writing things down…

Archive for December, 2008


I’m able to subscribe to a couple of journals at work. My problem is deciding which journals would be best. I’ve started a list of possibilities. Any journals I’ve missed? Which ones would you suggest and why? The ones to which I will subscribe will likely be focused on biblical studies (my primary focus) and mostly English (I don’t have the time to muddle through languages for which I have only a loose grasp).

Bible Review
Biblical Interpretation
Biblical Theology Bulletin
Bibliotheca Sacra
Catholic Biblical Quarterly
Currents in Biblical Research
Expository Times
Irish Biblical Studies
Journal for the Study of the New Testament
Journal of Biblical Literature
Journal of Early Christian Studies
Journal of Theological Interpretation
Journal of Theological Studies
New Testament Studies
Novum Testamentum
Religion and Theology
Review & Expositor
Review of Biblical Literature
Reviews in Religion and Theology
Revue Biblique
Scottish Journal of Theology
Scripture Bulletin
Studies in Religion / Sciences Religieuses
Theologische Literaturzeitung
Theologische Revue
Theologische Zeitschrift
Theology Today
Tyndale Bulletin
Word and World
Zeitschrift für die Neutestamentliche Wissenschaft und die Kunde der Älteren Kirche

Paul: In the Interim

As I was reading in preparation for the Acts course I will be teaching in the Winter quarter, I began to wonder how the time Paul spent in Tarsus, after Jerusalem (Acts 9:30) and before Antioch (Acts 11:25-26), shaped his approach to missions. This was a period of up to 10 years. Surely he continued the proclamation began in Jerusalem to the Hellenists (9:29), but what did he do specifically for those ten years and how did the experiences shape his approach in his mission to the Gentiles that was forthcoming? One has to believe he had some sort of effective and significant influence in Tarsus. If he had been dormant for those 10 years, why would Barnabas have sent for him to come to Antioch? And, it makes me think that Paul’s time in Tarsus was especially important for Hellenists and Gentiles, because Barnabas thinks of him specifically for the situation in Antioch, namely the discipleship of the Hellenists who had heard a word from the Christian Cypriots, Cyrenes, and later Barnabas (11:20-24). Note that Barnabas only sent for him after a “great many people were brought to the Lord” (11:24). Paul was not recruited to evangelize necessarily. He and Barnabas “met with the church and taught a great many people” (11:26). In other words, Paul seems to have been especially well-suited for instruction in living the way of Christ. So much so that the ones he and Barnabas taught would be called “Christians” (11:26).

All Things Considered

Given my schedule and my complete lack of creative ideas, I am considering giving up this blog. My only hesitancy is that I might one day feel inspired again. So, I am also considering how I might re-tool what I do with the blog. We’ll see. Maybe a New Year’s resolution will spur me on.