Archaeology and the Bible

On Archaeology and the Bible, there’s a few new things to check out. First, over at Seven Minute Seminary, Sandra Richter talks about “The Role of Archaeology in Biblical Studies. Second, the ASOR Blog, has a good discussion about how the scholarly consensus on resurrection in the Dead Sea Scrolls changed over time. [Read more…]

New Book: Jesus in Continuun

A new book from Mohr/Siebeck on Jesus and early Christianity is Tom Holmen (ed.), Jesus in Continuum (WUNT 289; Tubngen: Mohr/Siebeck, 2012). One of the central characteristics of the latest historical Jesus research has been the attempt to locate Jesus plausibly within first-century Judaism. Less emphasis has been placed on the question as to whether or [Read More…]

Passing of Abraham Malherbe

I just learned from Yale University that Prof. Abraham Malherbe passed away unexpectedly at the age of 82. His Anchor Bible commentary on 1-2 Thessalonians is great on Graeco-Roman background and social aspects of early Christianity. Malherbe along with Wayne Meeks and Leander Keck formed a great triumvirate of NT scholars at Yale in the [Read More…]

Part 2 of Mark Garcia’s Review of Justification: Five Views

Over at Wince and Sing, Mark Garcia has the second part of his review of Justification: Five Views, with a focus on the issues raised by myself and Michael Horton. [Read more…]

Vaughan Roberts on Same Sex Attraction

Over at Evangelical News is a very honest, personal, and candid interview with Vaughan Roberts on Same Sex Attraction. Vaughan Roberts is the Rector of St. Ebbe’s in Oxford, probably the best preacher I’ve heard in the UK in the last ten years, and he gives an honest talk about the temptations that pastors face, [Read More…]

Winston Churchill on Writing a Book

Love this quote: “Writing a book is an adventure. To begin with, it is a toy and an amusement; then it becomes a mistress, and then it becomes a master, and then a tyrant. The last phase is that just as you are about to be reconciled to your servitude, you kill the monster, and [Read More…]

Book Notice: What Are They Saying about the Gospel of Thomas

Christopher W. Skinner What Are They Saying About the Gospel of Thomas? New York: Paulist, 2012. Available at There has been a salvo of Gospel of Thomas (GTh) studies recently with volumes by Simon Gathercole, Mark Goodacre, and now a helpful overview of scholarship by Chris Skinner. Skinner usefully looks at several areas and [Read More…]

Blog Rankings

Kent Schaffer gives the top 200 Church Blog rankings. Found some interesting blogs that I haven’t seen before! Euangelion is # 60. [Read more…]

John Dickson on Gospel of Jesus’ Wife

Over at ABC Religion & Ethics, John Dickson has a good write-up on the whole Coptic Gospel of Jesus’ Wife thing. It would be cliched and unfair to accuse the media of a “beat up.” I prefer to think of it as an example of journalistic ignorance about Christian origins. I suspect many commentators simply [Read More…]

American Evangelicals, Scripture, and Global Churches – A Response to Greg Beale

I confess to being both warmly encouraged and coldly concerned by G.K. Beale’s addendum on globalism and postmodernism in his book The Erosion of Inerrancy in Evangelicalism: Responding to New Challenges to Biblical Authority (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2008), 261-65. Beale begins by opining the ridiculous mantra that systematic theology is just a western thing, he [Read More…]

Carey Baptist College Seminar on Same Sex Marriage

It is not often that you hear me lauding the excellence of New Zealanders. But Carey Baptist College in New Zealand has put up a brilliant discussion on same sex marriage with a panel including a sociologist, biblical scholar, and a lecturer in pastoral counseling. Same Sex Marriage is being debated in many western democracies. [Read More…]

Archaeology and the Holy Land

A new book on Hellenism and Archaeology of the Holy Land by Eric Meyers and Mark Chancey. This comprehensive and richly illustrated book explores the archaeological record of the land of the Bible from its conquest by Alexander the Great in the fourth century B.C.E. until the reign of the Roman Emperor Constantine in the [Read More…]

Francis Watson on the Coptic Fragment about Jesus’ Relationships

Mark Goodacre links to Francis Watson’s short piece that suggest that the Gospel of Jesus’ Wife is a fake. My gut feeling was that the fragment sounded like a hodge podge of Gospel of Thomas and maybe Gospel of Philip, but I’m no Coptologist. Yet Watson gives a line by line discussion of the fragment and its [Read More…]

Historical Jesus Conference

Anthony Le Donne gave me a heads up about the conference Jesus, Criteria, and the Demise of Authenticity, to be held Oct 4-5, in Dayton, Ohio. [Read more…]

Coptic Fragment of Jesus’ Wife

The blogosphere is a buzz with reports of a Coptic fragment that allegedly depicts Jesus referring to “my wife.” The most helpful stuff I’ve read on the topic is: Karen King’s original paper describing the fragment: “Jesus Said to Them: ‘My Wife …’: A New Coptic Gospel Papyrus” Simon Gathercole, Did Jesus Have a Wife? Craig [Read More…]