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The launch of Peter Oakes’ exciting commentary on Galatians

         My good friend Peter Oakes of the University of Manchester has kindly sent me details of the launch of his new commentary on Galatians in the Paideia series from Baker Academic. He has an impressive line-up of senior scholars saying very nice things about it (see below). Nijay Gupta has greeted it with enthusiasm, and Mike Bird and Antony Billington  have written positive brief posts about it. I’m greatly looking forward to digging into this book, as I teach Galatians in Greek with a second-year class. There’s quite Continue reading →

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 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 →