BA Books & Authors on the Web – August 23, 2013

Through August 29, you can get 46% off the Baker Academic Biblical Studies Bundle from Logos Bible Software. This collection contains 85 volumes, which provide insight into the historical, cultural, social, religious, literary, and theological contexts of the Old and New Testaments.

Cover ArtAt NT Exegesis, Brian Renshaw reviewed the new Paideia commentary on James and Jude, by John Painter and David DeSilva.

“I would highly recommend this commentary to both students and pastors. Any student or pastor that is beginning their study in either one of these books would be well advised to read through this commentary at the start of their study to be able to adequately grasp the books as a whole.”

Phillip Long reviewed Jonathan Pennington’s Reading the Gospels Wisely, for Themelios.

Robert Cornwall reviewed God’s Good World, by Jonathan Wilson, at Ponderings on a Faith Journey.

Derek Melleby recommends Spiritual Formation in Emerging Adulthood, by David Setran and Chris Kiesling.

James K.A. Smith, author of Imagining the Kingdom, was interviewed on the White Horse Inn blog Out of the Horse’s Mouth.

Dayton Hartman reviewed Classical Christian Doctrine, by Ronald Heine.

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

Giveaway: PAIDEIA Commentary Set

Baker Academic has just released the latest volume in the PAIDEIA Commentary on the New Testament series – Second Corinthians by Raymond Collins.

To celebrate, we are giving away a complete set of all eleven volumes published so far in the series. To enter, fill out the form below (don’t miss extra chances to win via Facebook and Twitter!).

About the Book:

In this addition to the well-received Paideia series, respected senior New Testament scholar Raymond Collins examines cultural context and theological meaning in Second Corinthians.

“Collins’s impressive scholarly achievements and vast teaching experience are evident in his commentary on 2 Corinthians. He deftly leads his readers through Paul’s most challenging text. In addition to highlighting Paul’s rhetorical strategies, Collins offers a lucid exposition of the apostle’s defense of his ministry and his determination to help the Corinthians to embrace God’s mysterious way of exhibiting power through weakness. I will strongly recommend that my students read this commentary, which continues the level of excellence set by its predecessors in the Paideia series.”
Thomas D. Stegman, SJ

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