Matthew L. Skinner’s Intrusive God, Disruptive Gospel

Here are some extracts from a review that I’ve done of Matthew Skinner’s new book—the full review is forthcoming in Themelios later this year. I’m grateful to the review editor, David Starling, for permission to share these extracts in advance here. Matthew L. Skinner Intrusive God, Disruptive Gospel: Encountering the Divine in the Book of Acts Grand Rapids, MI: Brazos, 2015. xix + 206 pp. £11.22/$16.99 Matthew Skinner has written extensively and intelligently on Acts, and so this new book is to be warmly welcomed. Continue reading →

Review: Con Campbell’s Advances in the Study of Greek

        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 →

Review: David Starling, UnCorinthian Leadership

        David I. Starling UnCorinthian Leadership: Thematic Reflections on 1 Corinthians Eugene, OR: Cascade/Wipf & Stock, 2014 ISBN 978 1 62032 792 0; $15.00 (paperback; Kindle edition also available) I enjoyed meeting David Starling when he was on research leave at Tyndale House, the research centre in Cambridge where I’m Honorary Research Fellow, a little while ago. During that time he was (among other things) working on this little book (slightly over 100 pages), and he was kind enough to ask his publisher to Continue reading →

Anthony Thiselton’s chronicle of his life’s work—a good read!

            I’ve today read Professor Anthony Thiselton’s enjoyable, brief (114 pages), and readable chronicle of his life and work, A Lifetime in the Church and the University (Eugene, OR: Wipe & Stock, 2015; ISBN 978 1 40197 540 7; $15.00). It’s a good read, lively, and sheds interesting light on Thiselton’s life and times. I’m grateful to the publishers for kindly providing a review copy. One of the extraordinary points is that Prof. Thiselton was almost turned down for training for 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 →