John Nolland’s Festschrift—bravo and congratulations!

     Thanks to Aaron White, one of the editors, for this helpful summary and overview of the recent Festschrift for Professor John Nolland. I was delighted to contribute an essay to this on the ascension of Jesus. Aaron White, David Wenham and Craig A. Evans (eds), The Earliest Perceptions of Jesus in Context: Essays in Honour of John Nolland, Library of New Testament Studies 566 (London: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2018) These essays  have been written by a number of friends, colleagues and students, to mark Continue reading →

Conference summaries: Healing and Exorcism in Second Temple Judaism and Early Christianity

This is Rikard Roitto, me and Tommy Wasserman (left to right as you look) listening hard to a fascinating presentation by Anthony John Lappin of Maynooth on the moving of relics in the early Christian centuries during this conference last week in Örebro, Sweden. The organisers have now made a very helpful summary in English of this excellent conference available here, as well as a nice short video (with English translation of the bits of Swedish). Larry Hurtado has also blogged about his (excellent) paper on the role Continue reading →

Review of Deep Work by Cal Newport

Here’s a helpful review of Cal Newport’s outstandingly good book Deep Work, a book which I read with great profit when it first came out. It’s by Imogen Mathew, and found on the Thesis Whisperer, a very useful and readable blog for those involved in PhD work (and their supervisors—I find it very helpful). Thanks Imogen and Inger Mewburn!

The Urban World and the First Christians

I’m delighted to be able to share with you the opening pages of our new book which has very recently appeared from Eerdmans. I had the honour of editing this book with my excellent colleagues Paul Trebilco (University of Otago, New Zealand) and David Gill (University of Suffolk). These pages include the contents, authors, and the introductory chapter, which summarises the contents of each chapter. That should give you a good flavour of the book and (hopefully) encourage you to ask your librarian to order Continue reading →