Grace in Early Judaism and Paul

I’ve been listening to Prof. John Barclay’s Galatians course offered a few years ago at Regent College. The audio of the course is available at Regent College audio. I strongly recommend the audio course! There are number of interesting and insightful discussions as one would expect from Barclay. One thing in particular was thought provoking. [Read More…]

From Jesus to Christology

In light of two certain books about Jesus as God which are on the verge of being published, this little quote is quite interesting: If Jesus thought of himself as the decisive messenger of God’s kingdom and as mediator between God and Israel and if he used the expression “bar nasha” in that sense as [Read More…]

God’s First Decree is Christ as Saviour

Over at the blog, Evangelical Calvinism, Bobby Grow posts one of the “theses” about Evangelical Calvinism set forth by him and Myk Habets, namely, a supralapsarian christology! Don’t get lost on the word, it means that God’s decree of Christ as Saviour is logically prior to God’s decree to permit the fall. Might sound speculative, but [Read More…]

Conference: Ecclesia and Ethics II

For those interested, the St. Andrews Eccelesia and Ethics II conference, focusing on the internet, will be held on the Saturdays of March 1st and 8th. Only costs a small donation to a charity of some kind to gain entrance. What is more, registrants will receive a 35% discount of any title published by T&T Clark! [Read More…]

Doug Moo’s Galatians Commentary

This is an unorthodox endorsement of Doug Moo’s Galatians commentary. Late last year, sometime in early November I think, I bumped into Doug Moo on campus at Wheaton (I’m you might say “moonlighting” at Wheaton College teaching as a guest professor here and there). I’ve known Doug for a number of years primarily as the father [Read More…]

My New Business Cards

I’m thinking of using one of these as my new business card: Thanks to Alistair Sterne: Thanks to Anthony Le Donne: [Read more…]

Great Anti-Trafficking Video

Man, talk about sucker punch! This anti-trafficking video was shot in the red light district of Amsterdam. It is not what it first appears to be. The large gaggle of male on-lookers think that they are getting a free dance show by sexy ladies … then comes the twist! [Read more…]

Biblical Scholar Business Cards

Over at The Jesus Blog, Anthony Le Donne has done up a series of hilarious business cards for biblical scholars. Here’s a few of my favourites:   I should probably design one for Joel Willitts and he can design one for me! [Read more…]

Shucking Corn: The Theological Irrelevance of Historical Particularity

I’ve been thinking lately a lot about the problem of historical particularity in our reappropriation of Scripture. What I mean is that in order for Scripture to be applicable to our lives today a Bible reader (or preacher) must deal with the fact that the text is not written to them. In order to apply [Read More…]

What Do You Do First in Studying the Gospels: The Theological Narratives or Critical History?

When it comes to studying the Gospels, how should you do it? Should one begin with a study of the critical issues like the Jesus tradition, synoptic problem, and genre and then move onto the narrative and theological texture of the Gospels? OR Should one first begin with the final form of the Gospels, describe their story [Read More…]

A Doctrinal Correction and Marketing Tip for Complementarian Church Plants

The Acts 29 network is a church planting movement that establishes Bible-believing churches in various places throughout the world, including in Australia. I recently came across a peculiar item in their doctrinal statement about love, Christ, leadership, and gender (HT: Megan Du Toit). You can read their doctrinal statement here, which is fairly straight forward, [Read More…]

Brill’s 15 Most Downloaded Journal Articles in Biblical Studies … Free!

Brill’s 15 most downloaded journal articles in religious and biblical studies are available for access for free until 15th of April. See the website here. Here’s some of the biblical studies articles: The Oldest Interpretation of the Suffering Servant Author: H. L. Ginsberg Vetus Testamentum, Volume 63,No. 10, pp. 25‑28 Papias, Origen, and Eusebius: The Criticisms [Read More…]

No “Judaism” in the Ancient World?

I find Daniel Boyarin’s ideas always thought provoking, if not always convincing. This recent lecture on the term ioudaismos and its development in early Christianity is extremely important. The Lecture is a part of his current research for a book called Imagining No Judaism. The thesis of the book is “Judaism is not a native [Read More…]

Book Notice: From Messiah to Preexistent Son

Aquila H. I. Lee From Messiah to Preexistent Son Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2005. Available at Aquila Lee’s book on the origins of pre-existence Christology is a quite a good book, though lesser known than Simon Gathercole’s volume of the subject in his The Preexistent Son. However, what I really like about Lee’s book is that [Read More…]

Mark Garcia on Justification

Now available on-line is Mark A. Garcia, “Debating Justification Productively: A Review Essay” SBET 31:2 (2013): 211-26, which is basically a review essay of Justification: Five Views, thorough and quite enjoyable read. I should add, by the way, that Mark A. Garcia’s own book Life in Christ: Union with Christ and Twofold Grace in Calvin’s Theology is worth at [Read More…]