New Wine for New Wineskins: It’s Not What You Think (Luke 5:33–39)

Interpretation of Jesus’s sayings in Luke 5:36–39 and its parallels (Mark 2:21–22 || Matt 9:16–17) is frequently done without sufficient appreciation for the context of the sayings (Luke 5:33–35 || Mark 2:18–20 || Matt 9:14–15). This leads to conclusions that these sayings are about the incompatibility of the religious practices of the new covenant and … Read more

Identity and Repulsion: The Apostolic Commendation in Acts 20:32

As part of Paul’s notable farewell speech to the Ephesian elders, Acts 20:32 has received little detailed attention. Scholars have noted the literary correlations between Paul’s commendation to the Ephesians in Acts 20 and the Mosaic blessing of Israel in Deuteronomy 33, yet without expanding on the implications for Jewish and Christian identity, Paul’s use … Read more

Patterns of Divine Commitment in Luke-Acts

As several surveys (G. Saß 1995, K. Conway 2014) of the language of divine commitment have shown, it was uncommon to speak of God or a god making commitments in the form of promises in Greek literature prior to the 1st c. AD. Within the 1st century, however, in the writings of Philo, Josephus, and … Read more

Luke 9:51 and 10:38–42, How Resolute Is “Resolute”?

This submission is a co-authored proposal by Robert Singer and David Warren. Luke 9:51 states, “Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem” (NIV). This statement marks Jesus’s determination to travel to Jerusalem for the last time. Bauer’s lexicon notes that the literal wording in Greek, to “set one’s face,” actually comes from Hebrew and denotes “firmness … Read more