New College, University of Edinburgh

Christian Scholars and Academic Honesty

In this video, Professor Larry Hurtado answers this question: “Do you think there are any dangers—in terms of academic criticism—for biblical scholars who happen to be Christian?”

  • CSCO Team,
  • 30th November 2017

Why Are Scholars So Keen On Q? (Mark Goodacre)

Take a peek at this VERY SHORT video from Mark Goodacre, who answers why scholars are so keen on Q!

  • CSCO Team,
  • 25th November 2017

World Christianity and Christian Origins

For some time now I have been interested in the question: How did the early Christian movement persuade others that its God, its gospel message centering upon a crucified and resurrected Messiah, and its attendant way of life were superior to competing Greco-Roman ways of worship and piety toward their gods?[1] Some of the most […]

  • CSCO Team,
  • 14th November 2017

Tóibín Reviewed (PT. 4)

The Testament of Mary Sue Many here will be familiar with the editorial-critical term ‘Mary Sue’ — a term used for a character whose qualities and perspective make her (or him) an idealised author-surrogate. When this device works well, even critical readers raise no objection; some have proposed that Æneas should be understood as a […]

  • CSCO Team,
  • 9th November 2017

Tóibín Reviewed (PT. 3)

Colm Tóibín , The Testament of Mary I’ve been asked to look at this book from the perspective of a historical Jesus scholar. And I’m very happy to do so: I’m a firm believer that historical fiction can sometimes shed light on the past – when our sources are as fragmented as the gospels we’re […]

  • CSCO Team,
  • 7th November 2017

Tóibín Reviewed (PT. 2)

For context to this series, reference the first blog here.   The Persuasive Art of Colm Toíbín in The Testament of Mary In a 2013 article in the Guardian, Paula Cocozza remarked that, “Jesus is having a moment in literary fiction.” A sudden spate of novels on Jesus had hit the shelves—The Liars Gospel, The […]

  • CSCO Team,
  • 5th November 2017

Tóibín Reviewed (PT. 1)

At this years’ British New Testament Conference, the joint session “Jesus, Synoptics, and New Testament Use/Influence” discussed Colm Tóibín’s book, The Testament of Mary. In it some interesting points about Christian origins are raised. Scholars Alison Jack, Elizabeth Shively, A K M Adam, and Helen Bond have graciously given CSCO the opportunity to publish their […]

  • CSCO Team,
  • 3rd November 2017

The Sin of Cunnilingus

*Warning: This is an academic piece of research which aims to unpack St. Paul’s concerns in Romans 1.26-27. The explicit language used throughout is necessary to better reflect the coarse intentions of the ancient authors called upon to shed light on the biblical passage.* Romans 1:26-27 26 Διὰ τοῦτο παρέδωκεν αὐτοὺς ὁ θεὸς εἰς πάθη ἀτιμίας, […]

  • CSCO Team,
  • 25th October 2017

John and the Synoptics

In this video, Professor Mark Goodacre helps us understand John’s use of the Synoptics.

  • CSCO Team,
  • 23rd October 2017

Ancient Biography – PT. 2

In this second video, Professor Bond looks at two examples of how ancient biography works in Mark’s Gospel.

  • CSCO Team,
  • 5th October 2017