The Baylor University journal Christian Reflection has just published its latest issue, in print and on the web here, focused on the Book of Acts. I was delighted to be asked to contribute an article on the spirituality of Acts, and it’s nice to see it in print. There are other interesting and helpful articles too, by luminaries of Acts studies, plus some good discussion study guides for individual articles (click on links below for individual pieces—or you can download the whole issue here). It’s particularly Continue reading →
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
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.
Here the fourth of my series of posts as I read through Tom Wright’s Paul and the Faithfulness of God. The earlier posts are here, here, and here. This post focuses on chapter 4, ‘A Cock for Asclepius: “Religion” and “Culture” in Paul’s World’. The chapter title echoes Socrates’ final words to his friend Crito after Socrates had taken hemlock to commit suicide—he instructed Crito to offer a cock to the god of healing, Asclepius, probably as a thanksgiving for the ease of his death. Wright’s point Continue reading →
Here’s the third of my series of posts as I read through Tom Wright’s Paul and the Faithfulness of God (= PFG). The earlier posts are here and here. I am enjoying reading it, I must say: as always, Wright writes in an engaging and readable style which makes material accessible and clear. Chapter 3 is the second of four chapters looking at Paul’s context in the first century: chapter 2 looked at Judaism, this chapter focuses on Greek thought, and the next two focus (respectively) on religion Continue reading →