Reviews of Scholarship

Below are my extended reviews of scholarly literature that I recommend. Note, these reviews are lengthy and nuanced, and do not imply full agreement with all of the authors’ arguments. Points of agreement and disagreement are discussed in the reviews.

Likewise, this list only includes books for which I have had the time to write lengthy reviews (see my essays for discussion of other scholarly literature), but I will add to it as I continue to write more reviews in the course of my graduate studies.


Review of of Grammatiki Karla, “Life of Aesop: Fictional Biography as Popular Literature?” in Writing Biography in Greece and Rome: Narrative Technique and Fictionalization (2016)

“A New Volume on Suetonius in English”: review of (eds.) Tristan Power and Roy Gibson’s Suetonius the Biographer: Studies in Roman Lives (2014)

New Testament Studies:

Review of Michael Kok’s The Gospel on the Margins: The Reception of Mark in the Second Century (2015)

Review of Lawrence Wills’ The Quest of the Historical Gospel: Mark, John and the Origins of the Gospel Genre (2002)

Review of Whitney Shiner, “Creating Plot in Episodic Narratives: The Life of Aesop and the Gospel of Mark” in Ancient Fiction and Early Christian Narrative (1998)

Review of Daniel Boyarin’s A Radical Jew: Paul and the Politics of Identity (1994)


“Science, Philosophy, and Placement Problems”: review of Jack Ritchie’s Understanding Naturalism (2008)

Religious Studies:

Review of Zaidman and Pantel’s Religion in the Ancient Greek City (1992)

Academic Conferences:

“SBL 2015: Markan Christology”

“SBL 2015: Bible, Myth, and Myth-Theory”

“SBL Pacific Coast Region Conference 2015: Dennis MacDonald”

“SBL 2014: Plutarch and the New Testament”


“Understanding the Spirit vs. the Letter of Probability”: review of the William Craig and Bart Ehrman debate on the resurrection of Jesus.


Review of the Anti-Abortion Movie Unplanned (2019)


I also include a list of my critical reviews of apologetics books below (this list only includes books for which I have had the time to write extended reviews, and does not include every apologetics book that I have critiqued on this blog):

Critical Review of Craig Keener’s Biographies and Jesus: What Does It Mean for the Gospels to Be Biographies? (2016)

Critical review of Craig Keener’s Miracles: The Credibility of the New Testament Accounts (part 1, part 2, part 3, and part 4)

Critical review of David Hart’s The Experience of God: Being, Consciousness, Bliss (2014)

Critical review of Norman Geisler and Frank Turek’s I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist (2004)

Critical review of Lee Strobel’s The Case for Christ (2008)

Guest review of Sean McDowell’s The Fate of the Apostles (2015), by Eric Bess