Here are links to my two-part sermon on John 20:19-31, the Gospel reading for the first Sunday after Easter (this year, 11 April). The passage is well-known for ‘doubting’ Thomas, but there’s a lot more there than that—and I’ve things to say about doubt and faith which I hope will be helpful. Part 1 is a little under 12 minutes, and part 2 a little over 15 minutes. Comments most welcome!
I’ve just had great fun in the two-day online seminar on the use of the Old Testament in the New, chaired by Professor Susan Docherty. Normally, this annual seminar happens in person at St Deiniol’s Library, Hawarden in North Wales, but this year it took place online. The seminar is engaged in a project in looking at how the New Testament authors engage with characters from the Old Testament; this year there were a couple of papers on Elijah (including mine), and one on Abraham. Continue reading →
Eric Roseberry hosts the podcast On Biblical Scholarship, and was kind enough to interview me about how I got into biblical scholarship, who my influences are, and lots else—here’s a link to the podcast. Thoughts welcome!
The introductory textbooks Exploring the New Testament are a one-stop guide to engaging with the Gospels and Acts (volume 1) and the Letters and Revelation (volume 2). Published by SPCK in the UK and IVP in the USA, volume 1 has just appeared in a third, substantially revised, edition. The third edition of volume 2, revised by Stephen Travis and Ian Paul, will appear in May. Here’s an interview which Ian Paul (IP) did with David Wenham and me (SW & DW) about the new edition of volume 1. Ian Continue reading →
The good folk at the Lexham Press blog have this week put up three excellent posts remembering the fine contributions Professor Larry Hurtado (who died a year ago this week) made to New Testament Studies, on textual criticism (by Tommy Wasserman), Christology (by Chris Tilling), and the Gospel of Mark (by Holly J. Carey). They’re well worth your time, and summarise beautifully the way Larry moved each of these fields forward through his scholarship. He’s one of a few giants who’ve left us in the Continue reading →