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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...
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    Reading Other Peoples’ Mail

    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...
  • “A Reconciled Community…of those Justly Condemned”

    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...
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    A Brief Response to Simon Gathercole’s Critique of Wright on Justification

    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...
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    My New Article in the Scottish Journal of Theology

    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...
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    Esther and Her Elusive God (Reviewed)

    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...
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    PhD and Time Managment

    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...
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    New Volume: Reactions to Empire

    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...
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    Most Influential Commentaries on Galatians (Top 5)

    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...
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    Mission to Outsiders: Ethics & Ethos

    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),...
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    Do you Read the Bible literally?

    A few days ago I was asked a straightforward and seemingly simple question. “Do you read the Bible literally?” I honestly wasn’t sure how to respond.  I stammered my way through an answer that I wouldn’t be able to repeat. I wish I had said, “Yes, the Bible is a...
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    My Book, Esther and Her Elusive God, is Out!

    I am pleased to say that my book, Esther and Her Elusive God: How A Secular Story Functions As Scripture, is finally available for purchase. The book was endorsed by N. T. Wright (St Andrews) and Chris Miller (Cedarville), and Dr. Ronald W. Pierce (Biola) wrote the Foreword. The book can...
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    Ancient Readers & Their Scriptures: Early Bird Registration Ends Soon!

    My colleague Garrick Allen and I are organizing a symposium at the University of St Andrews on 2–3 June, 2014. We’re currently still accepting abstracts until 1 February, which is also the last day for our early bird registration (more details below), so do sign up and come join...
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    The Great Divide

    I wrote this blog a little while back when I was going through seminary. The divide gets even greater at the PhD level where one is pushed to specialize even further into a certain niche topic within their chosen half of the Bible. I’d love to hear other people’s...
  • Advent: The Good News of Barrenness

    How preposterous a thought it is that in the often barren, frigid, and life-drained months of winter that we celebrate the birth of new life of Jesus, the God-Man. The church’s celebration of the resurrection seems to get it right- the rising from death to the glory of new...
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    The Writing Process

    The writing process for working on a PhD Thesis is pretty frustrating. I have spent the greater part of my first year here in Aberdeen just trying to nail down a system that works for me. I thought I would share this insane/frustrating/possibly helpful system in my blog this...

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