New College, University of Edinburgh

“Peter–Apocalyptic Seer”

Another of our recent PhD graduates, John R. Markley, has had his thesis published in a respected monograph series:  John R. Markley, Peter–Apocalyptic Seer (WUNT 2.348; Tuebingen:  Mohr Siebeck, 2013.  Congratulations, John! The focus of the book is on the question of whether/how the portrayal of Peter in the Gospel of Matthew was shaped by the […]

  • CSCO Team,
  • 4th October 2013

New Book on Jews in the Graeco-Roman Period

Perusing the current Mohr Siebeck catalogue, I’ve just noticed that our own Dr. Margaret Williams has a new book out (she’s too modest to have mentioned it):  Jews in a Graeco-Roman Environment (Tuebingen:  Mohr Siebeck, 2013; ISBN 978-3-16-151901-7). This is mainly a collection of essay-length studies previously published in a variety of journals and multi-author […]

  • CSCO Team,
  • 17th September 2013

“New Documents” Vol 10

I’ve just received my copy of Volume 10 of the valuable series, New Documents Illustrating Early Christianity, eds. S. R. Llewelyn and J. R. Harrison (Eerdmans, 2012).  For those who don’t know the series, each volume reviews publications of texts and inscriptions from a preceding period of years.  This latest volume covers 1988-1992. The original […]


Christianity and Roman Society: A Good Read

(Larry Hurtado):  Over the last couple of weeks one of the books I’ve worked through is Gillian Clark’s Christianity and Roman Society (CUP, 2004), and I commend it heartily.  At only 121 pp., plus bibliography & index, it packs in an impressive amount of cogent and sage discussion in a small package. Clark focuses on […]

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  • 2nd September 2013

Kruger on the NT Canon

(Larry Hurtado):  One our former PhD students, Michael Kruger, has produced a fine study of the emergence of the New Testament canon:  Canon Revisited:  Establishing the Origins and Authority of the New Testament Books (Wheaton, IL:  Crossway Books, 2012).  Kruger’s first book (arising from his PhD thesis here) was The Gospel of the Savior : […]

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  • 19th April 2013

Another “New Documents” Volume

(Larry Hurtado):  The latest in the series, “New Documents Illustrating Early Christianity,” produced by the Ancient History Documentary Research Centre in Macquarie University (Sydney, Australia) has appeared, Volume 10, edited by S. R. Llewelyn and J. R. Harrison (published by Eerdmans).  Each volume in the series is a valuable collection of notices of publications on […]

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  • 15th February 2013

“The Gendered Palimpsest”

(Larry Hurtado): Kim Haines-Eitzen is already known as a talented and innovative scholar in the study of early Christian manuscripts, especially through her earlier book, Guardians of Letters: Literacy, Power, and the Transmitters of Early Christian Literature (Oxford University Press,2000). (For contrasting assessments, see the reviews by David Parker and Ulrich Schmid in TC: http://rosetta.reltech.org/TC/v07/index.html.) […]

  • CSCO Team,
  • 19th July 2012

Major Reference Work on Religion in Ancient World

(Larry Hurtado): Although it’s been out for several years now, I’ve only recently become introduced to a major and important, multi-volume reference work on virutually all aspects of religion in the ancient Greek and Roman periods:  Thesaurus Cultus et Rituum Antiquorum (5 vols., Los Angeles:  J. Paul Getty Museum, 2004-2006).  For advanced research on the religious […]

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  • 13th February 2012

New Book on The Shepherd of Hermas

(Larry Hurtado):  After Psalms and the Gospels of Matthew and John, the most frequently represented text in Christian manuscripts dated prior to 300 CE is The Shepherd of Hermas.  Though little known or read today outside of some circles of scholars in Christian Origins, it was obviously popular and much appreciated in the early centuries.   […]

  • CSCO Team,
  • 30th January 2012

Newly Published Articles on Christian Papyri

(Larry Hurtado):  The latest issue of The Bulletin of the American Society of Papyrologists arrived late last week, containing several articles especially noteworthy for students of early Christianity and interested in material evidence. Perhaps the most significant is by Theodore S. de Bruyn and Jitse H. F. Diijkstra, “Greek Amulets and Formularies from Egypt Containing Christian […]

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  • 27th December 2011