Tag Archives: 1 Corinthians

Anthony Thiselton’s chronicle of his life’s work—a good read!

            I’ve today read Professor Anthony Thiselton’s enjoyable, brief (114 pages), and readable chronicle of his life and work, A Lifetime in the Church and the University (Eugene, OR: Wipe & Stock, 2015; ISBN 978 1 40197 540 7; $15.00). It’s a good read, lively, and sheds interesting light on Thiselton’s life and times. I’m grateful to the publishers for kindly providing a review copy. One of the extraordinary points is that Prof. Thiselton was almost turned down for training for Continue reading →

Review: Claire S. Smith, Pauline Communities as ‘Scholastic Communities’: A Study of the Vocabulary of ‘Teaching’ in 1 Corinthians, 1 and 2 Timothy and Titus

    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.

Learning and church structures: a stimulating book by Claire S. Smith

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 →