But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

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Wednesday, 19 April 2017 01:42

“The Form of God”: Philo and Paul

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An interesting passage in Philo of Alexandria, Embassy to Gaius (110-14) casts possible light on Paul’s reference to Christ as “being in the form of God/a god” (ἐν μορφῇ θεοῦ...

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Sunday, 16 April 2017 01:14

Bookroll and Codex: Short Videos

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In response to a query a day or so ago, I pointed to a couple of short instructional videos I prepared on the ancient bookroll and the codex as resources for our Centre for the History of the Book.  In one video I explain how bookrolls (scrolls) and the codex were prepared here.

In the other...

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Tuesday, 11 April 2017 18:21

Easter Roundtable

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A roundtable discussion on Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection led by Professor Helen Bond, with Dr. Sara Parvis and me participating is available now here.  Bond commences with queries about how Jesus’ corpse was handled after his crucifixion, whether it was in fact buried or...

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Sunday, 09 April 2017 20:50

Early Christian Gospels: A New Study

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Scott D. Charlesworth’s major study will deserve notice by anyone working on the text and transmission of the Gospels in the earliest centuries: Early Christian Gospels: Their Production and Transmission (Papyrologica Florentina, 47; Firenze: Edizioni Gonnelli, 2016). This is a wide-ranging...

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Monday, 03 April 2017 19:24

“Coins in/and the Bible”: Day-conference

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The Centre for the Study of Christian Origins (University of Edinburgh) will host a day-conference on “coins and the Bible,” 29 April 2017, in New College (Martin Hall).  Experts from the British Museum and the University will make presentations on a body of ancient material often...

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An interview by David Heim over my recent book, Destroyer of the gods:  Early Christian Distinctiveness in the Roman World (Baylor University Press, 2016) appears online here, and will appear in the print version of Christian Century April 12.

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Sunday, 26 March 2017 18:55

How Many Christians Does it Take . ..?

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How do historians estimate the number of Christians in the earliest centuries?  In a previous posting I commended Thomas Robinson’s new book here, in which he shows how the numbers often used by historians don’t “add up.”  But a comment asking how historians arrive...

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Sunday, 19 March 2017 21:02

“Who Were the First Christians?”

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A new book by Thomas A. Robinson, Who Were the First Christians?  Dismantling the Urban Thesis (Oxford University Press, 2017) takes a virtual wrecking ball to the theories of a number of prominent scholars in early Christianity.  (The publisher’s online catalogue here.)

His most...

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Friday, 17 March 2017 20:55

For whom is “Destroyer of the gods”?

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In all the various interviews about my recent book, Destroyer of the gods, the question  up early:  Who is this book for, and what can people today take from it?  So, I’ll summarize here what my answers are.

The book is intended for a wide swathe of readers, really, anyone...

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Friday, 17 March 2017 00:27

“Graphic Signs” in Early Christianity

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I’m pleased to have notice of the publication of my contribution to a multi-author volume: Graphic Signs of Identity, Faith, and Power in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages, eds. Ildar Garipzanov, C. Goodson, H. McGuire (Brepols, 2017; the publisher’s online...

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Thursday, 16 March 2017 00:17

Jesus in the Gospels

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In the light of recent discussion about how the Gospels present Jesus, I offer some observations intended to underscore and summarize my own views, and, hopefully, to promote some clear thinking by all.[1] Readers’ alert: This will be a long posting.

The first thing to say is that, quite...

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Tuesday, 14 March 2017 21:40

“The Last Adam”: Brandon Crowe’s new book

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Relevant to the recent discussion here about the portrayal of Jesus of Nazareth in the Gospels, note also Brandon D. Crowe’s new book, The Last Adam:  A Theology of the Obedient Life of Jesus in the Gospels (Baker Academic, 2017; the publisher’s online catalogue entry here. ...

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Tuesday, 14 March 2017 05:22

“A Man Attested by God”: Kirk’s Response

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Daniel Kirk has blogged here in reply to my review of his book, A Man Attested by God,exhibiting an irenic tone that is much to be commended.  I’ll allow myself just a couple of observations in response.

First, and perhaps most importantly for the purpose and argument of Kirk’s...

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Tuesday, 14 March 2017 00:19

Podcast Interview with David Pendergrass

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A two-part interview of me by David Pendergrass is now available here and here.  The discussion ranges over my recent books on early Christianity and related topics, including questions about what implications there might be for Christians today.

Authors: larryhurtado...

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Monday, 13 March 2017 19:43

Lanier Lecture on YouTube

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My Lanier Lecture (September 2016) was video-recorded and I’ve just accidentally discovered that it’s been out for a few months on YouTube here.  They did a nice job of incorporating my visuals used in the lecture.  It’s basically an overview of key emphases from my...

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Friday, 10 March 2017 18:38

“A Man Attested by God”: A Review

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In response to several requests, I give below my panel- presentation from the review session devoted to J. R. Daniel Kirk’s recent book, A Man Attested by God: The Human Jesus of the Synoptic Gospels (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2016).

At 582 pages, plus a 21-page bibliography,...

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Monday, 06 March 2017 00:36

“Nomina Sacra”: Further Observations

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The scribal convention known as the “nomina sacra” is among the earliest expressions of an early Christian “visual culture,” and deserves more attention that it has been given characteristically beyond circles of papyrologists.  Questions about when the...

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Tuesday, 28 February 2017 18:55

NT Studies: Looking Back at Inaugural Lecture

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This afternoon I’m to meet with some of our PhD students to discuss a couple of my published essays, one of which is my inaugural lecture:  “New Testament Studies at the Turn of the Millennium:  Questions for the Discipline” (published in Scottish Journal of Theology 52...

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Sunday, 26 February 2017 23:35

Spanish Translation of “Destroyer”

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I’m pleased to receive today copies of the Spanish translation of my recent book, Destroyer of the gods.  The Spanish title = Destructor de los Dioses:  El Christianismo en el Mundo Antiguo (Salamanca, Spain:  Ediciones Sigueme).  The publisher’s online catalogue...

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Friday, 24 February 2017 20:07

Interview: Drew Marshall Show

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My recent radio interview about Destroyer of the gods on the Drew Marshall radio show (Toronto) is available in MP3 format on this link here.   I had a good time with the two guys who seem to have a good time on the programme.  So, if you’ve time on your hands, or something to...

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Monday, 20 February 2017 01:22

Another “Destroyer” Interview

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I post notice of another interview over my recent book, Destroyer of the gods, on another blog site here.

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Sunday, 19 February 2017 21:14

Early Christian Manuscripts: Encore

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Early Christian manuscripts, especially copies of texts that served as scripture, exhibit both plain, functional qualities, and also distinctive features that are purely visual and that reflect a desire to mark the manuscripts and their texts with a Christian identity.

I’ve posted on some...

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Saturday, 18 February 2017 23:26

“Love all, Serve All”

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Passing by the Hard Rock Café in Edinburgh today, I noticed again their slogan: “Love all, serve all,” and noted that it reflects the (likely unconscious) influence of the NT upon western culture.  For the motto self-evidently owes to the sentiments first expressed in NT...

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Thursday, 16 February 2017 23:55

Pillars in the History of Biblical Interpretation

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Pillars in the History of Biblical Interpretation, a two-volume work edited by Stanley Porter & Sean Adams, is a useful multi-author resource on major figures and developments in the history of biblical studies.  The publisher’s online information here and here.

Volume 1 is...

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Monday, 06 February 2017 17:35

Apocryphal Gospels: New Book

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Markus Bockmuehl’s new book, Ancient Apocryphal Gospels (Westminster John Knox Press, 2017), is a very good introduction to the subject.   The publisher’s online catalogue entry is here.

After an introductory chapter setting out the scope, intention and approach taken in the...

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