Martin Hengel on the Origin of Revelation

The late Martin Hengel in his Johannine Question (p. 81) wrote: His ‘school’ or sphere of activity is to be placed firmly in the context of the Christian communities of Asia Minor in the last decades of the first century. The Apocalypse could be an earlier work, the nucleus of which was written in the [Read More...]

Things to Click

Chris Tilling’s Ph.D thesis is now published by Mohr Siebeck as Paul’s Divine Christology. The blurb reads: Chris Tilling makes a fresh contribution to the debate about whether or not Paul’s Christology is divine. To this end he analyses the Pauline data that details the relation between the risen Lord and Christians. With reference to [Read More...]

Two New Books on Corinthians

Paul Barnett Paul: A Pastor’s Heart in Second Corinthians Sydney: Aquila, 2012. Available from CEP. This book by Paul Barnett, former Anglican Bishop of North Sydney, is his third work on 2 Corinthians. Barnett has already written commentaries on 2 Corinthians for the BST and NICNT series respectively. (See also his other fairly recent Corinthian book, The [Read More...]

Same Sex Marriage Segment on Sunrise

Here is a short clip from an Aussie morning news talk show about same sex marriage featuring a Catholic and Anglican bishop. A bit of furor was created when the show opted to advocate in favour of same sex marriage as this violated standards for public news shows. But it’s a good discussion with good [Read More...]

German Works that Need Translation … Which One’s ?

What would you say are the top ten German works in New Testament studies that should be translated into English? I’m thinking particularly of classic works. Top of my head, these come to mind: Adolf Jülicher, Die Gleichnisreden Jesu. H.J. Holtzmann, Die Synoptischen Evangelien. Adolf Schlatter, Der Glaube im Neuen Testament. Martin Hengel, Jesus und [Read More...]

Christians and the Story of Israel – the “question in the middle”

Tom Wright begins his new book How God Became King with a set of provocative questions: But what about the question in the middle–my question? Why did Jesus live? What, in other words, about the bit between the stable and the cross?  . . .  Did it matter that, according to the four gospels, he [Read More...]

Short Papers offered at the St. Andrews Conference

Here’s a list of the short papers offered in the afternoons of the St. Andrews conference. There are some very interesting topics. And a number of friends are participating which is a bonus. This conference is going to be a feast. My brain is going to hurt so bad after all this scholarship. [Read more...]

Paul’s Letter to the Galatians & Christian Theology


The week of July 10-14 the School of Divinity at the University of St. Andrews will hold their conference on Scripture and Theology. This year’s theme is Galatians. Here’s the conference program. Looks to be an excellent conference with some very heave hitters! [Read more...]

Davidic Christology

Earlier this year I signed a contract for a new book project. The working title is Jesus, the Messiah, Son of David: The Davidic Christology of the New Testament. It will be published by Eerdmans sometime within the next decade hopefully. The book will trace the important, although severely neglected, Davidic theme through the whole [Read More...]

Beginning it is, of the Baptist Wars!

Is it me, or are the underlying tensions in the Southern Baptist Convention about Calvinism beginning to get a little more … tense? The election of Frank Page to the SBC presidency a few years ago gave some currency to the anti-Calvinist camp. I’ve noticed that in the last few years that Broadman & Holman [Read More...]

More Women for ETS in Milwaukee

Sadly I won’t be at ETS/IBR/SBL this year due to medical advice to take a year off international travel. But over at Cheese-Wearing Theology, Amanda MacInnis is encouraging women to attend ETS much as I did last year. She relates her own experiences of ETS attendance. She writes: It was awesome! So many scholars! So [Read More...]

Paul Barnett is Blogging

Dr. Paul Barnett, NT scholar and former Anglican bishop of North Sydney, is blogging at this site. Paul is an expert on 2 Corinthians and has written several book on the beginnings of Christianity. He’s been blogging on topics as diverse as Luke, Paul, and Revelation. [Read more...]

Red Head Wisdom

According to Beverly Gaventa of Princeton Theological Seminary: “Those who claim that they are ‘spiritual’ but not ‘religious’ will find no comfort in Acts 2, which ends in church.” HT: Jim West. [Read more...]

Sexegesis: Book Launch

Keep your diaries open on for Thursday 14th of June, because in Australia, in all the major capital cities, there will be a book launch for Sexegesis: An Evangelical Response to Five Uneasy Pieces on Homosexuality. It is edited by Gordon Preece (ETHOS) and Michael Bird (Crossway College). Contributors include Peter Adam, Paul Barnett, Denise [Read More...]

Denny Burk on the “Righteousness of God”

In the latest issue of JSNT, Denny Burk has a stimulating discussion of the “righteousness of God” in Romans. The abstract reads: This article proposes to narrow the range of possible meanings for the phrase dikaiosyne theou. Because dikaiosyne is the nominalization of an attribute, we have to rule out of bounds any notion of dikaiosyne theou [Read More...]