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Book Log: June 2014


  1. Interpreting the General Letters: An Exegetical Handbook (Handbooks for New Testament Exegesis) – Herbert W. Bateman IV. The third of a four-volume series (Handbooks for New Testament Exegesis), Interpreting the General Letters is designed to shape the way we think about, study, and teach the General Epistles (Hebrews, James, the Petrine letters, the Johannine letters, and Jude). This book provides valuable background information as well as a step-by-step process for interpreting and communicating the General Letters. Full review here.
  2. Illustrated Life of Paul – Charles Quarles. This is a great introduction to the life and letters of Paul that also provides valuable background information concerning the cities to which he wrote and introduces some of the theology that drove this incredible apostle. Full review here.
  3. The Message of Jesus: John Dominic Crossan and Ben Witherington III in Dialogue – Robert B. Stewart, ed. This book presents the dialogues (between Crossan and Witherington) and accompanying papers (by Craig Evans, Amy-Jill Levine & Myrick C. Shinall Jr. , Stephen Patterson, and Darrell Bock) from the sixth annual Greer-Heard Point-Counterpoint Forum in Faith and Culture held at the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in 2010. Three additional pertinent essays are included (by Robert Miller, Craig Blomberg, and David Wenham), and as a whole this book brings together a range of perspectives on historical Jesus research from Evangelical, non-Evangelical, and non-Christian scholars. This is a great read with anyone interested in the field of historical Jesus studies. Full review here.
  4. Titus for You – Tim Chester. The latest in the God’s Word For You series from The Good Book Company, this book, like its predecessors, is great as a devotional and supplemental teaching too. Full review here.
  5. The Theology of the Book of Isaiah – John Goldingay. This book offers an impressively short and accessible introduction into the theology of a very big, very rich, and often confusing book of the Old Testament. The first part draws out the theological themes of each section of Isaiah, and the second part looks at the theology that emerges from the book of Isaiah as a whole. There are rich insights from this book, but Goldingay holds some views that conservative evangelicals might be uncomfortable with (such as multiple authorship of Isaiah). Full review forthcoming.
  6. Jesus as a Figure in History, Second Edition: How Modern Historians View the Man from Galilee – Mark Allen Powell. This is the first book I would recommend to anyone looking for an introduction to the academic field of historical Jesus studies. Generally books in this area are written by particular scholars from the perspective of their particular methodology, but Powell writes descriptively and in an ideologically neutral tone to report on the history and current trends within this field. Full review here.
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