GENERAL BIBLICAL AND HISTORICAL STUDIES
Larry Hurtado takes a look at ‘The Form of God‘ as it appears in Philo and Paul.
The Guardian isn’t typically where I look for evidence of the existence of Jesus (nor is it strictly a blog, but this was interesting enough to merit inclusion), but Simon Gathercole presents a few of the more compelling pieces of historical evidence for Jesus.
Christianity Today interviews Mike Licona on the (seeming?) contradictions and inconsistencies in the Gospels (again, not strictly a blog, but certainly biblical-studies-related).
Mike Bird gives a brief overview of and bibliography for the ‘continuing exile’ thesis defended most prominently by N.T. Wright.
For the beer drinkers among us: beer in Mesopotamia
A fascinating look at negotiation in Ezra-Nehemiah, in which Bourdieu makes an appearance.
Andrew Wilson notes something interesting about Jesus being ‘handed over’
THEOLOGY AND PHILOSOPHY
The big news in the philosophy/religion/philosophy of religion world: Alvin Plantinga was awarded the Templeton Prize (again [again], not strictly a blog, but still). While this is a maximally great event, not everyone is pleased.
A fantastic review of Dogmatics after Barth – for the Barthians and dogmaticians among us, this will be a crucial volume.
One of my own hobby horses, the Barth Wars, gets a little bit of coverage here in this review of Reading Barth with Charity with a rejoinder by the author.
William Lane Craig gave two great answers to to great questions in his weekly Q&A: one on the doctrine of the atonement and one on the place of Old Testament difficulties in Christian belief.
A superb look by Cassandra Farrin at Martin Luther the Man
Andrew Perriman had a number of interesting posts, including a review-series of Salvation by Allegiance Alone (this is the fourth and most recent post -I linked to this because the other posts in the series are more easily accessible from here), Jesus and violence, and a quiz on the atonement (which was very much worth taking).
A typically perceptive post by Richard Beck: Empathy and the Kingdom: Part 1, What Is So Bad About Empathy? (be sure to read all of the posts in this series)
May 2017 will be hosted by Jeff Carter
June 2017 by Cassandra Farrin
July 2017 by Reuben Rus
August 2017 by Jason Gardner
October 2017 – open! If you’re interested, get in touch with Phil Long
November 2017 – Jim West
December 2017 – Jennifer Guo
Thanks for stopping by – if there’s anything I missed (and I’m sure there is) then please feel free to link in the comments!