By Gavin R John Morgan is best known for his investigative work on the death of Princess Diana. His most recent book, How They Murdered Princess Diana, published last year, summarised his previous research in detail. Not perhaps so well known is an earlier book, Flying Free, which chronicled his previous involvement in …read more
Monthly Archives: August 2015
By Ben Witherington Rain on the brain, Leads, in the main, To plain thinking… And hydroencephaloid pain Thunder, on the other hand, As in thunderstruck Makes or breaks or wakes Your synapses from their lapses To new levels of insight or delight Then there’s the jolt of lightning Shock and awe at what …read more
By Scot McKnight When I was in college I heard John Stott speak at Calvin Theological Seminary. During his talk he spoke about the distinction between some Christians fussing about “micro” ethics while ignoring “macro” ethics, and he talked about movie going and drinking a beer vs. justice and poverty and economic exploitation. …read more
By abramkj I’m pretty tied to the Apple ecosphere of apps when it comes to productivity: OmniFocus, Drafts, MindNode, Ulysses, etc. Three major exceptions are Scrivener, Evernote, and Accordance. But otherwise–whether this has happened consciously or not–most of the apps I use regularly are Mac-only.
Todoist is the rare task management app that …read more
By DCHindley I spent the weekend locating the shorter and longer Unicode Greek texts of Ignatius, in Bibleworks 8 (shorter Greek text) and online (both shorter and longer are there if you look reeeealy hard, seemingly based on Migne’s reprint edition), along with the English translations of the shorter, longer and Syriac …read more
By diglot Brill recently provided me with review copies for the following five books:
Dieter Roth, The Text of Marcion’s Gospel
Simon Gathercole, The Gospel of Thomas: Introduction and Commentary
Herbert Basser and Marsha Cohen, The Gospel of Matthew and Judaic Traditions: A Relevance-based Commentary
Emanuel Tov, Textual Criticism of the Hebrew Bible, Qumran, Septuagint: …read more
By diglot Title: 2 Corinthians
Series: Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament
Author: George Guthrie
Bibliographic info: 736 pp.
Publisher: Baker Academic, 2015.
Buy the book at Amazon
With thanks to Baker Academic for the digital review copy.
I should start this review by confessing that 2 Corinthians is the New Testament book I have studied the least. …read more
By Simon J. Joseph My new op-ed in The Bible and Interpretation: “The Before and Afterlife of ‘Manifest Destiny': Colonizing Jesus, Judaism, and Native America.” Here’s an excerpt:In an earlier op-ed, I have suggested that the scholarly re-examination of the Jewish origins of Christianity sometimes reflects and highlights a Christian “anxiety of influence” regarding …read more
By James F. McGrath Beloit College has published its latest “Mindset List” – a list of things that characterize this year’s incoming freshmen. One is that there has always been a Benoit Mindest List! But perhaps even more striking for many of us are these:Hybrid automobiles have always been mass produced.Google has always been …read more
By larryhurtado In response to requests, I’ve now uploaded a PDF of the pre-publication version of my contribution to the newly-published (and excellent) Oxford Handbook of Early Christian Apocrypha (noted in my previous posting), the PDF available here, and under the tab on this blog site “Selected Published Essays.” …read more
By Brian LePort Last week I wrote a couple of blog posts about books that have helped me read the Bible. First, I mentioned Judith M. Kunst’s The Burning Word: A Christian Encounter with Jewish Midrash. Second, I mentioned How to Read a Book: The Classical Guide to Intelligent Reading by Mortimer J. …read more
By Scot McKnight Complementarianism has walked itself into a corner and is spinning in circles. Yes, to be sure, there are complementarians and there are complementarians. But the game is played when Piper blows his whistle and his Council for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood is shaping the conversation at the very core. If …read more
By Danny Zacharias Journal for the Study of the New Testament September 2015; Vol. 38, No. 1 http://jnt.sagepub.com/content/38/1?etoc—————————————————————– Introduction —————————————————————– Introduction: The Study of the Use of the Old Testament in the New David M. Allen Journal for the Study of the New Testament 2015; 38:3-16 doi:10.1177/0142064X15595928 http://jnt.sagepub.com/content/38/1/3.abstract?etoc —————————————————————– Articles —————————————————————– …read more
By email@example.com (Charles Savelle) I have and will preach with or without PowerPoint. If given the choice I normally use it. Craig Schill gives four reasons to use it here. I do think that media software can become a crutch and I have seen some PowerPoint presentations that seemed to serve little purpose other …read more
By Eerdmans The rules of our Five Questions interview series are simple: we send authors a long list of questions. Some are serious, and some are . . . not so serious. They choose their five favorites and respond.
Our guest today is William Greenway, associate professor of philosophical theology at Austin Presbyterian …read more
By larryhurtado I’m pleased to have my contributor’s copy of what appears to be a very valuable new work: The Oxford Handbook of Early Christian Apocrypha, eds. Andrew Gregory & Christopher Tuckett (Oxford University Press, 2015), the publisher’s online catalogue entry here. Here is the list of contributions:
Part …read more
By Daniel N. Gullotta Jesus and Magic: Freeing the Gospel Stories from Modern Misconceptions by Richard A. Horsley My rating: 4 of 5 stars *I would like to express my thanks to Wipf & Stock for supplying me with a review copy of this book.* Typically speaking “magic” is a rather dirty word within …read more
By Mason Slater Some evangelicals perceive monasticism as a relic from the past or a retreat from the world, or they reject it as an aberration in Protestant circles. At the same time, contemporary evangelical spirituality desires historical Christian manifestations of the faith.
In this accessibly written book, an expert in monastic studies offers …read more
By John Loftus Hey, how about this for a change, a deathbed DE-conversion? Yep, that’s correct. Here’s a message I received on Facebook yesterday after accepting a friend request (from someone who may comment):Former clergy here sir. Your writing strongly helped me through my deconversion which came to a head on my deathbed …read more
By ZA Blog The store shelves filled with school supplies and dorm wares are a reminder that summer is coming to an end. For professors and pastors this means preparing hearts and minds for the coming academic and ministry year.
Here are a few recommendations for encouraging reads to help you ease from the …read more
By Jeremy Bouma Let’s talk about sex. The deviant, Old Testament kind.
As in prostitution, polygamy, rape, adultery, and incest.
If you’re blushing, you’re not alone. By the looks of it most of the Bride is too, given how little we talk about sexual sins and sex in general. David Lamb wants to change this.
“The …read more
By gmx It seems as though NT scholarship has hit a dead end / stalemate, where although there is furious debate and competing views, the “consensus view” for dating the literary origins of Christianity are immovable. Nothing short of a game-changing archeological find seems capable of shaking the status quo.For example, it …read more
By John Loftus I do think that there is a fundamental divide between people who think that atheists and theists have a common goal, a goal of understanding one another better, and those who think that the only legitimate goal is the partisan goal of advancing one’s own viewpoints. I think that is …read more
By Matthew R. Malcolm At our conference session on social media today, I shared some thoughts on my impressions of Twitter…
it gives me something to do when I’m bored. I’m someone who fidgets and will always be doing something… so following a Twitter feed of interesting links and comments is more edifying than letting …read more
By Jonathan J. Watson The school year is upon us! As a college or seminary student, you need more than highlighters and ballpoint pens. You need resources that can stand the test of time.
The Logos Back-to-School Sale is your perfect opportunity to get those very resources at an incredible discount; up to 49% off …read more
By James F. McGrath Last Sunday, my Sunday school class began talking about what it means to have a canon that came to us through natural human processes.I suggested that, in one sense, it makes no difference. Those who subscribe to Biblical inerrancy do not agree on what these supposedly inerrant texts actually mean. …read more
By Andy Naselli The NIV Zondervan Study Bible releases on August 25.
50-page PDF sample
the book’s website: NIVZondervanStudyBible.com
D. A. Carson is the general editor; Desi Alexander, Rick Hess, and Doug Moo are the associate editors; and I served as the assistant editor. I worked on this study Bible full-time for four years and for …read more
By Jacob J. Prahlow This post is part of an ongoing series examining Marcion of Sinope and his influence of the formation of the New Testament canon. We now turn to two of the most prominent modern perspectives for the Canon Refinement School, those of Lee Martin McDonald and John Barton. In The Biblical …read more
By Steve Wright Theology. I’m mostly in this business because of the books. And I love them all: the great solid tomes, thicker than American steak; the slim pamphlets, as fine as the wings of a butterfly, and just as enchanting. I spend my days surrounded by books. Teaching theology, for me, feels …read more