Book Notice: Journeys of Faith

Journeys of Faith: Evangelicalism, Eastern Orthodoxy, Catholicism, and Anglicanism Edited by Robert L. Plummer. Foreword by Scot McKnight Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2012. Available at I like Robert Plummer, not just because he’s one of the few elite biblical scholars in the world who is shorter than me, but because he’s edited a lovely [Read More...]

Robert Gundry reviews N.T. Wright’s Kingdom New Testament

Over at Books & Culture, one of my favourite scholars, Robert H. Gundry reviews a book by one of my other favourite scholars, N.T. Wright, specifically, looking at his Kingdom New Testament (also known as The New Testament for Everyone Translation in the UK). Gundry’s review is called Tom’s Targum. After listing the pros and [Read More...]

Book Notice: Matthean and Lukan Special Material

Brice C. Jones Matthean and Lukan Special Material: A Brief Introduction with Texts in Greek and English Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2011. Available at This is a small but useful volume that provides an introduction to the Synoptic Problem and also introductions to the Matthean and Lukan special materials. It then sets out [Read More...]

Paul’s Thorn in His Flesh

I had always hoped that one day, somewhere, I would find a proverb in Jewish literature which states that a mother-in-law is a “thorn” in a man’s side. That would be proof that Paul’s complaint in 2 Cor 12:7 (“To keep me from becoming conceited because of these surpassingly great revelations, there was given me [Read More...]

2012 Gospelizers Conference Audio Now On-line

The sessions from the 2012 Gospelizers conference held at Crossway College included: Alan Stanley (Crossway College): “There is more to the gospel than life after death…so much more”. Click here to download the audio file (45MB) Steve Beaumont (Bible Society): “Guns and roses: Using outdoor adventure to evangelise at-risk Aussie youth”. Click here to download the audio [Read More...]

Latest Issue of Tyndale Bulletin

Nijay Gupta at Crux Sola has a summary of the contents of the latest issue of Tyndale Bulletin. I was impressed by how international the authorship was. Authors hail from Australia, New Zealand, Kenya, Malaysia, Greece, UK, USA, and California (culturally California is not like the rest of the USA and should probably be annexed [Read More...]

Israel in IMAX 3D

There’s an exciting new IMAX 3D movie coming out in 2013 on Israel and Jerusalem. Here’s a sample.   HT: Ben Witherington. [Read more...]

Ben Witherington on Le Donne-Gate

Ben Witherington chimes in on the Anthony Le Donne affair with some reflections on confessional theology and academic freedom as a prelude to a link to Larry Hurtado’s post. Ben writes: The life of the believing scholar’s mind can be fragile, and more to the point a scholar needs to be able to pursue the [Read More...]

N.T. Wright, Homophobia, and Paganism

Here’s a question for everybody. Can someone please tell me why we get the highest number of page views whenever I post on something related to “N.T. Wright,” “homophobia,” or “paganism”? I mean, what do these three topics have in common ??? I’m thinking that if N.T. Wright ever wrote a book on the history [Read More...]

Prayer for the Fifth Week of Easter

Almighty God, whom truly to know is everlasting life: Grant us so perfectly to know your Son Jesus Messiah to be the way, the truth, and the life, that we may steadfastly follow his steps in the way that leads to eternal life; through Jesus Messiah your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with [Read More...]

The Historical Jesus: Four Theses

In light of the Anthony Le Donne saga , I thought I’d repost, “The Historical Jesus: Four Theses.” 1. The Historical Jesus is not … a. The untheological Jesus. Our only access to Jesus is through the faith and theology of the early church. The Gospels contains a mixture of fact and faith, history and hermeneutic, [Read More...]

“This Jesus”, Early Christianity’s Innovation

What was truly innovative about the beliefs of the early Jewish believers in Jesus? Daniel Boyarin’s provocative thesis in the second chapter of his new book The Jewish Gospels suggests only that they claimed “this Jesus”  to be the Messiah (Acts 2:36; 17:3). Jews at the time of Jesus had been waiting for a Messiah [Read More...]

Evangelical Confessionalism and Academic Freedom

Earlier in the week I heard the news about the dismissal of Dr. Anthony Le Donne from Lincoln Christian University. I was gob smacked because I had just finished reading Le Donne’s very fine book The Historiographical Jesus: Memory, Typology, and the Son of David, which I thought was a very solid thesis, well-argued, and [Read More...]

Pauline Theology Quizz

For the Paulinists among you, here is a quiz testing your knowledge of Paul’s letters. There are ten questions, see how well you do! 1. Complete this phrase, “Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, ‘Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree’—  so that [Read More...]

TGC Review of Justification: Five Views

I just came across Matthew Barrett’s review at TGC of Justification: Five Views. It’s a good review, covering the book well, focusing mainly on the Protestant vs. Catholic issues.  Barrett comes down on the side of Horton in the end (I like Horton, but I’m rubbing my face with my hands in frustration). I was [Read More...]