Larry Hurtado and Lea Keck on whether the NT is a ‘field of study’

     In case you missed it, here’s a fascinating post by Larry Hurtado, based on a very interesting article by Leander Keck about whether we should consider the New Testament as a ‘field of study’ separate from other early Christian literature. Hurtado’s conclusion is particularly interesting to me: In short, for theological purposes the NT is (and should be) a “privileged” body of texts.  But for historical purposes we should both take account of the breadth and diversity of early Christian literature and also Continue reading →

A podcast on the ascension book

David Bryan, one of the editors, has done a podcast on the book on the ascension of Jesus in Luke-Acts to which I contributed, Ascent into Heaven in Luke-Acts. He talks a good deal about the topic and the wider context of the book—and says some very helpful things about his own contribution to the book. Just over 44 minutes long. Worth a listen.

Slides for my inaugural lecture, ‘Doing Theology Lukewise’, to download

   Here in pdf format are the slides for my inaugural lecture ‘Doing Theology Lukewise: Luke as theologian and storyteller‘, which I deliver at 6 pm on Monday 15 May 2017. If you’re going to follow the lecture through the Facebook Live page, then please do download the slides to help you to follow the lecture. The Facebook Live link will be open around 6 pm on my Facebook page (Steve Walton). See you there! (And thanks to my friend Dr Conrad Gempf for the Continue reading →

Some recent writing and publishing from me

                       I  had a quite spell away from on the blog in the Spring, partly because I’ve been writing and publishing quite a bit. Here’s a note of four that are out and available, and a couple of others that are forthcoming. More are in the pipeline, but I can’t tell you about those yet… Now available ‘Evil in Ephesus: Acts 19:8–40’ in Evil in Second Temple Judaism and Early Christianity, ed. Chris Keith and Loren Stuckenbruck, WUNT II/417 Continue reading →