Posted by: chuckbumgardner | January 21, 2016

Most Common Pauline Passages in pre-Nicene Christianity

An interesting work by Jennifer Strawbridge, The Pauline Effect: The Use of the Pauline Epistles by Early Christian Writers (Berlin: de Gruyter, 2015), has provided research based on a dataset of just over 27,000 references to Paul’s epistles in early Christian writings, grounded in a fairly exhaustive survey of pre-Nicene literary texts   (“This database will be available online as a searchable digital resource from September 2016” [p. 10, n. 30]). There is a lot that could be derived from a database like this. Here are a couple of things I found interesting:

(1) The Pauline passages most cited in these early literary texts were: 1 Cor 2:6-16 (691 instances); Col 1:15-20 (673); Phil 2:6-8 (568; very often found alongside a Col 1:15-20 citation); Eph 6:10-17 (466); 1 Cor 15:50-58 (404); 1 Cor 1:20-24 (382); Rom 8:14-17 (227); Eph 2:11-15 (159); Rom 8:30-39 (142) (p. 11, n. 38). This doesn’t necessarily mean that preachers preached on these texts more than any other, or that early Christians had these texts memorized more often than others, but does point to their general prominence in the early church.

(2) The vast majority of Paul’s epistles is cited in these literary texts; Strawbridge’s research found only 192 verses that weren’t represented (40 in Romans; 21 in 1 Cor; 32 in 2 Cor; 13 in Gal; 3 in Eph; 14 in Phil; 4 in Col; 12 in 1 Thess; 7 in 2 Thess; 14 in 1 Tim; 18 in 2 Tim; 9 in Titus; 5 in Phm) (p. 12, n. 39).

Posted by: chuckbumgardner | December 12, 2015

I. Howard Marshall

I discovered this evening that Howard Marshall had gone to be with his Lord this morning. I am saddened by the news. Howard had graciously, in his retirement, agreed to serve as an external professor for me for an independent study class on the Pastoral Epistles. I had asked with little hope that someone of his stature would agree to serve in such a capacity for an unknown such as myself, but was pleasantly surprised when he cheerfully agreed.

I had known him only through his writings, most notably his magisterial ICC volume on the Pastorals, and was thus expecting a good deal of formality in our interaction. I learned otherwise! Here is part of his response to my initial request:

Dear Chuck,

Thank you for this kind invitation.  I am disposed to accept it, tho’ bearing in mind that I never read blogs, facebooks and the like, and prefer good old-fashioned books! So if you can tolerate an antediluvian comment or two, and allow for the fact that I am not as young as I used to be….

He signed his emails as “Howard,” but I couldn’t imagine addressing him on a first-name basis, and continued doggedly with “Dr. Marshall” until I received this note as part of one of his emails:

I don’t know what protocol is with your academic constituency, but like many in the UK  I see our relationship  as one of friends helping each other within our Christian family of brothers and sisters, and this means that I’m happy to drop formality.

Well, it was “Howard” after that! I only had the privilege of submitting a single paper to him (on Paul and mission in the PE) and receiving his comments on it. In that regard, perhaps I was his last “student”! But even in our limited interaction, I gained a great appreciation for both his academic rigor and his charity.

As one might imagine, I have been immersed in his writings on the Pastoral Epistles over the last year. Here is a list of those writings (including reviews), some obviously more directly related to the letters than others:

Marshall, I. Howard. “Biblical Patterns for Public Theology.” European Journal of Theology 14 (2005): 73-86.

________. “Book of 1 Timothy.” In Dictionary for Theological Interpretation of the Bible. Edited by Kevin J. Vanhoozer, 801-804. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2005.

________. “Book of 2 Timothy.” In Dictionary for Theological Interpretation of the Bible. Edited by Kevin J. Vanhoozer, 804-806. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2005.

________. “Brothers Embracing Sisters?” Bible Translator 55 (2004): 303-10.

________. “The Christian Life in 1 Timothy.” The Reformed Theological Review 49 (1990): 81–90.

________. “The Christology of Luke-Acts and the Pastoral Epistles.” Pages167–82 in Crossing the Boundaries: Essays in Biblical Literature in Honor of Michael D. Goulder. Edited by Stanley E. Porter, P. Joyce, and D. E. Orton. Biblical Interpretation Series 8. Leiden: Brill, 1994.

________. “The Christology of the Pastoral Epistles.” Studien zum Neuen Testament und seiner Umwelt A 13 (1988): 157–77.

________. “Church and Ministry in 1 Timothy.” Pages 51–60 in Pulpit and People: Essays in Honour of William Still on His 75th Birthday. Edited by Nigel M. de S. Cameron and Sinclair B. Ferguson. Edinburgh: Rutherford House, 1986.

________. “Congregation and Ministry in the Pastoral Epistles.” Pages 105–25 in Community Formation in the Early Church and the Church Today. Edited by Richard N. Longenecker. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 2002.

________. “The Development of the Concept of Redemption in the New Testament.” Pages 153-69 in Reconciliation and Hope: New Testament Essays on Atonement and Eschatology, Presented to L. L. Morris on His 60th Birthday. Edited by Robert Banks. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1974.

________. “Faith and Works in the Pastoral Epistles.” Studien zum Neuen Testament und seiner Umwelt A 9 (1984): 203–18.

________. “The Holy Spirit in the Pastoral Epistles and the Apostolic Fathers.” Pages 257–269 in The Holy Spirit and Christian Origins: Essays in Honor of James D. G. Dunn. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2004.

________. “The Pastoral Epistles.” Pages 108–123 in The Blackwell Companion to Paul. Edited by Stephen Westerholm. Chichester, UK: Wiley-Blackwell, 2011.

________. “The Pastoral Epistles in Recent Study.” Pages 268–324 in Entrusted with the Gospel: Paul’s Theology in the Pastoral Epistles. Edited by Andreas J. Köstenberger and Terry L. Wilder. Nashville: B&H Academic, 2010.

________. “The Pastoral Epistles in (Very) Recent Study.” Midwestern Journal of Theology 2 (2003): 3–37.

________. “Prospects for the Pastoral Epistles.” Pages 137–55 in Doing Theology for the People of God: Studies in Honor of J. I. Packer. Edited by Donald M. Lewis and Alister E. McGrath. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 1996.

________. “Recent Study of the Pastoral Epistles.” Themelios 23 (1997): 3–29.

________. Review of R. F. Collins, I & II Timothy and Titus: A Commentary. Bulletin for Biblical Research 14 (2004): 136-37.

________. Review of M. Davies, The Pastoral Epistles. Evangelical Quarterly 70 (1998): 77-78.

________. Review of J. M. Holmes, Text in a Whirlwind: A Critique of Four Exegetical Devices at I Timothy 2:9-15. Evangel 20 (2002): 60-61.

________. Review of L. T. Johnson, The First and Second Letters to Timothy: A New Translation with Introduction and Commentary. Biblical Interpretation 10 (2002): 100-102.

________. Review of M. Y. MacDonald, The Pauline Churches: A Socio-historical Study of Institutionalization in the Pauline and Deutero-Pauline Writings. Evangelical Quarterly 61 (1989): 271-73.

________. Review of B. Mutschler, Glaube in den Pastoralbriefen: Pistis als Mitte christlicher Existenz. Journal for the Study of the New Testament 33/5 (2011): 112-13.

________. Review of H.-W. Neudorfer, Die erste Brief des Paulus an Timotheus. European Journal of Theology 15 (2006): 76-77.

________. Review of L. K. Pietersen, The Polemic of the Pastorals: A Sociological Examination of the Development of Pauline Christianity. Journal of Theological Studies 56 (2005): 594-96.

________. Review of W. A. Richards, Difference and Distance in Post-Pauline Christianity: An Epistolary Analysis of the Pastorals. Evangel 21 (2003): 94-95.

________. Review of H. Stettler, Die Christologie der Pastoralbriefe. European Journal of Theology 8 (1999): 186-88.

________. Review of J. Twomey, The Pastoral Epistles through the Centuries. Expository Times 121 (2009): 50-51.

________. Review of S. G. Wilson, Luke and the Pastoral Epistles. Journal for the Study of the New Testament 10 (1981): 69-74.

________. Review of B. W. Winter, Roman Wives, Roman Widows: The Appearance of New Women and the Pauline Communities. Evangelical Quarterly 80 (2008): 83-85.

________. Review of F. M. Young, The Theology of the Pastoral Letters. Epworth Review 22 (1995): 110-11.

________. “The Role of Women in the Church.” Pages 177-97 in The Role of Women. Edited by Shirley Lees. Leicester, UK: Inter-Varsity, 1984.

________. “Salvation, Grace, and Works in the Later Writings in the Pauline Corpus.” New Testament Studies 42 (1996): 339–58.

________. “Salvation in the Pastoral Epistles.” Pages 449–69 in Geschichte—Tradition—Reflexion: Festschrift für Martin Hengel zum 70. Geburtstag, Vol 3: Frühes Christentum. Edited by Hermann Lichtenberger. Tübingen: J. C. B. Mohr (Paul Siebeck), 1996.

________. “Some Recent Commentaries on the Pastoral Epistles.” Expository Times 117 (2006): 140-43.

________. “‘Sometimes Only Orthodox’—Is There More to the Pastoral Epistles?” Epworth Review 20 (1993): 12–24.

________. “Universal Grace and Atonement in the Pastoral Epistles.” Pages 51–70 in The Grace of God and the Will of Man. Edited by Clark H. Pinnock. Minneapolis: Bethany House, 1989.

________. “Women in Ministry: A Further Look at 1 Timothy 2.” Pages 52–78 in Women, Ministry and the Gospel. Edited by M. Husbands and T. Larsen. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 2008.

Posted by: chuckbumgardner | December 9, 2015

Onesimus Not a Runaway?

I’ve often read of Onesimus as being a runaway slave. Interestingly, S. Scott Bartchy suggests otherwise:

“Not infrequently, knowledgeable slaves left their owner’s control temporarily to hide from an angry owner and wait for tempers to cool, perhaps hoping to find an advocate to intervene on the slave’s behalf. Others took off to visit their mothers (Dig. According to Proculus, the foremost Roman jurist in the early first century, such a slave emphatically did not become a fugitivus (Dig. In light of this legal opinion, the fact that Philemon’s slave Onesimus did not take off for parts unknown but rather fled to Paul in prison strongly suggests that it is incorrect to view Onesimus as a runaway slave.”

S. Scott Bartchy, “Slaves and Slavery in the Roman World,” in The World of the New Testament: Cultural, Social, and Historical Contexts, ed. J. B. Green and L. M. McDonald (Grand Rapids: Baker, 2013), 172.

Posted by: chuckbumgardner | November 21, 2015

Meditations on the Incarnation from Church History

Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn: Simeon's Prophecy to Mary

Rembrandt, Simeon’s Prophecy to Mary

With the First Sunday of Advent coming soon (November 29), I give below links to a series of observations on the incarnation from various theologians and the like through church history. The clean sea-breeze of the centuries, Lewis might say. Enjoy!

Irenaeus ( – c. 202) on the Incarnation

Tertullian (c. 160 – c. 220) on the Incarnation

Cyprian ( -258) on the Incarnation

Methodius ( -311) on the Incarnation

Athanasius (293-373) on the Incarnation

Ambrose (c. 340-397) on the Incarnation

Chalcedon (451) on the Incarnation

Martin Luther (1483-1546) on the Incarnation

John Calvin (1509-1564) on the Incarnation (1)

John Calvin (1509-1564) on the Incarnation (2)

John Donne (1572-1631) on the Incarnation

John Gill (1697-1771) on the Incarnation

Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758) on the Incarnation (1)

Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758) on the Incarnation (2)

Charles Wesley (1707-1788) on the Incarnation

Louis Berkhof (1873-1957) on the Incarnation

C. S. Lewis (1898-1963) on the Incarnation

John Murray (1898-1975) on the Incarnation

David Wells (1939- ) on the Incarnation

Robert Reymond on the Incarnation

Posted by: chuckbumgardner | November 16, 2015

And the next IVP Black Dictionary…

…won’t be coming out for awhile, I’m afraid. The extremely helpful “Black Dictionary” series by InterVarsity (I do wish there were an official series title!) has a prominent place on my shelves. Not long ago, I glanced at the recently-(2013)-published second edition of Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels, and wondered when IVP was planning on publishing revisions of the aging Dictionary of Paul and His Letters (1993) or Dictionary of the Later New Testament & Its Developments (1997). So I asked. A very nice lady with the title of “IVP Continuity Specialist” (well, then!) informed me that there were no projected dates for any new editions, and it would thus be three years at the earliest (again, not that there are any concrete plans) before there would be even any possibility of seeing another revision released.

Just in case you wondered.

Posted by: chuckbumgardner | November 4, 2015

A Gentile Feeding?, that’s interesting. In the study notes of the NIV Zondervan Study Bible, Craig Blomberg discusses both the feeding of the five thousand in Matt 14:13-21 and the feeding of the four thousand in Matt 15:29-39, and suggests that the latter was a distinctly Gentile-oriented miracle. This is suggested in the narrative itself when the multitude “praised the God of Israel“; God would have not been specified to be Israel’s God if the crowd had been Jewish, Blomberg argues. He also notes that in the feeding of the five thousand, the word for “basket,” (κόφινος, 14:20) is the word for “a typical Jewish lunch pack,” while the word for “basket” in the later incident (σπυρίς, 15:37) is the word for “a larger Gentile hamper.” He is rightly more hesitant in his suggestion that Matthew may see symbolic value in “twelve” baskets in the former incident as engaging “the distinctively Jewish number (as in the twelve tribes of Israel) and in “seven” baskets in the latter incident as engaging “the universal number (as in seven days of creation), appropriate for all nations.” As well, though Blomberg doesn’t mention it here, the feeding of the four thousand comes on the heels of the very Gentile-oriented interaction with the “Canaanite” woman in 15:21-28.

The takeaway from this interesting suggestion for Blomberg is that “the close duplication of the earlier miracle may intentionally demonstrate that Jesus is the bread of life for Gentiles as well as Jews.”

Posted by: chuckbumgardner | November 1, 2015

Paul’s Contact with the New Religions

“Paul’s Contact with the New Religions” is the heading of a section in Robert Banks’s interesting work Paul’s New Idea of Community: The Early House Churches in Their Cultural Setting (rev. ed.; Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 1994; repr. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2009). I was glad to come across this, as I had been considering lately whether and how much Paul self-consciously dug into trying to thoroughly understand other thought-systems of his day, and how much he self-consciously contrasted Christianity to them. That is a question which ultimately cannot be answered in a great deal of detail, I would think, although much work has been done to compare and contrast Paul’s teaching with that of other thought-systems (inasmuch as they are known) of his day, whether those of mystery religions or philosophical schools . Clearly, he was able to hold his own with Stoics and Epicureans at Athens (Acts 17), but did he delve into the mystery cults or gain a deep and abiding understanding of the various philosophical schools?

Banks suggests that (1) Paul was unlikely to have been a member of anything other than a Pharisaic fellowship (due to the restrictions of that group); (2) Paul likely made polemical use of terminology that was common coin in mystery cults or other religious voluntary associations, such as “mystery” or “knowledge” [a debated point, I believe]; (3) Acts and Paul’s epistles at times hint at possible contact Paul might have had with philosophical schools outside Acts 17 (use of the hall of Tyrannus in Ephesus; reference to their activities (1 Cor 1:20; 2:4-5); echoes of their teaching (Epimenides (?) and Aratus in Acts 17:28). In summary, Banks suggests,

While we should not overlook the possibility that some acquaintance with the teachings of these groups formed part of Paul’s education in Jerusalem, it seems likely that most of his information would have been gathered on his travels in a rather ad hoc fashion, supplemented by occasional debates with their representatives and discussions with converts from their way of life. (13)

The question of Paul’s intentional study of other thought-systems intrigued me a bit and a little further research on his knowledge of philosophical schools in particular finds T. Paige (“Philosophy,” Dictionary of Paul and His Letters) pointing out that Tarsus was home to a “flourishing school of philosophy” (True! see Strabo 14.673 [14.5.13]) and that “though it is unlikely that he attended, it is reasonable to suppose that Paul met with some philosophy in his youth, even if his training may have been in Jerusalem” (714); and later asserts that “as a man of his era, he was aware of intellectual currents” (718). J. C. Thom (“Paul and Popular Philosophy,” in Paul’s Graeco-Roman Context [ed. Breytenbach; BETL 277; Leuven: Peeters, 2015]) summarizes a good bit of scholarly work to note,

Recent scholarship has amply demonstrated that Paul and other New Testament authors were aware of and made use of philosophical topoi that were common in their time. It has also long been recognized that Paul in his pastoral engagement with the various congregations made use of the same psychagogical practices employed by philosophers. Paul’s use of letters to guide various early Christian communities is also similar to the way letters were used in philosophical communities. The style used in Pauline letters is furthermore strongly influenced by the diatribe style used by Cynic and Stoic philosophers. (47-48)

All the same, in spite of all of these assertions (however strong they are in the end), Thom notes that “despite these similarities in style and practice . . . it is problematic to pin down the precise nature and substance of philosophical knowledge that Paul and other New Testament authors may have had” (48). He suggests that the sort of similarities noted above between Paul and the philosophers resulted not from the formal study of philosophy, but simply from “a competency . . . in the general cultural repertoire of the period, which in turn is reflected in the popular philosophical texts [texts that made philosophical teaching accessible to a non-specialized audience]” (57). He further suggests that the likely level of rhetorical training that Paul had “may well have included exposure to popular-philosophical texts, since these were aimed at readers with a general education rather than formal training in science or philosophy” (57-58).

N. T. Wright (Paul and the Faithfulness of God [COQG 4; Minneapolis: Fortress, 2013]) makes a good point, noting that after Paul’s visit to Jerusalem in Acts 9:26-29, which clearly did not endear him to the Hellenistic Jews there, the Christians extricated him from the city and “sent him off to Tarsus” (v. 30), where Barnabas—apparently some time later—eventually collected him for ministry in Antioch (11:25-26). Wright:

Granted that Saul had recently gone back to his home town fired with the dangerous message that a recently crucified Jew was Israel’s Messiah and the world’s true Lord, and granted all we know of his character before and after, we are bound to assume that he engaged with thinkers and scholars in Tarsus at all kinds of levels. . . . Saul’s early post-conversion stay in Tarsus allows plenty of time, not indeed to “translate” his initial “Jewish” understanding of the news about Jesus into a very different and “hellenistic” mode of thought—as we shall see, there is no reason to suppose he ever did that—but certainly for him to bump up against the major philosophical traditions of the time and to begin to work out not only possible points of convergence but also key points where confrontation or subversion would be appropriate. I regard it as highly probable that it was in this early time in Tarsus that he began to acquire the art of “tearing down clever arguments, and every proud notion that sets itself up against the knowledge of God,” resulting in his project of “taking every thought prisoner and making it obey the Messiah.” (205-7)

Wright’s comments tie back to Banks’s given above: Paul need not have spent dedicated time as a student of a particular philosophy—and “philosophy” was not quite the recondite discipline it is today; we might say “worldview”—but would have had ample opportunity in the course of his gospelizing ministry to learn of and interact with other points of view.

Posted by: chuckbumgardner | October 25, 2015

No father

Now, that’s interesting. I’m reading Joe Hellerman’s When the Church Was a Family: Recapturing Jesus’ Vision for Authentic Christian Community (Nashville: B&H, 2009). He discusses Mark 10:28-30:

Peter began to say to him, “See, we have left everything and followed you.” Jesus said, “Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands, for my sake and for the gospel, who will not receive a hundredfold now in this time, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions, and in the age to come eternal life.

I’ve thought of this passage often, and how “in this time” indicates that what followers of Jesus are said to receive is not merely heavenly, but very much here-and-now, and happens through association with the church, God’s new family. What I had never noticed is something that Hellerman points out: every item that a follower of Jesus might leave finds its counterpart in what that disciple receives in plentitude in the present time. Every item, that is, except “father.”

left . . . mother or father or children . . .

will receive . . . mothers and children . . .

How very intriguing! Hellerman’s take on the reason:

There is going to be no “father” figure in the family Jesus is putting together—no human father figure, at any rate. In light of Matthew 23[:8-12], the reason is quite clear: God—and God alone—is to occupy the paternal role in the family of God.

France suggests that the absence of “father” “may reflect the theological scruple that the disciple has only one heavenly Father (Mt. 23:9; cf. the omission of ‘father’ in the family list at 3:35)” (The Gospel of Mark, NIGTC, 407). Likewise, Lane: “The omission of a reference to the father in verse 30 is undoubtedly intentional since God himself is the head of the new spiritual family” (The Gospel According to Mark, NICNT, 372).

Posted by: chuckbumgardner | October 20, 2015


I’ve been aware for quite awhile that Matthew and Luke narrate the three temptations of Christ in different orders. Matthew gives them thus: stones to bread, pinnacle of the temple, then the kingdoms of the world; Luke reverses the last two: stones to bread, the kingdoms of the world, then the pinnacle of the temple. I’ve read before that while Matthew orders the temptations chronologically (note τότε as a temporal marker in 4:5), Luke rearranges them in a topical manner, making the pinnacle of the temple temptation the most prominent by putting it last, thus tying in the temptation narrative with his overarching interest in the temple and/or Jerusalem.

This may well be, but I noticed this morning how retaining the chronological order allows Matthew to tie Jesus’s temptation in with one of Matthew’s major emphases: the kingdom of heaven. In Matt 4:8-10, the last of Jesus’s three temptations is set forth, and he successfully overcomes the devil’s offer:

Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory.  And he said to him, “All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.” Then Jesus said to him, “Be gone, Satan! For it is written, “‘You shall worship the Lord your God and him only shall you serve.'”

Directly after the narrative of the temptations, Matthew speaks of the beginning of Jesus’s ministry. After setting the stage with a historical note (4:12-13) and an OT connection (4:14-16), he summarizes Jesus’s preaching ministry, which picked up where John had left off (3:1-2; cf. 4:12):

From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

Of course, one might simply observe that since the kingdom of heaven is a major theme of Matthew’s, wherever the kingdoms of the world temptation was narrated among the three temptations, it would provide a contrast in the context of the Gospel. That is true. It still seems striking to me that in Matthew’s recounting of Jesus’s temptation by Satan, by virtue of the order of the temptations, the repudiation of the kingdoms of the world is juxtaposed with Jesus’s formal embarking on his ministry of proclaiming the kingdom of heaven.

Posted by: chuckbumgardner | October 15, 2015

Journal Table of Contents Service

Friends, you really, really, should sign up for this free service. JournalTOCs allows you to select academic journals to follow, then emails you a table of contents when a new issue comes out. This is something I’ve been wanting for quite awhile! A recent sample of the sort of email I get:



The following journal(s) have published new articles. Please click on the link(s) below to get the new article(s) published online, or copy and paste them into your browser:

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  1. Volume 74 Issue 2 – Merit and Moses: A Critique of the Klinean doctrine of republication [Book Review]
  2. Volume 74 Issue 2 – Introduction to the prophers [Book Review]
  3. Volume 74 Issue 2 – Charles Wesley: Musician and seeker for perfection
  4. Volume 74 Issue 2 – Paul the necromancer: Luke’s use of the hapax ‘yvwoths’ in Acts 26:3
  5. Volume 74 Issue 2 – John Gill’s reformed dyothelitism
  6. Volume 74 Issue 2 – The intolerance of tolerance [Book Review]
  7. Volume 74 Issue 2 – A gospel pageant: A reader’s guide to the book of revelation [Book Review]
  8. Volume 74 Issue 2 – Four views on the Apostle Paul [Book Review]
  9. Volume 74 Issue 2 – The book of Isaiah: Enduring questions answered Anew: Essays honoring Joseph Blenkinsopp and his contribution to the study of Isai…
  10. Volume 74 Issue 2 – A ransom for many: The gospel of Mark simply explained [Book Review]
  11. Volume 74 Issue 2 – Book reviews [Book Review]
  12. Volume 74 Issue 2 – Introducing Romans: Critical issues in Paul’s most famous letter [Book Review]
  13. Volume 74 Issue 2 – Revelation: A new covenant commentary [Book Review]
  14. Volume 74 Issue 2 – Gospel clarity: Challenging the new pespective on Paul [Book Review]
  15. Volume 74 Issue 2 – Calvin and the reformed tradition: On the work of Christ and the order of salvation [Book Review]
  16. Volume 74 Issue 2 – Worshipping with Calvin: Recovering the historic ministry and worship of reformed protestantism [Book Review]


Of course, this is not a journal subscription, just an alert to new issues. So clicking through to the listed articles doesn’t necessarily (or usually) bring you to the full text of the article. The value is that you constantly receive fresh updates as to what is being published, and can note if something new has come up in an area you are researching, upon which you can obtain the article in whatever way is available to you.

To give a small idea of the variety available, here are the journals from which I’ve elected to receive tables of contents:

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