New College, University of Edinburgh

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 […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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, […]

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  • 25th October 2017

John and the Synoptics

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

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  • 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.

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  • 5th October 2017

Apa Aphou: Scribal Error and a Doctrinal Dispute

At SBL last year, I attended a review session of Lincoln Blumell and Thomas Wayment’s helpful book, Christian Oxyrhynchus (Waco, Baylor University Press, 2015). During the discussion, someone mentioned that it was the first time The Life of Apa Aphou, Bishop of Pemje (= Oxyrhynchus) had ever been translated into English (they mention this on […]

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  • 28th September 2017

Ancient Biographies – PT. 1

In this first video, Professor Helen Bond introduces her work on ancient biography and the Gospel of Mark.

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  • 25th September 2017

Book Giveaway (Colossians Commentary)

Here at CSCO, we look forward to a wonderful new year of content. We thought a book giveaway might be a great way to start! Professor Foster’s commentary on Colossians is 500+ pages of high quality scholarship, and comes highly recommended to biblical scholars, students, and other interested parties. You can find Professor Foster’s 4-part […]

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  • 19th September 2017

Biblical Truths with Professor Dale Martin

In this interview, Professor Dale Martin (Yale University) discusses his newest work, “Biblical Truths: The Meaning of Scripture in the Twenty-first Century”. Professor Martin is refreshingly candid discussing personal topics as well as the interplay between the Bible and theology.

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  • 30th July 2017