Rome in a Day, Part 1: An Overarching Arc of Arches and Archaeology

I am in Italy for the first time, and will be heading to Camaldoli today by way of Arezzo to attend the Enoch Seminar on John’s Christology and/as Jewish Messianism. Jim Davila mentioned that the last time he was there the wifi was “primitive,” and so liveblogging the conference may not be possible. Yesterday I [Read More…]

Jesus Monotheism Volume 1

I’ve been looking forward to blogging about Crispin Fletcher-Louis’ book Jesus Monotheism: Volume One – Christological Origins: The Emerging Consensus and Beyond. Having finished reading it as I prepared my paper for the Enoch Seminar meeting about John’s Christology in Italy this month, the time has finally come. First, let me say that I appreciate Crispin’s [Read More…]

VSR

I’m grateful to Jim Davila for pointing out that Vocabulary for the Study of Religion is going to be available. Click through to see the price set by the publisher, and compare that to the price on Amazon, and then you’re sure to want to snatch up a copy from the latter… You can read my contribution on [Read More…]

Akhenaten’s Boardroom Suggestion

I really love this ancient Egypt version of the well-known boardroom suggestion meme! You need to know that meme, as well as the basics about Amenhotep IV, better known as the pharaoh Akhenaten. Historians and scholars have long wondered whether there was any influence from Akhenaten’s monotheism upon the emergence of ancient Israel’s. I’m not [Read More…]

John the Jew (2016 Enoch Seminar Conference)

Next summer, the Enoch Seminar will hold a conference with the title “John the Jew: Reading the Gospel of John’s Christology as a Form of Jewish Messianism.” It will be held in Camaldoli, Italy, and I am delighted to be one of the participants in this event. Here’s a description of the purpose of the meeting [Read More…]

Discount on the Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Ethics

Not long ago I mentioned that my entry on “Monotheism” was published in The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Ethics. It is an expensive two-volume reference work, and so I thought it appropriate to share with blog readers a discount code that Oxford gave to contributors, to share with friends and family. Type in AFMPG04 [Read More…]

More Monotheism

Another publication of mine – also an entry in a reference volume on the subject of monotheism – has been made available on the Butler University digital repository. I am grateful to E. J. Brill for granting permission to share my article “Monotheism” from the forthcoming volume Vocabulary for the Study of Religion. I recently shared another [Read More…]

Monotheism, Ethics, and the Bible

A pdf of my article on “Monotheism,” published in The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Ethics, is available on my Selected Works page. I am grateful to Oxford University Press for the permission to make the article available there. [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…]

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…]


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