Scot McKnight’s Review of N.T. Wright’s Kingdom New Testament

This is about N.T. Wright’s translation of the New Testament.  Here’s an excerpt:

I’m not hearing much chat about Tom Wright’s new translation of the New Testament, called The Kingdom New Testament, but it sure does deserve careful consideration to be on your desk or chair when you read the Bible. I hope everyone gets a copy and puts it next to the Bible they are now reading — read them together for a month or so, take it to church, and see what you think. I think you will like it.

Scot McKnight’s fuller review is here:  Kingdom New Testament.

Larry Hurtado Responds to Responds to His Book Lord Jesus Christ

Ben Witherington III re-blogs a post by Larry Hurtado in which the latter briefly reviews some responses to his magnum opus: Lord Jesus Christ: Devotion to Jesus in Earliest Christianity (2003).

An excerpt:

In a recent comment, Sean Garrigan suggested that I provide pointers to some of the critical engagements that have been offered to my work on early Jesus-devotion, particularly in my book, Lord Jesus Christ: Devotion to Jesus in Earliest Christianity (Eerdmans, 2003). I’m thinking of preparing a fuller discussion for another occasion, so here I’ll simply give the bibliographical information on critiques and any responses from me.

via Hurtado on the Worship of Jesus— Revisited.

Larry Hurtado Comments on The Jewish Annotated New Testament at the 2012 SBL

Ben Witherington III re-blogs Larry W. Hurtado’s comments on The Jewish Annotated New Testament by Amy-Jill Levine and Marc Z. Brettler (New York: Oxford University Press, 2011) given in a panel discussion at the 2012 meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature in Chicago.

Hurtado was positive on the book, but felt that the authors and editors missed the remarkable way that Jesus was portrayed in Old Testament texts.  For example, see this excerpt:

On the specifics of how well the book introduces the NT and how well it handles christological matters, I’ve both praise and some criticisms. I won’t repeat all the details here (and may publish my review in due course). But, to focus on the latter, I did sense what seemed like a kind of “tone-deafness” to the christological issues and data at some points. E.g., in the otherwise good treatment of Philippians and the “Christ-hymn” in Philip 2:6-11, I find no mention that vv. 9-11 reflect a stunning revisionist-reading of the passage in Isaiah 45 where a universal acclamation of God (YHWH) is predicted. In the allusion to this passage in Philip 2:9-11 we see early Christians novel affirmation that the universal acclamation of God is to take place in the form of a universal acclamation of Jesus as “Kyrios”.

Likewise, in the comments on Romans 10:13, there is no indication of a similar stunning re-interpretation of the OT passage (Joel 2:32) proclaiming that “everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved”. In Rom 10:13, clearly this devotional/worship act of acclamation/invocation is now directed to Jesus as Lord.

via The Jewish Annotated New Testament– a Review.

Is Evangelicalism Ending?.- Scot McKnight


What is evangelicalism? I have been, am and will stand by David Bebbington and Mark Noll. Evangelicalism is a movement in the Protestant church shaped by differing but clear emphasis on four beliefs: the centrality of the Bible, the centrality of the atoning death of Christ, the centrality of the need for personal conversion, and the centrality of an active mission to convert others and to do good works in society.

Is Evangelicalism Ending?.

Recent related posts:

Evangelicalism by David Hilborn – YouTube (quotes David Bebbington on the essentials of Evangelicalism)

The Decline of Evangelical America (New York Times op-ed by John S. Dickerson


BOATLIFT, An Untold Tale of 9/11 Resilience

This video tells the story of the largest evacuation by sea in history, rescuing more individuals than the great evacuation of the British and French armies at Dunkirk in World War II.  (At Dunkirk 339,000 soldiers were evacuated over nine days; the 9/11 Boatlift rescued nearly 500,000 civilians in one day.)  This twelve-minute documentary is narrated by Tom Hanks.  It appears to have been produced in 2011 as part of the tenth anniversary commemoration.

BOATLIFT, An Untold Tale of 9/11 Resilience – YouTube (11:57).

(Source: Randal Rauser’s blog The Tentative Apologist)

This clip is very, very moving.  I only wish we were as zealous about delivering people from great spiritual harm as we are about delivering them from great physical harm.

Suffer the LIttle Children by Kevin DeYoung


For Greeks and Romans in the first century there was virtually no sentimentality regarding children. Abortion was frequent. Infanticide was even more common. There were too many mouths to feed in the Empire. Offspring were good to work in the fields, but as small children they were unwanted. They were sometimes left for dead in the outdoors or on literal trash heaps.

via Suffer the Little Children – Kevin DeYoung.

Evangelicalism by David Hilborn – YouTube

David Hilborn views evangelicalism as a movement, and primarily in a British context.

From Hilborn’s presentation (he’s here quoting from Evangelicalism in Modern Britain by David Bebbington):

Four Marks of Evangelicalism

Biblicism (Scripture is central to understanding God and life)

Crucicentrism (The crucifixion of Christ is central to the Bible)

Conversionism (Therefore, a person should turn to God)

Activism (That change manifests itself in pragmatic behavior)

via EVANGELICALISM BY DAVID HILBORN – YouTube (24:56) from St. John’s Nottingham


00:00 Hilborn uses Bebbington’s framework to define evangeliicalism (as outlined above)

10:20 History and Origins (primary reference is the Protestant Reformation)

13:53 Puritanism, Pietism, and the Evangelical Awakening (including John Wesley).