Review: John Barclay’s new booklet on grace in Paul

Can you sum up a massive (672 pages) book in 28 pages? Professor John Barclay demonstrates in this fine Grove Biblical booklet that the answer is ‘Yes’. I had the privilege of being in a reading group which worked through Barclay’s big book, Paul and the Gift (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2015) in the earlier part of this year, and I am hugely impressed that he has such a good grasp of his own argument that he can express it both clearly and succinctly—an ability that many academics would Continue reading →

Larry Hurtado on dating papyri

Here’s a valuable introduction to how scholars date ancient papyri—and our oldest copies of the biblical texts are papyri—by Larry Hurtado from his excellent blog. Well worth reading if this is an area of mystery to you—and well worth recommending to students as a helpful ‘way in’ to the topic.

How I researched and wrote a conference paper

Our St Mary’s education journal ReflectED has just published an article of mine reflecting on the process of writing a conference presentation, called ‘Thinking it through: researching and writing a conference paper’. It’s freely available online in the full pdf issue here. The reference is: Steve Walton, ‘Thinking it through: Researching and Writing a Conference Paper’, ReflectED 7 (2016), 3-5. The article is based on a talk I gave at our St Mary’s University School of Education, Theology and Leadership research conference last June. In the Continue reading →

Welcoming Chris Meredith to St Mary’s University

My colleague James Crossley introduces our next Academic Director of Theology (teaching) at St Mary’s University, Twickenham, Old Testament/Hebrew Bible scholar Chris Meredith. Chris will also be an internal affiliate of our fast-developing and productive Centre for the Social-Scientific Study of the Bible, and available to supervise doctoral students. It was good to meet Chris during our recent conference on Jesus and memory (of which, more anon); we’re looking forward to having him with us from September. Welcome aboard, Chris!

A great offer from Baylor University Press

Baylor University Press are offering a 50% off deal on their books, aimed at grad students, but appearing to be open to anyone with the code, over the coming weekend, 10–12 June. Details  below—there are some great books on offer here! It applies to all books published before 2015. Grad students, it’s time to build your library! Our summer sale is three days only–Friday, Saturday, Sunday (June 10-12). Anyone with a code can save 50 percent on Baylor University Press books published before 2015. Share code BJUN with colleagues or friends! See the Continue reading →