New College, University of Edinburgh

RIP Hans Barstad

(Matthew Novenson, CSCO director) My friend and colleague Hans Barstad has died, aged 73. A great Norwegian scholar of the classical prophets, in 2006 he left his chair in Oslo to take up the chair of Hebrew and Old Testament Studies at Edinburgh, where he remained Professor Emeritus since his retirement. He was the author […]

  • CSCO Team,
  • 17th September 2020

New in the Oxford Handbook of Pauline Studies: Troels Engberg-Pedersen on Paul the Philosopher

“We have seen that Paul’s philosophizing, as we now understand it, should not be identified with the picture of Paul’s thought that came to be given in the later, systematic, ‘theological’ reading of him. Instead, Paul was fundamentally working at the same level as other philosophers in the ancient world, arguing his case in as […]

  • CSCO Team,
  • 23rd July 2020

New in the Oxford Handbook of Pauline Studies: Emma Wasserman on Paul and Religion

“A number of recent critiques construe the category of religion as an essentializing tool of Western domination that leads to misleading formulations of its supposed object of study (Fitzgerald 2000; Dubuisson 2003; Nongbri 2013). Among other problems, critics blame scholarly conceptions of religion for tendencies to overplay characteristics of certain traditions (typical Western ones) as […]

  • CSCO Team,
  • 20th July 2020

New in the Oxford Handbook of Pauline Sudies: Nijay Gupta on pistis Christou in Paul

“Have scholars made any progress in the pistis Christou discussion in the last twenty years? I think the answer is yes. Debates on the basis of syntax are all but gone, and good riddance! Also, scholars are taking a more comprehensive approach, widening the scope of study to include parallels and similar phrases from elsewhere […]

  • CSCO Team,
  • 17th July 2020

New in the Oxford Handbook of Pauline Studies: Kathy Ehrensperger on Paul and Feminism

“The divergent images of Paul emerging from [different feminist] approaches are based on different hermeneutical presuppositions through which specific texts or whole letters are analysed. A focus on the gendered hierarchical structure of the Pauline discourse aims at uncovering its inherent potential for domination. Irrespective of authorial intent—which is, strictly speaking, inaccessible—the reception history of […]

  • CSCO Team,
  • 16th July 2020

New in the Oxford Handbook of Pauline Studies: Cavan Concannon on Archaeology and the Pauline Letters

“[Adolf] Deissmann’s optics for seeing the light from ancient remains reminds us that it is important to think about the hermeneutics that are involved in reading archaeological remains in conversation with biblical texts. As Melanie Johnson-DeBaufre has rightly shown, how we look determines what we see and thus requires that we pay attention to how […]

  • CSCO Team,
  • 15th July 2020

New in the Oxford Handbook of Pauline Studies: Laura Dingeldein on Paul the Letter-Writer

“In examining the ways in which letter writing helped Paul achieve his goals of positioning, community building, and moral formation, I consider evidence from Paul’s own letters, other primary sources from the classical Mediterranean, and recent scholarly literature on ancient epistolography. As will become clear in the ensuing pages, my arguments regarding the functions of […]

  • CSCO Team,
  • 14th July 2020

New entries to the Oxford Handbook of Pauline Studies

A couple of years ago, I (Matthew Novenson) took over from Barry Matlock as editor of the Oxford Handbook of Pauline Studies. Matlock had commissioned a lot of excellent essays for the Handbook, some of which had already been published online, but most of which were still pending. I have been collecting and editing those […]

  • CSCO Team,
  • 14th July 2020

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, who died on 26 June. Here she recalls her friendship with Dunn. I first came across Jimmy Dunn long before I knew who he was. […]

  • 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 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 […]

  • CSCO Team,
  • 7th January 2019