Recent Christology Books and Blogging

Matters of Christology are getting renewed attention, including on blogs, but also in some important new books. Larry Hurtado discussed whether early Christian devotion to Jesus provoked criticism and opposition from non-Christian Jews. Bill Tammeus in turn discussed Hurtado’s new book, Destroyer of the Gods. Ben Witherington offered a multi-part interview with Larry Hurtado about his new book: here [Read More…]

SNTS Montreal: Business Meeting and Opening Reception

The start of the official SNTS program yesterday evening was with the first of two scheduled business meetings. Business meetings are not always emotionally moving, but two moments in this one were. The first was when the names of members who had passed away were read, and we were asked to stand to honor them. [Read More…]

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Listen to Crispin Fletcher-Louis

When I say “listen to” I don't necessarily mean that you should find everything he says convincing. I mean literally listen to him, in this recent podcast interview: Crispin's paper at the recent Enoch Seminar meeting “John the Jew” was one of the most stimulating, and he's shared it online: See also Jim [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…]

Wipf and Stock Holiday Discount

Wipf and Stock has published a lot of great books, including some that I have been involved with. You know about Religion and Science Fiction and Religion and Doctor Who: Time and Relative Dimensions in Faith. But as Dustin Smith pointed out on his blog, they have also just released The Son of God: Three Views on the [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…]

Quick Thoughts on Paul and the Trinity

Other bloggers have been drawing attention to Wesley Hill’s book, Paul and the Trinity. And you can read some of Hill’s own response to N. T. Wright on the Eerdmans blog, Eerdword. I was recently asked what I thought of it, and didn’t have a copy, and had not read it. But since it was drawn [Read More…]

One God, One…Wait, What?!

I’m not sure whether this proves that saying “one God” plus one of something else does not imply the divinity of whoever or whatever is mentioned alongside God, or whether this proves the opposite. But it is an interesting addition to the words of Scripture, ironically highlighting the unbiblical character of King James onlyism in the [Read More…]

A Journey Round John: Wendy North’s Forthcoming Book

I had drawn to my attention that a new book on a field of great interest to me – Johannine Christology – is due out soon: Wendy North’s A Journey Round John: Tradition, Interpretation and Context in the Fourth Gospel (The Library of New Testament Studies), published by Bloomsbury. You can advance order the book [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…]