August 15, 2020

Over the years, I have tried to collected volumes from the excellent series Baylor Handbook on the Greek New Testament. They work well as textbooks or aids for students and as a commentary writer myself, I have turned to many of these for consultation. The latest volume in the series is on Philippians, written by Baylor University professor of New Testament, Lidija Novakovic. Novakovic is up-to-date on cutting edge conversations in Greek studies, such as verbal aspect and discourse features. The BHGNT… Read more

August 13, 2020

I have known Katya for a good long while. I enjoy our yearly SBL meal (sad we have to skip this year). She knows a ton about the academic publishing world and I have learned a lot from her insight and experience. She helped me with my Zondervan Critical Introduction to the New Testament 1-2 Thessalonians volume, and we are working together on a few new things. Katya is professional, witty, and collegial—take notes on her wise counsel. Enjoy! Katya… Read more

August 12, 2020

We are continuing our series interviewing publishing editors from top publishers in biblical studies. Enjoy this conversation with Dr. Steve Wiggins, editor, Oxford University Press. I wish someone had given me this kind of advice and insight ten years ago!  Tell us about yourself and your background.  How much time do you have?  Here goes: I earned my Ph.D. from Edinburgh University and immediately got hired to teach in a seminary.  I held a full-time teaching position for 14 years when… Read more

August 11, 2020

I have already posted some basic information about Eerdmans’ latest commentary series (coming 2021, launching with NT Wright on Galatians). I have now received additional details from Eerdmans including the lineup so far (with the plans to acquire more writers and volumes). Planned Contributors (so far) Here is the list of scholars who have confirmed contracts for the series: Wright, N. T. (Galatians) Campbell, Douglas A. (Romans) Richter, Sandra L. (Deuteronomy) Peeler, Amy (Hebrews) Legaspi, Michael C. (Job) Works, Carla… Read more

August 10, 2020

Recently I reviewed the new Cambridge Companion to St. Paul (July 2021; ed. Bruce Longenecker). Now, we are anticipating the publication of the second edition of the Cambridge Companion to the Gospels, edited by Stephen Barton and Todd Brewer (Feb 2021). I recall how helpful the first edition was for my own understanding of the gospels and the state of scholarship at an accessible level (2006). The editor of the first edition—and one of the co-editors of the second edition—Stephen Barton, was… Read more

August 10, 2020

There are some folks who think the production of new commentaries series is foolish or bound to fail. But I am on the side that has always appreciated commentaries and I welcome new perspectives and fresh contributions. Eerdmans has a long and distinguished reputation for producing sterling commentaries, not least NICNT, NIGTC, and Two Horizons series. Eerdmans is announcing a new series called Commentaries for Christian Formation (CCF). Here is the series description: The Commentaries for Christian Formation (CCF) series serves a central… Read more

August 4, 2020

Please join me tomorrow on Facebook for my third and final summer FB Public Lecture on Women in the New Testament (this one sponsored by Northern Seminary). Topic: BEYOND THE HOME: Women of Public Influence in the Roman World We will be talking about how women exercised leadership and influence in the patriarchal world of the first century Roman empire. Despite popular misconceptions, women were active in local politics, business, and religion, among other areas of life. We will also… Read more

August 4, 2020

We continue with the second profile in our new series: The Editors behind the Great Books in New Testament studies. I am pleased to introduce you to Dr. James Ernest (Eerdmans). We became friends while he was an acquisitions editor at Baker. He brought in my book Beginner’s Guide to New Testament Studies just before he moved to Eerdmans. He is sharp, thoughtful, and has a long and tenured history in the publishing world. In this interview, James is witty, informative, and… Read more

August 4, 2020

A Brand New Cambridge Companion to Paul In seminary, I cherished my copy of The Cambridge Companion to St. Paul (ed. James D.G. Dunn, 2002). It offered concise overviews of the state of scholarship on various elements of the interpretation of Paul written by leading Pauline experts. Now again, a second version of the book (new topics, new contributors) covers advances, developments, and new conversations in Pauline scholarship over the past 15 years or so.  TOC: “What Do We Find… Read more

August 2, 2020

New Book: Voices and Views on Paul When I was in seminary (early 2000s), I devoured anything I could that helped me understand Pauline studies. So, things like Dictionary of Paul and His Letters, The Cambridge Companion to Paul, and The Theology of Paul the Apostle (Dunn). But I vividly remember reading The Paul Quest by Ben Witherington. That book gave me a clear window into trends in the scholarship of the late 20th century. This new book, Voices and Views on Paul, with Jason Myers… Read more

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