I’m delighted to be able to share with you the opening pages of our new book which has very recently appeared from Eerdmans. I had the honour of editing this book with my excellent colleagues Paul Trebilco (University of Otago, New Zealand) and David Gill (University of Suffolk). These pages include the contents, authors, and the introductory chapter, which summarises the contents of each chapter. That should give you a good flavour of the book and (hopefully) encourage you to ask your librarian to order Continue reading →
Here are the slides from my talk ‘Acts as Biblical History?’ given today at the colloquium on Luke-Acts and ancient historiography in Fribourg, Switzerland. This is being a very enjoyable experience! Acts as biblical history Fribourg slides
Here are the slides (in pdf format) from my talk “Acts as Biblical History?” given in the Book of Acts seminar at the British New Testament Conference in Maynooth on Friday 1 September 2017.
Here are the slides from my 2017 Paradosis lecture at the Melbourne School of Theology, on ‘Deciding about deciding: Early Christian communal decision-making in Acts’. I was exploring how the earliest Christians made significant decisions, according to the book of Acts—strikingly, they do it communally, rather than a ‘CEO’ or ‘eldership’ model. Interestingly, Acts is one of the few places in the NT where we get a window into how the early believers made decisions, and it has fascinating implications for how churches today do that. The Continue reading →
In case you missed it, here’s a fascinating post by Larry Hurtado, based on a very interesting article by Leander Keck about whether we should consider the New Testament as a ‘field of study’ separate from other early Christian literature. Hurtado’s conclusion is particularly interesting to me: In short, for theological purposes the NT is (and should be) a “privileged” body of texts. But for historical purposes we should both take account of the breadth and diversity of early Christian literature and also Continue reading →