Seven Events that Shaped the New Testament World (Review)


With thanks to Baker Academic for the review copy, I offer my review of Warren Carter’s excellent book.

Seven Events that Shaped the New Testament World (Review)


In the Mail: @Baylor_Press Edition

I received a very pleasant surprise in the mail today. The very kind folks at Baylor Press sent along a review copy of Jens Schröter’s From Jesus to the New Testament: Early Christian Theology and the Origin of the New Testament Canon. Schröter’s work is the inaugural volume in Baylor-Mohr Siebeck Studies in Early Christianity.

From the Editors Introduction:

The new series Baylor-Mohr Siebeck Studies in Early Christianity aims to facilitate increased dialogue between German and Anglophone scholarship by making recent German research available in English translations. In this way, we hope to contribute to the advancement of our common field of study.

The awesome folks over at Mohr Siebeck have this to say regarding this joint venture:

Mohr Siebeck (Tübingen, Germany) and Baylor University Press (Waco, Texas, USA) introduce an international collaboration in Christian scholarship: The Baylor-Mohr Siebeck Studies in Early Christianity series. In this series, editors Wayne Coppins (University of Georgia, USA) and Simon Gathercole (Cambridge, UK) select, translate, and edit major works from senior German scholars on early Christianity’s relationships to Second Temple Judaism and Hellenistic religious movements from the first years of the Common Era. Titles in Baylor-Mohr Siebeck Studies in Early Christianity will appear for the first time in English and make accessible the highest level of German erudition for the anglophone world. The publication schedule is for one volume per year.

If I could, I would hug those at Baylor and Mohr Siebeck for teaming together to make German scholarship more readily available for us lowly English speakers.
Kudos to both Baylor and Mohr Siebeck. May we all support such work by buying each of the volumes as they appear.

Gifford Lectures: Prof Diarmaid MacCulloch

Last year, Prof Diarmaid MacCulloch, who serves as Professor of the History of the Church at Oxford, gave the Gifford Lectures. Prof MacCulloch is an excellent historian who has written important books on the Reformation and the history of Christianity. Check them out!

History of New Testament Research: Vol. 3 (A Review)

Here is my review of William Baird’s excellent History of New Testament Research (Vol. 3). Thank again to Fortress for this review copy.

History of New Testament Research Vol. 3

Martin Hengel on the Necessity of Historical Knowledge

martin hengelUnfortunately, theologians today increasingly lack historical knowledge and an interest in history, and above all are too ignorant of the legacy of the past, whether of the Old Testament and Judaism, or of Graeco-Roman antiquity. Since the so-called “scholars” are gradually failing us here, it is doubly important for us as Christians to try to acquire a deeper historical understanding of what took place more than 1900 years ago; without such historical understanding our theological thinking, too, will all too easily become barren.

Acts and the History of Earliest Christianity[1].

From what I can gather about the late Dr. Hegel, he did not pull any punches when it came to the New Testament and its historical background. I could not agree more with these words, and I could not be more convicted either.

1. Cited in Barid’s History of New Testament Research: Vol. 3

In the Mail: Fortress Press Edition


The very kind folks over at Fortress Press sent along volume three of William Baird’s must read History of New Testament Research. If you have not read the first two volumes, go and get them all! These volumes are a must for the student of the New Testament. I look forward to reviewing this excellent volume.

In this masterful volume—the culmination of his three-volume History of New Testament Research (vol. 1, From Deism to Tübingen, 1992; vol. 2, From Jonathan Edwards to Rudolf Bultmann, 2012)—William Baird continues his insightful, balanced, and accessible survey of the major developments in New Testament scholarship. Volume 3 charts the dramatic discoveries and breakthroughs in method and approach that characterized the mid- and late twentieth century. Baird gives attention to the biographical and cultural setting of persons and approaches, affording both beginning student and seasoned scholar an authoritative account of the evolution of historical-critical study of the New Testament.

In case you are interested:

History of New Testament Research, Vol. 1: From Deism to Tubingen
History of New Testament Research: Vol. 2: From Jonathan Edwards to Rudolf Bultmann
History of New Testament Research: Vol. 3: From C. H. Dodd to Hans Dieter Betz