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, 16 August 2017 21:51

“Paul, the Pagans’ Apostle”

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Paula Fredriksen’s awaited book on Paul has now appeared:  Paul, the Pagans’ Apostle (Yale University Press, 2017; the publisher’s online catalog entry here).  And unlike some other recent works, it’s a comparatively modest-sized tome (319 pp. including endnotes,...

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A quick note to pass on word that the large multi-author volume, God and the Faithfulness of Paul, engaging N.T. Wright’s two-volume recent work, Paul and the Faithfulness of God, has now been published also by Fortress Press (publisher’s online catalogue entry here)....

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In an essay from 1979 I floated the idea that Paul’s collection-project for Jerusalem may have been used against him by his critics in the Galatian churches:  “The Book of Galatians and the Jerusalem Collection,” Journal for the Study of the New Testament 5(1979), pp....

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Wednesday, 09 August 2017 18:29

St. Lawrence: “Well done”!

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Today (10 August) is the feast day of my namesake, Lawrence, Deacon in the Roman church, executed 258 CE in the persecution of Christians under Valerian.  I have nothing to add to the limited knowledge we have of him.  This posting is simply a somewhat self-indulgent nod to the guy who...

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Monday, 07 August 2017 18:47

Destroyer of the gods: Peppard’s Review

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I’m a bit tardy in acknowledging the review of my book, Destroyer of the gods:  Early Christian Distinctiveness in the Roman World, by Michael Peppard (Fordham University) in America 31 July here.  It’s a thoughtful review informed by Peppard’s own...

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Sunday, 06 August 2017 22:42

“Lord Jesus Christ”: Portuguese Edition

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A surprise package this a.m. turned out to be copies of the newly-published Portuguese translation of my 2003 book, Lord Jesus Christ:  Devotion to Jesus in Earliest Christianity. The Portuguese title:  Senhor Jesus Christ:  Devoção a Jesus no Christianisno...

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Monday, 31 July 2017 18:09

Free Copy of “Destroyer of the gods”

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A chance for a free, signed copy of my book, Destroyer of the gods:  Early Christian Distinctiveness in the Roman World, is offered by the publisher here.  The raffle begins today (01 August) and runs for through 04 August.

 

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For a fascinating account about tracking down a bizarre reference to a first-century papyrus of the “notes” of the Gospel of Mark, check Brent Nongbri’s recent posting here.

Brent refers also to the claim that surfaced a few years ago that a “first-century” fragment of...

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Wednesday, 26 July 2017 18:36

Kruger: “Christianity at the Crossroads”

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Christianity at the Crossroads:  How the Second Century Shaped the Future of the Church is the new book by Michael J. Kruger (SPCK, 2017; the publisher’s online catalogue entry here).  I’ve endorsed the book heartily.  Indeed, I think it’s now the best single-volume...

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I’m very pleased to have my gift-copy of the re-publication of some key works by Alan F. Segal in one handy volume:  The Other Judaisms of Late Antiquity,Second Edition, which now includes also his major essay, “Heavenly Ascent in Hellenistic Judaism, Early Christianity, and Their...

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Wednesday, 19 July 2017 01:31

Our Knowledge of Early Christianity

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Here’s an observation for consideration (or refutation):  We have more evidence about the beliefs, behavioral practices/demands, and diversity in early Christianity in the first two centuries AD than for any other religious group of the time.  From within the few decades we have...

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Sunday, 16 July 2017 02:51

Novenson’s New Book on Messianism

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A slightly belated congratulation of my colleague, Matthew Novenson, on the publication of his book, The Grammar of Messianism:  An Ancient Jewish Political Idiom and its Users (Oxford University Press, 2017; the publisher’s online catalog entry here).  He is featured...

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Thursday, 13 July 2017 18:38

On Representing the Views of Others

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The following exhortation about representing the views of others is primarily directed to students and younger scholars.  One of the aims I’ve striven for over the 40+ years of my scholarly work has been to represent the views of other scholars fairly, and especially those views with...

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Wednesday, 12 July 2017 23:00

Crossley’s Curious/Amusing Misfire

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James Crossley’s 2008 book, Jesus in an Age of Terror, was a broadscale critique of NT scholars (and it was directed against individuals) for their alleged biases.  One of those he attacked was me.  I drafted a response a couple of years ago, but then for various reasons...

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Tuesday, 11 July 2017 23:16

A Handy NT Greek Lexicon

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Over the years, I’ve repeatedly recommended to students A Manual Greek Lexicon of the New Testament, by G. Abbott-Smith.  I’ve often been surprised at how infrequently people knew about it.  For it’s perhaps the best hand-lexicon around.

In a volume of slightly more...

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Monday, 10 July 2017 23:58

More on “Destroyer of the gods” reviews

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In some contrast to the disappointing review of my book, Destroyer of the gods, that I blogged about earlier here, you might find this somewhat earlier review here more accurately reflective of the book.  It also notes the possible relevance of the book for modern-day Christians (and,...

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A collection of 32 of my previously published essays on earliest Jesus-devotion is scheduled to appear in September, and is now available for pre-order:  Ancient Jewish Monotheism and Early Christian Jesus-Devotion:  The Context and Character of Christological Faith (Baylor...

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I suppose many authors experience the uncertainty and occasional frustration with reviews of their books.  A recent review of my book, Destroyer of the gods (Baylor University Press, 2016) left me disappointed:  David Wheeler-Reed, in Expository Times128.9 (2017): 441-42.  A...

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Over the last several days news has broken that Hobby Lobby (big American firm selling household decoration items) has settled with the U.S. Justice Department over the purchase and importation of several thousand artifacts illegally obtained from Iraq.  E.g., news story here, and the...

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Thursday, 06 July 2017 01:30

“Communal Reading” in Early Christianity

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A forthcoming book by Brian J. Wright, Communal Reading in the Time of Jesus:  A Window into Early Christian Reading Practices, is a solid and valuable contribution to our grasp of how texts functioned in early Christianity.  View the publisher’s advance notice here....

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Sunday, 02 July 2017 20:03

A Serious Reader of “Lord Jesus Christ”

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I am pleased that my 2003 book, Lord Jesus Christ:  Devotion to Jesus in Earliest Christianity, continues to receive attention, including a series of postings by John Bainbridge, the latest one here.  My book is devoted to a historical analysis of earliest Jesus-devotion, whereas...

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Saturday, 24 June 2017 21:33

“The Saints” in the NT

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In the NT believers are referred to as “the saints/holy ones” over 60 times, particularly in Paul’s letters, with another concentration in Revelation, and a scattering of uses in some other NT writings (Acts, Hebrews, Jude).  It’s an interesting instance of a group...

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Wednesday, 21 June 2017 00:51

Is the New Testament a Field of Study?

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In the course of researching for another topic, I came across my notes of an article by Leander Keck, one of the major American figures in NT studies in the late 20th century:  “Is the New Testament a Field of Study? Or, From Outler to Overbeck and Back,” Second Century 1 (1981):...

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Tuesday, 06 June 2017 03:22

Fredriksen Honorary Doctorate

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Hearty congratulations to Paula Fredriksen (academic pal) on being awarded an honorary doctorate by Lund University!  She is an eminent scholar in early Christianity, with a new/forthcoming book on Paul:  Publisher’s online description here.

 

(The top hat is the gear awarded...

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Sunday, 04 June 2017 23:01

How We See Historical Changes

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Working now on a paper for a conference at summer’s end on the formation of early Christianity, I’ve noted to myself how careful we must be in the insufficiently examined use of metaphors to characterize the chronological changes in early Christianity.

With the (dubious?) advantage of...

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