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 13, 2014

Cover ArtAt The Two Cities, Adam Harger reviewed Evangelical Faith and the Challenge of Historical Criticism, edited by Christopher Hays and Christopher Ansberry.

“[T]his book is unique in helping the reader to think through the implications for faith and theology if one engages with historical-critical approaches to the Bible….One of the primary goals of the authors is to convince evangelicals of the need to engage in scholarly discussion, while assuring that it can be done without jeopardizing evangelical faith.”

Don Wacome, at Perspectives, reviewed James K.A. Smith’s Desiring the Kingdom and Imagining the Kingdom.

Reading a Different Story by Susan VanZanten, as well as the overall Turning South series, were reviewed on the Books & Culture podcast.

At Pastor’s Library, Joey Cochran reviewed the fifth edition of Tremper Longman’s Old Testament Commentary Survey.

Bryan Chapell, author of Christ-Centered Sermons, was interviewed at Preaching Today. You can read part one here, and part two here.

 

BA Books & Authors on the Web – March 14, 2014

Cover ArtWhy Study History? by John Fea was reviewed by John G. Turner in The Christian Century.

“[Christians] should follow Fea’s advice to examine aspects of the past that initially repel them. Fea tells of a student with progressive views who chose to write a thesis about Jerry Falwell and the rise of the Christian right. He also recounts the reactions of students who read the diaries and sermons of slaveholding American Christians. It is easier to devote ourselves to historical subjects that we like or imagine to be more like us. Fea reports that his students have cultivated their capacities for empathy and compassion and became “better Christians.” Such encounters, Fea maintains, remind us that we are “imperfect creatures in need of improvement and redemption.”

At Euangelion, Michael Bird reviewed R. Michael Allen’s Justification and the Gospel.

David Gowler recommended the Handbook of Women Biblical Interpreters, edited by Marion Ann Taylor and Agnes Choi.

Richard Beck, at Experimental Theology, reflected on Christian formation in light of James K.A. Smith’s Desiring the Kingdom.

Tim Meadowcroft recommended John Goldingay’s three volumes on Psalms in the Baker Commentary on the Old Testament Wisdom and Psalms, along with Richard Hess’s work on Song of Songs in the same series, in the Catalyst article “Building an Old Testament Library: Psalms — Daniel.”

James K. A. Smith recently spoke on Imagining the Kingdom at Spring Arbor University. You can watch his presentation here.

BA Books & Authors on the Web – March 7, 2014

Cover ArtAt Trans.formed, John Johnson reflected on The Mystery of God by Steven Boyer and Christopher Hall.

“We do have a God who has chosen to make Himself known in Christ. We do see God and know Him. But as Boyer and Hall note…we do face challenges that transcend rational exploration. This does not invalidate the exploration—which can be the fun part. However, it is important to know that there are matters that are of an unimaginable depth or density, that go well beyond our rational capacities.”

Teenagers Matter, by Mark Cannister, was awarded as the 2014 Outreach Resource of the Year in the Youth Outreach category.

John Poirier reviewed Michael Bird’s Are You the One Who Is to Come? for The Pneuma Review.

In a post about books to read during Lent, Byron Borger at Hearts & Minds recommended James K.A. Smith’s Desiring the Kingdom and Imagining the Kingdom.

BA Books & Authors on the Web – January 24, 2014

Cover ArtJonathan Pennington, author of Reading the Gospels Wisely, was interviewed by Matthew Montonini at New Testament Perspectives.

James K.A. Smith wrote a response to the recent critique of Imagining the Kingdom published in Books & Culture.

Byron Borger of Hearts & Minds Books included Imagining the Kingdom by James K. A. Smith,  God’s Good World by Jonathan R. Wilson, and Why Study History? by John Fea in his Hearts & Minds Best Books of 2013 – Part One.

Hearts & Minds Best Books of 2013 – Part Two included Journey toward Justice by Nicholas Wolterstorff, Teenagers Matter by Mark Cannister, and Spiritual Formation in Emerging Adulthood by David Setran and Chris Kiesling.

At RBL, Teresa Okure reviewed The Christ of the Miracle Stories by Wendy Cotter.

Jackson Watts, of the Helwys Society Forum, reviewed Christian Philosophy by Craig Bartholomew and Michael Goheen.

John Walker reviewed Thomas Guarino’s Vincent of Lérins and the Development of Christian Doctrine, at Freedom in Orthodoxy.

At Unsettled Christianity, Joel Watts reviewed Lee McDonald’s The Story of Jesus in History and Faith.

John Cook and Robert Holmstedt’s Beginning Biblical Hebrew was reviewed by Brian LePort, at Near Emmaus.

Scott Klingsmith reviewed James Ware’s Paul and the Mission of the Church for the Denver Seminary blog.

Nijay K. Gupta’s post New Testament Scholarship: 50 Books Everyone Should Read (Part 1: Gospels), included Miracles by Craig Keener.

Postliberal Theology and the Church Catholic, edited by John Wright, and Another Reformation by Peter Ochs, were reviewed by Joseph Mangina for The Living Church.

Our monthly newsletter, E-Notes, was released this week.

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

Cover ArtAt Books & Culture, Jesse Covington, Maurice Lee, Sarah Skripsky, and Lesa Stern engaged with Imagining the Kingdom by James K.A. Smith.

“Together, these volumes [Desiring the Kingdom and Imagining the Kingdom] pursue the ambitious goal of renewing “Christian practice,” by which Smith means mainly what happens in Christian churches and colleges. The core claim is that effective worship and education must be based on correct anthropology, on a clear understanding of how human beings really act, know, and learn.”

Also, Books & Culture editor John Wilson recently described Smith’s Cultural Liturgies series as “the most influential example of public theology in the last decade.”

Joel Willitts at Euangelion pointed readers to David Gowler’s new blog,  a Chorus of Voices: The Reception History of the Parables.

Michael Bird has been re-reading Dale Allison’s Constructing Jesus, and named Hays and Ansberry’s Evangelical Faith and the Challenge of Historical Criticism as one of his favorite reads of 2013.

Tim Challies recommended Robert Yarbrough’s BECNT volume on 1-3 John.

Vincent of Lérins and the Development of Christian Doctrine by Thomas Guarino was reviewed by Joseph Bottum for The Weekly Standard.

Kyle McDanell, at Blogizomia, quoted from Magnifying God in Christ by Thomas Schreiner.

At Reformedish, Derek Rishmawy reflected on J. Todd Billings’s treatment of Adoption in Union with Christ.

BA Books & Authors on the Web – January 10, 2014

Dr. David Gowler started A Chorus of Voices, a blog which chronicles his writing of a forthcoming book on the reception history of the parables.

“[T]he “meaning” of the parables does not reside alone in the creative genius of Jesus and/or the Gospel authors; it exists in a relation between creator and contemplators. We stand, therefore, on the shoulders of centuries of conversations; our own interpretations are never independent of the reception history of these parables”

Cover ArtNijay Gupta listed Donald Hagner’s The New Testament, and Walter Moberly’s Old Testament Theology, as two of the Best Biblical Studies Books of 2013.

Spiritual Formation in Emerging Adulthood by David Setran and Chris Kiesling, and Imagining the Kingdom by James K.A. Smith, made the College Transition Initiative’s Top 10 Books of 2013.

The Aqueduct Project interviewed Jonathan Pennington about his book Reading the Gospels Wisely.

Bob Trube at the InterVarsity Emerging Scholars blog reviewed James K.A. Smith’s Desiring the Kingdom here, and Imagining the Kingdom here.

Larry Hurtado discussed The Apostolic Fathers ed. Michael W. Holmes, and Clayton N. Jefford’s Reading the Apostolic Fathers, in a post about publications on the Apostolic Fathers.

At Servants of Grace, Dave Jenkins reviewed The King In His Beauty by Thomas Schreiner.

Daniel Siedell’s God in the Gallery inspired Derek Rishmawy’s theological reflection on the modern art collection at LACMA.

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BA Books & Authors on the Web – January 3, 2014

Cover ArtAt Euangelion, Joel Willitts reviewed Bonhoeffer the Assassin?, and Scot McKnight named it one of the Jesus Creed Books of the Year.

“[A] book that will surely create conversations for a decade about whether or not Bonhoeffer was involved in the conspiracy to assassinate Hitler.”

Brett McCracken, Marc Cortez, and Tim Hoiland all named James K.A. Smith’s Imagining the Kingdom as one of their favorite books of 2013.

David Firth reviewed Invitation to the Psalms, by Rolf Jacobson and Karl Jacobson, for RBL.

Byron Borger at Hearts and Minds reviewed and recommended Christian Philosophy, by Craig Bartholomew and Michael Goheen.

Justification and the Gospel, by Michael Allen; Reading the Gospels Wisely, by Jonathan Pennington; and Paul and the Early Jewish Encounter with Deuteronomy, by David Lincicum were all named in Mockingbird’s list of The Top Theology Books of 2013.

Graham Ware’s Top Reads of 2013 included J. R. Daniel Kirk’s Jesus Have I Loved, But Paul? and Craig Keener’s Paul, Women & Wives.

David Moore listed Why Study History? by John Fea  in his Favorite Books of 2013.

Matt Mitchell reviewed Understanding Spiritual Warfare: Four Views, edited by James Beilby and Paul Eddy.

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BA Books & Authors on the Web – September 20, 2013

Cover ArtAlan Thompson reviewed the first volume of Craig Keener’s Acts commentary, for Credo Magazine.

“Keener’s extensive interaction with other views, detailed argumentation for the historical reliability of Acts, and comprehensive treatment of the social historical context for so many topics leaves me profoundly grateful for such a resource.  This is essentially an encyclopedia of information related to Acts and its first century world!”

In his post “The Challenge of Conviction and Openness“, Nijay Gupta reflected on a quote from David Turner’s BECNT volume on Matthew.

At New Testament Perspectives, Matthew Montonini shared endorsements for Francis Moloney’s Love in the Gospel of John.

Brent Newsom, at Relief Journal, used James K.A. Smith’s Imagining the Kingdom to inform his reflections on his personal liturgy as a writer.

And the winner is…?

Congrats to Craig Beard, who was randomly selected as the winner of our Back-to-School giveaway!

Craig will receive copies of The World of the New Testament, Why Study History?The King in His Beauty, The End of Apologetics, and Imagining the Kingdom.

Our thanks go out to everyone who participated over the past week. For more giveaways from Baker Academic keep your eye on this blog, and check out our page on Goodreads