“Social Justice and “The Bible and Social Justice” (Wipf & Stock, 2015)

The Gospel narratives tell us that Jesus of Nazareth was a prime advocate of social justice. He fed the hungry, healed the sick, comforted the lonely, and helped the needy. In a society ruled by the few elites of a powerful empire, Jesus chose to side with the poor and the marginalized. The “poor” during […]

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 […]

Recap of ETS & SBL San Antonio 2016 and a Festschrift

Earlier this month were the annual meetings of the Evangelical Theological Society and Society of Biblical Literature, which were held in San Antonio, Texas. The conferences were held near the River Walk, which is one of San Antonio’s most interesting attractions. The River Walk is actually a man-made river, one story below street-level, cutting through […]

A Review of J.M.G. Barclay’s “Paul and the Gift”

John M.G. Barclay of Durham University (UK) recently wrote a book entitled Paul and the Gift (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2015), where he presents a study of the concept of grace through the lens of ancient gift-giving conventions. While I was excited to be able to read it, as it has been highly praised in many […]

Modern Linguistic Theories and Modeling Biblical Language (Brill, 2016)

Modern linguistic theories have not been a popular interpretive tool in biblical studies up until perhaps recently. In fact, it is fair to say that many biblical scholars are still ignorant of them or at least hesitant to use them in studying the text of the Bible. There are a good number of reasons why […]

Book Announcement: Porter, The Apostle Paul

Stanley Porter has recently published another book, The Apostle Paul: His Life, Thought, and Letters (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2016). As an overview of the major issues on this significant figure, the book divides into two major sections. The first addresses several important aspects of Paul, including who he was, his chronology, his thought and theology, Pauline […]