New College, University of Edinburgh

Helen Bond remembers J. D. G. (Jimmy) Dunn

Professor Helen Bond, former CSCO Director and now Head of the School of Divinity at Edinburgh, took her PhD at Durham under the supervision of J. D. G. (Jimmy) Dunn, […]

  • CSCO Team,
  • 6th July 2020

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 […]

  • CSCO Team,
  • 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.  

  • CSCO Team,
  • 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 […]

  • CSCO Team,
  • 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.

  • CSCO Team,
  • 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 […]

  • CSCO Team,
  • 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 […]

  • CSCO Team,
  • 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 […]

  • CSCO Team,
  • 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, […]

  • CSCO Team,
  • 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 […]

  • CSCO Team,
  • 1st March 2018