Off The Shelf: An Anomalous Jew

He is one of the most influential and controversial figures in history so it is little wonder that there is a wide proliferation of material on the apostle Paul. In the midst of this milieu it can be difficult to pinpoint where to start in engaging with Pauline thought. An anomalous Jew by  Michael Bird is a collection of essays which will certainly help in this task. Three of these essays have been published previously (Chapters 1, 4 & 5) but they have been updated for this book to bring them into line with the main argument; Paul was a Jew, of sorts. Continue reading

Macbeth And The Search For Holiness

Why is the human heart so determined to grab hold of things which we have no right to? A simple look around our world will prove this point to be true. Having been to see the most recent cinematic production of Macbeth it is clear to see that Shakespeare understood this. The fatally flawed warrior who would be king is an excellent insight into the huge contradiction which runs directly through every person. Continue reading