Discovered: a NT goldmine on itunes u (and its all free!)

Once in a while, I browse the itunes university (free) selection of courses and lectures from dozens of universities.  I have enjoyed listening to lectures by N.T. Wright, John Goldingay, Dale Martin, Richards Hays, and many more.  Today, I found the jackpot – a lecture series at Abilene Christian University (Carmichael-Walling lectures) which was recently updated.  The new set of lectures include:

-David Scholer on Paul’s theology

-David Parker on Gospels manuscripts

-Luke Timothy Johnson on James in early Christianity

-Richard Bauckham on James in the NT

-James Vanderkam on Scriptural authority in the Dead Sea Scrolls

-James Dunn on the historical Paul and Paul’s preaching of the Gospel

Go HERE for more information; to find these lectures, open up itunes and click on your itunes store.  In the top-right search engine, type in “Carmichael-Walling” or, even more simple, Vanderkam.  Let me know if people are having trouble finding it.



New 1 Corinthians commentary and my professional endorsement

A few months ago, Smyth and Helwys (a Christian academic publisher out of Macon, GA) contacted me and asked me if I would read R. Scott Nash’s new 1 Corinthians commentary for the Smyth & Helwys series.  I had seen the series before in the library – Ben Witherington has written for them (Matthew) and Mitchell Reddish (Revelation) and Charles Talbert (Romans) also have nice volumes in the series.

Though I had not heard of Dr. Nash (Assoc. Prof. of NT at Mercer University), I enjoyed reading the manuscript very much.  This series is known for having an excellent layout with good charts and various sidebars.  The commentary offers a smooth explication of the text, as it is geared towards students.  Nash, though, has really done his historical and archaeological homework.  Therefore, I was happy to write an endorsement for the book.

It was my pleasure to see the final product at SBL – hot off the presses.  I haven’t even received my own copy yet in the mail, though I will post about it again once I have thumbed through the book.  It is a whole different experience to read a book on pdf  (in front of your computer) than in nice hardcover form ( in an armchair).

When I turned to the endorsements page, I was excited to see my own words printed next to those of Marion Soards, Carolyn Osiek, and Alexandra Brown.  I am not 100% sure why they chose me, but I definitely glad that I did.

I hope it will not seem cheap for me to say that I think seminary and upper-level undergraduate students will benefit from this commentary.  Do check it out HERE.

See my endorsement HERE.

NB: Forthcoming is Todd D. Still’s commentary on Philippians – I have seen portions of it and it is very erudite.  Once it

it hits the shelves, I will be excited to consult it alongside my other middle-length Philippians commentaries by Bockmuehl and Hooker.