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25th Anniversary Reflections on The Interpretation of the Bible in the Church

Ed. by L. G. Bloomquist and J. Lamantia.

Theoforum 50.1 (2020)

17 articles that explore the Pontifical Biblical Commission's document.

Introduction to 25th Anniversary Reflections on The Interpretation of the Bible in the Church: The Culmination of a Prophetic Century Viewed 25 Years Later.


Theoforum  50.1 (2020): 5-21.

An overview of the document and the essays in the volume.

The legal art of Irnerius: The hermeneutics behind the medieval renaissance of Roman law 

Studia Canonica 54 (2020): 31-45.

The principal figure in the renaissance of Roman law in the late eleventh twelfth century was Irnerius of Bologna (ca. 1055 - ca. 1130). Transcending the legal debates of his day, Irnerius sought to clarify fundamental legal principles by using available exegetical tools on the Justinian Corpus. In doing so he established the groundwork for the philosophy and theology of law that developed during the twelfth century. This article highlights key elements of Irnerius’s method and provides example of his attention to legal principles of aequitas, iustitia, and ius.

Mark 14:51–52: A Sociorhetorical Reading of the Text and Conclusions Drawn from the History of Its Interpretation (with Michael A. G. Haykin), in Paul and Matthew Among Jews and Gentiles. Essays in Honour of Terence L. Donaldson, ed. Ronald Charles; Library of New Testament Studies; (London: T & T Clark Bloomsbury Publishing, 2020), forthcoming.

In Mark 14:51-52 we read a seemingly inconsequential story of a young man, found in the garden at the same time as Jesus who is captured by Temple authorities. It is the only passage that is unique to Mark in the Passion account. If, in particular, Matthew was not alien to the language and themes found in Mark 14, why did he not include the story? In our presentation, we provide an answer to this question and thus help to understand both the Gospel of Mark and the other Gospels, including that of Matthew.

John

In The Oxford Handbook of New Testament Rhetoric, ed. Mark Given (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2020), forthcoming.

An overview of the Gospel of John from the perspective of primarily three different rhetorical approaches: neo-classical, poetic and aesthetic, and sociorhetorical.

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The descent of the soul in Macrobius and William of Conches

In Plato in Late Antiquity, the Middle Ages and Modern Times: Selected papers from the Seventeenth Annual Conference of the International Society for Neoplatonic Studies, ed. John F.  Finamore and Mark Nyvlt (Bream: The Prometheus Trust in association with the International Society for Neoplatonic Studies, 2020), 75-92.

William’s development of the hermeneutical tool of reading by integumentum — a hermeneutical tool that is drawn from William’s broad readings from several different sources, including Macrobius — allowed him to read Plato to gain the philosophical reflection and notion of secondary causation which would lead him as a Christian philosopher to a deeper knowledge of man by utilizing the resources of non-Christian philosophy. As such, we can see in his work both a continuation of the work of Macrobius but also the creative use and refinement of a hermeneutical tool that will make further reading of Plato, and others, possible in the Christian tradition.

Aristotle as Critic of Plato’s Rhetoric: Some Conclusions, Questions and Implications

Science et Esprit 72, no. 1–2 (2020): 49–72

BOOK REVIEWS

Czachesz, István. Cognitive Science and the New Testament: A New Approach to Early Christian Research. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017.  Review of Biblical Literature (2018).

Parsons, Mikeal C., and Michael Wade Martin. Ancient Rhetoric and the New Testament: The Influence of Elementary Greek Composition. Harrisburg, Pa.: Trinity Press International, 2019. Review of Biblical Literature (2020), with Dr. Michael Klassen.

Complete List of Publications and Academic Presentations

Listed chronologically from most recent

Books Authored

The Function of Suffering in Philippians, Journal for the Study of the New Testament Supplement Series 78 (Sheffield: Academic Press, 1993).

Books Edited

Sociorhetorical interpretation and Theology, monograph edition, Theoforum 50.2 (2020), forthcoming.


25th Anniversary Reflections on The Interpretation of the Bible in the Church, Theoforum 50.1 (2020), monograph edition, ed. L. Gregory Bloomquist and Jason Lamantia.


“Paul: Yesterday and Today”, monograph edition, Theoforum 35.2 (2004).


Fabrics of discourse: Essays in honor of Vernon K. Robbins, ed. David Gowler, L. Gregory Bloomquist, and Duane Watson (Valley Forge: Trinity Press International, 2003).


Vision and Persuasion: Rhetorical Dimensions of Early Jewish and Christian Apocalyptic Discourse, edited by Greg Carey and Gregory Bloomquist (St. Louis: Chalice Press, 1999).


PICO version 2: A Humanist in the Year 2010: Proceedings of the Roundtable on Humanities and Information Technology (Ottawa: Canadian Federation for the Humanities, 1996).

Chapters in Books

 "John,” in The Oxford Handbook of New Testament Rhetoric, ed. Mark Given (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2020), forthcoming.


L. Gregory Bloomquist and Michael A. G. Haykin, “Mark 14:51–52: A Sociorhetorical Reading of the Text and Conclusions Drawn from the History of Its Interpretation,” in Paul and Matthew Among Jews and Gentiles. Essays in Honour of Terence L. Donaldson ed. Ronald Charles; Library of New Testament Studies; (London: T & T Clark (Bloomsbury Publishing), 2020), forthcoming.


“The descent of the soul in Macrobius and William of Conches,” in Plato in Late Antiquity, the Middle Ages and Modern Times: Selected papers from the Seventeenth Annual Conference of the International Society for Neoplatonic Studies, ed. John F.  Finamore and Mark Nyvlt (Bream: The Prometheus Trust in association with the International Society for Neoplatonic Studies, 2020), 75-92. 


“Growing Into Being Catholic,” in Canadian Converts: The Path to Rome: Volume 2 (Ottawa: Justin Press, 2018), 40-58.


“Eyes Wide Open, Seeing Nothing: The Challenge of the Gospel of John’s Non-Visualizable Texture for Readings Using Visual Texture,” in The art of visual exegesis: Rhetoric, texts, images  ed. Vernon K. Robbins, Walter S. Melion, and Roy R. Jeal  (ESEC 19; Atlanta: SBL Press, 2017), 121-167. 


“Methodology for Rhetography and Visual Exegesis of the Gospel of John,”in The art of visual exegesis: Rhetoric, texts, images  ed. Vernon K. Robbins, Walter S. Melion, and Roy R. Jeal  (ESEC 19; Atlanta: SBL Press, 2017), 89-120. 


“Paul’s Inclusive Language: The Ideological Texture of Romans 1,” in Foundations for Sociorhetorical Exploration: A Rhetoric of Religious Antiquity Reader, ed. Vernon K. Robbins, Robert H. von Thaden Jr., and Bart B. Bruehler, Rhetoric of Religious Antiquity (Atlanta: SBL Press, 2016), 119-148. Reviewed by Greg Carey, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2017).


“Visualizing Philippians: Ancient rhetorical practice meets cognitive science through sociorhetorical interpretation,” in Paul and Ancient Rhetoric: Theory and practice in the Hellenistic context, ed. Stanley E. Porter and Bryan R. Dyer (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016), 265-284.    


“Rhetorical discourses in Gospel of John and Acts of John: A response,” in Jesus and Mary reimagined in early Christian literature, ed. Vernon K. Robbins and Jonathan M. Potter (Writings from the Greco-Roman world supplements; Atlanta: SBL, 2015), 291-312. Reviewed by E. M. Wainwright, Review of Biblical Literature, 02/2019: https://www.bookreviews.org/pdf/10248_11373.pdf


“The pesky threads of Robbins’s rhetorical tapestry: Vernon K. Robbins’s genealogy of rhetorical criticism,” in Genealogies of New Testament rhetorical criticism, ed. Troy W. Martin (Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress, 2015), 201-223.


“The role of argumentation in the miracle stories of Luke-Acts: Towards a fuller identification of miracle discourse for use in socio-rhetorical analysis,” in Miracle discourse in the New Testament, ed. Duane Watson (Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2012), 85-124.


Translation of “Wisdom of Solomon”, in the Common English Bible (Nashville: Abingdon, 2011).


“Rhetoric, culture, and ideology: Socio-rhetorical analysis in the reading of New Testament texts,” in Rhetorics in the new millennium: Promise and fulfillment, eds. J. Hester and J. David Hester (New York: T. & T. Clark, 2010), 115-146. 


“Rhetorical Criticism: NT,”  New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible,  (Nashville: Abingdon, 2009), 4.804-805.


“Discourse”, New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible,  (Nashville: Abingdon, 2007), 2.133-134 .


“Antithesis”, New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volume 1, A-C (Nashville: Abingdon, 2006), 185.


“Aphorism”, New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volume 1, A-C (Nashville: Abingdon, 2006), 188-189.


“Apologetics”, New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volume 1, A-C (Nashville: Abingdon, 2006), 204.


“Concentric”, New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volume 1, A-C (Nashville: Abingdon, 2006), 713.


“Paul’s inclusive language: The ideological texture of Romans 1,” in Fabrics of discourse: Essays in honor of Vernon K. Robbins, ed. David Gowler, L. Gregory Bloomquist, and Duane Watson (Valley Forge: Trinity Press International, 2003), 165-193. Reviewed in Journal of Theological Studies (2009) 60 (2): 651-652.


“The Intertexture of Lukan Apocalyptic Discourse,” in The intertexture of apocalyptic discourse, Society of Biblical Literature Symposium series, 14 (Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2002), 45-68. Reviewed by Abbott, Kyle Review of Biblical Literature, 4/5/2003 [http://www.bookreviews.org]  and Goff, Matthew, Review of Biblical Literature, 6/14/2003 [http://www.bookreviews.org].


“The Role of the Audience in the Determination of Argumentation: The Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles,” in Rhetorical Argumentation in Biblical Texts: Essays from the Lund 2000 Conference, Emory Studies in Early Christianity, ed. A. Eriksson and T. Olbricht (Harrisburg: Trinity Press International, 2002), 157-173. Reviewed by Henderson, Ian H. Review of Biblical Literature, 6/21/2003 [http://www.bookreviews.org]  and Sheppard, Beth M. Review of Biblical Literature, 5/24/2003 [http://www.bookreviews.org]


"A Possible Direction for Providing Programmatic Correlation of Textures in Socio-rhetorical Analysis," in Rhetorical Criticism and the Bible, eds. Stanley E. Porter and Dennis L. Stamps, JSNTSS, 195 (Sheffield: Academic Press, 2002), 61-96.


"Methodological Criteria for the Determination of Apocalyptic Rhetoric:A Suggestion for the Expanded Use of Socio-rhetorical Analysis," in Vision and Persuasion: Rhetorical Dimensions of Early Jewish and Christian Apocalyptic Discourse, edited by Greg Carey and Gregory Bloomquist (St. Louis: Chalice Press, 1999), 181-203.  Reviewed by Collins, John J. Religious Studies Review, 30.2-3 (2004) 196.


“Patristic Reception of a Lukan Healing Account: A Contribution to a Socio-rhetorical Response to Willi Braun's Feasting and Social Rhetoric in Luke 14, SNTSMS, 85 (Cambridge: University Press, 1995)”, in Healing in Religion and Society, From Hippocrates to the Puritans, Studies in Religion and Society, 43, ed. S. Muir and J. K. Coyle (Lewiston: Edwin Mellen Press, 1999), 105-134. 


“Rhetorical Argumentation and the Culture of Apocalyptic: A Socio-Rhetorical Analysis of Lk.21,” in The Rhetorical Interpretation of Scripture: Essays from the 1996 Malibu Conference, JSNTSS, 180 (Sheffield: Academic Press, 1999), 173-209.  Reviewed by McGinn, Sheila, Review of Biblical Literature 7/17/2001 [http://www.bookreviews.org]


“Methodological Considerations in the Determination of the Social Context of Cynic Rhetorical Practice: Implications for our Present Studies of the Jesus Traditions,” in  The Rhetorical Analysis of Scripture: Essays from the 1995 London Conference, JSNTSS 146 (Sheffield: Academic Press, 1997) , 200-231. 


"The Rhetoric of the Historical Jesus," in Whose Historical Jesus?, Studies in Christianity and Judaism 7 (Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier Press, 1997), 98-117. 


"Epilogue: A Reflexion on Information Technology from a Humanities Perspective," in PICO version 2: A Humanist in the Year 2010: Proceedings of the Roundtable on Humanities and Information Technology, sponsored by the Canadian Federation for the Humanities, Université du Québec á Montréal, June, 1995 (Ottawa: Canadian Federation for the Humanities, 1996), 25-39. 

Papers in Refereed Journals

L. Gregory Bloomquist and Peter Robinson,”The contribution of sociorhetorical interpretation to an understanding of Benedict XVI’s encyclical Caritas in veritate,”  Theoforum, 50.2 (2020), forthcoming.


L. Gregory Bloomquist and Alexandra Gruca-Macaulay, “What is sociorhetorical interpretation?” Theoforum 50.2 (2020), forthcoming.


"Introduction to 25th Anniversary Reflections on The Interpretation of the Bible in the Church: The Culmination of a Prophetic Century Viewed 25 Years Later,” in Theoforum  50.1 (2020), 5-21.


“The legal art of Irnerius: The hermeneutics behind the medieval renaissance of Roman law,” Studia Canonica 54 (2020): 31-45.


"Aristotle as Critic of Plato’s Rhetoric: Some Conclusions, Questions and Implications.” Science et Esprit 72, no. 1–2 (2020): 49–72.


“An important Stoic influence in Matthew’s Sermon on the Mount: The significance of single-mindedness,” Theoforum 46 (2015): 163-181.


“The value of Scripture study,” Logos: A journal of Eastern Christian Studies 54.3-4 (2013) 233-236.


"Suffering and Joy: Subverted by Joy in Paul’s Letter to the Philippians," Interpretation 61.3 (2007) 270-282.


“The role of theology in the academy: A rhetorical contribution to the question”,  Currents in Biblical and Theological Dialogue, John K. Stafford, ed. (Winnipeg: St John’s College, 2006), 1-31.


"The rhetoric of suffering in Paul’s letter to the Philippians: Socio-rhetorical reflections and further thoughts on a post-colonial contribution to the discussion," Theoforum 35.2 (2004) 195-223.


“A contemporary exegesis at the edges of chaos,” Religion & Theology 11.1 (2004) 1-38.


"Rhetorical Analysis and Sociological Analysis in Historical Jesus Research," Method and Theory in the Study of Religion 9.2 (1997) 139-154.


"Networked Pre-publication Models: Opportunities, Possibilities, and Outstanding Questions in the ‘University without Walls’," Journal of Religious and Theological Information 2:1 (Fall, 1994) 95-114.


Bloomquist, L. G.; Bonneau, Normand; and Coyle, John Kevin, "Prolegomena to a Sociological Study of Early Christianity: The Example of the Study of Early Christian Leadership," Social Compass 39.2 (June, 1992) 221-239. 


"Escritura, canon, autoridad, y crítica," Actualidad bibliográfica 22 (1985) 61-64. 


"Notes per a una lectura de "Solitud","  Els Marges: Revista de Llengua i Literatura 3 (1975) 104-107. 

Papers in Refereed Conference Proceedings

Bloomquist, L. G. and Geisterfer Nvylt, Priscilla, “Rhetorical strategies for ‘Holy War’ in some Second Temple texts: Overview, analysis, and implications,” Queen: A Journal of Rhetoric and Power, Special Issue: Rhetorics, Violence, and Evil, 2004.


"First century models of bodily healing and their socio-rhetorical transformation in some NT traditions,” Queen: A Journal of Rhetoric and Power, Special Issue: The Rhetorics of Healing, 2002.

Technical Reports

"Can Computers Aid the Study of Early Christianity?" presented to the Early Christianity Group, Ottawa, April 11, 1991.

Papers Read

“Aristotle as critic of Plato’s rhetoric? Some conclusions to the question and some implications for the answers,” A paper presented in the context of the Inaugural Conference of the Canadian Aristotle Society “Aristotle: A critic of Plato” (Dominican University College, May 11, 2018)


Response to Ian Henderson, “Refining topos: ‘Finding’ places for embodied persuasion in early Christian rhetoric”, Steven Mailloux, “The rhetorical hermeneutics of topoi in sociorhetorical interpretation: Kenneth Burke reading Genesis”, Johann Thom, “Topos as heuristic construct for reading ancient moral and religious texts”, in the Refining sociorhetorical interpretation session, Rhetoric of Religious Antiquity Group, Society of Biblical Literature (San Diego, November 2014)


"Eyes Wide Open, Seeing Nothing: The Challenge of the Gospel of John’s Non-Visualizable Texture for Readings Using Visual Texture”, Mellon Foundation Sawyer Seminar at Emory University, September 16, 2013. Respondent: Harry Maier (Vancouver School of Theology)


"Methodology for Rhetography and Visual Exegesis of the Gospel of John", 'Visual Exegesis: Images as Instruments of Scriptural Interpretation and Hermeneutics', Rhetoric of Religious Antiquity Session at Emory University, September 16, 2013. Co-sponsored by: Department of Religion; Institute for Liberal Arts; Center for Mind, Brain, and Culture


“The value of Scripture study,” paper read at the celebration of the awarding of a PhD to Fr. François Beyrouti, Ottawa, ON (June 2013).


“Insights from the work of Daniel Kahneman for the interpretation of John 12:1-11,” Rhetoric of Religious Antiquity Group, Society of Biblical Literature annual meetings, Chicago, IL (November 16, 2012).


“The pesky threads of Robbins’s rhetorical tapestry: Vernon K. Robbins’s genealogy of rhetorical criticism,” special session entitled Genealogies of Rhetorical Criticism: Tracing the Influences of Hans Dieter Betz, George Kennedy, Wilhelm Wuellner, Elisabeth Schussler-Fiorenza, and Vernon Robbins, Rhetoric and New Testament Section, Society of Biblical Literature annual meetings, San Francisco, CA (November 19, 2011).


“Biblical paradigms of change: Implications for military chaplains,” keynote address, Canadian Forces Chapel Life Coordinators Symposium, Ottawa, September 17, 2008.


"Mastery or mystery? Time, technological control, and the implications for pastoral care and theological reflection,” Address on contemporary theological reflection for the series "Technology and health care," Continuing Education Programme, Christian Medical and Dental Society (sponsored by Augustine College, Ottawa, ON), June 3, 2008. 


"The Bible before and after Darwin: The impact of 19th century scientific thought on the interpretation and use of the Bible in Christian thought and culture,” Address on contemporary theological reflection for the series "From theism to tacit atheism," Continuing Education Programme, Christian Medical and Dental Society (sponsored by Augustine College, Ottawa, ON), June 5, 2007. 


“The next stage of sociorhetorical interpretation: A review of The invention of Christian discourse by Vernon Robbins,” presented to the Rhetoric of Religious Antiquity Seminar, Society of Biblical Literature, San Diego, CA, Nov 17, 2007.


“Philosophical and Hermeneutical Implications in Socio-rhetorical Analysis,” presented to the Religious Rhetoric of Antiquity Seminar, SBL, Washington, DC, Nov 17, 2006


"The tyranny of facts and the demise of truth in modern theological reflection: The future of Christian belief," Address on contemporary theological reflection for the series "From theism to tacit atheism," Continuing Education Programme, Christian Medical and Dental Society (sponsored by Augustine College, Ottawa, ON), June 6, 2006. 


"Fourth-generation education: The opportunities and challenges facing Christian higher-education in the 21st century", keynote address to the Faith, Learning, and Living: Integration in Christian Higher Education conference, sponsored by Canadian Mennonite University; Booth College (Salvation Army); Providence College (non-denominational); Steinbach Bible College (Mennonite), May 16, 2006, Winnipeg, MB.


"Biblical Studies after Wittgenstein", presentation at the round-table "Theology after Wittgenstein" with Prof. Fergus Kerr (Saint Paul University, Nov 3, 2005).


 “Response”, to the papers of the Currents in Biblical and Theological Dialogue Conference, St. John’s College, Winnipeg MB, September 30, 2005.


“The role of theology in the academy: A rhetorical contribution to the question”, keynote address to the Currents in Biblical and Theological Dialogue Conference, St. John’s College, Winnipeg MB, September 30, 2005.


Bloomquist, L. G. and Geisterfer Nvylt, Priscilla, “Rhetorical strategies for ‘Holy War’ in some Second Temple texts: Overview, analysis, and implications,” Conference on Rhetorics, Violence, and Evil, University of Redlands, Redlands, CA, January 23-24, 2004.


“A contemporary exegesis at the edges of chaos,” Keynote address, American Academy of Religion - Eastern International Region (Saint Paul University, Ottawa, ON), April 26, 2002.


"The rhetoric of suffering in Paul’s letter to the Philippians: Socio-rhetorical reflections and further thoughts on a post-colonial contribution to the discussion," conference on Paul: Yesterday and Today (Codrington College, Barbados, WI), February 21, 2002.


"The significance of biblical apocalyptic today," presented to the clergy and students, Codrington College, St. John’s Parish, Barbados, February 10, 2002.


"First century models of bodily healing and their socio-rhetorical transformation in some NT traditions," conference on The Rhetorics of Healing (Institute for Antiquity and Christianity, Claremont Graduate School, and University of Redlands, CA), January 25, 2002.


"Immoral man and immoral society: Romans 1," presented to Augustine College and Redeemer University College conjoint meeting, January 26, 2001.


“The Role of Argumentation in Miracle Discourse: The Example of Luke-Acts", presented to the Rhetoric of the New Testament Group, SBL, Nashville, TN, Nov. 20, 2000. 


"Exegesis and Philosophy in Discussion: Reflections on the Preface of Penser la Bible, par Paul Ricoeur et André LaCocque (Paris: Seuil, 1998) / Thinking Biblically, by Paul Ricoeur and André LaCocque (Chicago / London: The University of Chicago Press, 1998)," presented to the Centre for Biblical Interpretation, Saint Paul University, Oct 27, 2000.


"Ideological Analysis: The Socio-rhetorical contribution," presentation to the joint meetings of the Canadian Society of Biblical Studies and the Canadian Society for the Study of Rhetoric, Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Edmonton, AB, May, 2000. 


"The Intertexture of Lukan Apocalyptic Discourse," presented in the Rhetoric and New Testament Section, Society of Biblical Literature annual meeting, Boston, MA, November, 1999. 


“Discursive cultures in socio-rhetorical analysis,” presented at the Rhetoric Society of America, 30th Anniversary Conference, Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, June, 1998. 


"A Possible Direction for Providing Programmatic Correlation of Textures in Socio-rhetorical Analysis,"  presented at the Florence Conference on the Rhetorical Analysis of Scripture, Florence, Italy, 1998. 


"The Place of Enthymemes in New Testament Study: Status questionis," presented at the special meetings for The Rhetorical Analysis of Biblical Texts, SBL/AAR, San Francisco (November, 1997). 


"Rhetorical Argumentation and the Culture of Apocalyptic: A Socio-Rhetorical Analysis of Lk.21," presented at the Conference on the Rhetorical Analysis of Scripture, Pepperdine University, Malibu, California, July 10, 1996.


"Methodological Criteria for the Determination of Apocalyptic Rhetoric: A Suggestion for the Expanded Use of Socio-rhetorical Analysis," presented at the Rhetoric and New Testament Section, Society of Biblical Literature, New Orleans, LA, November, 1996. 


"Whose Rhetoric? Whose Empire? The Subversion of Augustan Rhetoric in the Gospel of Luke," Augustus: Le visage dun empire conference presentation, University of Ottawa and Carleton University, March 1516, 1996.


"A Reflexion on Information Technology from a Humanities Perspective," presented at a panel discussion, entitled "The information highway, self, and community: Pitfalls and Possibilities," Centre for Techno-Ethics, Saint Paul University, February 28, 1996.


“Methodological Considerations in the Determination of the Social Context of Cynic Rhetorical Practice: Implications for our Present Studies of the Jesus Traditions," presented at the London Conference on the Rhetorical Analysis of Scripture, London, 1995. 


"Patristic Reception of a Lukan Healing Account: A Contribution to a Socio-rhetorical Response to Willi Braun’s Feasting and Social Rhetoric in Luke 14, SNTSMS, 85 (Cambridge: University Press, 1995)", presented at the Rhetoric and New Testament Section, Society of Biblical Literature, Philadelphia, PA, 1995.


"The Networked Model of the Canadian Federation for the Humanities "Humanités Canada / Humanities Canada: Implications for Religious Studies Scholars," presented to the Computer Assisted Research Group, Society of Biblical Literature, Chicago, IL, November, 1994. 


"Response to Anthony Blasi’s "The Un-syncretizing of Johannine Christianity"," presented at the Sociology of Early Christianity Workshop, Toronto, Ontario, June 18, 1994. 


"Sociological implications for the study of the rhetoric of the historical Jesus," presented at the Sociology of Early Christianity Workshop, Toronto, Ontario, June 18, 1994.


"Taking Shots at the Canon: Contemporary Attacks on the Canon of Scripture and a Suggested Response", presented at the Canadian Evangelical Theological Association, Calgary, Alberta, June 9, 1994. 


"The Rhetoric of the Historical Jesus," presented at the Historical Jesus Seminar, Canadian Society of Biblical Studies, Calgary, Alberta, June, 1994. 


"The Epicurean Tag in Plutarch: Implications for New Testament Study," presented at the American Academy of Religion, Eastern International Region meeting, UQAM, Montreal, March, 1994. 


"The Future of Evangelicalism: Politics of Change or Change of Politics?," presented at the Evangelical Theology Group, American Academy of Religion, Washington, DC, November, 1993. (Respondent: Richard Mouw (President, Fuller Theological Seminary), "Evangelicals and Politics: A Future Agenda: Response".)


"Evangelical Readings: Is an Evangelical Reading of Scripture Possible in the Post-Modern World?" presented at the Canadian Evangelical Theological Association, Ottawa, Ontario, June, 1993. 


"Networked pre-publication models: Opportunities and possibilities in the "University without Walls"," presented in a Special Topics Forum, American Academy of Religion, San Francisco, CA, November, 1992.


"Review of R. J. Starr, ‘The Circulation of Literary Texts in the Roman World’, Classical Quarterly 37 (1987) 213-223," presented to the Early Christianity Group, Ottawa, Mar. 13, 1992. 


"Review of William Scott Green, "Reading the Writings of Rabbinism: Toward and Interpretation of Rabbinic Literature," JAAR 51 (1983) 191-206, and Bengt Holmberg, Sociology of the New Testament (Minneapolis: Fortress, 1990)," presented to the Early Christianity Group, Ottawa, November 29, 1991. 


"Prolegomena to a Sociological Study of Early Christianity," presented to the Early Christianity Group, Ottawa, December 3, 1990. 


"The Astronomical Book of 1 Enoch: A Case Study of Exclusion from the Canon (in Catalan)," presented at the XXIV Jornades bíbliques de l'Associaciò bíblica de Catalunya (January, 1986). 


"The Background of the Presentation of Melchizedek in Hebrews (in Catalan)," presented at the XXIII Jornades bíbliques de l'Associaciò bíblica de Catalunya (December, 1984). 


"The Death of the Messiah in Fourth Esdras (in Catalan)," presented at the XX Jornades bíbliques de l'Associaciò bíblica de Catalunya (December, 1982).  Abstract "La mort del Messies a 4 Esdres 7," in Butlletí de l'Associació bíblica de Catalunya, Supplement 1 (1981) 88.

Published Reviews

Review of Dennis Danielson, The Tao of Right and Wrong. Vancouver, BC: Regent College Publishing, 2018, Theoforum (forthcoming).


Review of Mikael C. Parsons and Michael Wade Martin, Ancient Rhetoric and the New Testament: The Influence of Elementary Greek Composition (Harrisburg, Pa.: Trinity Press International, 2019), Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2020), with Dr. Michael Klassen.


Review of Istvan Czachesz, Cognitive Science and the New Testament: A New Approach to Early Christian Research, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2018).


Review of The Historical Jesus Goes to Church, by Members of the Jesus Seminar (Santa Rosa, CA: Polebridge, 2004), Anglican Theological Review 88/2 (2006) 279–82.


Review of Barnes W. Tatum, John the Baptist and Jesus: A Report of the Jesus Seminar (Sonoma, Calif: Polebridge Press, 1994), Toronto Journal of Theology 13.1 (1997). 


Review of Bart D. Ehrman, Gordon D. Fee, and Michael W. Holmes, The Text of the Fourth Gospel in the Writings of Origen, Volume 1, The New Testament in the Greek Fathers, vol. 3 (Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1992), Studies in Religion / Sciences religieuses 25.3 (1996) 373. 


Review of Pierre Guillemette, The Greek New Testament Analyzed (Kitchener and Scottdale: Herald, 1986),  Église et théologie 19 (1988) 102-104. 


Review of G. H. Clark, Language and Theology (Phillipsburg: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing, 1980),  Actualidad bibliográfica 20 (1983) 338-339 (in Spanish). 


Review of Gospel Perspectives: Studies of History and Tradition in the Four Gospels, vols.  1 and 2, ed. Richard T. France and D. Wenham (Sheffield: JSOT University of Sheffield, 1980), Actualidad bibliográfica 20 (1983) 260 (in Spanish). 


Review of R. H. Gundry, Matthew: A Commentary on His Literary and Theological Art (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1982),  Actualidad bibliográfica 20 (1983) 260-261 (in Spanish). 


Review of Jewish and Christian Self-Definition, vols. 1 and 2, ed. E. P. Sanders, Actualidad bibliográfica 20 (1983) 264-265 (in Spanish). 


Review of W. S. La Sor, D. A. Hubbard, and F. W. Bush, Old Testament Survey: The Message, Form, and Background of the Old Testament (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1982), Actualidad bibliográfica 20 (1983) 265-266 (in Spanish). 


Review of G. W. E. Nickelsburg, Jewish Literature between the Bible and the Mishnah: A Historical and Literary Introduction (Philadelphia: Fortress, 1981), Actualidad bibliográfica 20 (1983) 270-271 (in Spanish). 


Review of P. R. Wells, James Barr and the Bible: Critique of a New Liberalism (Phillipsburg: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing, 1980), Actualidad bibliográfica 20 (1983) 280 (in Spanish). 


Review of Jerry Gill, On Knowing God (Philadelphia: Westminster, 1981), Actualidad bibliográfica 19 (1982) 330 (in Spanish). 


Review of Seyoon Kim, The Origin of Paul's Gospel (Tübingen: J. C. B. Mohr, 1981),  Actualidad bibliográfica 19 (1982) 80 (in Spanish). 


Review of M. E. Stone, Scriptures, Sects, and Visions: A Profile of Judaism from Ezra to the Jewish Revolts (Philadelphia: Fortress, 1980), Actualidad bibliográfica 19 (1982) 263-264 (in Spanish). 


Review of Suffering and Martyrdom in the New Testament: Studies Presented to G. M. Styler by the Cambridge New Testament Seminar, ed. W. Horbury and B. McNeil (Cambridge: University Press, 1981), Actualidad bibliográfica 19 (1982) 264-265 (in Spanish). 


Review of Bard Thompson, Liturgies of the Western Church (Philadelphia: Fortress, 1980), in Calvinist Contact (December 17, 1982), 19.


Review of August Bernhard Hasler, How the Pope Became Infallible: Pius IX and the Politics of Persuasion (Garden City: Doubleday, 1981), in Calvinist Contact (October 1, 1982) 24.


Review of Pauline Studies: Essays presented to Professor F. F. Bruce on his 70th Birthday, ed. D. J. Hagner and M. J. Harris (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1980), in Calvinist Contact (September 10, 1982), 20.    


Review of Elaine Pagels, The Gnostic Gospels (New York: Random House, 1979),  Crux: A Quarterly Journal of Christian Thought and Opinion 17 (1981) 28-29. 

Workshops Presented

Presentation of draft version of the commentary on the Gospel of John 7-10, Rhetoric of Religious Antiquity Group, Society of Biblical Literature (San Diego, November 2014)


Analytical Seminar on the Gospel of John (7-10), Rhetoric of Religious Antiquity Group, Society of Biblical Literature (San Diego, November 2014)


The study of parables in socio-rhetorical perspective, presented to the graduate students, Codrington College, Parish of St. John’s, Barbados, February, 2001.


Dimensions of socio-rhetorical analysis, workshop, presented to Socio-rhetorical working group, Ashland, OH, June, 1998.


Computer-mediated Communication for Distance Education, Royal Military College (Kingston, Ontario), December 4, 1996. 


The Humanités Canada / Humanities Canada Project, sponsored by the Canadian Federation for the Humanities, Learned Societies Meetings, Calgary AB, June, 1994.


The use of the Internet for humanities research, presented to members of the American Academy of Religion, Eastern International Region meeting, UQAM, Montreal, March, 1994. 


The Humanités Canada / Humanities Canada Project, presented to Members of Parliament on behalf of the Canadian Federation for the Humanities, East Block, Parliament Hill, Ottawa, Ontario, March, 1994.


The place of the Internet in humanities research, presented to the Board of Governors, the Annual General Meeting, Canadian Federation for the Humanities, Toronto, Ontario, with Jean-Claude Guédon and Willard McCarty, October, 1993.


"The Jesus Seminar", sponsored by the Brotherhood of Anglican Churchmen, St. Mark the Evangelist (Anglican) Church, October, 1993. 


The History and Text of the New Testament, sponsored by the Church of the Ascension (Anglican), Ottawa, March 14, 1993. 


Current Issues in NT Studies, sponsored by the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa, September, 1991.

Roundtable Discussion Participant

 Historical Jesus Seminar (with John Dominic Crossan, Burton Mack, Jane Schaberg, Sean Freyne, Halvor Moxnes, Paula Fredriksen, Margaret Macdonald, Lloyd Gaston, Leif Vaage), Canadian Society of Biblical Studies, Ottawa, ON, June 9, 1993.