Saturday, October 22, 2011
Here is a look at the cover of my forthcoming book, "Remain in Your Calling": Paul and the Continuation of Social Identities in 1 Corinthians. It should be out within the next month or so. It begins by surveying contemporary social-scientific approaches to Paul, and then discusses whether or not Paul's writing could actually form identity. Next it looks at Paul's Jewish identity, and then discusses the way the Corinthians' gentile identity continues in Christ. The second half of the book offers a few case studies from 1 Corinthians that explore in further detail the various ways existing social identities continue to be relevant within the Christ-movement by discussing: baptism and Roman water practices, ecclesia and Roman household space, and concluding with Christ-movement eschatological discourses and Roman imperial eschatology.
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
The first review of You Belong to Christ was recently published in the Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society. Click here to read it. Jack Barentsen, from Evangelische Theologische Faculteit, in Leuven, Belgium, reviewed it. He has an excellent new book out entitled: Emerging Leadership in the Pauline Mission, which I look forward to including in an upcoming review article on "Paul, Social Identity, and Mission."