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Barclay and Diaspora Jews

Today's post highlights one of one of my "top ten must reads" for students of New Testament in Christian Origins.    John Barclay, Jews in the Mediterranean Diaspora Barclay’s “Jews in the Mediterranean Diaspora” offers a ‘comprehensive survey’ of the Judaism out of which Early Christianity emerged. Recognizing this important seedbed for Early Christianity (but also ...

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What’s Cooking for SBL/AAR (hint: think sushi).

Question of the Month: How many Biblical Scholars will skip out on this year’s SBL/AAR meetings in San Diego to catch a few waves and hit the sushi bars? Maybe some... For those who will mostly forego the beach here’s what is cooking at the conference for my interest: Friday “Paul and the Apocalyptic Imagination” deBoer, ...

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Seminary Stewardship Alliance Conference About to Begin

For the past two years, seminary leaders and faculty from among the largest Christian centers for pastoral training have committed their seminaries to creation care.  They've committed to interweave biblical-theological inspirations for creation care into their curriculum, as challenging as it might be.  They've decided to practice sustainability on their campuses in a variety of ways.  And they've ...

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The Persians and First-Century Judaism

For those interested in Second-Temple Judaism and the religious tradition that Jesus knew first hand, you'll be interested in the collaborative project ongoing between Lester Grabbe (of the University of Hull) and T&T Clark, "A History of the Jews and Judaism in the Second Temple Period." Volumes One and Two are out (covering the Persian and Early Hellenistic ...

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TOP 10 GATEWAY BOOKS FOR STUDENTS OF THE NEW TESTAMENT, ANNOTATED

I have compiled this top ten list of important books for all serious students of Christian Origins, with a distinct emphasis on the religious, philosophical, and political world out of which Christianity emerged. Though this list include some of the best books in each possible sub-discipline of NT studies, what I have included here are some ...

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NT Wright 101

In April 2014, Christianity Today featured NT Wright, complete with a Narnia-esque cover picture of him standing on an age-worn dock of the North Sea.   Something about this spotlight at the convergence of popular religion and intellectual Christianity struck me as momentous. I once heard it said by a frequenter of seminary campuses, that every seminary ...

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