Vale, J. Louis (Lou) Martyn

   News is coming through of the death of the NT scholar Lou Martyn, a real giant of the discipline. I always find his Galatians commentary fresh and stimulating to look at, and come away informed and educated from it. Here’s a fine tribute from Sean Winter.

‘Cities of God?’ conference: a resounding success!

The ‘Cities of God?’ conference, held within the Centre for the Social-Scientific Study of the Bible at St Mary’s University, Twickenham last week was excellent, with fine papers, stimulating conversation, and enjoyable socialising. Here are some summaries of the papers and the conversations. The abstracts are still available here. In due course, videos of some of the papers will be available online, and I will blog about that when they’re ready. The conference addressed two central questions, and had one significant distinctive. The two questions were: (i) how Continue reading →

There’s still time to register for our ‘Cities of God?’ conference at St Mary’s

There’s only a week to go until the ‘Cities of God?’ conference on Friday 22 and Saturday 23 May, and you still have time to register! We’re organising this exciting conference, bringing together Classicists, New Testament scholars and Human Geographers to look at early Christian engagement with and reflection about cities at St Mary’s University, Twickenham (London) as part of our Centre for the Social-Scientific Study of the Bible. There is still some space to register, so don’t miss out! The programme and paper abstracts are available, and Continue reading →

Alistair Wilson on the Edinburgh ‘Power, Authority and Canon’ conference

Many thanks to Alistair Wilson of Highland Theological College (University of the Highlands and Islands) for this valuable report on the ‘Power, Authority and Canon’ conference at New College, Edinburgh on 6 May. Yesterday, I returned to New College, Edinburgh, where I did my undergraduate studies, for a day conference on the theme of ‘Power, Authority and Canon’. Many thanks to Steve for the invitation to write a short report about this conference for this blog. As of the time of writing (11 May), the programme and abstracts Continue reading →

The launch of Peter Oakes’ exciting commentary on Galatians

         My good friend Peter Oakes of the University of Manchester has kindly sent me details of the launch of his new commentary on Galatians in the Paideia series from Baker Academic. He has an impressive line-up of senior scholars saying very nice things about it (see below). Nijay Gupta has greeted it with enthusiasm, and Mike Bird and Antony Billington  have written positive brief posts about it. I’m greatly looking forward to digging into this book, as I teach Galatians in Greek with a second-year class. There’s quite Continue reading →