Why Would a Biblical Scholar Write a Systematic Theology?

Thanks to Zondervan, here is another video about why I, a humble biblical scholar, wrote Evangelical Theology. [Read more…]

James Crossley vs. the Mythicists

In the British Daily Mail, my good friend Dr. James Crossley gives the mythicist theories of Joseph Atwill a hiding to nothing when interviewed about Atwill’s claim that the Jesus-story was invented by Roman aristocrats. James is not exactly a hero of religious conservativism, but he is in good form with his responses about the [Read More…]

Preston Sprinkle’s book “Fight” featured on Christianity Today

My Californian bro Preston Sprinkle has his book Fight: A Christian Case for Non-violence featured over at CT in an article called The Manly Christian Pacifist. David Gushee comments: Sprinkle takes the Sermon on the Mount seriously. The reader comes away unable to escape the urgency of living, even right now, in the radical kingdom [Read More…]

Book Notice: C.L. Seow on Job 1-21

C.L. Seow Job 1-21 Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2013. Available at Amazon.com In the inaugural volume of Eerdmans’ Illuminations series, C. L. Seow offers an impressive introduction to Job and a commentary on its first half (chapters 1–21). Reading through sections of Job 1–21: Interpretation and Commentary reminded me of why Seow’s commentary on Ecclesiastes [Read More…]

Romans 4 – A Paraphrase

Abraham: The Father of Everyone Who Has Faith! So what should we conclude from all this? Did we find that Abraham is our forefather on the basis of genealogical descent or on the basis of faith? Because if Abraham was declared righteous on the basis of his works he would have had a genuine right [Read More…]

John Dickson’s Hearing Her Voice in Paperback

John Dickson’s e-book, Hearing her Voice, is now available in a revised and expanded edition in paperback. It has caused quite a stir in Sydney Anglican circles and has received a lot of push back. It is available for order from Australian Christian book chain Koorong, see here. There are some good endorsements from guys like [Read More…]

Candida Moss goes Mano E Mano with Bill O’Reily

Cool video where Candida Moss takes it up to Political Conservative Commentator Bill O’Reily on his book Killing Jesus. I’ve only seen excerpts of the book, so I can’t comment too much just yet, but it looks to me like this book is not “really” about Jesus. It is the adaptation of the Jesus story to [Read More…]

T. Michael Law’s Septuagint Bonanza

T. Michael Law When God Spoke Greek: The Septuagint and the Making of the Christian Bible Oxford: OUP, 2013. Available at Amazon.com Okay, I’m probably a bit behind the game on this one, but I’ve only recently finished reading T. Michael Law’s excellent introduction to the Septuagint. I have to confess that I read the [Read More…]

Moss and the Myth of Persecution

Over at RBL, N. Clayton Croy has a candid review of Candida Moss’ book The Myth of Persecution which is quite critical with some justification (see also Ephraim Radner’s review at First Things). Moss is right in many regards. Yes, there was a Christian hagiography about martyrs. The Martyrdom of Polycarp and the Acts of Paul and [Read More…]

N.T. Wright’s Melbourne Lectures Available for Viewing On-Line

N.T. Wright visited Melbourne earlier this year for two conferences and those conferences are now available for viewing with purchase on vimeo. The conferences were: Jesus, Paul, and the Mission of God’s People with N.T. Wright and responses by Brian Rosner and Michael Bird. Sponsored by Ridley Melbourne. Paul and the Faithfulness of God with N.T. [Read More…]

Introducing The Story of God Bible Commentary

I am very fortunate to be part of the NT editorial team for the Story of God Bible Commentary series. In fact, in recent months I’ve been busy working away on my Romans commentary for the series, which has been an epic challenge to work through such a magnificent letter. Its a great series designed [Read More…]

Gary Habermas and Darrell Bock on Bill O’Reily’s “Killing Jesus”

Over at the John Ankerberg Show is part one of a review by Gary Habermas (Liberty University) and Darrell Bock (DTS) of Bill O’Reily’s book Killing Jesus. [Read more…]

My Favourite Quote from N.T. Wright’s Paul and the Faithfulness of God

In all of PFG, this is my favourite quote from Wright: Put all this together, and what do we have, as the central, shaping marker of the new worldview, taking the place and bearing the weight that the Jewish symbols had borne within the worldview of Saul of Tarsus? We have precisely the gospel, the [Read More…]

Mike Bird on Academia.Edu

For those interested, I’ve joined Academia.edu where several of my previously published articles and essays are now available for viewing. This includes pieces on Jesus, the Gospels, Paul, and New Testament Theology. [Read more…]

Interview at Freedom in Orthodoxy

I was happy to be interviewed by John Richard Walker at Freedom in Orthodoxy. Glad to hear that someone has actually read the book that I co-wrote with James Crossley on How Did Christianity Begin? [Read more…]