You are trying to read too much if . . .


Summertime is when you can catch up on all the reading you weren’t able to get to during the academic and ministry year – at least in theory. But lately I’ve been wondering whether or not I’m trying to read too much. Is it possible to read too much? I think so. So here’s a [Read More...]

Bible Works Contest

For Jim Barr at Bible Works. BibleWorks turned 20 this year! To celebrate, they’re giving away two full copies of BibleWorks 9 (one copy for each decade). To win, send them exactly 20 words telling them why you need a copy of BibleWorks. The winners will be selected based on humor, wit, and verve. Enter using their Facebook page. [Read more...]

Scot McKnight Responds to my “Bigotry” Post

Over at Jesus Creed, Scot McKnight (who I believe just finished up his second visit to Australia!) responds to my earlier post on Is it bigotry to advocate Gay Marriage but oppose Polygamy? Scot writes: [Read more...]

“Sure-footed” in the Material of Ancient Judaism


Geza Vermes, one of the senior statesman in Jewish Studies, pointedly expressed the importance of a thorough knowledge of the Jewish context of the New Testament for its proper interpretation in his book Jesus in His Jewish Context (Fortress Press 2003). While it is commonplace these days to assume the importance of the Jewish context [Read More...]

Egyptian Evangelicals Sign Agreement with Muslim Brotherhood

Over at CT, is a very interesting piece on an agreement reached by Egypt’s Protestant Church with the Muslim Brotherhood. [Read more...]

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


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...]