A Priori is a recently launched series on the theLAB in which we put three simple questions to scholars undertaking important research in biblical studies, theology, ethics, and more. This week we hear from David McCollough and his social anthropological work, called Identity Fusion, in Luke-Acts.[Read more…]
Why, in the face of material prosperity and the endless production of greater and better goods, would anybody choose the life of the mind?
I use the definite article with purpose. There are plural “lives” of intellectual priority that one might live, whether that be as a scholar, writer, poet, editor, philosopher et al. But there is a singular habitus under which all these must be subsumed: the life.1[Read more…]
Words and pictures by Tavis Bohlinger
This year’s joint meeting of the International Society of Biblical Literature (ISBL) and the European Association of Biblical Studies (EABS) was held in Helsinki during the last few days of July and into August. Strange to say, the weather was almost unbearably hot. This is Finland, mind you, not Spain. Finland is the country of reindeers and Father Christmas. The hottest thing in Finland is usually their famous saunas. The airport signs even capitalized on the heat wave (hence the title of this article). [Read more…]
By Douglas Estes
Describing Ben Witherington III as prolific is like saying water is wet. Over the past thirty years, he has written commentaries on all twenty-seven New Testament books—plus dozens of other volumes. He is currently working on a biblical theology project tentatively titled Convergence: A Biblical Theology (Baker, forthcoming). His teaching career stretches from Duke to Ashland to Asbury, where he continues to serve as the Jean R. Amos Professor of New Testament for Doctoral Studies. Witherington spoke recently with Didaktikos editor Douglas Estes about the role of rhetoric in pedagogy and his advice for young professors. He also explained why he writes so much. [Read more…]