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 →

My article on the spirituality of Acts, plus lots more on Acts!

The Baylor University journal Christian Reflection has just published its latest issue, in print and on the web here, focused on the Book of Acts. I was delighted to be asked to contribute an article on the spirituality of Acts, and it’s nice to see it in print. There are other interesting and helpful articles too, by luminaries of Acts studies, plus some good discussion study guides for individual articles (click on links below for individual pieces—or you can download the whole issue here). It’s particularly Continue reading →

Simon Gathercole on the canonical and non-canonical Gospels

A highlight of the British New Testament Conference this year was Dr Simon Gathercole’s scintillating and provocative plenary paper, ‘Jesus, the Apostolic Gospel and the Gospels’. Dr Gathercole is Senior Lecturer in New Testament in the Divinity Faculty, University of Cambridge, and in this paper he asked whether there is anything distinctive about the four canonical Gospels relative to the other Gospels we have. This is a hot question in New Testament Studies at present, for study of the non-canonical Gospels is a growth industry (to which Dr Gathercole himself Continue reading →