New College, University of Edinburgh

J. Louis Martyn: Fifty Years On—A ‘Two-Level Drama’ of Scriptural Interpretation in John 9

J. Louis Martyn and Two-Level Drama in the Gospel of John   The Society of Biblical Literature’s Annual Meeting always offers a whirlwind of sessions catering to every niche of biblical scholarship. Yet sometimes the most enlightening are those taking the pulse of current conversation in the tried-and-true subject areas. I benefited from just such […]

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  • 7th January 2019

Early Christian Ritual Life

In this short video, Professor Steven Muir offers up some thoughts on the applicability of ritual in early Christianity.   Share Post:

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  • 5th October 2018

Eaten By Worms: Comparison between Acts 12:23 and Death of the Persecutors 33-35

When asked if I wanted to write an article for this blog about worms, I was hooked. It is one of my favorite parts in my dissertation and I cannot get tired of talking about Galerius and how his groin got eaten by worms from the inside out. But first things first: In quite a […]

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  • 20th June 2018

Consequences For Early Christian Converts

In this video, Larry Hurtado discusses the consequences of varying groups (e.g. Jew or Gentile) for their commitment to the early Jesus movement. Share Post:

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  • 25th May 2018

Encountering “Normal” Violence in early Christian Texts in the Age of #metoo

In the wake of the groundbreaking exposé of Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein published in the New Yorker last autumn, the #metoo movement has directed public attention to acts of violence that have all too often been swept under the carpet. For too long, people in positions of relative weakness—usually women, but sometimes men—have been conditioned […]

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  • 7th May 2018

The Grammar of Messianism in Recent Discussion

My book The Grammar of Messianism: An Ancient Jewish Political Idiom and Its Users (OUP, 2017) has been out for less than a year, so published reviews are only just now beginning to appear. Meanwhile, I have enjoyed some excellent live discussions of the book, including a British New Testament Conference panel with Philip Alexander, […]

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  • 24th April 2018

When Heresy was Orthodox: Quartodecimanism as a Brief Case Study

Many people are celebrating Easter all over the world this time of year, some within a Christian context and others a more secular one. Many people receive Communion on Easter Sunday in remembrance of Jesus’ Last Supper as they do on numerous other occasions throughout the year. Yet, Jesus’ Last Supper took place prior to […]

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  • 30th March 2018

The Canonical Process Reconsidered

The canon of the Hebrew Bible was defined, if not yet finally closed, by the end of the first century CE.  The Pharisaic canon became the canon of Rabbinic Judaism, because the majority of those who re-founded the Jewish religion after the destruction of the Temple by the Romans were Pharisees.  The process that led […]

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  • 17th March 2018

Appealing to Rome: Didn’t The Apostle Paul Forbid It?

Why do Christians continue going to court when the Apostle Paul forbade them to do that in 1 Corinthians 6:1-11? Verse 1 (NRSV) reads: ‘When any of you has a grievance against another, do you dare to take it to court before the unrighteous, instead of taking it before the saints?’ The answer to Paul’s […]

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  • 1st March 2018

Jesus of Nazareth: Searching for the Historical Jesus

Professor Helen Bond’s lecture recorded 10 February 2018 at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London: “Around the year 30 AD, in an insignificant province of the Roman Empire, a Jewish prophet, teacher and healer met with a shameful and brutal end on a Roman cross. 2,000 years later, this obscure figure has over two billion followers […]

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  • 23rd February 2018