Book Notice: Mark L. Strauss on Mark in ZECNT

Mark L. Strauss Mark ZECNT; Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2014. Available at Mark Strauss’ commentary on Mark in the Zondervan Exegetical Commentary series is a delight to read. The Gospel of Mark is my favourite commentary and I’m tad picky about which commentaries on Mark I read and use. But Strauss delivers the goods as [Read More...]

Paula Fredriksen on Paul and Justification by Faith

In the latest issue of JBL is an article by Paula Fredriksen on “Paul’s Letter to the Romans, the Ten Commandments, and Pagan ‘Justification by faith,’” JBL 133.4 (2014): 801-7. Fredriksen attempts to understand “justification by faith” beyond its usual theological discourse and identify the meaning of the phrase in its original social context. Her starting point [Read More...]

Paul Holloway Responds to Michael Bird about N.T. Wright and Sewanee University

Over at Faith Forward, Paul Holloway responds to my earlier post about his denunciation of Sewanee University for awarding N.T. Wright an honorary doctorate. Thankfully Holloway’s response attempts some actual reasoning and tries to provide some kind of substance to his criticism of Wright rather than resorting to hyperbolic and vitriolic protest as he did previously. Let me say that [Read More...]

Steve Walton Reviews Jesus is Lord, Caesar is Not

Steve Walton has a nice review of the book Jesus is Lord, Caesar is Not, read it here. [Read more...]

Rom 1:3-4 as a Non-Adoptionist Text with Christology of Incarnation and Enthronement

I just read a most intriguing article by Matthew W. Bates on “A Christology of Incarnation and Enthronement: Romans 1:3-4 as unified, Nonadoptionist, and Nonconciliatory,” CBQ 77.1 (2015): 107-27 (FYI, follow the link and read it on 3a  περὶ τοῦ υἱοῦ αὐτοῦ // concerning his Son 3b τοῦ γενομένου // who was descended 3c  ἐκ σπέρματος Δαυὶδ // [Read More...]

Kierkegaard on Love without Hypocrisy

I’ve been reflecting on Rom 12:2, “Love must be sincere,” and I came across this quote from Kierkegaard: The best defense against hypocrisy is love; indeed, it is not only a defense but a chasmic abyss; in all eternity it has nothing to do with hypocrisy. This is also a fruit by which love is [Read More...]

Two Books on Christianity and Other Religions

Recently I’ve come across two notable books about Christianity and other Religions. Bob Robinson Jesus and the Religions: Retrieving a Neglected Example for a Multi-Cultural World Eugene, OR: Cascade, 2012. Robinson looks at how Jesus in the Gospels related to “others” like Samaritans and Romans and how that should inform our own response to other religions [Read More...]

Best Thing to Read About ISIS/Daesh

In The Atlantic is a great piece by Graham Ward on What ISIS Really Wants, which I think is compulsory reading for anyone interested in the conflict. We have misunderstood the nature of the Islamic State in at least two ways. First, we tend to see jihadism as monolithic, and to apply the logic of [Read More...]

Codex Vaticanus Is Now On-Line

Christmas has come early for NT geeks as Codex Vaticanus (B) is now available on-line including LXX and NT. The Vatican Library has digitised Codex Vaticanus. It is an majuscule manuscript that dates to the mid-fourth century and contains almost the entire Christian canon in Greek, including most of the Apocrypha. This is the sequel to the digitization of [Read More...]

The Apostle Paul’s Favorite eBooks on Paul

Zondervan is having a big ebook sale on books about the Apostle Paul. I thought I’d annotate these a bit with Paul’s own comments. Zondervan’s eBook Sale ends Sunday, March 1 at 11:59pm ET. (3/1/15) Four Views on the Apostle Paul Michael F. Bird, General Editor Deal $3.99 | Original $11.99 What’s the best framework for [Read More...]

Book Notice: Benjamin White on Remembering Paul

Benjamin L. White Remembering Paul: Ancient and Modern Contests over the Image of the Apostle Oxford: OUP, 2014. Available at This book is a revised version of Benjamin White’s doctoral dissertation written at Chapel Hill under the supervision of Bart Ehrman. In a nutshell, White argues that there is no reconstruction of the “real Paul,” [Read More...]

Jeremy Treat on Gospel and Doctrine in the Life of the Church

I just read a great piece by Jeremy R. Treat, “Gospel and Doctrine in the Life of the Church,” SBET 32.2 (2014): 180-94. (Read the whole thing here). I liked it because it dovetails nicely with many of the things I was arguing for in my Evangelical Theology about the centrality of the gospel for theology, ethics, ministry, [Read More...]

New Book on the Walter Bauer Thesis

I’m looking forward to this book coming out!   [Read more...]

Congrats to David Wenkel for his Book on Joy in Luke-Acts

Congrats to my former PhD student Dr. David Wenkel for the publication of his thesis with Paternoster entitled, Joy in Luke-Acts: The Intersection of Rhetoric Narrative and Emotion. According to the blurb: This monograph explores the joy theme in Luke- Acts as it relates to the dynamics of rhetoric, narrative and emotion. The Gospel of Luke has [Read More...]

Richard Hays on Reading Backwards

I was on a silent retreat recently and during my quiet time I read Richard B. Hays’ new book Reading Backwards: Figural Christology and the Fourfold Gospel Witness.  Its just over a hundred pages and makes a wonderful weekend read. In short, Hays demonstrates that you have to understand the OT to understand the Gospels and [Read More...]