Luke-Acts: An Interpretation of the Malta Episode in Acts 28:1-10 by Joshua W. Jipp of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. In brief, Jipp’s thesis is that the Malta episode recorded in Acts 28:1–10 is best understood as a form of theoxeny, that [Read More…]

Book Notice: Joy in the Journey

Steve and Sharol Hayner Joy in the Journey: Finding Abundance in the Shadow of Death Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2015. Available at By Felicity Clift I remember a lecturer asking my class of students to raise our hands if we knew someone who had been diagnosed with cancer. The question was close to [Read More…]

Book Notice: Jesus Behaving Badly

Mark L. Strauss Jesus Behaving Badly: The Puzzling Paradoxes of the Man from Galilee Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2015. Available at Reviewed by Adam Ch’ng All of us, to one extent or another, read our Bibles selectively.  Feel-good passages are set against picturesque scenery as desktop backgrounds.  While challenging passages are conveniently rationalised [Read More…]

Answering Bart Ehrman on How Jesus Got Adopted

Bart, Bird, and Blogs Over on his blog, Bart Ehrman responds to my arguments that the earliest Christology was not adoptionist (sorry, it is behind a pay wall, but Bart is trying to raise money for charity). During the Greer-Heard debate a couple of weeks ago, Bart and I were part of a forum where [Read More…]

Rethinking Ancient Literacy Rates

One of my PhD students, Brian Wright, has a good piece in TrinJ arguing that ancient literacy rates were probably quite higher than the 10-15% normally estimated for them. See his piece: Brian J. Wright, “Ancient Literacy in New Testament Research: Incorporating a Few More Lines of Enquiry,” TrinJ 36 (2015): 161-89. [Read more…]

Answering President Jed Bartlet on the Bible and Sexuality

I have been very gradually working my way through The West Wing, currently up to Season 2 and I just saw this epic scene where President Jed Bartlett lays into some conservative Christian radio show host for her views about homosexuality. I’ve heard this line of argument several times, it latches onto something genuinely problematic [Read More…]