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

BA Books & Authors on the Web – September 6, 2013

Cover ArtAt Academics, Matthew Miller reviewed The World of the New Testament, edited by Joel Green and Lee McDonald.

“A local guide is the best resource for gaining intimate knowledge of a place; its mores, assumptions, beliefs, culture, social struggles, sacred objects, and literature. No one can tell you the story about your destination better than a person who has lived there. In The World of the New Testament this is precisely what you receive. More than 30 scholars–each of whom has spent decades studying their respective areas of expertise–lead you on a tour of the most decisive cultural influences that impacted the New Testament’s authors.”

In a discussion at Crux Sola, Nijay Gupta quoted David Instone-Brewer’s article on the Temple from The World of the New Testament.

Matthew Montonini, at New Testament Perspectives, featured an excerpt from Graham Twelftree’s Paul and the Miraculous.

Writing for Schaeffer’s Ghost, Kendrick Kuo reviewed Athanasius by Peter Leithart.

Dale Kuehne, author of Sex and the iWorld, will appear on Moody Radio’s Up for Debate this Saturday, September 7, at 8:00 a.m. CT.

Myron Penner, author of The End of Apologetics, recorded an interview with The Anglican Review. It aired this Tuesday and Thursday, and will be aired again Saturday (9/7) at noon, 7:30 p.m. and midnight (MST), and will be posted to iTunes by 9/9/13.

Giveaway: Back-to-School with Baker Academic

Autumn is just around the corner, and we thought that a giveaway would be the perfect way to kick off a new semester.

Five new titles from Baker Academic will go to the winner of our back-to-school giveaway. To enter simply fill out the form below (and don’t miss extra chances to win via Facebook and Twitter!).

About the Books:

“A number of books illumine either ancient Judaism or the non-Jewish Greco-Roman world, but only a few competently address both….If I were teaching a New Testament backgrounds course this semester, this is the textbook I would use.” – Craig Keener, Asbury Theological Seminary

“John Fea is quickly becoming one of the most important voices in the up-and-coming generation of Christian historians. His reflections on the study of history brim with scholarly insight, age-old Christian wisdom, and practical advice.” – Douglas A. Sweeney, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

“In a time when biblical studies has become partitioned between the Hebrew Bible and the Greek New Testament, Schreiner reminds us that there is one God, one book, and one story. A story about God the king, his kingdom, his people, and the triumph of the Lord Jesus Christ.” – Michael F. Bird, Crossway College

“Penner challenges many of the intuitions and assumptions that have shaped traditional Christian thought and invites us to rethink them for the sake of the gospel. In doing so he offers a fresh perspective on the nature of Christian witness.” – John R. Franke, Yellowstone Theological Institute

“[L]earned but lively, provocative but warmhearted, a manifesto and a guide. Smith takes Christians deeper into the artistic, imaginative, and practical resources on which we must draw if we wish to renew not only our minds but also our whole beings in Christ.” – Alan Jacobs, Honors College of Baylor University

[This giveaway will run through Friday September 13, at 9:00 Eastern. Due to shipping costs, the giveaway is only open to residents of the United States]

BA Books & Authors on the Web – August 30, 2013

Cover ArtJordan Barrett, at For Christ and His Kingdom, reviewed Joel Green’s Practicing Theological Interpretation.

“Green’s book is a helpful guide for those wondering about all the hoopla surrounding theological interpretation. He is a careful reader of Scripture who also engages with and knows the great tradition well. As a good listener, Green is sympathetic to his critics but still maintains a strong and sometimes bold voice towards the renewal of relationship between biblical studies and theology. This is a great place to begin or even continue the conversation.”

Darian Burns reviewed Scripture and Tradition by Edith Humphrey.

Chris Brewer reviewed Myron Penner’s The End of Apologetics.

At Near Emmaus, Brian LePort reflected on S. Scott Bartchy’s article “Slaves and Slavery in the Roman World” from The World of the New Testament.

New Release: The End of Apologetics by Myron Penner

The modern apologetic enterprise, according to Myron Penner, is no longer valid. It tends toward an unbiblical and unchristian form of Christian witness and does not have the ability to attest truthfully to Christ in our postmodern context. In fact, Christians need an entirely new way of conceiving the apologetic task.

This provocative text critiques modern apologetic efforts and offers a concept of faithful Christian witness that is characterized by love and grounded in God’s revelation. Penner seeks to reorient the discussion of Christian belief, change a well-entrenched vocabulary that no longer works, and contextualize the enterprise of apologetics for a postmodern generation.

“‘Is the cross, then, an argument?’ That pointed question from Nietzsche, with which this work begins, displays an insight into the gospel that its rationalist Christian defenders never attain, as Penner shows with sharp and devastating clarity. Joining his voice to the prophetic words of Kierkegaard, Penner calls us to the logos of the cross, to that form of reason whose beginning is crucifixion and whose end is the humble service of the neighbor. This book makes a crucial intervention: for those who have knelt too long before the idol of apologetics or been wounded by it, their healing can begin here.”
-Douglas Harink, The King’s University College, Edmonton

Myron Bradley Penner (PhD, University of Edinburgh) is an Anglican priest in the Diocese of Edmonton, Alberta. He previously taught at Prairie College and Graduate School and served as a human development worker. He is the editor of Christianity and the Postmodern Turn and coauthor of A New Kind of Conversation.

For more information on The End of Apologetics, click here.