Episode 3: Slavery in the Ancient Mediterranean World and the New Testament with Robin Thompson

In this episode, we explore the heart-wrenching and often divisive topic of slavery in the Ancient Mediterranean World and its relation to the New Testament and the earliest Christians. Robin Thompson (PhD, Dallas Theological Seminary) is Adjunct Professor of Theology at Houston Baptist University and a visiting professor of New Testament Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary. She has written several academic articles and papers on slavery and the New Testament and was recently recognized with a Regional Scholar Award by the Society of Biblical Literature. As she has not yet published her own work in book form, here are a few resources she recommended on the topic:

Scot McKnight, Philemon, New International Commentary on the New Testament (Eerdmans, 2017).
Keith Bradley, Slavery and Society at Rome (Cambridge, 1994).
Henrick Mouritsen, Freedmen in the Roman World (Cambridge, 2011).
Jennifer Glancy, Slavery in Early Christianity (Oxford, 2001).
Jennifer Glancy, Slavery as Moral Problem: In the Early Church and Today (Fortress, 2011).

Short video clip of the English Standard Version (ESV) Translation Committee debating the translation of δουλος (slave) in the New Testament.

This episode is a bit longer than usual, but I think most listeners will appreciate taking the extra time to learn more about this topic.

To explore more resources for engaging the New Testament or to keep up with my research and musings, visit my website: christophermarsh.org.

Episode 2: Intertextuality and the Old Testament in the New Testament with Mario Melendez

In this episode of the Engaging the New Testament podcast, we will be exploring intertextuality. Basically, “intertextuality” means the use of one text or set of texts in another text, like when someone in a movie or on a website quotes someone else or purposely says something to remind you of another work, person, or event. Specifically, we will be looking at the use of the Old Testament in the New Testament. This vast topic can be quite dense and complex, but Dr. Mario Melendez of Oklahoma Baptist University has joined me to break down the topic for us. Dr. Melendez teaches Hebrew and Old Testament at OBU, but his research often crosses the boundaries between the Old and New Testament writings. His dissertation involved the use of Habakkuk 2:4 in the New Testament, and he is currently producing a series of books for reading through portions of the Hebrew Bible and the Greek New Testament for Glossa House. He is also the author of Third Culture Faithful and regularly is invited to speak on issues of multi-ethnic ministry.

To explore more resources for engaging the New Testament or to keep up with my research and musings, visit my website: christophermarsh.org.

Episode 1: New Testament Text Criticism with Elijah Hixson and Peter Gurry

In this episode of the Engaging the New Testament podcast, we explore the fascinating topic of New Testament textual criticism. Textual Criticism, in a nutshell, is the study of how we establish the most accurate text of the New Testament. This area of study is critical for understanding the New Testament, but many people struggle to understand it much less keep up-to-date on the topic. Well, Elijah Hixson and Peter Gurry are out to help! They have co-edited the book Myths and Mistakes in New Testament Textual Criticism, which gives an accessible, up-to-date discussion of New Testament textual criticism that addresses common misconceptions. Dr. Gurry (PhD, University of Cambridge) teaches at Phoenix Seminary and co-directs the Text and Canon Institute. Dr. Hixson (PhD, University of Edinburgh) has been a researcher at Tyndale House, Cambridge and now works for the Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts (CSNTM). Both blog at the Evangelical Textual Criticism blog.

If you are a scholar or student, be sure to check out the Text and Canon Institute’s upcoming colloquium, Origen as Philologist, March 11–12, 2021.

To explore more resources for engaging the New Testament or to keep up with my research and musings, go to my website: christophermarsh.org.

Episode 0: Introduction

I’m starting a new podcast called Engaging the New Testament! It will feature interviews with New Testament scholars and other experts to help us wrap our minds around important issues that help us better understand and engage the New Testament text and early Christian beliefs and practices. Hopefully, this ends up being helpful and piques your interest! Available on major podcasting services (Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play, and PodBean).