Closing the Gap: a very worthwhile conference in Durham (2)

                      This is the second of three posts about this conference in Durham; the first is here. Prof. David Ford (University of Cambridge) gave us a swashbuckling paper, delivered with enthusiasm and panache, coming out of his own work over some years on a commentary on John’s Gospel. This was fascinating, for Ford is a theological scholar, rather than a biblical scholar (although it was pretty clear he’s no mean exegete!). He discussed a number of influences on his Continue reading →

Closing the Gap: a very worthwhile conference in Durham (1)

        I’ve spent a very enjoyable and stimulating couple of days in Durham this week at an excellent conference, ‘Closing the Gap: Best Practices for Integrating Historical and Theological Exegesis’ hosted by the Theology and Religion department of the university, and initiated and organised by two enterprising PhD students, Ben White and Justin Allison. Both had found that their PhD work in New Testament had raised theological questions which their supervisor, Prof. John Barclay, had encouraged them to pursue and to integrate into their 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 →

Slides from my talk for the Healing and Exorcism conference

I’m in Örebro, Sweden at a conference on ‘Healing and Exorcism in Second Temple Judaism and Early Christianity’. (The picture is one of the two amazing cakes we had for dessert at the dinner!) My paper is about why Paul silences the demonised slave girl in Philippi (Acts 16:16-18), and I connect it with the silencing of a demonised man by Jesus in Luke 4:33-37. Here are the title and abstract of my paper, and this link will open a pdf of my slides. Why Continue reading →

Slides from my talks on ‘Becoming and nurturing a more confident people of God’

Here are links to download the slides from my three main talks for the parish weekend away for St Andrew’s Church, Histon (near Cambridge—picture of their lovely building above), mainly for the St Andrew’s folk, but others are welcome to have them if interested. These aren’t ‘academic’ talks, but are me seeking to bring New Testament scholarship to bear on the question the organisers asked me to address: “How do we become and nurture a more confident people of God?’ The slides are available here: Continue reading →