Just a few updates since I haven't made any real posts for awhile. Apologies for that, life has been busy.
You may know that I dabble with another blog at PastoralEpistles.com. That site will undergo some major changes in the next few weeks. I'm installing different software and another contributor will come aboard. So keep your eyes peeled there. Other regular contributors are welcomed, so if you have a hankerin' to blog about the pastorals (directly or indirectly) then please contact me.
Also, if you visit the site instead of just read in an aggregator, you may have noticed the Amazon.com links on the side. It is a small experiment to see what happens if I actually recommend a book and provide a link to Amazon. Or if I recommend a gift of some other sort. [you know, the perfect gift for any bibliophile on your holiday shopping list (including me, perhaps?) is surely a gift certificate to Amazon.com]. I'm interested to know what you think about the Amazon links. Is it tacky? Dumb? Just fine? Drop a comment or send an email to let me know what you think if you have a strong opinion.
Since SBL, I've been thinking about allonymity. Michael Bird posted recently about Wayne Brindle's paper at SBL on the topic (Brindle's paper was on the evangelical response to Marshall's proposal of allonymity). Bird uses Hebrews as a counterexample, but I don't think Hebrews has anything to do with it due to it's anonymity (no author claimed, at least in MSS that we have today). Whatever one might posit about authorship, one surely has to weigh what the text itself purports. Hebrews says nothing explicit, so-called allonymous texts make explicit claims that appear to be deceptive. And that seems to me to be a completely different ball o' wax. My position aligns better with that of Witherington and Towner. Anyway, I have a post on the topic brewing, but I'll probably post it at PastoralEpistles.com once the revamping is complete. So you'll have to wait.