In late 2018 (in the UK), Christian Focus released my short book entitled How We Got the Bible. It is part of their “Christian Pocket Guides” series of books that target an educated layperson / pastor / student audience with accessible but still academically-rich content.
In this short volume (~107 pages), I try to distill down to the essentials the vast landscape of issues pertaining to how Scripture came together and made it to the present day church.
Continue reading New Book on OT/NT Canon and Text
Several days ago I attended the annual meetings of the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS) and Society of Biblical Literature (SBL), held this year in Denver. For those who are unfamiliar with these conferences, they (along with a few others that meet at the same time, such as AAR and IBR) are essentially the Comic-Con of the biblical studies world, only without the costumes. I don’t know the numbers for this year, but in years past the ETS meeting has had ~3,000 attendees and SBL ~10,000.
When I was a postgraduate student, these two conferences were primarily a means of networking, which brought with it the scholarly insecurity related to finding a job. But this year, now that I’m happily employed at RTS, the conferences were much more about catching up with old friends and learning a few things along the way (the same was true last year, but this year proved to be even more personally enriching).
Amid various events, lunches, dinners, and long conversations with old pals, I also made three presentations (2 at ETS, 1 at SBL), each of which—consistent with a theme of my research over the past several years—related to the Septuagint, or Greek Old Testament. The run-down of each is below, for those who are interested.
Continue reading Recent ETS and SBL Presentations
In the recent issue of New Testament Studies, I have an article that presents the results of a long project studying the textual variants in sixteen key manuscripts for Acts and the Catholic Epistles:
“Quantifying New Testament Textual Variants: Key Witnesses in Acts and the Catholic Letters,” NTS 64/4 (2018): 551–572.
Continue reading Looking at Textual Variation in the Main “Trunk” of the NT Manuscript Tradition
I recently sat down with Clay Kraby, a pastor in North Dakota, to do a podcast for his very helpful blog, Reasonable Theology. We covered a range of topics related to the importance of the OT for Christians today. It’s one of my favorite things to discuss; in fact, I joke in my Gospels and Pauline Epistles classes that they’re basically OT classes, given how important the OT is to the thinking and theology of the NT writers.
You can find out more and listen to the podcast here: https://reasonabletheology.org/why-christians-still-need-the-old-testament/
Clay is an RTS student and an all-around sharp guy. Many thanks to him for the opportunity.
In a couple weeks the published form of my PhD dissertation will be released by T&T Clark as part of the Library of New Testament Studies series.
Though I finished the dissertation version almost two years ago, it has taken a while (longer than I expected) to navigate the publication process. I’m excited to note that the release date is just a couple weeks away.
Continue reading OT Metaphors and Luke’s Christology: Published Thesis
Last year I began work on an extended research project involving the ‘later’ manuscripts of the Greek New Testament. This all started with an invitation from Peter Gurry and Elijah Hixson (buddies of mine from England) to contribute to their upcoming volume, Myths and Mistakes: Correcting Common Misconceptions about the Text of the New Testament (IVP Academic).
The firstfruits of this project took the form of a presentation I made at ETS this past November. Today the second installment of some of the output of this project was published in Currents in Biblical Research (Vol 16/3, pp. 263–308).
Continue reading On the Byzantine Tradition, Minuscules, and Textual Criticism in the Past Few Decades