September 9, 2020

The ancient historian Herodotus (ca. 484-425 BCE) observed two types of worship Heracles, as an Olympian god and as a deified mortal: “And further: those Greeks, I think, are most in the right, who have established and practice two worships of Heracles, sacrificing to one Heracles as to an immortal [athanatō], and calling him the Olympian, but to the other bringing offerings as to a dead hero [hērōi enagizousi]” (Hist. 2.44). Diodorus Siculus (ca. 90-30 BCE) referred to this bipartite… Read more

September 7, 2020

Some 15 years ago I was heralding the scholarly achievements of Markus Barth (son of Karl Barth). Seriously, his works on baptism, Lord’s Supper, resurrection, justification, Ephesians, Colossians, Jewish-Christian relationships, and pistis christou are work checking out. More recently, the Journal of Reformed Theology has published the proceedings of Princeton Theological Seminary’s Markus Barth conference: Remembering Markus Barth: A Biblical-Theological Existence An Introduction By: Philip G. Ziegler Pages: 167–168  The World of the Bible—Always Strange, Forever New Markus Barth as Teacher… Read more

September 5, 2020

I’m very happy to announce that we have launched a podcast to go with our book The New Testament in its World where I interview a star cast of eminent scholars on the New Testament and we hear from N.T. Wright on several subjects. In this podcast, Wright and I explore many of the topics covered in our book – questions about the purpose of the New Testament; the meaning of the resurrection; the life and ministry of Paul; what it… Read more

September 3, 2020

Christoph, your first book was Hidden Criticism? about the alleged counter-imperial ethos of the New Testament. Your latest volume is Paulus als Erzahler? Eine narratologische Perspektive auf die Paulusbriefe (English: Paul as Story-Teller: A Narratological Perspective on Paul’s Letters). What brought you to this topic? In some sense, I wanted to do something quite similar in both cases, namely to scrutinize very influential approaches to Pauline exegesis on a fundamental level. (Note the question marks in both titles). Moreover, both… Read more

August 30, 2020

Hi everyone, here is a zoom chat by Nijay Gupta and Mike Bird about all things Philippians. FYI, we wrote the Philippians commentary for the NCBC series. Read more

August 27, 2020

Bruce W. Longenecker, In Stone and Story: Early Christianity in the Roman World (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2020). Pp x + 292. $32.99. This colorful volume by Bruce Longenecker interrogates the material remains of ancient Pompeii – its inscriptions, graffiti, frescos, villas, tombs, and statues – to explain historical and cultural features of the Roman world with a view to plotting their relevance for understanding early Christianity and the New Testament. L. attempts to use Pompeii as a window… Read more

August 24, 2020

Okay, it’s been a bumper week for great podcasts by women and about women. Check out these three: CPX’s For the Love of God: Care in a time of COVID Justine Toh talks to Devi Abraham about the difficulties that working mums face under lockdown and why it is too much. The Two Cities: Women in the Academy In this all-women episode, Amber Bowen discusses the unique experiences of women in the theological academy, including the challenges that women have… Read more

August 24, 2020

Great article to read by Andrew Perrin, “Greek Gospels and Aramaic Dead Sea Scrolls: Compositional, Conceptual, and Cultural Intersections,” Open Theology 6.1 (2020): Here’s the Abstract: The Aramaic Dead Sea Scrolls expanded the scope of authoritative and parascriptural traditions that reimagine the lives and times of ancestral figures. In several cases, these Aramaic writings include birth notices or narratives. The Genesis Apocryphon and Aramaic Levi Document portray the patriarchs receiving divine revelations regarding the genealogy and destiny of their progeny. Parents in… Read more

August 21, 2020

One of the debates about Paul vis-a-vis Judaism and the Law is how Luke’s picture of Paul in Acts relates to the discussion. Some argue that the Lucan Paul is far more positive about the Law than Paul himself is in his letters. Others say, no, Luke is right, and Paul himself was Torah-observant and his default setting even if he did flex a bit to fit with his audience as he says in 1 Cor 9:20-23. See for instance… Read more

August 18, 2020

Here’s the latest issue of the Journal for the Study of the Historical Jesus 18.2 (2020): Socialscapes and Abstractions: An Appraisal of Richard A. Horsley’s Theorizing of Antiquity By: Sarah E. Rollens Pages: 101–123 Crowds and Power in the Early Palestinian Tradition By: Robert J. Myles Pages: 124–140  Jesus ‘ben Pantera’: An Epigraphic and Military-Historical Note By: Christopher B. Zeichmann Pages: 141–155 The Quest for the Gist of Jesus: The Jesus Seminar, Dale Allison, and Improper Linear Models By: Sean F. Everton and Daniel T. Cunningham Pages:… Read more

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