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 […]

A Response to Runge’s Response to Porter’s Response to Runge in the latest BBR

Not too long ago, I received the latest issue of the Bulletin for Biblical Research (BBR), the journal of the Institute for Biblical Research (IBR), of which I am a fairly recent member. I appreciate IBR for its attention to scholarship within an evangelical framework and am excited to be a contributing member of this […]

“Did Jesus Really Exist?” and Social Memory

Brian Bethune, in a recent article, “Did Jesus Really Exist,” published in Maclean’s Magazine (28 March/4 April 2016), writes, “The reason Biblical historians cannot find even the outline of a historical Jesus, argues an increasingly persuasive chorus of challengers, is that there is nothing to find: Jesus Christ never lived at all” (39). Here we […]

Requiem for Sheffield

Most of us now know that Sheffield Phoenix Press (SPP) announced last week that it was shutting down its efforts. The sad and unfortunate demise of SPP marks the fall of the last pillar of what had supported the Sheffield School of biblical studies. Sheffield as a department of biblical studies and as an avenue […]

Commemorating the 200th Birthday of Constantine Tischendorf

This article might have come a bit late for its stated title, but it is nevertheless never late for commemorating the life and work of this important, but perhaps much neglected, scholar who was responsible for providing the primary manuscript basis of the Greek New Testament Bible scholars use today. Less than a month ago, […]

Why Linguistics Is Necessary for Interpreting the Biblical Text

I am a multilingual. My (chronologically) first language is Korean, because I grew up with Korean immigrant parents who knew little English. But English is my native language. I also took Spanish in high school and lived for most of my life in Los Angeles, so I can confidently say I speak broken Español. I […]