Following our very successful 2014 conference on evil in second temple Judaism and early Christianity, the St Mary’s University Centre for Social Scientific Study of the Bible announces this exciting conference: Cities of God? An Interdisciplinary Assessment of Early Christian Engagement with the Ancient Urban Environment(s) Friday 22 and Saturday 23 May 2015, at St Mary’s University, Twickenham This will be a fascinating and stimulating conversation between Classicists, New Testament scholars and Human Geographers, with a top class list of speakers, including a keynote paper by Professor Continue reading →
I have good news! We have had some extra places for PhD work in New Testament open up at St Mary’s University, Twickenham (London), where I’m Professorial Research Fellow. You’d be supervised by me, perhaps in collaboration with my excellent New Testament colleague, Professor Chris Keith. However, to start in October 2015, you’ll need to move pretty smartly—applications need to be in by 12 January 2015. If you aren’t in a hurry to start in the autumn (fall for those in North America), we have a Continue reading →
I’m delighted to report that the first conference organised by the Centre for Social-Scientific Study of the Bible at St Mary’s University, Twickenham was a resounding success. About fifty of us met to hear papers and engage in fascinating conversation about the topic of evil across a wide range of texts in the Second Temple and early Christian period. My esteemed colleague Chris Keith had done a masterly job in putting this together. Here are some notes on papers which caught my ear—that’s not to say Continue reading →
Chris Keith Jesus against the Scribal Elite: The Origins of the Conflict Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2014; ISBN 978-0-8010-3988-1 [As many readers of this review will recognise, the author of this book is my colleague at St Mary’s University, Twickenham. Professor Chris Keith was kind enough to give a copy of the book I review here, but without any request for review, let alone—of course—for a favourable review. What follows is my responsibility alone.] Get a cup of coffee (or your preferred tipple)—this is a Continue reading →
I‘m delighted to say that St Mary’s, where I work, has now received full university charter from the UK Privy Council—excellent news! See here.