BA Books & Authors on the Web – September 11, 2015

Cover ArtAt The Gospel Coalition, Justin Taylor shared Kevin Vanhoozer’s 55 Theses on Pastors as Public Theologians from The Pastor as Public Theologian.

“Why does the church need pastor-theologians? What are pastor-theologians for? Our answer, in brief, is that pastor-theologians are gifts from the risen Christ, helps in building Christ’s church, especially by leading people to confess, comprehend, celebrate, communicate, commend to others, and conform themselves to what is in Christ.”

At The Jesus Blog, Anthony Le Donne recommended Jesus among Friends and Enemies, edited by Chris Keith and Larry Hurtado.

Cover ArtStanley Porter’s How We Got the New Testament was reviewed by Jacob Prahlow at Pursuing Veritas.

“Highly recommended to anyone interested in learning more about the history of the New Testament. Not only do the contents of this book offer valuable observations for those seeking to better understand the New Testament and early Christianity, but How We Got the New Testament also addresses penetrating issues at the heart of all Christian faith.”

Mike Boling, at Servants of Grace, reviewed Defending Substitution by Simon Gathercole.

Alvin Rapien, at The Poor in Spirit, reviewed Christian Scharen’s Fieldwork in Theology.

Fieldwork in Theology will hopefully influence many to rethink their approach to research, society, and individuals around them.”

 

BA Books & Authors on the Web – July 10, 2015

Cover ArtAt Exegetical Tools, Warren Campbell reviewed Stanley Porter’s How We Got the New Testament.

“Porter’s work will not only benefit the student as a substantial introduction to the many issues involved with the production, establishment, and transmission of the Greek New Testament, but it will also function as an excellence recourse for further study.”

Lindsay Kennedy, at My Digital Seminary, reviewed Encountering the Book of Romans by Douglas Moo.

Bob on Books reviewed Paul Heintzman’s Leisure and Spirituality.

“Many of us still struggle with reconciling the ideas of leisure and spirituality. After reading Heintzman’s book, these are a bit less of an oxymoron for me.”

Jennifer Guo, at Grace for Sinners, reviewed Praying with Paul by D. A. Carson.

At Learning While Teaching, Jerry Hillyer reviewed Karl Allen Kuhn’s The Kingdom according to Luke and Acts.

“I cannot say enough about how important and well done this book is and how, if you are a preacher, you should buy it, read it slowly, and carefully consider how you will challenge your congregation to live up to the high call of God.”

Linguistic Analysis of the Greek New Testament by Stanley Porter was reviewed at Diglotting.

At The Gospel Coalition, John Starke discussed James K. A. Smith’s excursion on “catching sleep” in Imagining the Kingdom.

Norman Wirzba’s forthcoming From Nature to Creation was included in the Englewood Review of Books25 Books to Watch for in the 2nd Half of 2015.

 

BA Books & Authors on the Web – June 5, 2015

Cover ArtAt RBL, Sylvie Raquel and Pheme Perkins reviewed Stanley Porter’s How We Got the New Testament.

No one will come away from Porter’s treatment of “text, transmission, and translation” without appreciating the extraordinary efforts behind the Scripture we read in church on Sunday.

Erik Raymond, at The Gospel Coalition, reviewed Early Christian Martyr Stories by Bryan Litfin.

In the postBread From Heaven in the Desert” at Jesus Creed, RJS reflected on Walter Moberly’s discussion of manna in Old Testament Theology.

Exodus 16 is a powerful and multidimensional text with a long and powerful interpretative history and many lessons yet for us today. The point isn’t to apply “science” to the story, but to listen and understand.

Everyday Theology, edited by Kevin Vanhoozer, Charles Anderson, and Michael Sleasman, A New Heaven and a New Earth by J. Richard Middleton, and Linguistic Analysis of the Greek New Testament by Stanley Porter, appeared on the “What We’re Reading This Summer” list from the staff of The Gospel Coalition.

A hymn inspired by J. Todd Billings’ Union with Christ, I Stand Forgiven!

Beginning Biblical Hebrew, by John Cook and Robert Holmstedt, was featured at Books at a Glance.

 

BA Books & Authors on the Web – October 17, 2014

Cover ArtLawrence Osborn, at Theosblog, reviewed Basil of Caesarea by Stephen Hildebrand.

“Basil of Caesarea was one of the key theologians of the early Church. As such, he is well known to contemporary students of theology, but often only in a fragmentary way and often only as a theologian. In this detailed and lucid introduction to Basil’s life and thought, Stephen Hildebrand has integrated those fragments to give us a rounded picture of the man and his thought.”

Stanley Porter’s How We Got the New Testament was reviewed by George P. Wood.

Chris Ho, at the Young Restless and Reformed Blog, reviewed For the Glory of God by Daniel Block.

Peter Enns, author of Inspiration and Incarnation, shared a quote from God’s Word in Human Words by Kenton Sparks.

Robert Sylvester, at the Spirlaw blog, reflected on Roger Lundin’s Beginning with the Word.

Spiritual Formation in Emerging Adulthood, by David Setran and Chris Kiesling, was discussed at The Humanitas Forum.

Brian Sandifer reflected on Dale Kuehne’s Sex in the iWorld.

Nijay Gupta, at Crux Sola, is looking forward to the release of Peter Oakes’ Paideia commentary on Galatians.

 

BA Books & Authors on the Web – August 22, 2014

Cover ArtWesley Ellis, at Living in the Kingdom, reviewed Andrew Root’s forthcoming Bonhoeffer as Youth Worker.

“Root looks to present Bonhoeffer’s youth ministry as a consistent lens for understanding his development of thought. Bonhoeffer’s theology didn’t develop out of the ether, but emerged from his relationships and from his engagement in the concrete lived experience of the young people to whom he ministered throughout his life.”

The Bible Gateway Blog interviewed Patricia Dutcher-Walls, author of Reading the Historical Books.

A number of Baker Academic titles were reviewed in the latest volume of Themelios, including:

Jennifer Guo reviewed Bruce Ellis Benson’s Liturgy as a Way of Life.

At The Poor in Spirit Alvin Rapien interviewed Daniel Bell, author of The Economy of Desire.

Kevin Davis, at After Existentialism, Light, reflected on Christopher Seitz’s The Character of Christian Scripture.

BA Books & Authors on the Web – June 20, 2014

Cover ArtAt RBL, John J. Pilch reviewed The World of the New Testament, edited by Joel Green and Lee McDonald.

“This is an excellent resource that in general succeeds in its aim to provide information about the cultural, social, and political contexts of the New Testament. Though the perspective is intentionally and explicitly evangelical, the contributors present the complexity of their particular issues frankly and honestly.”

In World Magazine, Makoto Fujimura recommended Daniel Siedell’s God in the Gallery, and David Greusel recommended The Space Between by Eric Jacobsen.

Kirk Miller shared a quote about the right and wrong ways to use a commentary, from Tremper Longman’s Old Testament Commentary Survey.

Darrell Bock, author of Jesus According to Scripture, was interviewed by Books at a Glance.

Markus Bockmuehl, author of Simon Peter in Scripture and Memory, has been appointed as the Dean Ireland’s Professor of the Exegesis of Holy Scripture at Keble College, Oxford.

A number of Baker Publishing titles were proclaimed winners of the 2014 Word Awards, including:

 

BA Books & Authors on the Web – June 6, 2014

Cover ArtBooks At a Glance interviewed Stanley Porter about his latest book, How we got the New Testament.

“I examine the textual basis of our Greek New Testament, reconstruct the history of its transmission from earliest times, and then trace the history of its translation. The overall result is an overwhelming affirmation of the reliability of the Greek New Testament….I hope that this has direct value for anyone interested in the New Testament, both pastors and lay people, and especially for those interested in some of the more technical aspects of its text.”

James Bradford Pate reviewed Union with Christ, by J. Todd Billings.

Lindsay Kennedy, at My Digital Seminary, reviewed Thomas Schreiner’s Romans BECNT volume.

Spoiledmilks reviewed the Mark BECNT volume, by Robert Stein.

At The Pneuma Review, Andrew K. Gabriel reviewed Mapping Modern Theology, edited by Kelly Kapic and Bruce McCormack.

David Barshinger, at Exploring Church History, reviewed John Fea’s Why Study History?

Thomas Booher, at The Tulip Driven Life, reflected on Herman Bavinck’s Reformed Dogmatics.

The Courage to Die, a post from Rodney Decker, author of the forthcoming Reading Koine Greek, who passed away on Sunday, May 25, 2014.

 

Video: How We Got the New Testament (Part 2)

Why Did You Write How We Got the New Testament?

Using How We Got the New Testament in the Classroom

Cover ArtAbout the Book: How We Got the New Testament offers a historical understanding of the writing, transmission, and translation of the New Testament and provides cutting-edge insights into both its ancient Greek and modern English forms. Stanley Porter, a recognized expert in New Testament Greek, offers a student-level summary of a vast amount of historical and textual information.

“This succinct text on complicated topics is unique in bringing together an introductory discussion of three related but distinct NT topics–textual criticism, early manuscript transmission (with some discussion of canon formation), and translation theory and practice. This is a solid resource for the educated layperson and a good introductory textbook for the college and seminary classroom.” – Jonathan T. Pennington, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

“Text criticism, textual transmission, and translation theory are oft-plowed terrain, but Stanley Porter unearths some little-known nuggets in this deceptively compact and thoroughly researched volume. Well versed and well published in all three fields, Porter offers both nonspecialists and seasoned scholars new insights about the stability of the Greek text, the early formation of the canon, and the rich variety of translation theories.” – N. Clayton Croy, Trinity Lutheran Seminary

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Video: How We Got the New Testament

Eclectic vs. Single Manuscript

Scholarly Guidance for Popular Questions

Cover ArtAbout the Book: How We Got the New Testament offers a historical understanding of the writing, transmission, and translation of the New Testament and provides cutting-edge insights into both its ancient Greek and modern English forms. Stanley Porter, a recognized expert in New Testament Greek, offers a student-level summary of a vast amount of historical and textual information.

“Misinformation abounds among both the general public and even some scholars about how carefully the text of the New Testament has been preserved, copied, and translated. Stanley Porter sets the record straight….Highly recommended.” – Craig L. Blomberg, Denver Seminary

“Porter provides a wide-ranging historical summary and assessment of topics that are crucial to New Testament studies and to the church. Although the text and transmission of the New Testament have been discussed extensively in many prior works, this book is particularly useful because it is current with recent debates.” – Rodney Decker, Baptist Bible Seminary

For more information on How We Got the New Testament, click here.

Stanley Porter – The Reliability of the Bible

Stanley Porter, author of How We Got the New Testament, discusses the reliability of the Bible in light of the transmission and translation of the ancient text.