Strasbourg in the Spring—A Perfect Time for a Rhetoric Conference

When I received an invitation to be a speaker at the “Saint Paul and Rhetoric” conference hosted by the classics faculty at the University of Strasbourg in France, I found it impossible to say no. Throughout the years, I have continued periodically to write on rhetoric, and this remains a topic of interest to many […]

CT Caves to Pressure

I never met Rachel Held Evans, and have, to my knowledge, never read any of her work, except possibly for a blog here or there. I was saddened to hear of her death, as I would be of any young popular Christian writer. I also read the article that Christianity Today posted by John Stonestreet, […]

On Romans 7 and the Pauline Struggle

Excerpts from Stanley E. Porter, The Letter to the Romans: A Linguistic and Literary Commentary (New Testament Monographs 37; Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix, 2015), pp. 149, 152, and 153–54. “Paul now elaborates a set of paradoxical parallel statements that describe the results of what it means to be under the control or authority of sin as […]

Linguistics and New Testament Greek Conference

I spoke at the “Linguistics and New Testament Greek: Key Issues in the Current Debate” conference held at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina, on April 26-27. The conference organizers, Ben Merkle and David Alan Black, were masterful in coordinating the two days of speakers, attended by about two hundred or more […]

On Method and Purpose in New Testament Textual Criticism

In a typical seminary course on New Testament textual criticism (TC), the standard methods are usually outlined: reasoned eclecticism, majority text, thoroughgoing eclecticism, and most recently the coherence-based genealogical method (CBGM), with a few others perhaps included, such as modified majority text (advocated by Harry Sturz), the documentary approach (Philip Comfort), and the single manuscript […]

Why Is It Called “Passion” Week? Etymology to the Rescue

This week, we celebrate and remember the final week of Jesus’s life and ministry before his death and resurrection, both events being cornerstones of the Christian faith. It is often called Passion Week, and the events leading up to his death are often called the Passion of the Christ (just like the movie!). But a […]

Thoughts about the NA29 and UBSGNT6

In a recent post at the Evangelical Textual Criticism blog, Peter Gurry shares some notes that he took at SBL Denver 2018 about the plans for the next editions of the NA29 and UBSGNT6. I too was sitting in that session where Holger Strutwolf was presenting the plans. But I did not take any notes, […]