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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.


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.

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

Growing Into Being Catholic

In Canadian Converts: The Path to Rome: Volume 2, 40–58. Ottawa: Justin Press, 2018.

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.

See the review by Prof. Davina Lopez, Review of Biblical Literature 02/2018.

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.

See the review by Prof. Davina Lopez, Review of Biblical Literature 02/2018.

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.

See the reviews by  Prof. Greg Carey, Review of Biblical Literature (2017) and by Dr. B. Fung, Theoforum 47 (02) 2017.

Visualizing Philippians: Ancient Rhetorical Practice Meets Cognitive Science Through Sociorhetorical Interpretation

In Paul and Ancient Rhetoric: Theory and Practice in the Hellenistic Context, edited by Stanley E. Porter and Bryan R. Dyer, 265–84. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016.

An Important Stoic Influence in Matthew’s Sermon on the Mount: The Significance of Single-Mindedness

Theoforum 46, no. 1 (2015): 165–83.

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.

See the review by Prof. E. M. Wainwright, Review of Biblical Literature 02/2019.


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

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

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. In Review of Biblical Literature (2020), with Dr. Michael Klassen.

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