Patronage and people: Paul’s perspective in Philippians

Here are the slides from my talk ‘Patronage and people: Paul’s perspective in Philippians’ at the ‘Engaging with Poverty in the Early Church and Today’ conference at St Mary’s University, Twickenham today, saved in pdf format. This was an enjoyable talk to work on, and allowed me to draw on and develop the thinking inPatronage and people slides  my earlier essay, ‘Paul, Patronage and Pay: What Do We Know about the Apostle’s Financial Support?’ Pages 220-33 in Paul as Missionary: Identity, Activity, Theology, and Practice. Edited by Continue reading →

The Book of Acts at SBL

Here are details of the two excellent sessions on the Book of Acts at the SBL annual meeting in Atlanta this coming weekend. The first is a joint session on ethnicity with the Gospel of Luke seminar group, and the second focuses on the same theme of ethnicity, with a bunch of interesting offered papers focused on Acts. Come! S22-310 The Book of Acts & the Gospel of Luke Sunday 22 November 2015 4:00 PM to 6:30 PM Room: M303-M304 (Marquis Level) – Marriott Theme: Luke-Acts and Continue reading →

The final discussion on Chris Keith’s Jesus against the Scribal Elite

     Here’s the final (fourth) response to my colleague Chris Keith’s Jesus against the Scribal Elite in the fine Syndicate Symposium discussion which Chris Tilling has been moderating (see links here, here and here to previous posts about this discussion, and here to my review of the book). This time Jason Lamoreaux writes a thoughtful ‘review essay’ of issues in Keith’s book from the perspective of his lecture room in a US state university, often teaching (as he tells us) students from an evangelical or conservative background. Continue reading →

The latest New Testament Studies—on the ‘Gospel of Jesus’ Wife’—for free!

I’m grateful to my friend Christopher Skinner for sharing this video interview with Dr Simon Gathercole (University of Cambridge) about the so-called ‘Gospel of Jesus’ Wife’, a document in Coptic on which the overwhelming scholarly consensus is now that it’s a modern forgery. This video is being released by Cambridge University Press, who publish the journal New Testament Studies, to promote the free availability of the latest issue which is (unusually) a ‘themed’ issue on this document. Prof. Mark Goodacre (Duke University) provides a valuable summary of the articles Continue reading →

My article ‘The State They Were In: Luke’s View of the Roman Empire’ available to download

As a follow up to my review of the interesting Jesus is Lord: Caesar is Not, with kind permission from the editor, Peter Oakes, I’m making my article ‘The State They Were In: Luke’s View of the Roman Empire’ from Peter Oakes, ed., Rome in the Bible and the Early Church (Carlisle: Paternoster/Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2002) 1-41 available on this site for free download, since the book itself is (sadly) out of print. Pick it the article from this link: The State They Were In: Luke’s Continue reading →