Paul and Scripture Seminar


Bruce N. Fisk, Westmont College

Synagogue Influence on Paul’s Roman Readers


Stephen Moyise, University of Chichester UK

How does Paul Read Scripture?


Stanley E. Porter, McMaster Divinity College CA

Paul and his Bible: His Education and Access to the Scriptures of Israel


Christopher D. Stanley, St. Bonaventure University

The Role of the Audience in the Interpretation of Paul’s References to the Jewish Scriptures


An interview with Stanley Porter on the Book of Acts, and Textual Criticism

Mike Bird interviewing Stanley Porter.

These are the questions ask. Read the responds.

(1) Dr. Porter, you mentioned at your recent SBL presentation at the Acts seminar that there was little point writing a commentary using the NA27 or UBS4 editions, since the reconstructed texts do not correspond to any extant manuscript. Do you think that it is more viable to write commentary on Acts using the Alexandrian or even the Byzantine text-type as a “template”?

(2) This goes against the trend in recent commentaries that simply assume NA27 or UBS4. What made you come to this conclusion?

(3) Have commentary writers become too dependent upon Bruce Metzger’s A Textual Commentary on the Greek New Testament? If so, how can this be avoided?

(4) The text of Acts represents a whole host of text-critical problems, especially the differences between the Western and Alexandrian texts. What do you think is the best way of accounting for this divergence in the witnesses of Acts?

(5) W.A Strange The Problem of the Text of Acts (SNTSMS 71; Cambridge: CUP, 1992) theorizes that Luke left Acts unfinished at his death, and that Acts was posthumously completed and published by editors who performed independent revisions of the text. Are such theories helpful or needlessly speculative?

(6) What contribution can discourse analysis make to textual criticism?

(7) Out all the Acts commentaries available at the moment, which one would you recommend to seminary and university students for a concise study of textual issues relating to the Book of Acts?

Stanley E. Porter, Ph.D is President, Dean and Professor of New Testament at McMaster Divinity College. He is writing a commentary on the Acts of the Apostles for the NIGTC series.

JGRChJ 3 (2006)

The most recent issue of JGRChJ has now been posted and is set for print publication in early Decemeber. Be sure and download the articles though as they will not be available after the 1st of January or sometime thereabout.

Volume 3 (2006)


Craig Evans

Messianic Hopes and Messianic Figures in Late Antiquity


Richard Van Egmond

The Messianic ‘Son of David’ in Matthew


Ronald Weed

Aristotle on Justice (δικαιοσύνη): Character, Action and Some Pauline Counterparts


Michael Wojciechowski

Paul and Plutarch on Boasting


Barry F. Parker

Romans 7 and the Split Between Judaism and Christiainity


Craig S. Keener

Paul’s ‘Friends’ The Asiarchs (Acts 19.31)


Lois K. Fuller

The ‘Genitive Absolute’ in New Testament/Hellenistic Greek: A Proposal for Clearer Understanding


Jonathan M. Watt

Contextual Disconnection in Bart Ehrman’s Lost Christianities


Sean A. Adams

Luke’s Preface and its Relationship to Greek Historiography: A Response to Loveday Alexander


Robert Stephen Reid

Ad Herennium Argument Strategies in 1 Corinthians


Preterist Proof-Texts: A Critique

This important article, A Critique of Preterism, evaluates the interpretation of the few key texts preterists typically use to assert their position.

In my opinion, this article effectively dissmantels the small, but apparently influential, arsenal of preterist proof-texts. It criticizes the preterism of R.C. Sproul, in particular.

I. Howard Marshall e-book

A Pocket Guide to New Testament Theology.”



Chapter 1: Why study Christian doctrine?

Chapter 2: Our Knowledge of God?

Chapter 3: What can we know about God?

Chapter 4: God and the Universe

Chapter 5: The Person and Work of Jesus

Chapter 6: The Life of the Christian

Chapter 7: The Christian Community

Chapter 8: The Last Things

Papyrology and the Study of the New Testament

Papyrological evidence forms one of the central literary bases for the study of New Testament letters, especieally the Pauline corpus. The website for the University of Michigan Papyrus Collection has a helpful set of tools and introductory bibliography.

Literary Genre Midrash by A.W. Wright

These two important articles published in Catholic Biblical Quarterly 28 explore some of the key literary differences and distinctions between midrash, pesher and other early forms of Jewish exegesis. One of the important distinctions set out in these articles is the understanding of midrash as something that comments directly on Scripture instead of being employed for the purposes of the new composition. An extremely important analysis for those interested in the New Testament use of the Old Testament.

Literary Genre Midrash pt. 1

Literary Genre Midrash pt.2