New College, University of Edinburgh

Bagnall on Early Christian Books

(Larry Hurtado):  Roger Bagnall’s recent book, Early Christian Books in Egypt (Princeton University Press, 2009) has now received a good deal of interest.  So, I thought I’d give a pointer to the review I wrote of it for Review of Biblical Literature:  http://www.bookreviews.org/pdf/7289_7933.pdf. As will be clear from that review, I have strongly mixed feelings […]

  • Andrew Kelley,
  • 29th December 2010

Christmas and Other Issues in Discussion

(Larry Hurtado):  Helen Bond’s posting about the “Nativity” TV series currently airing on BBC TV here in the UK reminded me of the round-table discussion among Alan Segal, John Kloppenborg and myself a few years ago commissioned by the online news/culture magazine, Slate.  We discussed the Christmas stories and other texts as to historical question […]

  • Andrew Kelley,
  • 23rd December 2010

The Nativity

(Helen Bond) Readers in the UK and Canada (or with access to BBC iPlayer) may have seen the first of a new four-part adaptation of the nativity story which aired last night. I acted as ‘historical consultant’ for the film and, as my role was infinitessimally small, I can say without any embarrassment that it […]

  • Andrew Kelley,
  • 21st December 2010

Readers and Reading in Roman Antiquity

(Larry Hurtado):  I want to flag up a newly published book by William A. Johnson (Duke University):  Readers and Reading Culture in the High Roman Empire:  A Study of Elite Communities (New York/Oxford:  Oxford University Press, 2010), which provides a wealth of information relevant also to those of us interested in earliest Christianity.  Essentially, Johnson […]

  • Andrew Kelley,
  • 20th December 2010

“Q” and Christian Origins: Reflections on Kloppenborg’s Visit

(Larry Hurtado):  On Monday (06 December) my long-time acquaintance John Kloppenborg generously gave his time and thoughts to a day-long event here in New College.  Staff and students are very grateful for the chance to interact with this internationally-known figure in Christian Origins, especially famous for his many publications on the Gospels sayings-source, “Q”.  John […]

  • Andrew Kelley,
  • 9th December 2010