Links for free NT resources during coronavirus

After discussion among a few colleagues on Facebook, I’ve created an open Google document with links for NT Studies. Some publishers and resource providers are making articles and whole books freely available online during the coronavirus pandemic—and there are some others which are free, but not always well known. Here’s the link to the document—it’s editable, so please do add to the list. See the note at the top on what information I would like you to provide. Update on 26 March: thanks to a Continue reading →

Bravo, Eric Clouston! A new book on Acts in its literary context

Eric Clouston, How Ancient Narratives Persuade: Acts in its Literary ContextLanham, MD: Fortress Academic/Rowman & Littlefield, 2020ISBN 978 1 9787 0660 6 I am delighted to receive my copy of my student Dr Eric Clouston’s revised doctoral thesis, How Ancient Narratives Persuade: Acts in its Literary Context. Scholars have long studied the speeches in Acts as persuasive; Eric looks at how the whole book functions as persuasion, by comparing it with other first-century Jewish writers: Philo, Josephus, the author of Joseph and Aseneth, and the Continue reading →

Slides from study day on Matthew’s Gospel

I led a study day for preachers on Matthew in Nottingham recently—mainly Methodist lay preachers and ministers. I’m here sharing the slides from the three sessions where I gave input: one introducing Matthew and looking particularly at his use of the Old Testament; one introducing Tom Wright’s four ‘loudspeakers’ for listening to the Gospels in relation to Matthew; and one walking through Matthew 8–9. What resources have you found helpful for study Matthew, which will be the ‘controlling’ Gospel in the Revised Common Lectionary from Continue reading →

Some helpful pieces on planning and study

I’ve been finding a number of really helpful pieces on different aspects of planning, research and study recently, and here share three of my favourites. Here is a belter of a piece by the wonderful Katherine Firth about ‘Taking a critical distance break’, explaining the very helpful process of stepping back from a project you’re engrossed in, to give yourself time and head space to see what’s really going on, what’s most important, how things fit together, etc. Here is a very helpful piece on Continue reading →

Sharing possessions in Acts

I recently gave a paper to a joint meeting of the Book of Acts and Use and Influence of the New Testament seminars at the British New Testament Society meeting in Liverpool. My full paper, offering an exegetical discussion of the sharing of possessions in Acts, especially in the early chapters, continues to be available for download for a short time here. It’s strictly work in progress, so please don’t cite it as a published work. I’d welcome feedback and comments. I’m also now making Continue reading →