"Bodies and Souls: The Case for Reading Revelation 18:13 as a Critique of the Slave Trade" in New Testament Studies
Synopsis: The list of commodities consumed by Babylon concludes with the words, "bodies and souls of men." Many commentators assert that these words constitute a critique of the slave trade, but this assertion has not been adequately demonstrated. In this paper, I present a series of arguments rooted in the extant Greco-Roman literature supporting the conclusion that Rev 18:13 is indeed an early Christian critique of the Roman slave trade.
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“Grant Slaves Equality: Re-Examining the Translation of Colossians 4:1.” Tyndale Bulletin 68.1 (2017): 59–71.
Synopsis: Most scholars agree that Col 4:1 should be rendered, "Masters, treat your slaves justly and fairly" (RSV). I offer a fresh challenge to this view. Based on the use of the term ἰσότης in the extant Greek literature, I argue that Col 4:1 should instead be rendered, "Masters, grant your slaves justice and equality." Thus the command is much stronger than most scholars have realized.
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“Sell Your Possessions: Luke 12:33 and the Greco-Roman Utopian Ideal.” Southeastern Theological Review 8.1 (2017): 19–37.
Synopsis: What does Jesus mean when he commands his disciples, "Sell your possessions and give alms"? Drawing on the insights of redaction criticism and the background of Greco-Roman utopianism, I argue that Luke 12:33 is not a command to relinquish all possessions and embrace poverty; rather, it is a command to relinquish all superfluous possessions (luxuries) and embrace equality.
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"The Law and Justification in Luke’s Theology" in Essays Exploring New Testament Texts: Biblical Research Methods Applied
Synopsis: Based on Acts 13:38-39, a number of scholars argue that Luke, unlike Paul,
believed Jews were partially justified through the law. In this essay, I utilize redaction and
narrative criticism to demonstrate that the notion of a partial justification through the law is
incompatible with Luke’s theology.
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