University of Otago slides on ‘Leadership, lifestyle and the book of Acts’

Here are the Keynote slides from my talk this evening at the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand on ‘Leadership, lifestyle and the book of Acts’. I’m very grateful to Professor Paul Trebilco for his kind invitation and hospitality. I aim here to look at what leadership looks like in Acts, arguing that the primary leadership to attend to is divine—God drives the mission and growth of the believing community in Acts, regularly in spite of human leadership, and frequently against the opposition of some human Continue reading →

The latest New Testament Studies—on the ‘Gospel of Jesus’ Wife’—for free!

I’m grateful to my friend Christopher Skinner for sharing this video interview with Dr Simon Gathercole (University of Cambridge) about the so-called ‘Gospel of Jesus’ Wife’, a document in Coptic on which the overwhelming scholarly consensus is now that it’s a modern forgery. This video is being released by Cambridge University Press, who publish the journal New Testament Studies, to promote the free availability of the latest issue which is (unusually) a ‘themed’ issue on this document. Prof. Mark Goodacre (Duke University) provides a valuable summary of the articles Continue reading →

Larry Hurtado on ‘The Chosen One’ in 1 Enoch

I’m catching up on reading at present, and have just read with great appreciation Larry Hurtado’s judicious and helpful summary on his excellent blog of what we can say about this important figure in 1 Enoch, and the possible implications (or not) for New Testament Christology. It’s well worth a read, not least because of the gorgeous statement about scholarly reconstructions in footnote 2: In lectures I’ve sometimes referred to [scholarly reconstruction] using what I’m told originated as a US military term applied to war-games: SWAG = Continue reading →

A lovely J. Louis (Lou) Martyn obituary by Beverly Gaventa

   Following on from my notice of the sad loss of the eminent New Testament scholar J. Louis (Lou) Martyn, the excellent Beverly Gaventa has written a lovely obituary on the SBL website here. It’s well worth reading. To give you a flavour, here are the last couple of paragraphs: Lou’s life in all its parts reflected Christian commitment that was secure enough not to need publicity. In a statement he prepared for a class on I Corinthians in 1971, he wrote: I believe that God is Continue reading →