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Places still available for the Cities of God? conference at St Mary’s University

There are still some places available to register for the excellent ‘Cities of God?’ conference happening at St Mary’s University, Twickenham (London) on Friday 22 and Saturday 23 May. We have an outstanding line-up of speakers from New Zealand, Germany, Norway, USA, and the UK—a mixture of Classicists, New Testament scholars, and Human Geographers—and their papers cover a fascinating range of issues and perspectives on early Christian engagement with and reflection on the ancient urban setting(s). More details here, including the conference programme, abstracts of the papers, and Continue reading →

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 →

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 →

Come to our conference on cities and early Christianity!

Following our very successful 2014 conference on evil in second temple Judaism and early Christianity, the St Mary’s University Centre for Social Scientific Study of the Bible announces this exciting conference: Cities of God? An Interdisciplinary Assessment of Early Christian Engagement with the Ancient Urban Environment(s) Friday 22 and Saturday 23 May 2015, at St Mary’s University, Twickenham This will be a fascinating and stimulating conversation between Classicists, New Testament scholars and Human Geographers, with a top class list of speakers, including a keynote paper by Professor Continue reading →

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 →