Paul Must Have Been Angry

  The idea for this joke came about in my Sunday school class yesterday. We have been studying 1 Corinthians, and found ourselves talking about what made Paul’s letters persuasive before they were scripture. For those who may not get the joke, our oldest manuscripts of the New Testament are written in all upper-case letters, not because [Read More...]

Octavia Butler and the Parables of Jesus

David Gowler has been blogging through the reception history of the parables of Jesus. Recently he surveyed Octavia Butler’s science fiction stories named after the parables. Here are links to the first, second, third, fourth, and fifth posts in that series. There is also a call for papers for a conference in February 2016, celebrating [Read More...]

Wish I Had Said That

Another great cartoon from Spike Davis. I wonder how many more things that Jesus never said, but some people think he did, you can list. And I wonder whether imagining Jesus saying he wished he’d come up with a particular phrase is a helpful reminder that he was a human being – a gifted teller of [Read More...]

Counting Manuscripts and Which Manuscripts Count

Peter Gurry shared the above image graphing the number of manuscripts we have from each century. Keep in mind that centuries are a convenient timekeeping device, and it is not as though a manuscript copied new year’s eve on the last day of the second century is more valuable than one copied the following day. In fact, [Read More...]

Was Peter…?

I asked students whether Peter (as in the apostle) was married. Some decided to Google it. What they discovered is that most people who start their inquiry with “Was Peter” are not interested in the apostle and whether he was married. Here are the autocomplete suggestions: On the question of whether Peter was married, Google [Read More...]

Jesus: Not God in New Testament Christologies

Here are links to three interesting posts related to New Testament Christology. In each case, the evidence suggests that the New Testament authors in question did not identify Jesus as identical to, part of, or “included in the divine identity” of the one God of Jewish monotheism. First, Andrew Perriman made the case that Hebrews does not [Read More...]

Troubling Legacies

Biblical Studies Online drew attention to videos which Yale University has made available, from a conference about anti-Judaism in antiquity and its aftermath. Above is the video from the second session, focused on the New Testament. Click through for the rest of them. [Read more...]

The Veils of Salome

Biblical Studies Online shared videos from a conference about Salomé in reception history. The video above is about Salomé in the New Testament and early Christianity. Click through for the rest of the videos. [Read more...]

Changing the World

I saw the above cartoon on a new Facebook page created for John Harrison the cartoonist, and so thought I would share it, together with a link to that page. [Read more...]

Muted Voices

There is a call for papers for a conference to be held at the University of Durham in 2015. The title is “Muted Voices,” and it is focused on non-Pauline and non-Johannine epistles from the early Christian centuries. Of related interest, Larry Hurtado pointed out that the journal New Testament Studies has made a number of articles [Read More...]

James D. G. Dunn on Gaza

Here’s a letter to the editor written to The Guardian by James D. G. Dunn, New Testament scholar and my doctoral supervisor, about the situation in Israel and Gaza: Dear Sir, I count myself as a supporter of the state of Israel, of its resettlement in its historic setting.   But I have been distressed not only [Read More...]


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