The ‘St Mary’s model’ for non-residential PhD work

My excellent colleague Professor Chris Keith has blogged about the development of our ‘St Mary’s model’ for PhD work in our Centre for the Social-scientific Study of the Bible, done at distance from our university, St Mary’s University, Twickenham. More details here in his blog post—do get in touch with me, Chris or our new colleague in New Testament, Professor James Crossley, who joins us on 1 September. We all have openings for part- and full-time PhD students, starting either February 2016 (if you apply quickly) Continue reading →

University of Otago slides on ‘Leadership, lifestyle and the book of Acts’

Here are the Keynote slides from my talk this evening at the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand on ‘Leadership, lifestyle and the book of Acts’. I’m very grateful to Professor Paul Trebilco for his kind invitation and hospitality. I aim here to look at what leadership looks like in Acts, arguing that the primary leadership to attend to is divine—God drives the mission and growth of the believing community in Acts, regularly in spite of human leadership, and frequently against the opposition of some human Continue reading →

The latest New Testament Studies—on the ‘Gospel of Jesus’ Wife’—for free!

I’m grateful to my friend Christopher Skinner for sharing this video interview with Dr Simon Gathercole (University of Cambridge) about the so-called ‘Gospel of Jesus’ Wife’, a document in Coptic on which the overwhelming scholarly consensus is now that it’s a modern forgery. This video is being released by Cambridge University Press, who publish the journal New Testament Studies, to promote the free availability of the latest issue which is (unusually) a ‘themed’ issue on this document. Prof. Mark Goodacre (Duke University) provides a valuable summary of the articles Continue reading →