Jesus Mythicism—have you ever heard of it? It’s the idea that Jesus never existed. If it sounds like rubbish to you, that’s because it is. Until a few months ago I had never actually heard someone defend the position. I simply assumed that Jesus Mythicists were merely online trolls who lived under the fantastical bridges […]
Returning from the mailbox, you flip through the stack that is your recent prize. You begin the important task of separating the pertinent letters from the ones that will be quickly discarded without even being read. Postcards and invitations in one stack, ads in another; bills, the things you wish you could throw away, on […]
In his commentary on Amos, Hans Walter Wolff writes, …Amos with his message of judgement thrusts Israel back among the nations, there appears here a negative print of Pentecost. The wall between God’s people and the nations of the world is already being broken down. The Church will suffer damage if it does not allow […]
Last year Simon Gathercole posted a review of Wright’s Paul and the Faithfulness of God on Reformation21 in which he critiques the consistency of Wright’s view of justification. Gathercole argues that Wright is unclear about how he can claim that justification “creates and constitutes” a new status while still affirming that justification is a declaration of what is already true about a believer.
I’m excited that my article, “Suffering and Covenantal Hope in Galatians: A Critique of the ‘Apocalyptic Reading’ and Its Proponents,” is finally in print, appearing in the newest issue of the Scottish Journal of Theology (68.1 : 1–15). The paper was originally presented in the Paul Group at the 32nd Annual Meeting of the British […]
Two weeks ago the newest issue of Themelios (39.3 : 517–519) contained a review of my Esther book by Dr. Ched Spellman. This is the fourth review that I’ve come across (see the other reviews by Brian C. LePort, Joel Watts, and Brant Clements) and the first one in a journal. I’m grateful for the […]
The other day a friend of mine wrote a really great blog post where he surveyed several PhD students about how they managed their time while working on their PhD. You can read his post here: http://tinyurl.com/o28leab. I thought I would weigh in on the matter in this blog post. Typically one receives the following […]
I am excited to let you all know that a new volume that I co-edited with Dan Batovici is nearly in print. The collection is called, Reactions to Empire: Sacred Texts in their Socio-Political Contexts (WUNT II/372; Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2014), and is the result of a session of the International Meeting of the Society […]
A little over a year ago I wrote a post about the Top Galatians Commentaries. For that list I chose the 5 best in terms of teaching the text the closest to how I think it should be understood. I still stand by those 5—although with the recent addition of Doug Moo’s commentary I think […]
I am very excited because I recently had the opportunity to contribute to two edited volumes that have finally appeared in print. The first volume is entitled, Sensitivity to Outsiders: Exploring the Dynamic Relationship between Mission and Ethics in the New Testament and Early Christianity (WUNT II/364; Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2014), and the second volume is entitled, […]
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