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 →

It’s here! A new book on Acts, masculinity and politics

I’m delighted to say that my editor’s copy of this book popped through the door this week. It’s a fascinating collection of essays looking at the Book of Acts through the lenses of masculinity and ancient politics. The papers and responses were presented at meetings of the SBL Book of Acts section in 2014 and 2015, and they are very thoughtful, wide-ranging and stimulating to read. The authors are an international collection of scholars with considerable expertise in both Acts and the major themes of the Continue reading →

An excellent study day on Joseph Ratzinger/Pope Benedict XVI’s theological legacy

We had a splendid day conference at St Mary’s University on Tuesday on the theological legacy of Pope Benedict XVI, co-sponsored by our Benedict XVI Centre for Religion and Society and our Centre for the Social-Scientific Study of the Bible. There were four interesting and stimulating talks, plus the launch of a new book of interviews with the Pope Emeritus translated by my excellent colleague Dr Jacob Phillips. Prof Richard Burridge (Dean of King’s College London, where he is also Professor of Biblical Interpretation) started Continue reading →

Thinking theologically about sport—guest post by Ben McNamara

I’m delighted to present a guest post by my former student Ben McNamara about the recent conference in York on Christianity and sport. Ben is a fine up-and-coming rugby (union) referee, and spoke at the conference from that perspective. Those who know me will know that I’m a (very) retired international volleyball referee and trainer of referees, so I’m delighted to present this thoughtful post. Here’s Ben… I was directed to the Inaugural Global Congress on Sports and Christianity (IGCSC) by a fellow Vineyard churchgoer, Continue reading →

Details of our day conference on Benedict XVI/Joseph Ratzinger

    Here’s more detailed information on the soon-coming day conference on the theological impact of Pope Benedict XVI/Joseph Ratzinger on Tuesday 8 November. This should be a cracker! New Testament folk will be particularly interested to hear Richard Burridge (pictured on the right above), whose work on the genre of the Gospels has been incredibly influential. The day conference is followed by the launch of the English translation of Benedict’s Last Testament, of which my excellent colleague Jacob Phillips is translator. Date: Tuesday 8 November 2016 Times: Conference: 10.00 a.m. Continue reading →