Ranking Religious Studies Journals

Several years ago, I shared a blog post which sought to rank the top three tiers of journals in New Testament studies. That list by Peter Head was as follows: PhD students often ask for advice on the top journals in the field. So here is the list, in three separate tiers, of the top [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...]

An Inconvenient Jesus

Frank Schaeffer has offered a blog post which seeks to highlight how unlike modern “Bible-believing Evangelicals” Jesus was. Here are some excerpts: Jesus certainly was not a “Bible believer,” as we use that term in the post Billy Graham era of American fundamentalist religiosity that’s used as a trade-marked product to sell religion. Jesus didn’t take the [Read More...]

Papyri Online

What’s New in Papyrology shared two links yesterday. One was to the Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts, which has images of many important papyrus fragments of the New Testament available online.  The other has transcriptions of a number of manuscripts of the Gospel of John. [Read more...]

What Living In Romania Taught Me About The New Testament

Here's another repost from the early days of my blog: I love the surprised look on people’s faces when I tell them that I didn’t really understand the New Testament until I lived in Romania. Romania was part of the Roman Empire at one point, but even had this not been the case, it still [Read More...]

Andrew Lincoln Interview

Eerdmans shared the above interview with New Testament scholar Andrew T. Lincoln. He talks about his book  Born of a Virgin?: Reconceiving Jesus in the Bible, Tradition, and Theology, which I blogged about previously. [Read more...]

Christopher Skinner on the Move

Christopher Skinner, who will be known to some of you from his blog Peje Iesous, is moving his blogging to Nijay Gupta’s blog Crux Sola. For more about Christopher, there is an interview with him on Greg Monette’s relatively new blog, which some of you may not be aware of yet. [Read more...]

Were the Gospels Originally Anonymous?

Like many New Testament scholars, the work that I do builds on the work of those specifically engaged in the field of New Testament textual criticism. An article by Simon Gathercole in ZNW, “The Titles of the Gospels in the Earliest New Testament Manuscripts,” makes me wonder about the impression that I and most others [Read More...]

Buzzfeed New Testament

Following on from yesterday’s post, here are some Buzzfeed meme renditions of New Testament scenes: What other scenes would be good candidates for Buzzfeedification? [Read more...]

Same Sex Relations and the Jerusalem Council

The Butler Religionists club had a discussion about same-sex relations as viewed by a variety of religious traditions. I mentioned that Acts 15, with its depiction of a decision by Jewish Christians about what Gentiles needed to adopt from Jewish customs in order to make it possible for Jews and Gentiles to have fellowship, neglects [Read More...]

Dynamic Duo

I recently learned that two scholars who happen to be married both have useful websites with interesting stuff on them. Ingie Hovland is a cultural anthropologist who studies Christianity. Her website includes her blog God is in the Details, as well as book excerpts and other interesting things. Her husband Wayne Coppins is a religion [Read More...]


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