The Super Amazing Tremendous Incredible SBL Book Giveaway Contest

This giveaway contest only pertains to people going to SBL/AAR San Diego 2109

If you attend my SBL Pauline Theology Book Review Session on Paul and the Language of Faith (Monday, Nov 25, 9am-11:30am), you can enter to win a “super amazing tremendous incredible” book package. One person will win the package, selected at random. The package includes 4 items:

Paul and the Language of Faith (Eerdmans), signed if you like! [Eerdmans and I want you to buy this book at SBL, so if you buy it, and then win, I will Venmo you $20, unless you want an extra copy of the book]

Reading Philippians: A Theological Introduction (Cascade), a new book by me coming out by Christmas 2019

Worship that Makes Sense to Paul (deGruyter), my published dissertation

Guaranteed free copy of Dictionary of Paul and His Letters 2nd edition when it releases (~2022; I will send you one of my editor gratis copies)


#1: Attend my review session for at least 90 minutes (honor system, but Santa knows)

#2: Post a picture of the panel on Twitter with the hashtag #PaulandtheLanguageofFaith, and tag me too, best caption of the picture will get a double entry


Post a picture of the panel on Facebook and tag me, best caption will get a double entry


Post a picture of the panel on Instagram and tag me, best caption will get a double entry

OR, if you are not on social media

Take a picture of the panel and send it to my george fox email (click here:


The full package is only able to be given to people who have mailboxes in the contiguous USA

If you are in the UK, Europe, or Canada, I could send you Paul and the Language of Faith only

You will only get one entry no matter how many social media platforms you use (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram). Please share on as many platforms as you like, though!

Please don’t just “pop in,” but stay for at least 90 minutes, I have every good hope it will be a great discussion!PLF


SBL Session on My Book: Paul and the Language of Faith

I am excited to report that my soon-coming book with Eerdmans called Paul and the Language of Faith is having a review session at SBL 2019. The session will be Monday, November 25, 2019, 9am-11:30am. The program group is called “Pauline Theology” (chaired by Douglas Harink and Alexandra Brown).

I will be blogging next week on who these wonderful dialogue partners are and their important scholarship, so stay tuned. I am really looking forward to the conversation—if you are attending SBL, please join us!

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Endorsements for The State of New Testament Studies

Excited to report that The State of New Testament Studies (Baker) is officially out now! Here are the endorsements:


“The vast number of studies on the New Testament can lead to despair, but these essays come to the rescue. They provide an entry point for the major topics, summarize the breadth of the contributions (both the helpful and the unusual), and provide the bibliographic resources by which one may proceed.”

Klyne Snodgrass, professor emeritus of New Testament, North Park Theological Seminary

“As the fleet of specialized disciplines within New Testament studies sails forward into waters unknown, we need to know where we’ve come from, where we’re heading, and what kind of boat we’re in. Thankfully, McKnight and Gupta have marshaled an impressive and diverse array of scholars who can give us an updated report from the crow’s nest.”

Nicholas Perrin, president, Trinity International University

“Rich in resources and thorough in content, The State of New Testament Studies offers a vital resource for the new millennium. From sage established scholars and rising stars of the next generation, readers learn the recent history of the field. These new vistas in methodology create fresh insights into and applications of the text. I will certainly put this into the hands of my students and keep it easily accessible for myself.”

Amy Peeler, associate professor of New Testament, Wheaton College

“What a remarkable achievement and welcome contribution! When I was finishing my PhD and applying for jobs, I devoured Osborne and McKnight’s The Face of New Testament Studies to make sure I would have a general, up-to-date understanding of the parts of the New Testament that my own narrow research had inevitably missed. With that book as the original inspiration, McKnight and Gupta have gathered a thoughtful range of scholars to provide a needed, current ‘state of the art’ discussion of the New Testament. This will be a valuable resource for years to come.”

Jonathan T. Pennington, associate professor of New Testament and director of research doctoral studies, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

“Sketching a generalized picture of the journey of New Testament scholarship to date is initially a daunting and precarious task. Yet these essays, by drawing on a breadth and depth of scholarship, by asking the right questions, and by curating new ones, have accomplished it superbly! This collection not only reminds Bible students of the need to rehearse, rethink, and re-evaluate the landscape of scholarly discourse in the field but also offers excellent critical resources to do so. Readers at all levels who value the importance of situating New Testament research on the historical bedrock of scholarly insight will find this compendium deeply satisfying.”

Andrew Boakye, lecturer in religions and theology, University of Manchester

The State of New Testament Studies: Michael Gorman on Pauline Theology

SNTSThe last little interview in our The State of New Testament Studies teaser is with Dr. Michael J. Gorman. Gorman is America’s leading expert on Pauline theology, and he wrote a spectacular essay for the book.

NKG: Why are you interested in Pauline theology?

MJG: Since I first came to faith, I have resonated deeply with Paul’s life, spirituality, and theology. It is impossible to over-estimate the significance of Paul and of Pauline theology for the field of biblical studies, and for the life of the Christian church. Indeed, Pauline theology is such a significant part of Christian theology that it deserves the most sustained and careful exploration possible.

NKG: How has the discipline of Pauline theology changed over the last twenty years or so?

MJG: The field of Pauline theology is a fascinating one, with a constant stream of intriguing developments and even new perspectives. I do think there is now a greater sense of “both-and” rather than “either-or” among some voices in the conversation. It is exciting and fun both to be part of these developments and to try to write up an account of them. But, frankly, the process is a bit like herding cats: as soon as you have a few participants somewhat “under control,” they shift position, other participants move in unexpected directions, and new participants appear. It’s all good! It is especially exciting to see the emergence of highly significant contributions from the Majority World.

NKG: Can you recommend one or two important books in the current study of Pauline theology?

MJG: One or two out of scores??!! I might give pride of place to Tom Wright’s Paul and the Faithfulness of God for its breadth and depth, and to John Barclay’s Paul and the Gift for its innovation and potential to alter the field dramatically. But I would also keep a close eye on Paul, a New Covenant Jew: Rethinking Pauline Theology by Brant Pitre, Michael Barber, and John Kincaid. I think they “get” Paul with extraordinary insight. 

NKG: And let’s not forget your own new book Participating in Christ (Baker, 2019)! Aside from this excellent new book (which I happily endorsed it), what else is keeping you busy these days?

MJG: I am currently working on the third edition of Elements of Biblical Exegesis (due out in a year), a short commentary on Romans, some articles for the second edition of The Dictionary of Paul and his Letters, and a book on non-Pauline theologies and spiritualities in the NT.

The State of New Testament Studies: Joshua Jipp on Acts

SNTSWe have been working through a set of interviews of some contributors writing for the soon-coming The State of New Testament StudiesToday, I invite you to get to know Dr. Joshua Jipp (TEDS). Joshua wrote the chapter in SNTS on Acts.

NKG: Why are you interested in the book of Acts?

JJ: My essay is, of course, entirely biased in terms of what I have found to be the most interesting, illuminating, and helpful recent scholarship on Acts. While there are many other important topics and scholars that I have not engaged, my choice of Acts and 1) Judaism, 2) Greco-Roman religion, 3) Masculinity and Ethnic Reasoning, and 4) Acts and the Divine reflects at least a few of the most important research topics on Acts.

NKG: How has the study of Acts evolved over the last twenty years?


JJ: We have seen 1) A more positive assessment of Luke’s relationship to Judaism; 2) New questions and methods – for example, scholarship on gender, masculinity, and ethnic reasoning in Acts is, in part, the result of the rise of new methods and questions that have centered upon how discourse and ideology is related to power and control. 3) A more nuanced account of the early Christian movement’s relationship to broader “Greco-Roman” culture – and one that emphasizes both critique/disruption as well as assimilation.

NKG: Can you recommend one or two books on Acts?

JJ: On Acts and Judaism – Isaac Oliver’s Torah Praxis after 70 CE and Matthew Thiessen’s book on Circumcision;

On Acts and Greco-Roman religion  – Kavin Rowe’s World Upside Down and Todd Penner Caroline VanderStichele, Contextualizing Acts.

On Acts and Masculinity and Ethnicity – Brittany Wilson’s UnManly Men; Eric Barreto’s Ethnic Negotiations, Willie Jennings commentary on Acts. I guess that’s seven.

NKG:  What else are you writing these days?

JJ: I’m close to turning in a manuscript to Eerdmans on the Messianic Theology of the New Testament. And soon starting to turn to a project on Paul, Hellenistic Philosophy, and positive psychology related to the topic of “Paul and the Pursuit of Happiness.”

An Open Letter to John MacArthur (re: Beth Moore)

Recently John MacArthur commented that Beth Moore (Christian leader and teacher) should “go home.” As I have pondered this over the last few days, I wondered what Paul would say to John. So, I wrote an open letter.

An Open Letter from the Apostle Paul to John MacArthur (re: Beth Moore)

John, I appreciate the love you have for the Lord and the passion you have for the church. I know that you think that the world would be a better place if women did as they were told and “stayed home.” But I need to tell you that you are damaging my ministry with these notions. The great gospel mission cannot impact the world in the ways God has planned if you hold back the kingdom’s servants. “The fields are ripe and the work is great,” Jesus used to say. Women have played such a crucial role in my apostolic mission, I could not operate without their wisdom, partnership and leadership.

They can’t go home, there is simply too much at stake, John.

Euodia and Syntyche (Phil 4:2-3) can’t go home. Sometimes these women don’t get along, but they have been leaders in evangelism and outreach and have worked alongside me to fight for the faith. They have to journey beyond their doorsteps to do this work.

Junia can’t go home, John. Sorry, she is in prison (again) because of her work for the gospel out there in the world (Rom 16:7). In fact, the other apostles have some pretty amazing things to say about her ministry.

Phoebe can’t go home, John. She went to Rome—actually, I sent here there (Rom 16:1-2). I sent her with my letter to the Romans and also to provide ministry support there. 

It might provide a little comfort to you that I sent Nympha to her home in Lycus Valley (Col 4:15); not to do domestic duties (she has servants for that), but to be the house church leader and patroness. 

John, we must part with any sentimental or nostalgic notions of womanhood where women sweep and cook while the men do the “real work” of ministry. I wish you could meet with the women who contend alongside me as co-workers of the gospel mission: they are gifted, wise, and brave (when was the last time you were in prison?). 

John, I know you care about the gospel, and we can’t do the work with one hand tied behind our backs. The gospel of Jesus Christ is just too important. Let the Phoebes, Junias, Euodias, Syntyches, and Nymphas do their work—and you do yours too.

Grace to you, John, and let others also know you are a grace-filled believer as well (remember: grace is generosity mixed with love out of the compassion of Christ) 

Paul, slave of Jesus Christ