April 1, 2020

Thanks to Eerdmans and Zondervan Academic, here are my two latest books, simultaneously released next week, one about Abraham in Romans and another one about the Bible and Red Heads. Romans: Following in the Feet of the Foreskinned Faith of our Forefather (Eerdmans) – If the title weirds you out, then please read Rom 4:12 in Greek, I had to fight the Eerdmans editorial and marketing team for the title, but I got my way (after a very big dummy… Read more

March 30, 2020

My colleague and boss, Brian Rosner, has a good article over at ABC Religion and Ethics on Coping with coronavirus disappointments: Five lessons from Dietrich Bonhoeffer. First, focus on what really matters. Second, stay cheerful. Third, embrace optimism. Fourth, compare yourself with those less fortunate. Fifth, the believer should walk through their disappointments with God. Rosner concludes Chances are that over the coming months many of us will identify with Bonhoeffer’s disappointments and frustrations in his confinement — albeit for most of us, with the volume… Read more

March 28, 2020

David J. Shepherd and Christopher J.H. Wright. Ezra and Nehemiah THOTC Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2018. Available at Amazon.com By Dr. Jill Firth The authors share an interest in Ezra-Nehemiah, the canonical location of the text, and leadership. The commentaries on Ezra and Nehemiah are by David Shepherd, who also writes a thematic essay on ‘Leadership and Ezra-Nehemiah.’ Christopher Wright contributes two essays, “Reading Ezra-Nehemiah Canonically’, and ‘Reading Ezra-Nehemiah Theologically Today.’ The authors co-write the Preface and Introduction. The THOTC format… Read more

March 26, 2020

Jarvis Williams is an Associate Professor of New Testament Interpretation at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He has just published a commentary on Galatians in the NCCS edited by myself and Craig Keener. Here’s an interview I conducted with Jarvis about Galatians. Jarvis, tell us about your earlier studies on Paul and the atonement. My previous work on atonement in Paul’s theology relates to comparisons with the Jewish martyrological texts found in 2 Maccabees and 4 Maccabees, the… Read more

March 25, 2020

Mignon R. Jacobs. The Books of Haggai and Malachi. NICOT. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2017. Available at Eerdmans. By Dr. Jill Firth Mignon R. Jacobs is professor of Old Testament studies at Ashland Theological Seminary (Ohio), and was formerly Assistant Professor of Hebrew Bible at Fuller Theological Seminary (Pasadena). Her books include Gender, Power, and Persuasion: The Genesis Narratives and Contemporary Portraits (Baker Academic, 2007), and The Conceptual Coherence of the Book of Micah (LHBOTS, 2009). She co-edited Israelite Prophecy and… Read more

March 24, 2020

Cause I had ten spare minutes on my hands and this seemed like a good bit of comic relief for all my biblical studies friends who are stuck in confined spaces. Read more

March 24, 2020

Over at 9 Marks, Jonathan Leeman has an article on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood—Or Christlikeness? arguing that “It has become a common trope to argue that the Bible calls us to Christlikeness, not biblical manhood and womanhood. This is a category error. It undermines Christlikeness by turning it into something abstract, gnostic, idealized, even inhuman. It’s also antinomian.” Hey, I like Jonathan, he’s a leading SBC ecclesiologist, just released a book One Assembly: Rethinking Multisite and Multiservice Church Models that I… Read more

March 22, 2020

There’s a great video over at the Smithsonian channel on Crucifixion Became a Very Popular Roman Spectator Sport. The newly-discovered Lex Puteolana tablet helps us understand the ritual and economics of crucifixion in the Roman world. But it also reveals how it evolved into a spectator sport. In 2006, a construction team in Italy stumbled upon an isolated skeleton from a Roman-era burial. Experts believed it was the remains of a man who was crucified. If so, the skeleton would… Read more

March 21, 2020

Well, I don’t know about you, but I’m about to watch my church’s sermon on-line, do on-line Sunday school with my kids, then prepare for a “virtual classroom” for my campus students, curate my usual on-line classes, and then prepare for a live stream of a lecture on 2 Corinthians that I’m doing tomorrow night for St. Hillary. All this reminds me about a great talk that Guy Mason (Senior Pastor, City on a Hill, @Guy_Mason) did at the Ridley… Read more

March 19, 2020

Would Matthew (the author of the Gospel of Matthew) and the apostle Paul (author of all those epistles) find themselves in basic agreement or something of intra-Christian rivals? Scholarship has been fascinated (or plagued!) by the question. In my opinion, the dichotomy between an ostensibly “Jewish” Matthew and/or Matthean community against a seemingly “pro-Gentile” Paul with his Gentile communities is patently false. First, Paul’s self-identification, symbolic universe, religious habits, sacred texts and interpretation, and antagonism towards Hellenism remain indelibly Jewish…. Read more

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