You either love Barth or you hate him. But whatever your view of his work (and life), he is a theological tour de force to be reckoned with, arguably the most prolific and creative theologian of the 20th century.
We continue our series on the qualities and practices of good biblical scholar with the esteemed Grant Macaskill of Aberdeen University.
I’m sensitive to a number of things on the back of the intellectual humility work I’ve done recently, and obviously such humility would be a key marker: we are all imperfect, finite thinkers, who are dependent on God and on other creaturely thinkers, and have to be open to exchange with others if truth is to be comprehended. John Barclay, Simon Gathercole or Loren Stuckenbruck are all lovely examples, I think, of such openness, by contrast to some others who may be rather more entrenched in their own positions. [Read more…]
Craig Bartholomew, H. Evan Runner Professor of Philosophy at Redeemer University College, was recently interviewed by Faithlife TV, where he laid down the gauntlet for Christian academics. His message: make your research speak to today’s context.
In other words, when it comes to the question of who your work is for, the church takes priority over (though not to the exclusion of) the academy.
A healthy week on the academic job market. More Open Rank adverts than we’ve seen in some time, and a decent number of OT, NT, and Judaism posts, as well as various types of theology. We’ve thrown in a few posts for History of the Ancient Med for good measure.
Just over a month to SBL Boston, we hope you get plenty of interviews. [Read more…]
In its modern form, the study of Christian origins has been dominated by the study of the apostle Paul. Take, for instance, Johannes Weiss’s précis of nineteenth-century scholarship on Christian origins, written in 1917: ‘’The history of primitive Christianity is usually written as the history of St. Paul’ (Primitive Christianity, 1). Or, one might say, the history of St. Paul’s letters. [Read more…]
I’ve been asking biblical scholars at every level the following question: “What makes a good biblical scholar or theologian?” Over the next few years (or longer, perhaps), I’ll be posting their responses every Monday. Subscribe to theLAB and don’t miss a single one.
We begin with the inimitable Tom Wright. [Read more…]
There’s hope for the humanities! Lots of jobs this week, especially assistant professorships in OT and NT. [Read more…]
Atonement: Sin, Sacrifice, and Salvation in Jewish and Christian Antiquity
The St. Andrews Symposium is never one to be missed. This conference always draw in an excellent mix of scholars of all ranks, and there are plentiful opportunities for postgrads to present papers and network as well.
Even if you’re not based in the UK, do consider going, as this conference draws a strong international crowd that includes scholars from the USA, EU, Israel, and more.
See below for details: [Read more…]
Whenever I am faced with the decision of whether or not to buy a new book, I employ a tried-and-tested method. I ask myself the following question:
“Is this book a game-changer?”
Notice that I used the present tense. I don’t ask, “was.” I want to spend my hard-earned money on books that changed the direction of study in a particular sub-discipline of biblical studies, and that continue to exert an influence. [Read more…]