Archive for November, 2009
Nancy and I had many happy reunions with good friends at the annual meetings of the Evangelical Theological Society and the Society of Biblical Literature in New Orleans Nov. 17-23. Scores of people were absolutely delighted to be able at last to buy Man and Woman, One in Christ at the Linguist’s Software exhibits.
Zondervan had a huge eight foot tall banner/poster of my book where they sold many more of my book at their exhibits. Christians for Biblical Equality also sold many and displayed a poster of the book at their booth.
A highlight at ETS was my presentation of a paper: “The Codex Vaticanus Distigmai as Evidence that 1 Cor 14:34-35 is an Interpolation.” The feedback was universally positive.
I enjoyed seeing old friends at the Tyndale House (Cambridge, England) breakfast, the Gordon-Conwell breakfast and Sunday worship, the Zondervan author breakfast and lunch. I also had fascinating discussions at the Linguist’s Software booth, and enjoyed dinners with special friends.
The first two are crucial studies for understanding Paul’s teaching regarding slavery.
The first gives twelve reasons to understand 1 Corinthians 7:21-23 as an encouragement for slaves to gain freedom if they can. These factors are crucial because some people have interpreted Paul as discouraging slaves from gaining their freedom and has been used to support slavery.
The second shows how Paul applies maximum social pressure on Philemon to free his slave Onesimus.
These two articles support the understanding of Galatians 3:28 argued in my book that in Christ there is no special privilege given to slave over free or to male over female. These studies show that Paul in practice undermines the slave/free dichotomy.
The third is a critique of Preston T. Massey’s article in New Testament Studies 53 (2007): 502-523. Massey states five conclusions regarding the meaning of “covered” in 1 Corinthians 11:2-16. His article cites passages that contradict each of his five conclusions. He is unwarranted in concluding that “covering” implies a garment.
To see or download these studies, in the red box at the top of this page click on Publications, then click on Supplemental Studies.
840 copies of Man and Woman, One in Christ were delivered to our office November 9, and we have already supplied over 70 to people who ordered them. Your signed copy is awaiting your order ($17.75 instead of the Zondervan price of $29.99) at our secure order form. Just fill in the order form and click on either Windows Products or Macintosh Products and select Man and Woman Book from the alphabetically-ordered list. Under “Choose one of the Following Shipping Options” select from the bottom of the list either Media Mail or Airmail.
My book just arrived from Zondervan! This is only the publisher’s courtesy copy, but I should be receiving books in quantity within a week.
I just uploaded a revised preliminary bibliography for my book Man and Woman, One in Christ. I am still revising it, and changes will be uploaded within a week.