Pistis Christou – A Working Hypothesis

This week I posted on Facebook that I have taken a view, finally (!), on the meaning of Pistis Christou. That’s what happens when you write a commentary on Galatians. Arm chair opinions aren’t adequate. Most of you will know its the much talked about Pauline phrase especially found in Galatians (2:16 [2x], 2:20, and [Read More…]

An Antidote to Bad History

I came across this on twitter the other day and I think its hilarious Let the record show that I did not create it or commission it, I’m just laughing at it. And I’ve never said that all of Ehrman’s arguments are based on bad history … just some of them. But this is funny! [Read More…]

Book Notice: From Times Square to Timbuktu

Wesley Granberg-Michaelson From Times Square to Timbuktu: the Post-Christian West Meets the Non-Western Church Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2013. Available at Amazon.com Reviewed by Charlie Fletcher, Dean of Global Mission at Ridley Melbourne Mission & Ministry College Wesley Granberg-Michaelson offers a fresh contribution to the growing list of works that seek to help Western Christians come [Read More…]

More Leon Morris Celebrations

Much more is happening on the biblioblogosphere for the Leon Morris centenary. Eerdword will be featuring several blog posts in the future about Leon Morris and they recently announced a give away of Leon Morris’ book The Apostolic Preaching of the Cross. FYI, you shouldn’t need to win it cause you should already own it, if [Read More…]

The Continuing Triumph of the “Mediating” Perspective on Paul

In a recent issue of JETS 56.4 (2013), Jackson Wu has a good little article on, “Paul Writes to the Greek First and Also to the Jew: The Missiological Significance of Understanding Paul’s Purpose in Romans,” (pp. 765-79). For me this article is proof that in some circles the both-and of the “old” and “new” perspectives on [Read More…]

The UBS5 is Out Soon!

I just saw on Alban Books (UK) that the United Bible Societies 5th edition of the Greek New Testament will be out 30 June 2014. [Read more…]

New SBL Consultation: Texts and Traditions in the Second Century

Heads up folks, largely inspired by Larry Hurtado, and my own forays into second century texts, esp. Epistle of Diognetus, I’ve teamed up with Chris Hays and Jeremiah Bailey to set up a consultation at SBL on Texts and Traditions in the Second Century. We’ve got a great board with Ben White, Dieter Roth, and Candida Moss [Read More…]

Women Leaders in the New Testament and Church History

I just came across a website called Alabastar Jar: Stories of Female Leaders from Church History, about the important role played by women in the history of the Christian church. Alabaster Jar is a website set up to remember and celebrate other women who have done something beautiful for Jesus, particularly women who have led [Read More…]

Listening to Scripture and Telling You What I Hear

I came across a great story about Karl Barth. During one of Barth’s seminars in the 1950’s a debate arose among students in the class about his method in Church Dogmatics. This debate, as it was recounted, was heated and lasted for over an hour. During the debate Barth remained silent; he puffed on his [Read More…]

Eric Metaxas Hosts 100 Huntley Street

Eric Metaxas and April Hernandez are hosting a new talk show called 100 Huntley Street, based on the long running Canadian version, read about it here. Here is the you.tube clip. Looks cool! [Read more…]

Do We Need a Code of Ethics for Mega-Pastors Who Write?

Recently World Magazine had a piece on Unreal Sales for Mark Driscoll’s Real Marriage to the effect that the Mars Hill Church bought Driscoll’s book a place on the NYT best seller list through a marketing company with a deliberate intent to by-pass the NYT’s own safe guards against authors or publishers artificially inflating the [Read More…]

Book Notice: Andrew Streett, The Vine and the Son of Man

Andrew Streett The Vine and the Son of Man: Eschatological Interpretation of Psalm 80 in Early Judaism Minneapolis: Fortress, 2013. Available at Amazon.com This is a good book on the use of Psalm 80 in early Judaism and in the NT, esp. the Gospel of John. Streett shows how Psalm 80 was given an explicitly [Read More…]

Bruce Longenecker and Todd Still on their new Paul book

Here’s a couple of good interviews by Bruce Longenecker and Todd Still about their forthcoming volume Thinking Through Paul: A Survey of His Life, Letters, and Theology (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2014). Looks like a good overview of Paul by two great Pauline scholars! [Read more…]

Ronald Osborn on Faith, Science, and Foundationalism

In the latest IVP Academic Alert, David Congdon talks to  Ronald Osborn about his book Death Before the Fall: Biblical Literalism and the Problem of Animal Suffering, which includes this audacious claim by Osborn: In both its fundamentalist and atheistic varieties, foundationalism rules out the possibility of an authentic dialogue between faith and science. Now that [Read More…]

Review of Jesus is the Christ at the Wheaton Blog

Over at the Wheaton Blog, For Christ and His Kingdom, Susan Rieske reviews my Jesus is the Christ: The Messianic Testimony of the Gospels. Very nice review, quite positive, have to confess that I liked Susan’s conclusion: Bird is to be commended, as previously mentioned, for bringing contemporary research to bear on an age old discussion [Read More…]