Thursday, June 25, 2015

VIDEO: The Gospel of Jesus' Wife intro

I saw that the newest issue of NTS (61.3) is devoted entirely to the interesting document called the Gospel of Jesus' Wife. I haven't had a chance to read any of the articles, but it looks like a good range of topics to get at the nature of this text. I also heard that some have done a little bit of mudslinging against those that say yea or nay on this text being an ancient document, but I think it's best to just give this text a fair hearing and see what the various scholars have to say about it in this top peer-reviewed journal.

For an introduction, see this intro video from Simon Gathercole of Cambridge:

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

VIDEO: Richard Hays @ Lanier Theological Library

Recently, Professor Richard Hays of Duke Divinity School was involved in a panel discussion on what's called "figural reading" of OT in NT. This recalls his earlier work on Paul as well as the more recently work on the Gospels (Reading Backwards), the latter which is part of a larger ongoing project (likely to be completed sooner with his stepping down as the Dean of the Divinity School).

See the video below:

Sunday, June 7, 2015

RIP: J. Louis Martyn (1925 - June 2015)

I was saddened to hear the passing of one of the great NT scholar/theologians of the current generation, Professor J. Louis Martyn (see a tribute by Prof. Gaventa here). During my first semester at Duke Div, I took a course on Galatians with Dr. Susan Eastman, in which we worked through his wonderful AB commentary on Galatians. Thanks to her friendship with Prof. Martyn, we had the great privilege of having him join our last class session in which we talked about Paul and Galatians for three hours. I still remember his graciousness and humility, and he was very much interested in hearing from all of us as much as we wanted to hear from him. He fully engaged with all of our (and I'm sure in many ways, amateur) questions and it was such a great way to end the seminar. Whatever the various criticisms (or praises) that could be had of his AB commentary, to this day I tell my friends/colleagues that it is one of the most readable and interesting commentaries that I have ever come across. 

RIP Professor, it was truly an honor to have met you.