A cracking conference is coming!

The Centre for Social-Scientific Study for the Bible (of which I’m an affiliate) announces an excellent conference on ‘Evil in Second Temple Judaism and Early Christianity’ which we shall be holding at St Mary’s University College, Twickenham on Friday 23 and Saturday 24 May 2014. We have a top-notch slate of speakers and a major (and neglected) topic to study—open to all interested. There is a reduced fee for students, including research students—and there is the chance to offer papers if you are doing research Continue reading →

Library of NT Studies latest

Mark Goodacre, the series editor, blogs here about the newest volumes in the excellent Library of New Testament Studies series, published by T. & T. Clark/Bloomsbury. I’m delighted that the volume A Scriptural Theology of Eucharistic Blessings by my student Susan Bubbers (who blogs here) is among them—this is a revised version of her excellent PhD thesis. In the interests of full disclosure, I’m on the Editorial Board of this fine series.

Andrew Perriman on how the gospel, the story of Israel, and personal salvation tie up

Here’s a worthwhile and stimulating piece by Andrew Perriman on his blog. Andrew doesn’t know how to be dull: here he engages with Scot McKnight and others on the question of how the intervention of Jesus in the history of Israel relates to a gospel of ‘personal salvation’. I’d love to see him join the dots up to how Christians today should proclaim ‘the gospel’ to post-moderns…

Larry Hurtado on the Apostolic Fathers

Here’s a valuable post by Larry Hurtado introducing the Apostolic Fathers and some key resources for reading these important texts. I read some of these with my MA Greek Texts class, and it was fun for the students (and their lecturer!) to read stuff which they didn’t know so well in English.