There are a number of blogs with comprehensive online audio/video resources.  However, that is not my goal.  Rather I will provide commentary on high quality, academic, audio/video resources.

Paul of Tarsus

Bruce Winter, Paul and Rhetoric, 48 minutes, stand alone lecture.

Bruce Winter’s lecture in the Baylor Truett Seminary series is an excellent academic resource for examining Paul’s relationship to Greco-Roman rhetoric.  Specifically, Winter examines the entrance of a rhetor into a community and the self-presentation and training of rhetors.  Next, Winter compares Paul’s own self-description in 1 Corthians as one whose speech is weak to that of the rhetors of his day.  Winter concludes that Paul’s own self-description is counter cultural to first century expectations.  I highly recommend this lecture to anyone interested in the relationship between Paul and Greco-Roman rhetoric.  Additionally, although Winter seems to have a cold the quality of the presentation is top notch.  However, due to the length of the lecture you may want to skip the first five minutes in which Winter introduces himself and the topic.

Dale Martin, Paul as Missionary (1 Thessalonians), Yale Undergraduate course,  50:14


Previously I posted my SBL whereabouts for Tuesday morning and Monday morning.  

Monday early afternoon looks like it will be busy.  As stated in previous posts I have a tendency to attend multiple sections during one session in order to hear specific papers that are usually disappointing.  During this time slot there are a number of interesting papers but breaking with my usual pattern I am planning to attend a larger section.  Most likely I will attend the Pauline Soteriology Group which is reviewing the massive new tome by Douglas Campbell, The Deliverance of God: An Apocalyptic Rereading of Justification in Paul.  However, the Paul and Politics group is reviewing Neil Elliot’s new work on Paul and the Roman empire and the panel includes one of my favorite scholars Robert Jewett.  In addition to the above mentioned sessions there are a number of other promising sessions for anyone interested in Pauline studies including the Pauline Epistles and the Social Scientific Criticism group focusing on 2 Corinthians and presided over by my advisor S. Scott Bartchy.


Pauline Soteriology
1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Room: Grand Ballroom C – SH

Theme: Book Review: Douglas Campbell, The Deliverance of God: An Apocalyptic Rereading of Justification in Paul (Eerdmans, 2009)

Ann Jervis, Wycliffe College, Presiding
Michael J. Gorman, Saint Mary’s Seminary and University, Panelist (20 min)
Alan Torrance, University of St. Andrews-Scotland, Panelist (20 min)
Douglas Moo, Wheaton College, Panelist (20 min)
Douglas Campbell, Duke University, Respondent (20 min)
Break (10 min)
Discussion (60 min)


Paul and Politics
1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Room: Grand Chenier – SH

Theme: Panel Discussion of Neil Elliott, The Arrogance of Nations: Reading Romans in the Shadow of Empire (Fortress, 2008)

Pamela Eisenbaum, Iliff School of Theology, Presiding
Robert Jewett, University of Heidelberg, Panelist (20 min)
Melanie Johnson-DeBaufre, Drew University, Panelist (20 min)
Diana M. Swancutt, Yale University, Panelist (20 min)
Neil Elliott, Fortress Press, Respondent (20 min)
Discussion (40 min)
Business Meeting (30 min)


Social Scientific Criticism of the New Testament
1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Room: La Galerie 5 – MR

Theme: The Social Sciences and Paul
Patron-broker relationships, insights from social-psychology, and the conceptual tools central to enthnomedical anthropology will be applied to various passages from 2 Corinthians. In addition, the power/potency of Paul’s written word among nonliterate people will be assessed, and the claim that early Christians were sectarians will be reevaluated.

S. Scott Bartchy, University of California-Los Angeles, Presiding
Philip F. Esler, University of St Andrews Scotland
“Not that we Lord it Over it Your Faith:” A Social-Psychological Approach to Paul’s Exercise of Influence in 2 Corinthians. (26 min)
Justin M. Glessner, University of British Columbia
Ethnomedical Anthropology and Paul’s ‘Thorn’ (2 Corinthians 12:7) (26 min)
David Briones, Durham University
Mutual Brokers of Grace: A Social-Scientific Approach to 2 Corinthians 1:3-11 (26 min)
Lee A. Johnson, Methodist Theological School in Ohio
Paul’s Letters as Artifacts: The Value of the Written Text among Non-Literate People (26 min)
 class=”hiddenSpellError” pre=””>Eyal Regev, Bar Ilan University
Were the Early Christians Sectarians? (26 min)
Discussion (20 min)


Pauline Epistles
1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Room: La Galerie 3 – MR

Emma Wasserman, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick Campus, Presiding
Brigitte Kahl, Union Theological Seminary and Brigitte Kahl, Union Theological Seminary
Jewish Torah, Roman nomos, and the hazard of Galatian foreskin : A critical re-imagination (25 min)
George H. van Kooten, University of Groningen
Paul Among the Stoic Martyrs: Romans 13 in the Context of Contemporary Philosophical views on the Divinity of the Emperor (25 min)
Luca Marulli, Andrews University
‘Strive to Keep Quiet’: 1 Thessalonians 4:11-12 and Socio-Political Quietism (25 min)
John K. Goodrich, University of Durham
Institor of the Gospel: The Commercial Context of Paul’s Oikonomos Metaphor in 1 Corinthians 4 and 9 (25 min)
Suzanne Nicholson, Malone University
Predicting Heresy: Paul’s Rationale in 1 Corinthians 15:24-28 (25 min)

That’s right folks the Biblical Studies Carnival is almost in town.  Hopefully mass chaos and panic have not broken out just yet.  In order to quell any worried minds out theere I have made a pledge not to sleep again until the carnival is complete!  Hopefully that means about 1 AM pacific the bigtop will be up and the elephants roaring.

This is your last opportunity to nominate a post for the November Biblical Studies Carnival.  Nominate your own posts or some excellent posts you read throughout the month.

I am hosting the next Biblical Studies Carnival and since it is half way through the month I am opening a call for submissions.  Did you post or read a post worthy of the carnival yet this month?  If so please include a link in the comments section.  I am not as familiar with every blog on the web as some may be, so I would really appreciate input from the blogging community.

I am quite interested in the new affiliation between SBL and the Biblioblogging community.  I see this relationship as a positive step towards increasing the relevance of academic blogs within the field of Biblical scholarship.  I can only guess that the more blogging becomes accepted within the guild the more prominent professors will begin to have blogs of their own.  Additionally, the more integrated blogs become with the field the greater the opportunity for producing original scholarship in blog format.  I imagine a day (possibly in the distant future) in which scholars are free to post their work on their blog without fear that it will be published in a journal by someone else.  Also, it seems that as blogging becomes more accepted within the guild the quality and number of academic blogs will increase.  There are a number of high ranking scholars whom I hope will start blogs and this affiliation may be the first step in bringing them into the fold of biblioblogging. 

On a personal note one of the reasons I hesitated for over a year in starting my own blog was the wild west atmosphere of internet knowledge.  There is so much pseudo-scholarship on the web that I was hesitant to participate.  Additionally, I have thus far been unwilling to post any original scholarship for fear that it will be co-opted into the work of others before I am able to publish it.  I realize I may be being paranoid on this point but I prefer to call myself pragmatic.  I am hoping over the next several years this affiliation with SBL will allow me more freedom in what I post and may add some degree of oversight to the wild west that is internet biblical knowledge.  Fortunately there is already some degree of oversight over those who classify themselves as Bibliobloggers since we tend to comment on each other’s blogs. 

I certainly can understand the fear that not all blogs affiliated with SBL will be of the same quality but that seem to be inevitable.  What might be an interesting future development is a short list of SBL approved academic blogs maintained by actively publishing respected members of the guild chosen by other actively publishing respected members of the guild.  This would provide students and other interested parties with a starting point for their internet research.  Of course this list would be only a small starting point as many fine blogs are neither academic or maintained by high ranking scholars.

Finally, though I am not sure precisely how helpful having a unit on biblioblogging at SBL will be, the very fact that there will be one seems to add credibility to all Bibliobloggers.  Additionally, having a unit with a qualified steering committee should provide some useful guidance for the development of biblioblogging as a whole.  I will proudly display our logo despite its bulky look.


This week’s Paul Post of the Week appears on another Paul blog, Paul’s letter to the Galatians.  Anyone interested in Paul of Tarsus should be reading this blog regularly.  This week Thomas posted an excellent bibliography concerning “Works of the Law” in Galatians 3:10.  Thanks for the great resource Thomas. 

Any post that has won this award should feel free to proudly display one of the banners.  As always if I missed a post you think should have been chosen or would like to highlight please respond in the comments section below.


RomansDebateThis week I am recommending The Romans Debate, a collection of articles edited by Karl P. Donfried.  This volume is essential reading for anyone interested in Romans.  The primary agenda of the work is a discussion of the various proposals of the purpose for Paul’s letter to the Romans.  This topic contains articles by a myriad of important scholars such as Manson, Bornkamm, Donfried, Wiefel, Wuellner, Bruce, Wedderburn, Watson, Lampe, and Stuhlmacher.  Additionally, this work contains smaller sections on rhetoric and theology with entries from Dunn, Campbell, Jewett, Aune, and Stuhlmacher.  If nothing else The Romans Debate is a collection of essays from the elite scholars in the field.  I recommend this work to anyone starting a study on Romans, since determining the purpose of the letter should be the cornerstone of any study as it impacts all other issues.  Moreover, this volume is an excellent resource for undergraduate students who are unaware of the important scholars in the field.  As I tell my students, you can’t go wrong with any of the entries in The Romans Debate!

Reumann_PhilippiansThe newest RBL update includes a review of Reumann’s 2008 Philippians commentaryby the incomparable James Dunn.  I too have posted my updated thoughts on Reumann’s work in my Annotated Philippians Commentary Rankings post.

Dunn and I generally agree in our evaluation of Reumann’s work.  We both find the format of the work frustrating with the commentary of each section divided into three different parts: Notes, A, and B (often with extensive overlap ).  Also, it can be quite difficult to track down full citations for footnotes.  However, this problem is alleviated to some degree by extensive use of the commentary.  Moreover, we agree in our overall assessment of Reumann’s commentary.   It is an in depth reference tool that can be frustrating to use.  I would add that this is a commentary geared for the specialist looking for an interaction with the most recent Philippians scholarship.  For the non-specialist I would recommend the fine commentaries by Fee or O’Brien.

Here are a few quotes from Dunn’s review, the entire review can be found here. 

The result is a somewhat lopsided treatment that is sometimes frustrating to use.”

“This is a volume that few will turn to for a gentle, stimulating read. It will be more like a reference work …”

Chasing up bibliography is also sometimes difficult, since it is often not clear whether the full details of a particular reference are to be found in the general bibliography or one of the many sectional bibliographies.”

More serious is the amazingly brief introduction—only eighteen pages, a significant proportion of them containing bibliography (in addition to a further twenty-eight page general bibliography).”


This week’s Paul Post of the Week appears on Chris Tilling’s blog Christendom.  Chris has assembled a nice list of YouTube videos dealing with Paul and the New Testament.  While his post does not deal directly with Paul I always appreciate audio and video lessons on NT subjects.  I find them especially useful for my students.

Any post that has won this award should feel free to proudly display one of the banners generously donated by Brandon Wason.  As always if I missed a post you think should have been chosen or would like to highlight please respond in the comments section below.


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