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.

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  • I took a look at his blog and noticed his post of January 8th about the book “The Craft of History and the Study of the New Testament”, by Beth Sheppard. Apparently Sheppard is arguing that many of the methodologies of NT Study are not practiced by (or even recognizable to) professional historians outside of biblical studies.

    Is this a book or topic that you’ve dealt with before?

    • I haven’t read Sheppard’s book, but having dipped into it in places, it seems to me that the contents reflect how changes in the broader discipline of history have impacted New Testament studies, which encompasses not only historical but literary and social-scientific methods. What have you read that gives the impression that the methodologies of NT study are not recognizable to professional historians? And is that a reference to NT methods that are supposed to be historical investigations, or to other approaches?

      • I actually got that impression from Christopher Skinner’s blog post about the book:

        http://pejeiesous.com/2014/01/08/history-and-new-testament-studies-are-they-doing-the-same-thing/

        I realize on a second read, that it may be Skinner’s opinion that I’ve caught, rather than Sheppard’s book.

        He says:

        “We all know that the discipline known as “New Testament studies” is a strange beast, and while its task is often historically-driven (or, at the very least, historically-oriented), not all research in the field expresses a concern for history, nor are all of its historical claims rooted in an approach that would be recognized by professional historians.”

        • Perhaps I will blog about it and then see if I can get him to chime in and elaborate further!

  • Nijay Gupta

    Thanks!