Pre-Order My Latest Book (Skinner)

Skinner.HaugeI just noticed that my forthcoming book, Character Studies and the Gospel of Mark (co-edited with Matt Hauge) is now available for pre-order on Amazon. It’s not set to be out until October, but if you order now, you can have the distinction of being one of the first people to own it. I mean, isn’t that incentive enough? And here’s the thing, it will only cost you $114. What a bargain! If you’re still not convinced, here’s the table of contents:

1. ‘The Study of Character(s) in the Gospel of Mark: A Survey of Research from Wrede to the Performance Critics’ (1903 – 2013) Christopher W. Skinner 

2. ‘History, Theology, Story: Re-Contextualizing Mark’s “Messianic Secret” as Characterization’ Elizabeth Struthers Malbon

3. ‘The Creation of Person in Ancient Narrative and the Gospel of Mark’  Matthew Ryan Hauge

4. ‘God as Healer of Creation in the Gospel of Mark’  Ira Brent Driggers

5. ‘The Characterization of Jesus as Lord in Mark’s Gospel’   Joel F. Williams

6. ‘Characterizing the Non-Human: Satan in the Gospel of Mark’  Elizabeth E. Shively

7. ‘The Narrative Rhetoric of Mark’s Characterization of Peter’  Paul Danove

8. ‘Women in Mark’s Gospel’  Susan Miller

9. ‘“Their Great Ones Act as Tyrants Over Them”: Reading Mark’s Characterization of Roman Authorities from a Distinctly Roman Perspective’   Adam Winn

10. ‘Gentile Characters and the Motif of Proclamation in the Gospel of Mark’  Cornelis Bennema

Of course, this won’t be the last I’ll say about the book, but if you pre-order now, you can ignore all of my future posts on this topic. 🙂

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Rod Decker (1952-2014) (Skinner)

Rod DeckerWhen I returned from London yesterday I checked my email and learned of Rod Decker’s passing. (I was a subscriber to Rod’s blog and the news came to my email. You can read his family’s post here.) Several bloggers have already made mention of this, but I wanted to echo the sentiment that Rod was a really great guy and good scholar. I first had the opportunity to interact with Rod back in 2005 when our church hosted Dr. Michael Holmes and Dr. Maurice Robinson for a forum on textual criticism. I had several other opportunities to interact with him at professional meetings through the years. He was polite and engaging during our conversations and I was always really struck by his humility. In addition to the high quality of his character, his scholarship was also top-notch. I mourn his loss and offer my public condolences to his family.

Evil Conference Wrap Up (Skinner)

I have just returned from a stimulating three days in London, during which I presented at the conference, “Evil in Second Temple Judaism and Early Christianity,” at St. Mary’s University in Twickenham. I was going to spend time this morning writing a wrap-up, but it appears that Steve Walton has already done that. I echo what Steve has written there. Also, thanks go to Chris Keith for the invitation and for putting together such a fantastic lineup. Several people have asked me about my paper in particular, and have asked whether the papers will be published. The proceedings of the conference will appear in the WUNT series, likely in 2015, and will be edited by Chris and Loren Stuckenbruck. (I will happily send along a copy of my paper to those who have asked.)