November 1, 2019

I wrote an article for Logos on Teaching New Testament Intro in the Information Age. It is partly an informercial for New Testament in its World on Logos, but it also points out how the information age is or should be changing the way that we teach biblical studies in the classroom. In the article I give my own ideas of how we can better use technology like apps. you.tube, Logos, etc. in on-campus and on-line teaching, and how to… Read more

October 30, 2019

Edited by Jonathan S. Greer, John W. Hilber, and John H. Walton Behind the Scenes of the Old Testament: Cultural, Social, and Historical Contexts Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 2018. Available at Baker and Koorong. By Andrew Judd We ask a lot of students of the Old Testament: not only do we expect them to dive headlong into the tight web of stories and motifs within the text, we also want them to keep an eye on the literary and historical… Read more

October 27, 2019

Anthony C. Thiselton  Approaching the Study of Theology: An Introduction to Key Thinkers, Concepts, Methods and Debates. Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2018. Availabe at Koorong and IVP By Suzanne Day Approaching the Study of Theology introduces the reader to the complex nature of studying theology, providing an excellent introduction to key people and ideas. This book was designed for students of theology, and is an excellent resource for learning. It is well-structured and provides a springboard for future reading and… Read more

October 24, 2019

Paul Borgman and Kelly James Clark Written to be Heard: Recovering the Messages of the Gospels Grand Rapids MI: William B. Eerdmans, 2019. Available at Eerdmans and Koorong By Laura Thierry Written to be Heard: Recovering the Messages of the Gospels is written in view of the premise that ‘The gospels — Mark, Matthew, Luke-Acts, and John — … were never intended to be read’ (3). Paul Borgman and Kelly James Clark join forces to perform an aural ‘literary reading’… Read more

October 22, 2019

There is still time to pre-order The New Testament in its World and get some free bonus material: A Short Guide to Writing & Research: An Interview with N. T. Wright and Michael F. Bird (PDF + video) A Study Guide for The New Testament in Its World (PDF) What to expect: Learn how—and why—to read the New Testament as history, literature, and theology. Understand the forces that shaped early Christianity: the history, culture, and religion of Second Temple Judaism and the… Read more

October 21, 2019

Ben Witherington III Priscilla: The Life of an Early Christian Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic Available at IVP and Koorong By Laura Thierry A particularly joy-inducing trend in biblical scholarship at present is that of the biblical scholar turned novelist. In response to the reality that we are narrative animals wired for story, this inclination to teach through historical novels seems a delightfully fitting and humane move that promotes rich Scripture-vibed imaginations. It is from within this growing movement that… Read more

October 18, 2019

N.T. Wright contends that “Israel should have been – had been called to be – the divine answer to the world’s problem; and that, instead, Israel is itself fatally compromised with the very same problem.”[1] Wright bases this on Paul’s words that Israel as whole was “entrusted with the oracles of God” (Rom 3:2), intended to be “a guide to the blind, a light to those who are in darkness” (Rom 2:19), and “the name of God is blasphemed among… Read more

October 17, 2019

Over at the Heterodox Academy podcast (one of my favourites) there is a terrific interview with Matthew H. Goldberg about how to communicate and persuade Christians about climate change. They largely discuss Goldberg’s recent paper A Social Identity Approach to Engaging Christians in the Issue of Climate Change, published in Science Communication. They also mention the work of Dr. Katherine Hayhoe, an evangelical Christian who does her best to alleviate Christian suspicions about the politics of climate change and give them a proper… Read more

October 15, 2019

Fleming Rutledge Advent: The Once & Future Coming of Jesus Christ Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans, 2018. Available at Eerdmans and Koorong By Laura Thierry Perhaps one of the most delightful, if curious, ‘church trends’ over the last few decades, amongst a broad range of Christian traditions and denominations, is the turn back to the treasure trove of formational goodness that is the Church’s liturgical life. It is into this movement that Fleming Rutledge’s delectable Advent: The Once and… Read more

October 14, 2019

A word about NTiiW. Read more




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