A New Criterion in Historical Jesus Research

Thanks to Chris Keith, Dale Allison, and Anthony Le Donne, no one seems to believe that the various criteria of authenticity can really prove or disprove any element of the Jesus tradition. So, I’ve come up with a new, very Australian, criterion of authenticity. I call it the “criterion of the vibe.” See the video [Read More…]

Why I’m Looking Forward to a Sabbatical

Over at TGC is a great piece by Michael Morgan on What I Learned About Sabbaticals by Finally Taking One. Despite teaching biblical studies and theology for nearly ten years I’ve never had a sabbatical. Since I’ve changed institutions twice (began at Highland Theological College went to Brisbane School of Theology then to Ridley Melbourne) [Read More…]

N.T. Wright: Who were the Pharisees?

After a very long discussion in PFG (80-196), Wright summarizes succinctly the worldview of the first-century Pharisees: Living somewhere on the spectrum between the extreme and possibly violent zeal of the ardent Shammaite and the extreme and possible flexible caution of the ardent Hillelite, the Pharisee was passionately concerned about the ancestral traditions, particularly the [Read More…]

Pelagius on Romans

I’m currently reading Theodore De Bruyn’s translation of Pelagius’ commentary on Romans and it is fascinating stuff. I strongly urge everyone to read the prologue (which you can view on Amazon.com preview !!!!). It sounds so much like James Dunn or N.T. Wright – yes, Reformed critics will say, “Aha,” I knew there were pelagian [Read More…]

Michael Jensen Reviews Evangelical Theology

Over at the Aussie Bible Society’s Newspaper, Eternity, Michael Jensen offers a nice review of Evangelical Theology. [Read more…]

Who Summarized Romans this Way?

Okay folks, on a summary of Paul’s letter to the Romans, tell me who this quote comes from (no Google searches, has to be off the cuff): Thrusting himself between those who were disputing in this way, the apostle interrupts the questions of the two parties so as to establish that neither of them deserved [Read More…]

Richard Hays on Canon and Creed

Below is an on-line talk by Richard Hays on Canon and Creed given at Trinity School for Ministry’s Ancient Evangelical Futures Conference. It has some good stuff about Hays’ disagreements with Wright, his take on Luke’s christology, and moving from the New Testament to Nicea. HT: Nijay Gupta. [Read more…]

Top Bible Searches on the Web for 2013

According to CT, BibleGateway.com’s list of top Bible searches for 2013, from over 242 countries, was: 1. John 3:16 2. Jeremiah 29:11 3. Philippians 4:13 4. Romans 8:28 5. Psalm 23 6. Proverbs 3:5-6 7. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 8. Romans 12:2 9. Philippians 4:6 10. Joshua 1:9 [Read more…]

Double Trouble on the Biblioblogosphere

In what could be the greatest partnership since Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Chris Skinner of Peje Iesou will be joining Nijay Gupta over at CruxSola to blog on biblical studies. I think I will name the biblioblogosphere’s new power couple either “Ninner” or “Skinjay”! See announcement here. [Read more…]

Justin Taylor Interviews Doug Moo about Galatians

Over at TGC is a great interview by Justin Taylor with Doug Moo. They talk about how Doug came to Christ, his Galatians commentary, his future writing projects, but also how Moo changed his mind on justification. Moo now argues that for Paul, justification is both now and not yet. Whereas in his Romans commentaries [Read More…]

Did Jesus Think He was God?

I just came across this debate on you.tube between Michael Licona and Dale Martin on “Did Jesus Believe He Was Divine?” Very engaging and thought provoking. [Read more…]

Ben Myers Tweets the Whole Bible

My good friend Ben Myers, has been progressively tweeting #canon fodder, tweet length summaries of every book of the Bible. He has posted the complete series on his blog. Do check it out, it is rather awesome. Here’s a few of my favourites: 1 Kings: So, you really want a monarchy huh? Don’t say I [Read More…]

The Truth About Red Heads

There are red heads in the Bible. According to legend, Judas Iscariot was a red head. And I interpret the Book of Revelation to mean that one day the world will be ruled by a triumvirate of red heads including myself, Nicole Kidman, and Horatio from Miami CSI. Anyway, here is a cool video that [Read More…]

Why Bart Ehrman is Good for the Church!

Greg Monette has an interesting post on Why Bart Ehrman is Good for the Church. If you don’t know who Ehrman is, read his wikipedia entry here. He concludes: Bart Ehrman is showing evangelicals where their weaknesses actually are. We should thank him for this rather than berate him. Yes, he pushes the envelope. He’s [Read More…]

Truth and the Fourfold Canonical Gospel

During SBL back in November, I had one of the most memorable and sweet times of conversations deepening friendship with Jonathan Pennington. On a whim, and quite by accident, we ended up spending a few hours hanging out in conversation. I’m so thankful for God’s providence. Our conversation ranged from Messianic Judaism to Matthew and [Read More…]