Moving Trinitarian Discussions Forward

(1) Give attention to Historical Methodology: It would be helpful to have someone offer helpful comments on how to use historical data. “Augustine says this…” Followed by, “Tertullian mentions this…” Rounded off with “According to Calvin…” The geographical separation and the temporal separation … Continue reading

Personal Study Schedule: Academic Languages, Early Christian Literature, and Study Habits

After talking with close friends, academic mentors, and other scholars in the field, I attempted to compile a quasi-“best practices” to undergird my Early Christian discipline and language acquisition. Some of what follows is a result of these conversations. Continue reading

Martin Hengel on a Young Discipline in Crisis: An Appraisal for the New Testament and Early Christian Discipline

The following is a summary and personal reflection on Martin Hengel, “A Young Theological Discipline in Crisis,” in Earliest Christian History: History, Literature, and Theology, Essays from the Tyndal Fellowship in Honor of Martin Hengel, WUNT, ed. Michael F. Bird and Jason … Continue reading

New Journal: Journal of Early Christian Studies 23, no. 4 (Winter 2015)

I recently received the newest release of the Journal of Early Christian Studies 23, no 4 (Winter 2015): 501–644. This journal is housed under the auspice of the North American Patristics Society. For a journal and subscription information, see here. … Continue reading

New Book Series: The Apostolic Fathers Greek Reader

I vividly remember sitting in my friend’s and, at the time, my pastor’s house three years ago. He has this grungy wing-back chair that I would find myself in each time I spent time at his house. Next to this is … Continue reading

James H. Charlesworth on the Old Testament Pseudepigrapha

James Charlesworth offers four important reasons for the study of the Old Testament Pseudepigrapha. This is a corpus of essential Jewish literature for the history and thought of Jewish life from 200 BC – AD 200. “First, there is the very abundance … Continue reading

Paul Blowers on Interpreting Scripture in the 4th–6th Centuries

As fashioned after Patristic and Medieval collections, I offer a catena of quotations from Paul M. Blowers’s article entitled, “Interpreting Scripture.” This article appears in vol. 2 of The Cambridge History of Christianity, pages 618–36. This is a very insightful article and … Continue reading

A Brief Note: Tatian’s Oratio ad Graecos

Tatian of Syria (c. 110–180) was a student of Justin Martyr in Rome. Like Justin, he converted to Christianity when coming across the sacred Scriptures (35.1). After Justin’s death, he distanced from Catholic Christianity and became a leader of Encratism (=ἐγκράτεια “abstinence”). … Continue reading