Book Thoughts #8: „Between Wittenberg and Geneva” by Kolb and Trueman

Kolb and Trueman’s Between Wittenberg and Geneva: Lutheran and Reformed Theology in Conversation was on my to-read list ever since I heard that it is going to be published. Lutheran and Reformed churches have a lot in common. One would expect that this will lead to fruitful theological exchanges and indeed it is so in …

Book Thoughts #8: „Between Wittenberg and Geneva” by Kolb and Trueman Read More »

Book Thoughts #7: „A Beginner’s Guide to New Testament Studies” by Nijay Gupta

Nijay Gupta’s A Beginner’s Guide to New Testament Studies is aimed to introduce ‘relative newcomers’ to major debates in the field. The author has selected thirteen controversial issues and summarised major approaches to them. He avoids as much as possible technical language and attempts to lay succinctly the heart of each debate. At the end …

Book Thoughts #7: „A Beginner’s Guide to New Testament Studies” by Nijay Gupta Read More »

Book Thoughts #6: „The Future of Orthodox Anglicanism”

Although I am not an Anglican myself, this ecclesiastical tradition is a source of continual inspiration for me. I admire theological vitality of Anglicanism and its ability to produce evangelical leaders such as John Stott or J.I. Packer. I am a fan of Lewis’ literary genius. And last but by no means least, I love …

Book Thoughts #6: „The Future of Orthodox Anglicanism” Read More »

Reading Theological Classics #3: Apologies of Justin Martyr

Some time ago, I have written a blog post about the earliest group of Christian writings known as the Apostolic Fathers. Another group of writings that begun to form in the 2nd century are early Christian apologists. To this group belongs the Epistle to Diognetus (which is included in the corpus of the Apostolic Fathers) …

Reading Theological Classics #3: Apologies of Justin Martyr Read More »

Book Thoughts #5: “Christian Baptism” by John Murray

John Murray’s famous little book „Christian Baptism” was on my list of the things to read for a long time but only recently I have found time to delve into it. I regret now that I did so that late. This brief treatment of the Reformed view of baptism is a true gem. As Murray …

Book Thoughts #5: “Christian Baptism” by John Murray Read More »

Papyri Letters and New Testament Letters

Recently, my work on my MPhil thesis has made me think a little bit about the letter-form of Pauline letters. It occurred to me that this is a very good illustration of how knowledge about the ancient world helps us to read Scripture better. I am thinking in particular about non-literary letters that are known …

Papyri Letters and New Testament Letters Read More »

Book Thoughts #4: „The Text of the New Testament” by Bruce M. Metzger and Bart D. Ehrman

When I took a New Testament Text class in seminary five years ago, we used a different textbook than Metzger and Ehrman. I have wanted to read through The Text of the New Testament ever since. It did not help, however, that I am rather a slow reader and my seminary reading list was always …

Book Thoughts #4: „The Text of the New Testament” by Bruce M. Metzger and Bart D. Ehrman Read More »

Reading Theological Classics #2: The Apostolic Fathers (2/2)

The Letter of Polycarp to the Philippians  Polycarp was a bishop of Smyrna and a significant figure in the early church whose lifespan connects the time of the apostles to the succeeding period. His letter is a word of exhortation responding to certain problems in the church in Philippi. What is particularly interesting about this …

Reading Theological Classics #2: The Apostolic Fathers (2/2) Read More »