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Susan Eastman’s valuable review of John Barclay’s Paul and the Gift

   I was delighted yesterday to read a good medium-length review of John Barclay’s excellent Paul and the Gift (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2016) by Susan Eastman of Duke University (who is no mean Paul scholar herself). I’m greatly enjoying reading through and discussing this book with our NT research reading group in our Centre for the Social-Scientific Study of the Bible at St Mary’s University, Twickenham (of which, more anon, I think). This is a vital book in Pauline studies which everyone in the field will want to Continue reading →

In the footsteps of Judas (TV show)

I was thinking I’d write a review/summary of the BBC show In the Footsteps of Judas, shown on BBC1 on Good Friday—but Ian Paul has done such a good job that I’ll simply point you to his blog on the show. In sum: a very worthwhile show with good scholars (Simon Gathercole, Helen Bond, Joan Taylor, Anthony Cane, Peter Stanford) and a good presenter holding the thread together (Kate Bottley, of Gogglebox fame). Well worth an hour of your time—still available for another 25 days on iPlayer here.

How more scholars do research

My friend Nijay Gupta (above, centre) continues to interview NT scholars on how they do their research and shares the results on his blog. There are some interesting patterns starting to emerge, and some very helpful ideas from the contributors. The latest are from David Horrell (who is writing the ICC in 1 Peter, so I’m particularly interested, as a fellow-commentator) and Helen Bond (a brilliant NT historian). Keep up the good work, Nijay!

Video of my lecture on Acts and missio Dei

The good folk at Laidlaw College, Auckland (New Zealand) have posted a video of a lecture I did last August online. I spoke on ‘Acts and the mission of God’ and enjoyed a thoughtful and engaging question time afterwards. There are also lots of other good and interesting videos on their Youtube channel by folk such as Richard Bauckham, Rikk Watts. Enjoy!

Vicky Balabanski responds to Richard Fellows

I am pleased to host a response by Dr Vicky Balabanski to a blog piece by Richard Fellows critiquing her recent important article ‘Where is Philemon? The Case for a Logical Fallacy in the Correlation of the Data in Philemon and Colossians 1.1-2; 4.7-18’, JSNT 38 (2015), 131-50 (you’ll need access to JSNT online to see the full pdf here). Here’s the abstract of Dr Balabanski’s article: Based on the internal evidence of the letters to Philemon and to the Colossians (Col. 1.1-2; 4.7-18), this article contends that Continue reading →