Here are the slides I used for the second study half-day for the clergy and lay ministers of the diocese of Exeter, focusing on Mark’s ‘journey’ section 8:22–10:52. It’s a fascinating section, framed by the healings of two blind men (8:22-26 and 10:45-52), and full of teaching on discipleship. Comments welcome! If you missed the slides from the first study half-day, they’re available here.
It is my custom to read the whole Bible every year in my daily Bible reading, and I try to ring the changes on the system I use to do that each year. Over the year recently ended (I am not good at beginning exactly on 1 January!) I was using a reading system set up by a particular organisation and I became irritated by the devotional comments provided with the readings—some were just plain wrong, and lots were at best poor exegesis of the Continue reading →
I’ve spent a very enjoyable and stimulating couple of days in Durham this week at an excellent conference, ‘Closing the Gap: Best Practices for Integrating Historical and Theological Exegesis’ hosted by the Theology and Religion department of the university, and initiated and organised by two enterprising PhD students, Ben White and Justin Allison. Both had found that their PhD work in New Testament had raised theological questions which their supervisor, Prof. John Barclay, had encouraged them to pursue and to integrate into their Continue reading →