A giant has left us in the death of Jacob (Jack) Neusner last Shabbat, a master of Jewish studies and author of over 1000 (yes, one thousand!) books. His many works on Judaism are indispensable—it’s rare that I don’t consult some of them, not least his accessible translation of the Mishnah. Here’s a fine tribute by one of his collaborators, Jeffrey Salkin, including this lovely joke: A telephone call: “Hello, Mrs. Neusner, can I speak with Jack?” “I’m sorry – he’s finishing a book.” “That’s OK – Continue reading →
It’s been an exciting period in the Centre for the Social-Scientific Study of the Bible at St Mary’s University, Twickenham! We’ve recently published videos of some of the papers from our very successful conference on Jesus and memory, held in June 2016—well worth seeing if you couldn’t be there. They’re available from our Centre conference pages or on YouTube. And three of the core staff of the Continue reading →
We are delighted to announce a fully-funded PhD scholarship in New Testament studies in our Centre for the Social-Scientific Study of the Bible at St Mary’s University, Twickenham, starting in October 2017. Come and work with two from me, James Crossley, Chris Keith and Chris Meredith (OT/HB scholar just joining us from the University of Winchester)—this will be fun! Details on our website, here. Deadline for applications is 7 November 2016. Let us know if you’re interested!
Can you sum up a massive (672 pages) book in 28 pages? Professor John Barclay demonstrates in this fine Grove Biblical booklet that the answer is ‘Yes’. I had the privilege of being in a reading group which worked through Barclay’s big book, Paul and the Gift (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2015) in the earlier part of this year, and I am hugely impressed that he has such a good grasp of his own argument that he can express it both clearly and succinctly—an ability that many academics would Continue reading →
Here’s a valuable introduction to how scholars date ancient papyri—and our oldest copies of the biblical texts are papyri—by Larry Hurtado from his excellent blog. Well worth reading if this is an area of mystery to you—and well worth recommending to students as a helpful ‘way in’ to the topic.