May 4, 2021

Two great New Testament scholars, Jason Myers (Greensboro College) and James W. Thompson (Abilene Christian University), have teamed up to edit a new commentary series: Proclamation: Preaching the New Testament (Cascade Books, 2021-). A new series, really? (You might be wondering.) My buddy Jason kindly sent me the launch volume (2 Corinthians, by Thompson) and I gotta say I think this is a great idea. First things first, here is the series description (edited to keep it short): In these volumes,… Read more

April 22, 2021

  The church I (Nijay) went to in high school did not ordain women to pastoral ministry. I interned at my church when I was in college, and something troubled me about that experience. There were a handful of pastors (all men), and one woman director of children’s ministry. She came to all the pastoral staff meetings. She came to the pastor’s retreat. She ministered to families with the same passion and excellence as the other pastors (even more!). But she… Read more

April 21, 2021

My friend Dr. Rebekah Eklund has written an incredibly rich study of how the Beatitudes have been interpreted and made an impact on Christian communities throughout the centuries. I am teaching a Gospels course right now, and had this been published a few months ago, I would have assigned it to my students. Learn more about Eklund’s book in this interview; pre-order it or put it on your reading list (release: April 27, 2021). NKG: What drew your interest to the… Read more

April 20, 2021

I am excited to help announce a couple of new initiatives at Northern Seminary: Feel free to reach out to me or message @nseminary  for more information.  Master of Arts in Women’s Studies (54 credit hrs, 3-4 years, distance-friendly)                           A New Northern Seminary Podcast: The Alabaster Jar, weekly conversations on women and theology, co-hosted by Dr. Lynn Cohick, Dr. Ingrid Faro, and Dr. Beth Felker-Jones.    … Read more

April 15, 2021

Dr. Thomas Andrew Bennett has published the 1-3 John volume in the Two Horizons New Testament series. Eerdmans kindly sent me a copy and I appreciated some of Bennett’s fresh thinking on approaching these letters. In the past, scholars have spent a ridiculous amount of time and energy “reconstructing” the so-called Johannine community, and then fitting 1-3 John into elaborate situational theories. Is that the best way to approach these texts? Bennett says “no.” I asked Bennett to write up some thoughts… Read more

April 12, 2021

A.J. Swoboda, PhD – Bushnell University Nijay K. Gupta, PhD – Northern Seminary On Good Friday, April 2, we published an (admittedly too-short) article with Christianity Today entitled “Jesus was the God-man, not the God-Superman.” Within, we (A.J. as a theologian and pastor; Nijay as a New Testament scholar) sought to identify what we believed was an array of integral, pressing, and pertinent set of questions regarding the nature of doubt. First, did Jesus ever experience doubt? And, secondly, if… Read more

April 3, 2021

Apparently Eerdmans is running a massive ~$4 Kindle sale. Here are some great picks that I spotted.     Read more

April 2, 2021

  Jesus Studies Bailey, Kenneth. Jesus through Middle Eastern Eyes. IVP, 2008. Bockmuehl, Markus.  The Cambridge Companion to Jesus. Cambridge, 2001. Bond, Helen. The Historical Jesus: A Guide for the Perplexed.  T&T Clark, 2012. Burkett, Delbert, ed. The Blackwell Companion to Jesus. Blackwell, 2010. Capes, David et al. Rediscovering Jesus: An Introduction to Biblical, Religious and Cultural Perspectives on Christ. IVP, 2015. Charlesworth, James H. and Petr Pokorny, ed. Jesus Research. 2 vols. Eerdmans, 2007-2014. Dunn, James D.G. Jesus Remembered. Eerdmans, 2003. Fredriksen, Paula and Adele Reinhartz,… Read more

March 31, 2021

On Anti-Asian Misoxenia: The Christ Hymn and God’s Reckless Love for the Outsider Did you watch the video? The one where the Asian woman gets assaulted in plain sight? And bystanders not only turn a blind eye, but they close the door to their building to keep the ruckus outside, to keep themselves safe. I watched the video several times in disbelief, even though I knew it would give me nightmares. The news reports keep calling it “xenophobia.” I know that… Read more

March 24, 2021

This is a starter bibliography for those interested in studying exegesis and hermeneutics. If you have suggestions, feel free to leave a comment. We know this list is not exhaustive! NEW TESTAMENT EXEGESIS AND HERMENEUTICS Hermeneutics (the Philosophy of Interpretation) Achtemeier, P. J. Inspiration and Authority: The Nature and Function of Christian Scripture. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 1999. Adam, A. K. M. Faithful Interpretation: Reading the Bible in a Postmodern World. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2006. Bartholomew, Craig. Introducing Biblical Hermeneutics: A Comprehensive Framework for Hearing God in… Read more

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