Posted by: chuckbumgardner | February 11, 2011

Interview with Bruce Winter

I’ve appreciated the works of Bruce Winter over the years I’ve read him.  He has thoroughly treated the Thessalonian situation referenced in 2 Thess 3:6-15 (chapter 3 in this book), which was of great interest for my thesis, and his work on Roman women in Paul’s day is a work I still recommend as the “go-to” treatment for understanding the head-covering issue in 1 Cor 11.

Recently he was interviewed by Mark Dever, and although I enjoy all of Mark’s interviews, I particularly profited from this one.  Along with the usual personal data prompted by Mark, Bruce speaks on context and contextualization, touches on his disagreement with the term “hedonism” as used by Piper, describes some of his academic work which focuses on Corinth and the Corinthians letters (“1 Corinthians, in fact, is the only document in the ancient world about what life was like in a Roman colony.”), and speaks at some length on the notion that Christian ministers ought not to be known as “leaders” and ought not to pursue leadership per se, but servanthood.

A very interesting and recommended interview by a distinguished NT scholar.



  1. It appears that the link for “this book” and the link for “work on Roman women in Paul’s day” both point to Winter’s book, Roman Wives, Roman Widows, on Amazon. Is that correct? Thanks.

  2. Sorry! I’ve corrected the link above, which should link to Winter’s “Seek the Welfare of the City.”

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