Book Announcement: James Barr Assessed

We are announcing a new book that is scheduled to be published this summer (18 Aug 2021), James Barr Assessed: Evaluating His Legacy over the Last Sixty Years (ed. Stanley E. Porter; BINS 192; Leiden, Brill). The blurb states: James Barr is a widely recognized name in biblical studies, even if he is still best […]

In Memoriam: Richard N. Longenecker

About one month ago (June 7), the world of biblical studies mourned the loss of New Testament scholar, Richard N. Longenecker, known especially for his work in Pauline studies. One of his best-known books of many is a revision of his PhD thesis, Paul, Apostle of Liberty (2nd ed.; Eerdmans, 2015; 1st ed.; 1964), which […]

Professor Petr Pokorn‎‎ý Dies

I was saddened to learn from my colleagues at the Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic, that my long-time friend Petr Pokorný has died. They have shared with me an obituary written to commemorate his passing, and his funeral service, with a standing-room only crowd, was held last Saturday. Petr was born on 21 April […]

Celebrating John W. Rogerson

I was greatly saddened to learn of the death of Professor John W. Rogerson, who died Tuesday morning, September 4, of a heart attack in Sheffield, UK. Professor Rogerson was one of the great Old Testament scholars of his generation, as well as being an exceptional individual, loyal and devout churchman, excellent supervisor, and superb academic […]

Book Announcement: Pillars in the History of Biblical Interpretation (2 vols.)

Sean Adams and I have recently edited two major volumes in the history of biblical interpretation. They are entitled Pillars in the History of Biblical Interpretation, and they have been published by the McMaster Divinity College Press in conjunction with Pickwick Publications (Wipf & Stock), both in 2016. The first volume is on prevailing methods […]

The Shocking News of Peter O’Brien and Plagiarism: August is the Cruellest Month

Commentaries for some time have become (rarely otherwise) little more than compendia of other people’s knowledge. With so many commentaries being produced in endless series, and with there being very little to distinguish most of them, there are only so many new things to be said and only so many new ways to say them […]