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Cities of God? conference schedule and abstracts now available!

We are greatly looking forward to welcoming the speakers and delegates for the ‘Cities of God?’ conference to St Mary’s University, Twickenham in one month’s time, on Friday 22 and Saturday 23 May. The conference schedule and abstracts are now available in pdf format, and can be downloaded from here. This promises to be an exciting and interesting time, with presentations from the perspectives of Classics, New Testament Studies, and Human Geography to illuminate our themes, which are (i) exploring the impact and influence of the ancient Continue reading →

More on our ‘Cites of God?’ conference at St Mary’s University

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.

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 →