I was delighted yesterday to read a good medium-length review of John Barclay’s excellent Paul and the Gift (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2016) by Susan Eastman of Duke University (who is no mean Paul scholar herself). I’m greatly enjoying reading through and discussing this book with our NT research reading group in our Centre for the Social-Scientific Study of the Bible at St Mary’s University, Twickenham (of which, more anon, I think). This is a vital book in Pauline studies which everyone in the field will want to Continue reading →
My friend Nijay Gupta (above, centre) continues to interview NT scholars on how they do their research and shares the results on his blog. There are some interesting patterns starting to emerge, and some very helpful ideas from the contributors. The latest are from David Horrell (who is writing the ICC in 1 Peter, so I’m particularly interested, as a fellow-commentator) and Helen Bond (a brilliant NT historian). Keep up the good work, Nijay!
SBL members, of which I am one, have received an email announcing that the Review of Biblical Literature website is to become member-only access forthwith. This means that those who wish to use it must provide their SBL membership number and name to access the site, and that anyone who is not an SBL member will have to join the society to gain access. The email offered no real reasons for the decision, and I think it is mistaken. I have written today to the RBL editorial board Continue reading →
Constantine R. Campbell, Advances in the Study of Greek Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2015. ISBN 978-0-310-51595-1. $34.99; £18.99 [paper] or £12.99 [Kindle] on amazon.co.uk This is a belter of a book! In it Con Campbell manages to review and summarise huge amounts of recent scholarship in a form which will be accessible to those with some Greek. He thereby enables such people to benefit from the real advances there have been in our understanding of Greek in the last years. He opens by laying out Continue reading →
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 →