Tag Archives: New Testament

Offer: Bible reading notes for Sept to Dec this year

I’ve had the fun of writing daily Bible reading notes on Luke for Bible Reading Fellowship’s Guidelines notes, and the first chunk, covering the infancy narratives in Luke 1–2, appears in the edition just published. The whole set of readings looks great, and includes notes by my doctoral supervisor Andrew Lincoln, my former colleagues Steve Motyer and Miriam Hinksman (née Bier), and my (former) doctoral student Fiona Gregson. Here’s the offer: Bible Reading Fellowship have offered to send a free set of these notes to Continue reading →

Slides from my talk for the Healing and Exorcism conference

I’m in Örebro, Sweden at a conference on ‘Healing and Exorcism in Second Temple Judaism and Early Christianity’. (The picture is one of the two amazing cakes we had for dessert at the dinner!) My paper is about why Paul silences the demonised slave girl in Philippi (Acts 16:16-18), and I connect it with the silencing of a demonised man by Jesus in Luke 4:33-37. Here are the title and abstract of my paper, and this link will open a pdf of my slides. Why Continue reading →

James Crossley: welcome to St Mary’s!

A very warm welcome to Professor James Crossley, who is coming from the University of Sheffield to join our Centre for the Social-Scientific Study of the Bible team at St Mary’s University, Twickenham on 1 September. James will bring a strong interest in the Gospels and the historical Jesus, and particularly the way the Bible is ‘received’ in today’s world, not least in the spheres of politics and culture. His latest book is Jesus and the Chaos of History (OUP, Feb 2015). He’s well published, and a Continue reading →

My article ‘The State They Were In: Luke’s View of the Roman Empire’ available to download

As a follow up to my review of the interesting Jesus is Lord: Caesar is Not, with kind permission from the editor, Peter Oakes, I’m making my article ‘The State They Were In: Luke’s View of the Roman Empire’ from Peter Oakes, ed., Rome in the Bible and the Early Church (Carlisle: Paternoster/Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2002) 1-41 available on this site for free download, since the book itself is (sadly) out of print. Pick it the article from this link: The State They Were In: Luke’s Continue reading →

My review of Jesus is Lord—Caesar is Not

My review of a fascinating collection of essays, Jesus is Lord—Caesar is Not: Exploring Empire in New Testament Studies, is now available online on Reviews in Biblical and Early Christian Studies. I enjoyed reading this book which makes a valuable and accessible contribution to the debates over the impact of the Roman empire on what the New Testament authors say (especially about Christology) and how they say it. This is a helpful book, and worth reading. Thanks to Dan Batovici and his colleagues for the chance Continue reading →