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...]

Big Names in Biblical Studies

Robert Myles responded to recent blogging about the next big thing in Biblical studies, by asking about the current big things, and big names, in Biblical studies. This N-Gram is a result of his inquiry: Try typing in some other names that come to mind. Are you surprised by which scholars are mentioned more/less frequently? [Read More...]

Scholarship and Blogging

Larry Hurtado has expressed some frustration with some members of his blog audience. Here is an excerpt from his recent blog post on the topic: Scholarly work intended to have an impact on the field isn’t done in blogging. The amount of data, its complexity, the analysis and argumentation involved, and the engagement with the [Read More...]

Claudia Setzer and Larry Hurtado Interview

The above YouTube video comes via the Center for the Study of Christian Origins [Read more...]

Jesus’ Wife Comes Out!

I tried to think of an amusingly sensational headline for what is a legitimately important piece of news. As Josh Mann and Larry Hurtado have both pointed out, it looks like we will soon see the long-awaited publication of the results of the tests on the papyrus fragment known as “The Gospel of Jesus’ Wife.”   [Read more...]

Earliest Christology

Larry Hurtado has posted about views of early Christian Christology. He says that proponents of the view that significant development took place over the course of the first century of Christianity fail to do justice to the exalted status of Jesus and devotional practice evidenced from the beginning. I would respond by saying that proponents [Read More...]

Johnny Walker reviews The Only True God

Over at the blog Freedom in Orthodox, there is a review of my book The Only True God: Early Christian Monotheism in Its Jewish Context. Walker manages to be remarkably fair, given his hostility to my stance even prior to reading. I really appreciate that, and encourage readers to click through and read his review, [Read More...]

A Polite Bribe

I was asked to review the forthcoming documentary movie, A Polite Bribe, about the apostle Paul’s “offering” to the Jerusalem church from the Gentile churches he established. Unfortunately, my access to the online preview expired before I could finish watching. But from what I saw, I can say it is worth watching and offers interesting perspectives [Read More...]

Pre-Christian Gnosticism and Christology

Larry Hurtado posted recently about his talk on “fallacies and fashions” in New Testament studies. One fashionable fallacy he focused on is the notion of a pre-Christian Gnostic redeemer myth, as was posited by the History of Religion School in the 20th century. As Hurtado mentions, Carsten Colpe (in Die religionsgeschichtliche Schule: Darstellung und Kritik [Read More...]

Did Paul Have a Distinctive Christology? Did He Think of Jesus as a Pre-Existent Human Being?

In a recent blog post, Larry Hurtado noted Morton Smith's observation that Christology never turns up as an issue between Paul and the more conservative Jewish Christian groups that he interacted with directly and indirectly, centered in Jerusalem. And so this seems to confirm that Paul did not take a Jewish Messianic figure and turn [Read More...]

High on Christology Smack(down)?

Mike Bird has a post reflecting on some of the interactions about Christology in the latest issue of Expository Times, which included reviews of books on this subject both by my Doktorvater James Dunn as well as by me. I look forward to Bird’s own contribution to the discussion, which will be named “Can You [Read More...]


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