JAMES M. GIBBS, Ph.D.
This site contains the biblical research work of James Millard Gibbs, primarily in the New Testament, published and unpublished. It has been developed over many years of teaching in England (Lichfield Theological College and The Queen's College, Birmingham, the latter as a recognized lecturer of Birmingham University) and India (The United Theological College, Bangalore), and some of it has been left in the form shared with my students, to whom I owe much. You are welcome to use it, preferably acknowledged.
The three most prominent areas are chiastic structuring, the relating of NT writings to Jewish lectionary usage, and the pervasive wise/powerful/well-born paradigm for human beings that underlies and structures much of the NT witness to Jesus. It is this third area that is of the greatest significance.
I am putting these materials on the Web for two reasons: firstly, to make them more readily available, and secondly, because their cogency, I believe, depends on primary data rather than on trawling through masses of more recent secondary literature.
In time I intend to present materials on individual writings such as Matthew, Mark, Luke-Acts, John, the Johannine epistles, the letters of Paul (Romans, 1 and 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Philemon), Ephesians, Colossians, Philippians, Jude, 2 Peter and Hebrews. There will also be studies on such subjects as chiastic structuring, Pauline authorship, and Jewish lectionary usage in the New Testament, with special reference to Mark, Romans, 1 Corinthians and Galatians.
Starred items (*) are pastoral, but based on research.
My e-mail address is JMandDAGibbs@aol.com. Comments, questions, criticisms and suggestions will be welcome.
Last updated: 30 December, 2014
Table of contents:
The Bible in the Church: A Radical View
Wisdom, Power and Well-being: Ancient (Biblical) Parameters for Humanity
Image of God
"Three Notes on Genesis 1" by Paul Humbert.)
Isaac Typology and the New Testament
Son of God
Epistles as Probably Homilies before the Eucharist
The Synoptic Problem
"Recognized" Ministry in the New Testament
Resurrection in the New Testament
Notes on Ethics in the New Testament
An Introduction to chiastic structuring: Detection & Significance
Chiastic structures in:
Matthew Romans 1 Corinthians 2 Corinthians Galatians Philippians Ephesians
Philemon Jude 2 Peter 1,2,3 John Overall Chiasms
Jewish Feasts, Fasts and Lections
Dirk Monshouwer, The Gospels and Jewish Worship
Bible and Synagogal Liturgy in the First Century C.E.
Relating Jewish lectionary usage to NT writings: How I got started
Tables of the Old Testament Passages used as readings
The Torah Sedarim of the Nisan and Tishri Cycles
Mark and the Triennial Lectionary
1 Corinthians, Galatians & Romans related to the Torah Sedarim
Galatians and its Pentecost setting.
Pauline Theology - Some Notes
Romans: Chiastic Structures
Romans and the Torah
Wrath in the New Testament (with special reference to Romans)
1 Corinthians and the Observance of Passover
1 Corinthians - Chiastic Structures
1 Corinthians and the Decalogue
1 Corinthians Exegesis
Chaps 1-5 Chaps 6-10 Chaps 11-13 Chaps 14-16
1 Corinthians & Wisdom, Power and Well-being
1 Corinthians and Women in Paul
2 Corinthians: The three chiastic units and their significance
Ephesians: Introductory Notes
Ephesians: Chiastic Units
1 Thessalonians: Its Parallel Structure
The Pastoral Epistles: Their Structure
Gospel Prologues and Their Function
'Passing by' in the Gospels
Matthew: Introductory Notes
Matthew: Exegetical Notes
Chiastic Structuring in the Sermon on the Mount (Matt 5.3-7.11)
& the Chiasm of Matt 5.1-7.29 against 22.15-24.3
Confessional Titles in Matthew
Matthew's use of 'Kingdom', 'Kingdom of God' and 'Kingdom of Heaven'
Matthew's Son of God as the Torah Incarnate
Matthew & Wisdom, Power and Wellbeing
'Son of David' in Matthew: Purpose and Pattern
The Lord's Prayer*
Matthew and the Triennial Lectionary
The Structuring of Mark: An Assessment (2008)
St Mark's Day Sermon*
Mark Exegetical Notes
Mark and the Triennial Lectionary
John and Jesus in parallel in Mark
Mark 6.45-8.26 in parallel with Joshua
Mark 6.45-8.26 and the Gentile Mission
Mark & Wisdom, Power and Wellbeing
Luke - Acts
Notes on Luke-Acts: Structure, Aims, Theology, Etc.
Luke 1-2 as paralleling Genesis 27-43 (by C. T. Ruddick, Jr)
Luke 24.13-33 and Acts 8.26-39: Emmaus Incident and Eunuch's Baptism
Chiastic Structures in Acts (by J. R. Bradley)
John 1-13 and theTriennial Lectionary (by C. T.Ruddick, Jr)
John 18-20 as basically inverting Genesis 1-3
John: Background to the "I am the ..." statements
The Gospel of John and the Lectionary
1 John and echoes of Genesis 1-4
2 Peter and Jude
Chiastic Structure of 2 Peter and Jude
Published articles, reviews and book
Sermons (mostly based on the Revised Common Lectionary, Church of England)
Some Forthcoming Studies
Matthew Exegetical Notes
John and the Triennial Lectionary
Link: Steve Gibbs,
Jenna M. Gibbs, Historian