A Polite Bribe at SBL

There was a showing of the movie Apostle Paul: A Polite Bribe at the Society of Biblical Literature conference in San Diego in November. The video above features Larry Hurtado, Ben Witherington, and Robert Orlando discussing the film after the showing. If you have never seen it, you can rent the movie digitally on Amazon. [Read more...]

Trusting Tertullian

Tertullian claims that the Acts of Paul and Thecla were forged in his time, and that a particular individual confessed to having done so. In the past, I’ve been willing to accept Tertullian’s account. But I am beginning to think that perhaps I should treat Tertullian’s claim with a greater degree of skepticism. One reason [Read More...]

Did Paul Meet the Historical Jesus?

Stanley Porter, in lectures which are available for free via iTunes, points out that Jesus and Paul were contemporaries, and makes the case that there is a good chance that Paul met Jesus at some point. Of the four lectures he gives on this topic, the third focuses on passages which Porter believes might indicate that this [Read More...]

Hurtado on Paul’s Messianic Jesus

Larry Hurtado shared a link to the above video of his 2014 lecture on Paul’s Messianism as a variant of ancient Jewish Messianism. [Read more...]

Paul the Gentiles’ Apostle

This bit of musical satire emerged from the course on Paul and the Early Church that I taught this semester. Some may just get a kick out of it, but others may be truly happy to have a Biblical alternative to “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” Either way, I hope you enjoy it! [Read more...]

Pretend to be Paul the Time Traveler Day

A commenter drew my attention to the video above, in which apologists for Pauline authorship depict Paul the apostle interrupting Bart Ehrman’s class to insist that he wrote both 1 and 2 Thessalonians. It seems perfect for today, which is Pretend to be a Time Traveler Day. But it doesn’t really satisfy – not least because [Read More...]

Authorship of 2 Thessalonians

Towards the end of the semester in my Paul class, we’ve focused on the disputed and inauthentic epistles attributed to Paul. One detail that never struck me quite as forcefully before about 2 Thessalonians is its ending: “ I, Paul, write this greeting with my own hand. This is the mark in every letter of mine; [Read More...]

Relation and Ontology in Paul’s Chris(t)ology

I thought this was a particularly important statement in Benjamin Edsall’s review of Chris Tilling’s book, Paul’s Divine Christology: Tilling objects, rightly, to getting hung up on ontological questions in Paul’s Christology, and he spends the majority of the book discussing the Christ-relation and arguing that it has certain important structural parallels with a “typical” Jewish God-relation. Nonetheless, [Read More...]

Which Paul Are You?

A couple of students in my class on Paul and his letters this semester have made a Buzzfeed-style quiz of the kind that you have surely seen circulating on Facebook and elsewhere. Click here to take it and find out which understanding of Paul the apostle matches you! [Read more...]

N. T. Wright on Paul and the Invention of Christian Theology

Via Mark Goodacre’s NT Blog [Read more...]

A Polite Bribe Q and A at Butler University

I was delighted that Robert Orlando was able to come to Butler to make a guest appearance in my class on Paul and the early church, and then participate in a Q&A session after we showed his movie “Apostle Paul: A Polite Bribe.” Perry Kea of the University of Indianapolis also participated in the Q&A, and [Read More...]


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