Review of Mike Bird’s Colossians & Philemon Commentary

Over at RBL is a fairly generous review of my Colossians/Philemon commentary in the NCCS. [Read more...]

The Holtzmann-Gundry Solution to the Synoptic Problem (Three Source Hypothesis)

I’ve been immersing myself in the Synoptic Problem of late. Based on the limited studies I’ve done before, I’ve always gravitated towards the four source theory (Mark, Q, L, M). Although I have had my curiosity aroused by the Farrer-Goulder-Goodacre theory of Mark–>Matthew–>Luke (eliminating the need for Q). And I have to say that Mark [Read More...]

James Crossley on Mike Bird’s Jewish Jesus

Over at Sheffield Biblical Studies, James Crossley has a post on What percentage of ‘Jewishness’ did Jesus possess and was it like the alcoholic content of wine, which engages my (sadly neglected) article The Peril of Modernizing Jesus and the Crisis of Not Contemporizing the Christ’, EQ 78 (2006), pp. 291–312. Oh well, at least Crossley has [Read More...]

Book Notice: Romans: the Church’s Bible

J. Patout Burns (ed.) Romans: Interpreted by Early Christian Commentators The Church’s Bible, ed. Robert Louis Wilken Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2012. Reception history is the new pink. It is cool, funky, and every body is doing it! There is the ACC with IVP and the Blackwell Bible Commentaries from the Centre for the Reception [Read More...]

Is it Bigotry to Advocate Gay Marriage but Oppose Polyamory?

If you are going to regard marriage as nothing more than a legal fiction whereby the state recognizes a relationship between two persons so that said persons can have certain legal rights and recognitions, then to be honest, you have evacuated yourself of any moral or legal argument against polyamory. This issue has recently come [Read More...]

The King’s College Conference on Douglas Campbell’s DOG is now On-line

Chris Tilling points out that the videos from the King’s College Conference Beyond Old and New Perspectives on Paul: A conference critically engaging Douglas Campbell’s The Deliverance of God, are available on-line. If you are wanting to get a dose of Campbell’s book and discover what all of the fuss is about, these videos are [Read More...]

Chapter Divisions in the OT & NT

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When talking to students about studying the Bible, I often tell them that they should ignore the chapter divisions because they were added latter. I have found on many occasions that the chapter divisions obscure accurate reading of the text. One case in point is the Nicodemus story in John 3. The actually story begins [Read More...]

Would Paul Have Made a Good Evangelical?

My good friend and exegetical provocateur, Peter Enns, asks the question Would Paul Have Made a Good Evangelical? He answers, “No,” because Paul understood and used the Old Testament very different to the way that many evangelicals use and understand it. According to Enns, the reasons why Paul would not find a welcome from many [Read More...]

My Solution to the Same-Sex Marriage Debate, with an Ecclesiology of Exile

OBJECTIONS TO SAME SEX MARRIAGE Okay, no surprises, I’m not a fan of gay marriage. I have two non-theological arguments against it: (1) It reduces marriage to a legal fiction. Marriage has traditionally or historically been a union between man and woman for the purpose of preventing promiscuity and promoting procreation and life-long partnership. Marriage [Read More...]

ParseGreek on Android

For the smart phone users out there (non-iPhone), Danny Zacharias’ useful app ParseGreek is now available on Android. ΠαrsεGrεεk is designed to help both beginning students and advanced students. Advanced students can quiz themselves by frequency and other criteria. For beginning students, ΠαrsεGrεεk has been designed to be compatible with today’s top intro grammars: – [Read More...]

Things to Click

Things to click around the blogosophere: Peter Leithart has much to say on Protestantism and Catholicism, esp. his Too catholic to be Catholic and the respond here. Over at TGC, Tim Keller endorses Simon Gathercole’s essay on the Kingdom of God. And Justin Taylor promises us a book that will hopefully solve the dispensational vs. [Read More...]

Ancient Bethlehem Seal

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A 2,700 year old seal that has the name “Bethlehem” was found recently by Israeli archaeologists and announced today. The tiny clay seal’s existence and age provide vivid evidence that Bethlehem was not just the name of a fabled biblical town, but also a bustling place of trade linked to the nearby city of Jerusalem, [Read More...]

One verse Heresies

Famous quote from Oscar Cullmann: “the f0untainhead of all false biblical interpretation and of all heresy is invariably the isolation and the absolutising of one single passage.” (Oscar Cullmann, The State in the New Testament, 47). [Read more...]

James Smith on Two Kingdoms

James K. A. Smith of Calvin College (who is actually in Australia right now to deliver the New College Lectures on “Imagining the Kingdom: On Christian Discipleship and Action”) has a provocative article in Calvin Theological Journal entitled, “Reforming Public Theology: Two Kingdoms or Two Cities.” You know it’s a provocative article because it commences [Read More...]

Could Jesus have sinned?

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The proverbial late night college dorm room question, “Could Jesus have sinned?” (the question of Jesus’ impeccability), is one that I recently came across in a section of theology written by the preeminent Orthodox theologian Bishop Kallistos Ware of Oxford, who by the way gave lectures at North Park last year. In an essay entitled [Read More...]


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