Several years ago, I began a correspondence with Sigurd Grindheim, who at the time, was fresh off of receiving his PhD at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and was about to publish his revised dissertation with Mohr Siebeck, entitled, The Crux of Election: Paul’s Critique of the Jewish Confidence in the Election of Israel.
Sigurd was nice enough to be a sounding board for me while I was writing my Master's thesis at Ashland, pointing me to bibliography or just sharing his own insights on Paul's theology. At the time he was getting ready to take a teaching post at the Ethiopian Graduate School of Theology in Addis Ababa. It was not until the annual meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature in Boston, 2008, that we actually met face-to-face. We sat next to each other at a Pauline Soteriology session, and afterwards began to talk about his latest research and writing. Sigurd was in the midst of transitioning into Historical Jesus and Gospels studies, and in particular was going to make an argument for a high Christology to be found in the Synoptics. Unfortunately, we have not conversed much since that time, but I was extremely delighted to discover that the work he was speaking to me about has found fruit with two monographs, both published by T&T Clark. The first, God's Equal: What Can We Know About Jesus' Self-Understanding? was released this past fall, and the second, Christology in the Synoptic :God or God's Servant? will be published in the early spring.