New Testament

  • 43 Letters

    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...
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    Review of Text and Tradition in Performance and Writing by Richard Horsley

    Richard A. Horsley. Text and Tradition in Performance and Writing. Biblical Performance Criticism Volume 9. Cascade Books, 2013. 2014. 340 pgs. $32.00. Paperback. Richard Horsley’s, Text and Tradition in Performance and Writing, is volume nine of the Wipf and Stock series Biblical Performance Criticism. Due to significant overlap in...
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    Review of The Oral Ethos of the Early Church by Joanna Dewey

    Joanna Dewey. The Oral Ethos of the Early Church: Speaking, Writing, and the Gospel of Mark. Biblical Performance Criticism Volume 8. Cascade Books, 2013. 204 pgs. $24.00. Paperback. Joanna Dewey’s recent volume, The Oral Ethos of the Early Church: Speaking, Writing, and the Gospel of Mark, represents one of...
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    Review of The World of the New Testament edited by Joel Green and Lee Martin McDonald

    Joel Green and Lee Martin McDonald, editors. The World of the New Testament. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2013. 640 pages. Hardcover. $49.99. The World of the New Testament (WNT) is a reference work covering a wide range of topics relating the historical background of the New Testament (NT). The...
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    Review of Justification Reconsidered: Rethinking a Pauline Theme by Stephen Westerholm

    There continues to be a swirl of popular interest in the now not-so-new “New Perspective on Paul.” In Justification Reconsidered: Rethinking a Pauline Theme, Stephen Westerholm attempts “to update and to make more widely accessible earlier work” (viii), and thus demonstrate why he has not been persuaded by recent...
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    Review of The Role of Works at the Final Judgment edited by Alan P. Stanley.

    Wilkin, Robert N., Thomas R. Schreiner, James D. G. Dunn, Michael P. Barber, and Alan P. Stanley.Four Views On the Role of Works at the Final Judgment. Edited by Alan P. Stanley. Counterpoints. Bible and Theology. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2013. 234 pages. Softcover. Retail: $17.99. ISBN: 9780310490333 “The Role...
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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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    Review of The Present Task of New Testament Studies by C.H. Dodd

    C.H. Dodd. The Present Task of New Testament Studies: An Inaugural Lecture Delivered in the Divinity School on Tuesday 2 June 1936. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 1936 (reprint 2014). Pp. 41. Paper. £7.99. 978-1-107-63545-6. This reprint of Dodd’s 1936 inaugural lecture at the University of Cambridge is a short...
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    Responding to “Covert Messiah”

    “Covert Messiah” is the latest theory delving into alternatives to the New Testament understanding of the origins of Christianity. Joseph Atwill explains that Christianity was originally an elaborate hoax created by the Roman government as a means of pacifying the usually tumultuous land of 1st century Judea.  He writes, “Jesus...
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    My JSNT Article on Gal. 3.4 is Out

    The September 2013 issue of the Journal for the Study of the New Testament is now available online and will be in print shortly. My article on the meaning of the Greek word ΠΑΣΧΩ in Galatians 3.4 is included in the volume (“Suffering In Vain: A Study on the Interpretation of...
  • My new article in Westminster Theological Journal with Dr. Jon Lunde

    A few weeks ago I posted a link to an article that I co-wrote with Dr. Jonathan M. Lunde for the Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society. That article was on the use of Isaiah in Ephesians 5.14. This new article — “Paul’s Creative and Contextual Use of Psalm 68 in Ephesians 4:8,” Westminster...
  • Review of “The Epistle to the Hebrews (NICNT)”

    How do you replace a legend? When an iconic sports figure leaves the sport he loves, how does that team ever replace him? It comes to no surprise to those who know me that I am a die-hard fan of the Pittsburgh Penguins. I remember staying up late on...
  • Echoes of the Old Testament in the New (Guest Post)

    I recently went to an Intervarsity meeting where we read the first half of Luke 18—the parable of the widow, and the prayers of the Pharisee and the tax collector. While everyone else read Luke, I was searching for the Old Testament parallel: what is Luke intending to echo...
  • Frederick W. Danker (1920–2012)

    Yesterday was a somber day for every student of New Testament Greek. Arguably the world’s foremost Greek lexicographer, Frederick W. Danker, passed away at the age of 91. In the world of New Testament studies there are a number of “giants” who stand shoulders above their peers. Professor Danker...
  • Come, Let Us Go Out into the Wilderness

    The more I read Hebrews, the more I am convinced that Auctor wanted his readers to see themselves as members with OT Israel in their wilderness journeys. I often wonder why Hebrews includes discussion about angels, Moses, the high priest, sacrifices, the tabernacle, and other OT images; but lately I...