We at the Jesus Blog heard that your week was moving a little sluggishly and thought a free gift might make you feel better. To that end, we pass along the fantastic news that Anders Runesson's groundbreaking The Origins of the Synagogue: A Socio-Historical Study is available for FREE on his academia.edu site here. If you're not familiar with Prof Runesson, who is also known as the father of The Angry Theologian (who, I'm told, might be heading to my alma mater, the University of Edinburgh), then start with this book to familiarize yourself. For me personally, one of the most interesting developments in the last bit in NT studies is the explosion of synagogue studies, and much of that effort is related in one way or another to Runesson's work. He's also just published Divine Wrath and Salvation in Matthew: The Narrative World of the First Gospel (Fortress, 2016). I haven't read it yet, but will be soon thanks to the good folks at Fortress and will report back. Thanks to Prof Runesson for alerting us that he is making The Origins of the Synagogue freely available!