A shocking sentence and a correspondence

I wrote to the Church Times over the weekend because of a shocking sentence in a book review by the Revd Dr Edward Dowler of Anthony Thiselton’s new book Systematic Theology (London: SPCK, 2015). Here it is: Although Thiselton comes from the Evangelical end of the Anglican spectrum, he is, on the whole, balanced, and his range of reference is wide. [my italics] I was shocked and dismayed at the patronising implication that Thiselton is an exception to the norm, since he is an evangelical who reads widely, Continue reading →

In the footsteps of Judas (TV show)

I was thinking I’d write a review/summary of the BBC show In the Footsteps of Judas, shown on BBC1 on Good Friday—but Ian Paul has done such a good job that I’ll simply point you to his blog on the show. In sum: a very worthwhile show with good scholars (Simon Gathercole, Helen Bond, Joan Taylor, Anthony Cane, Peter Stanford) and a good presenter holding the thread together (Kate Bottley, of Gogglebox fame). Well worth an hour of your time—still available for another 25 days on iPlayer here.

How more scholars do research

My friend Nijay Gupta (above, centre) continues to interview NT scholars on how they do their research and shares the results on his blog. There are some interesting patterns starting to emerge, and some very helpful ideas from the contributors. The latest are from David Horrell (who is writing the ICC in 1 Peter, so I’m particularly interested, as a fellow-commentator) and Helen Bond (a brilliant NT historian). Keep up the good work, Nijay!

Video of my lecture on Acts and missio Dei

The good folk at Laidlaw College, Auckland (New Zealand) have posted a video of a lecture I did last August online. I spoke on ‘Acts and the mission of God’ and enjoyed a thoughtful and engaging question time afterwards. There are also lots of other good and interesting videos on their Youtube channel by folk such as Richard Bauckham, Rikk Watts. Enjoy!

New Testament doctoral scholarship available at St Mary’s University, Twickenham

I’m pleased to announce a PhD scholarship at St Mary’s University, Twickenham (tuition at the home/EU rate plus £13,000 per annum) for research in New Testament within our Centre for the Social-Scientific Study of the Bible.  For anyone interested in coming to London to work with me, Professor Chris Keith, or Professor James Crossley, follow this link for general details of PhD study at St Mary’s and this link for a downloadable pdf of the invitation to apply.  The deadline for application is 28 March 2016.  Interested potential students can email questions Continue reading →