Here’s the poster for our St Mary’s University Centre for Social-Scientific Study of the Bible conference, ‘Cities of God?’ coming on 22-23 May. You can download it as a pdf file from here. There’s a cracking line-up of confirmed speakers, and the opportunity for others to offer papers—title and abstract (and any questions) to me by 1 March, please. More information on the website here, including a link to register.
I commented on this stimulating and thoughtful study by Claire S. Smith some while ago on this blog, here, and sketched some of its implication. Now my review has been published by Review of Biblical Literature online, so you can read it here. There’s also a shorter, but helpful, summary-review by Andrew D. Clarke in Themelios online here.
This book addresses a really important topic, the ‘learning’ nature of the Pauline communities (especially in Corinth, Ephesus and Crete)—although the title is technical rather than inviting—and it’s stimulated me to write about a particular point arising from it. In general, I’ve enjoyed reading Claire Smith’s book and a full review (I wrote almost 2500 words) will appear on the excellent Review of Biblical Literature in due course (I’ll post here when the time comes). The particular point that I want to note here is Continue reading →