BA Books & Authors on the Web – June 27, 2014

Cover ArtDenis Fortin reviewed Robin Jensen’s Baptismal Imagery in Early Christianity for RBL.

“Jensen does a magnificent job of presenting these five core motifs of baptism in early Christian documents and art. Her excellent knowledge of ancient literature is evident and her analysis of art forms very enlightening….Any student of early church history and theology will appreciate its value.”

Also at RBL, Abson Joseph reviewed the third edition of Encountering the New Testament, by Walter Elwell and Robert Yarbrough.

Conrade Yap, at Panorama of a Book Saint, reviewed Reading the Historical Books, by Patricia Dutcher-Walls.

Andrew Marr reviewed David Neville’s A Peaceable Hope.

At Analogical Thoughts, James Anderson reviewed Christian Philosophy by Craig Bartholomew and Michael Goheen.

James K.A. Smith, author of Who’s Afraid of Relativism? and Imagining the Kingdom, wrote Steadfast Principles in a Changing World as part of a New York Times series on Christianity and Capitalism.

Old Testament Commentary Survey by Tremper Longman, and New Testament Commentary Survey by D.A. Carson, were recommended in the Pastors Today article How to Find a Good Commentary.

An excerpt from Mark Cannister’s Teenagers Matter was shared in Outreach Magazine.

Haddon Robinson, author of Biblical Preaching, was interviewed by Ministry Magazine.

Walter Moberly’s Old Testament Theology was recommended in Catalyst’s Summer Reading list.


BA Books & Authors on the Web – October 11, 2013

Cover ArtAt Christianity Today, David Neff recently spoke with Ron Sider about his recent book, The Early Church on Killing, in an interview titled “Were the Church Fathers Consistently Pro-Life?

Why should we care what the writers of those first three centuries say?

I don’t think that what the early church in the first few centuries said and did is the final norm for Christians today. Our decisive norm is biblical revelation. Nevertheless, I think we need to take seriously what the Christians in the first three centuries thought Jesus was saying. They were much closer to him in time than we are, and there is reason to think they would have had a pretty good understanding of what he meant. Therefore, given that every single Christian text we have on killing from the first three centuries, whether war, capital punishment, or abortion, says that Christians don’t do that, and with some frequency they say that’s because of what Jesus said and did, I think Christians today ought to listen to them with some seriousness.

Also at CT, Neff interacted with Sider’s The Early Church on Killing in his article “Why Don’t We Find Bloodshed Repugnant Anymore?”

Doug Moo was interviewed about writing his new Galatians commentary by Lindsay Kennedy at My Digital Seminary.

The Christian Century’sTake & Read” recommendations for New Testament books included Seven Events That Shaped the New Testament World, by Warren Carter, A Peaceable Hope, by David Neville, and the Handbook of Women Biblical Interpreters, edited by Marion Ann Taylor and Agnes Choi.

Rick Wadholm Jr. at the I Heart Barth blog recommended Bonhoeffer the Assassin?

At Words on the Word, Abram K-J studied Luke 17 with the help of Darrell Bock’s BECNT volumes.

Jim Kane reviewed Spiritual Formation in Emerging Adulthood, by David Setran and Chris Kiesling.

Heath Henwood reviewed Rebirth of the Church, by Eddie Gibbs.

At The Anxious Bench, Miles Mullin reviewed Baptismal Imagery in Early Christianity, by Robin Jensen.


eBook Specials

Today only, Friday October 11, the Commentary on Romans eBook by Robert Gundry is available free at participating retailers. Learn more here.

Some Recent Award Winners!

We are pleased to announce that several Baker Academic titles have recently received awards and recognition.

ForeWord Reviews 2012 Book of the Year Awards

Handbook of Women Biblical Interpreters: A Historical and Biographical Guide edited by Marion Ann Taylor and Agnes Choi, was awarded silver in the Reference category. This comprehensive resource helps readers recover and understanding women’s contributions to biblical interpretation throughout history.

The Space Between: A Christian Engagement with the Built Environment by Eric O. Jacobsen received the bronze award in the Architecture category. Eric Jacobsen, senior pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Tacoma, Washington, and a recognized expert, employs a theological lens to provide a unique perspective on timely and controversial topics related to the “built environment.”

ForeWord Reviews characterizes itself as “a quarterly print journal dedicated to reviewing independently published books.” Each year, ForeWord chooses titles from hundreds of submissions that “exemplify the best work coming from today’s independent, university, and small press communities.” For more information regarding ForeWord Reviews’ Book of the Year Awards, including a comprehensive list of award-winners, please visit

2013 Catholic Press Awards

First Corinthians by Pheme Perkins was awarded First Place in the Scripture category. This volume in the Paideia: Commentaries on the New Testament series exposes the theological meaning in First Corinthians by tracing its use of rhetorical strategies.

Regarding this title, the awards committee wrote: “This commentary joins Perkins’ other excellent books and commentaries on the New Testament. It is clear, concise and filled with brief but pertinent, well-placed and insightful side-bars of information that contextualize Paul’s words with his world. It can be used profitably by college and university teachers, as well as by pastors in parish bible classes.”

Baptismal Imagery in Early Christianity: Ritual, Visual, and Theological Dimensions by Robin M. Jensen was awarded Second Place in the Liturgy category. Robin Jensen, a leading scholar of early Christian art and worship, shows how images, language, architectural space, and symbolic actions convey the theological meaning of baptism.

The awards committee commented: “Despite the narrow focus of this work, its theological treatment of the sacrament of baptism rooted in the early Christian tradition, provides an excellent resource for understanding baptism in its historical development. The inclusion of numerous visual images add to the thorough treatment of the subject matter.”

The awards are presented by the Catholic Press Association of the United States and Canada. A full list of winners can be found at

Preview – Calvin Symposium on Worship

Today through Saturday we will be attending and selling books at the 2013 Calvin Symposium on Worship at Calvin College. Many of authors-including Robin Jensen, Steven Guthrie, David Crump, Christopher Hall, and Chap Clark-will be presenting and we look forward being a part of this conference once again.

We have two new books that we are excited to be promoting at this year’s symposium (among the many other wonderful books we’ll have at our booth):

Imagining the Kingdom: How Worship Works
by James K.A. Smith

In the second of Smith’s three-volume theology of culture, the author expands and deepens the analysis of cultural liturgies and Christian worship he developed in his acclaimed Desiring the Kingdom. Drawing on the work of Maurice Merleau-Ponty and Pierre Bourdieu, this book helps readers understand and appreciate the bodily basis of habit formation and how liturgical formation–both “secular” and Christian–affects one’s fundamental orientation to the world.

“This book is a thought-provoking, generative reflection on the imagination-shaping power of Christian worship practices. Smith describes and demonstrates how practices, perceptions, emotions, and thought interact and how together they can be shaped in cruciform ways. What an ideal book for crossing boundaries among academic disciplines and between the academy and the church.” –John D. Witvliet, Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, Calvin College, and Calvin Theological Seminary

Baptismal Imagery in Early Christianity
by Robin M. Jensen

Robin Jensen, a leading scholar of early Christian art and worship, illuminates the theological meaning of baptism by exploring multiple dimensions of the early Christian baptismal rite. She examines five models for understanding baptism, showing how visual images, poetic language, architectural space, and symbolic actions signify and convey the theological meaning of this ritual practice.

“What a gift Robin Jensen has given us in this book, a gift she is uniquely qualified to give. A scholar of Christian liturgy, doctrine, and art, Jensen presents the history of early Christian initiation the way it was experienced–as a unified whole. Integrating image with practice and interpretation, Jensen offers a deep and insightful look into early Christian baptism. ” –Todd Johnson, William K. and Delores S. Brehm Associate Professor of Worship, Theology, and the Arts, Fuller Theological Seminary

If you will be at the symposium this year, please stop by our both and say hi. See you there!