This is the list of recommended reading I aim to provide on this blog every other Friday. You can find more frequent suggestions at the After Emmaus page on Facebook.

If you would like to see something included next time please leave a comment here.

Biblical Studies

John Byron: Suffering While Waiting for Justice: 2 Thess 1:5-6b

Mark Goodacre: Conflicting Christmas Stories (podcast)

Larry Hurtado: Early Jesus-Devotion: Critical Engagement ; Was Early Christianity Secretive?  ; The Early Text of the New Testament: Latest Scholarship

Simon J. Joseph: The Shroud and the “Historical Jesus” (HT: The Jesus Blog)

Peter M. Head: P. Oxy 5072 another non-canonical gospel fragment

Tim Henderson: Ehrman on Justin Martyr’s Use of the Gospel of Peter, Pt. 1 ; Pt. 2

Abram K-J: Why did Jesus tell the disciples not to tell anyone about him? ; Faith and healing in Gospel of Mark: a brief reflection

Craig Keener: Jesus as Son of David, Son of Abraham ; The birth of Jesus — women and gentiles highlighted in Matthew’s genealogy  ; The virgin birth–the betrothal of Joseph and Mary

Anthony Le Donne: Did Jesus Predict His Death?

James McGrath: Lecture on the Book of Revelation 

Ian Paul: Phoebe, carrier of Paul’s letter to the Roman Christians

Andrew Perriman: The forgiveness of Israel’s sins in Hebrews

Christopher Skinner: Recent Trends in Gospel of Thomas Research

Paul _____: What if the Writers of the Bible were Just…Wrong?

Christian Theology

Fr. Ted Bobosh: The Mystery of the Incarnation

Greg Boyd: What is Open Theism?

Marc Cortez: An Evangelical and a Universalist Walk into a Bar ; Was Karl Barth a Universalist? ; Rejecting the Obvious ; Why Should We Listen?  (Four Part Series on “Evangelicals and Universalism”)

Krista Dalton: Should Everyone Really Read the Bible?

Kellen Funk: The Apostolic Fathers

Amanda MacInnis: Theology Round-Up

Jonathan Martin: On Israel, the Church, and the Politics of Jesus

Scot McKnight: When is Theology Truly “Biblical”?

C. Michael Patton: What is the Gift of Tongues?

Rodney Thomas: The Appalling Meekness of God: A U.S. Black Postcolonial Doctrine of Divine Omnipotence  ; Re-Reading Clement of Alexandria

David Williams: Surprised by Jack: C.S. Lewis on Mere Christianity, the Bible, and Evolutionary Science, Part 1


Greg Boyd: What if violence is necessary to protect a loved one?

Scholarly Journals and Reviews

David Stark: Review of Biblical Literature (November 23, 2012) ; (November 30, 2012)

Themelios, 37.3

Book Reviews

Kevin Brown: Chris Tilling, Paul’s Divine Christology

Nijay Gupta: D.F. Watson and T. Callan, First and Second Peter (Paideia)

Anthony Le Donne: Richard Bauckham, Jesus: A Very Short Introduction

James McGrath: Rachel Held Evans, A Year of Biblical Womanhood

Nick Norelli: Charles H. Talbert, The Development of Christology during the First Hundred Years


Robert Cargill: The Difference between Persecution and Being Corrected

Peter Enns: St. Nicolas: what can I say, he was a beast

Rachel Held Evans: 5 Things You Don’t Have to Leave Behind When You Leave Fundamentalism

Abram K-J: Which Bible software program should I buy? Comparison of Bibleworks, Accordance, and Logos

Eric Marrapodi: Pope opens a personal Twitter account

Jeff Nall: Working for Change in Higher Education: The Abysmal State of Adjunct Teacher Pay

N.T. Wright: Women Bishops: It’s about the Bible, not fake ideas of progress

– Sarah Coakley: Has the Church of England finally lost its reason? Women Bishops and the collapse of Anglican theology

– Amanda MacInnis: Another Adventure in Anglicanism–Women Bishops and the CofE

– Ian Paul: What does the decision on women bishops mean?