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 […]

Book Announcement: Porter and Dyer (eds), The Synoptic Problem

Stanley E. Porter and Bryan R. Dyer have co-edited another volume recently, The Synoptic Problem: Four Views (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2016), with contributors Craig A. Evans, Mark Goodacre, David Barrett Peabody, and Rainer Riesner representing the four views: the Two-Source Hypothesis, the Farrer Hypothesis, the Two-Gospel Hypothesis, and the Orality and Memory Hypothesis, respectively. […]

Book Announcement: Porter & Dyer (eds), Paul and Ancient Rhetoric

One of our contributors, along with a friend and colleague Bryan Dyer, has co-edited another book, Paul and Ancient Rhetoric: Theory and Practice in the Hellenistic Context (CUP, 2016). It contains a collection of 13 essays on Paul and rhetoric, surrounding the question of whether or not Paul was an ancient rhetor, and what exactly […]