BA Books & Authors on the Web – November 21, 2014

Cover ArtNijay Gupta, at Crux Sola, announced the release of Jeffrey Weima’s BECNT volume on 1-2 Thessalonians.

“An exegetical force to be reckoned with – few scholars in the world have invested more time and energy in studying the Thessalonian correspondence than Weima. This will, no doubt, become the standard go-to work for evangelicals.

For the Glory of God by Daniel Block was named as a Worship Leader Magazine 2014 Editor’s Pick.

At Conciliar Post, Jacob Prahlow reviewed The Drama of Scripture by Craig Bartholomew and Michael Goheen.

“The first edition…has long been integrated into my ‘Introduction to the New Testament’ syllabus, and this edition will take its place in short order. Non-students will also benefit from reading The Drama of Scripture, parents, pastors, theologians, and academics alike. This should be on everyone’s shelf.”

Eric Jacobsen’s The Space Between was reviewed by Walter Henegar, at The Gospel Coalition.

Jacobsen reminds us that Scripture holds place in high esteem—starting with its grand narrative arc that begins in a garden and ends in a city. In between, God’s promise to root his people in a particular place fueled their hopes and fed their sorrows for centuries. Even our Savior’s identity was tethered to a place: Jesus of Nazareth. What’s more, Jesus preached about a kingdom of shalom, or peace, that extends to every facet of human existence, including the material world he declared “very good” and commissioned us to cultivate.”

BA Books & Authors on the Web – July 18, 2014

Cover ArtThe Institute for Sacred Architecture reviewed The Space Between, by Eric Jacobsen.

“Jacobsen artfully weaves together the linear progression of the story of redemption, which starts in the Garden and ends in the Heavenly City, with our understanding of the urban environment. He states that in our place and time we are not yet in the Heavenly City; however, we can and should work toward it.”

G.K Beale’s A New Testament Biblical Theology, John Cook and Robert Holmstedt’s Beginning Biblical Hebrew, and Rolf Jacobson and Karl Jacobson’s Invitation to the Psalms were reviewed in the Journal for the Evangelical Study of the Old Testament.

Daniel Waldschmidt, at the Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary Blog, reviewed Galatians by Douglas Moo.

At Scriptorium Daily, Matt Jenson recommended the Turning South series; comprised of Nicholas Wolterstorff’s Journey toward Justice, Susan VanZanten’s Reading a Different Story, and Mark Noll’s From Every Tribe and Nation.

Jordon Stone recommended Old Testament Commentary Survey by Tremper Longman, and New Testament Commentary Survey by D.A. Carson, at the Ordinary Ministry blog.

At Daily Theology, Krista Stevens reflected on The Gospel of Mark by Francis Moloney.

David Naugle listed Bonhoeffer the Assassin? by Mark Nation, Anthony Siegrist, and Daniel Umbel, in the Cardus summer reading list.

The Logos Academic Blog interviewed Bryan Chapell, author of Christ-Centered Preaching.

Peter Enns, author of Inspiration and Incarnation, interviewed Christopher Hays, co-editor of Evangelicals and the Challenge of Historical Criticism, as part of his ongoing “Aha” Moments series.

 

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:

 

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 https://botya.forewordreviews.com.

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 www.catholicpress.org.