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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Saturday, 23 September 2017 03:51

Paul and 1 Corinthians 14:34-35

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A couple of readers have asked for my comments on the news story on Philip Payne’s recently-published article in which he discusses scribal features of Codex Vaticanus as these pertain to the question of the originality of 1 Corinthians 14:34-25.  (The news story, e.g., here....

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Friday, 22 September 2017 00:36

The Internet and Scholarly Discussion

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The Internet does not necessarily serve us well when it comes to scholarly discussion of topics.  As an experienced “blogger” attempting to promote scholarly work now, I know this well.

On the one hand, it’s wonderful to post something and then within days (or even hours) to...

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Thursday, 21 September 2017 18:21

Recent Studies on Early Christian Textual Transmission

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In light of my recent postings about the textual transmission of early Christian texts (especially, but not exclusively, the Gospels), I note again two other recent volumes that are rich in data and intriguing in analysis.

Alan Mugridge, Copying Early Christian Texts: A Study of Scribal Practice,...

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Wednesday, 20 September 2017 19:49

Textual Stability and NT Studies

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Claims by some that the earliest period of textual transmission of the Gospels was so “wild” that we cannot take extant early copies of the Gospels as a good representation of what the authors may have written are all belied in practice by NT scholars, including those who make such...

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Wednesday, 20 September 2017 18:30

Selected Essays on Jesus-Devotion

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I’m pleased to have author’s copies of a volume of selected essays of mine:  Ancient Jewish Monotheism and Early Christian Jesus-Devotion:  The Context and Character of Christological Faith (Baylor University Press, 2017), the publisher’s online catalog entry here.

The 32...

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Wednesday, 20 September 2017 01:22

New Book on Philosophers Theologians Using Social Media

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Theologians and Philosophers Using Social Media:  Advice, Tips, and Testimonials, ed. Thomas Jay Oord (San Diego, CA:  SacraSage Press, 2017), has contributions from 91 scholars, who describe how they got into using various social media (e.g., blogging, or whatever), what they aim to do,...

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Tuesday, 19 September 2017 22:02

Is a Paradigm Shift Now Called for?

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Some comments in response to my previous posting on the textual transmission of early Christian writings (here) reflect the difficulty that some have in facing the need in a given field of study to undergo what Thomas Kuhn famously called a “paradigm shift,” i.e., a change in a...

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Tuesday, 19 September 2017 02:29

Early Textual Transmission of Christian Texts

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Assumptions and claims about the transmission of the texts of early Christian writings continue to require correction.  Old assumptions and claims die slowly, advocates sometimes seeming so wedded to them that they exhibit some resistance to the data.

There is, for example, the persistent...

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Friday, 15 September 2017 01:12

Gemstone Crucifixion Image: A Recent Study

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In a recent article, Roy Kotansky provides a fresh analysis of an ancient gemstone that that is regarded as giving one of the earliest visual depictions of the crucified Jesus:  Roy Kotansky, “The Magic ‘Crucifixion Gem’ in the British Museum,” Greek, Roman and...

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Wednesday, 13 September 2017 00:54

Anti-imperial Paul?

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One of the issues in Pauline studies in recent years is whether Paul’s letters contain a “hidden” critique of Rome and imperial ideology.  Big names in NT studies have lined up on both sides of the question.  In a recent study, Christoph Heilig probes the warrants and...

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A newly-published article gives an incisive discussion of recent publications by Bart Ehrman, Richard Bauckham, and Michael Bird on memory, tradition and the historical Jesus:  Alan Kirk, “Ehrman, Bauckham and Bird on Memory and the Jesus Tradition,” Journal for the Study of...

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Thursday, 07 September 2017 20:22

Jan Bremmer Essay Collection

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Jan Bremmer is one of the most impressive scholars of the ancient world that I know, and a collection of his essays on early Christianity and its context has now appeared:  Jan N. Bremmer, Maidens, Magic and Martyrs in Early Christianity:  Collected Essays I (Tuebingen:  Mohr...

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Thursday, 07 September 2017 18:38

Spanish Language book on Early Christianity

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During my visit to meeting of the Spanish Biblical Association, I was given a copy of a new multi-author book that I commend, especially to Spanish-speaking readers:  Así vivían los primeros christianos:  Evolución de las practicas y de las creencias en el...

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Friday, 01 September 2017 03:01

Justin Martyr and the Gospels

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At a conference earlier this week in Málaga, one of the main sessions was on Justin Martyr, and the lecturer was asked about Justin’s knowledge and use of NT writings.  The lecturer responded by rather firmly urging that there is scant evidence that Justin knew the NT Gospels,...

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Thursday, 31 August 2017 23:32

A Thoughtful Review of “Destroyer of the gods”

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I’m pleased to note the thoughtful review of my book, Destroyer of the gods:  Early Christian Distinctiveness in the Roman World (Baylor University Press, 2016) that just appeared in Marginalia (a Los Angeles Review of Books channel) here.

Actually, this review-essay...

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Sunday, 27 August 2017 18:12

The New Brill Greek-English Lexicon Test-driven

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In an earlier posting I pointed to the recently published English translation of the massive Greek-English lexicon by Franco Montanari (here).  I’ve now owned and used it for several months now, and I can confirm that it’s an impressive and valuable resource:  The Brill...

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Monday, 21 August 2017 08:03

“The Library of Early Christology”

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“The Library of Early Christology” is a new series of reprinted works focused on the origins of beliefs in and devotion to Jesus as sharing in divine honor in early Christianity, the series published by Baylor University Press.

In earlier postings, I mentioned initial works in this...

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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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