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 […]

Book Announcement: Porter and Pang (eds), “The Letter to the Romans”

Long overdue, this book comprises the papers delivered at the Bingham Colloquium at McMaster Divinity College in 2014. The conference centered on Paul’s letter to the Romans, focusing on its exegetical and applicational values. Both New Testament and Old Testament perspectives are offered in the book. Table of Contents: 1. There Is No Longer Any […]

Book Announcement: Cynthia Long Westfall, Paul and Gender

This post is long overdue, but just in case any of our readers have not heard, our friend Cindy Westfall has recently written a comprehensive monograph on Paul’s view of gender (Paul and Gender: Reclaiming the Apostle’s Vision for Men and Women in Christ [Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2016]). Westfall, a leading New Testament scholar who […]

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 […]

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 […]

A Permanent Text of the ESV Bible? They Must Be Joking

Crossway recently announced that, after 17 years of cumulative work in establishing a near-perfect English translation of the Bible, a final edition, or Permanent Text, of the English Standard Version was achieved in the summer of 2016. In fact, the ESV translators did not even translate most of the ESV, and hence did not even […]

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 […]

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 […]