BA Books & Authors on the Web – June 12, 2015

Cover ArtBrian Walsh, at Empire Remixed, reviewed J. Richard Middleton’s A New Heaven and a New Earth, and used James K. A. Smith’s Imagining the Kingdom to work out how Middleton’s reimagining of eschatology might reshape Christian practice.

For Smith, the most foundational concrete practice is worship. The true story will only shape our perception of the world and transform our character if we learn it “by heart,” at “a gut level.”…And here we see the most powerful contribution of A New Heaven and a New Earth. In this exercise in biblical theology, Richard has powerfully, comprehensively and convincingly opened up the normative shape of the Christian story.

Mike Kibbe, at For Christ and His Kingdom, reviewed The World of the New Testament, edited by Joel Green and Lee McDonald.

Also, The World of the New Testament was reviewed John J. Pilch by and Kathleen E. Mills at RBL.

The World of the New Testament is a comprehensive resource for understanding the various contexts of the New Testament writings, especially for those who may be less familiar with the context of the New Testament. Particularly noteworthy is the breadth of subject matter covered and the annotated bibliography at the end of each essay.

The forthcoming Using and Enjoying Biblical Greek, by Rodney Whitacre, was highlighted by Matthew Montonini at New Testament Perspectives.

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 – November 8, 2013

Cover ArtThis month’s Christianity Today cover article “How Lewis Lit the Way to Better Apologetics” is taken from Michael Ward’s essay in Imaginative Apologetics.

“Lewis’s conversion was sparked (humanly speaking) by a long nighttime conversation with J. R. R. Tolkien and Hugo Dyson. They were discussing Christianity, metaphor, and myth. In a letter to Arthur Greeves (dated October 18, 1931), Lewis recounted the conversation. It is clear that questions of meaning—that is to say, of imagination—were at the heart of it.

At that point, Lewis’s problem with Christianity was fundamentally imaginative. ‘What has been holding me back . . . has not been so much a difficulty in believing as a difficulty in knowing what the doctrine meant,’ he told Greeves. Tolkien and Dyson showed him that Christian doctrines are not the main thing about Christianity. Instead, doctrines are translations of what God has expressed in ‘a language more adequate: namely the actual incarnation, crucifixion and resurrection’ of Christ.”

Jonathan Watson at the Logos Academic Blog interviewed Michael Allen, author of Justification and the Gospel.

Larry Hurtado briefly reviewed Craig Keener’s first two volumes on Acts.

Don Garlington reviewed Warren Carter’s Seven Events That Shaped the New Testament World, for RBL.

At Near Emmaus, Brain LePort reviewed The World of the New Testament, edited by Joel Green and Lee McDonald.

Byron Borger reviewed Journey toward Justice by Nicholas Wolterstorff, for the Hearts & Minds blog.

At For Christ and His Kingdom, Jordan Barrett reviewed Millard Erickson’s Christian Theology, 3rd edition.

Amanda MacInnis recommended The Suffering and Victorious Christ, by Richard Mouw and Douglas Sweeney.

Trent Nicholson reviewed Why Study History?, by John Fea.

Also, John Fea wrote an article titled “Here’s why we’re losing our democratic soul” for PennLive.

Brian at Right Lane Reflections reviewed Desiring the Kingdom, by James K.A. Smith.

At NT Exegesis, Brian Renshaw reviewed the Handbook of Women Biblical Interpreters, edited by Marion Ann Taylor and Agnes Choi.

BA Books & Authors on the Web – November 1, 2013

Cover ArtAt Jesus Creed, Scot McKnight reviewed Bonhoeffer the Assassin? by Mark Thiessen Nation, Anthony Siegrist, and Daniel Umbel.

“I consider this book a successful challenge to the ruling paradigm that sees a major shift in Bonhoeffer from his idealism of Discipleship to a realist posture in Ethics….I no longer think Bonhoeffer made a tragic mistake in entering into the conspiracy and so shifted from his pacifism because I’m not convinced he entered into the conspiracy. Bonhoeffer may well have sustained his pacifism.”

At Reformation21, Jonathan Huggins reviewed Spiritual Formation in Emerging Adulthood, by David Setran and Chris Kiesling.

Ryan Brymer reviewed James K.A. Smith’s Who’s Afraid of Postmodernism?, for FaithVillage.com

In his post “Holy Communion, Culture, & Vocation“, Gene Veith reflected on a quote from James K.A. Smith’s Desiring the Kingdom.

Tim Challis featured Tremper Longman’s Proverbs volume from the Baker Commentary on the Old Testament Wisdom and Psalms series, in his Best Commentaries on Proverbs list.

At Thoughts on Theology, Andy Naselli recommended The World of the New Testament, edited by Joel Green and Lee McDonald.

Alan Padgett, author of As Christ Submits to the Church, will be lecturing at Thrive.

Moody Radio recently hosted two interviews with John Fea about his book Why Study History? You can listen here, and here.

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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 13, 2013

Cover ArtSteve Bishop, at an accidental blog, reviewed James K.A. Smith’s Imagining the Kingdom.

“In the first volume, Desiring the Kingdom, Smith posed an exciting and outrageous question: “What if education wasn’t first and foremost what we know, but about what we love?” In this second volume he follows this up by suggesting that “our actions emerge from how we imagine the world: “What if we are actors before we are thinkers?” (p 32). Smith’s thesis is that we are defined more by what we worship than by what we think or believe. Thus we need to see more clearly how the affective affects the cognitive: to displace functional intellectualism, where what we do is the outcome of what we think”

Jamie Smith was also featured in the Calgary Herald article Faith Takes Practice, and Byron Borger recommended The Fall of Interpretation, Imagining the Kingdom and Desiring the Kingdom in a post about a new collection of Smith’s essays.

At Unsettled Christianity, Joel Watts reviewed Duane Watson and Terrance Callan’s Paideia commentary on First and Second Peter.

Cornelis Bennema reviewed Jonathan Pennington’s Reading the Gospels Wisely, for RBL.

Jeff Borden, at iCrucified, reviewed Classical Christian Doctrine by Ronald Heine.

Larry Hurtado recommended The World of the New Testament, edited by Joel Green and Lee McDonald.

Francis Moloney, author of The Gospel of Mark and the soon-to-be-released Love in the Gospel of John, was featured in two videos about Mark on Matthew Montonini’s blog,  New Testament Perspectives.

Preaching.com reviewed Invitation to the Psalms, by Rolf and Karl Jacobson.

J.W. Wartick reviewed For the Beauty of the Earth, by Stephen Bouma-Prediger.

Charles Clark reviewed Daniel Bell’s The Economy of Desire, for Fare Forward.

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

Cover ArtAt Christianbook.com 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.

Video: Lee McDonald on The World of the New Testament

Introducing The World of the New Testament

A Comprehensive Resource for Students and Professors 

Cover ArtAbout the Book:

This volume addresses the most important issues related to the study of New Testament writings. Two respected senior scholars have brought together a team of distinguished specialists to introduce the Jewish, Hellenistic, and Roman backgrounds necessary for understanding the New Testament and the early church. The book includes seventy-five photographs, fifteen maps, numerous tables and charts, illustrations, and bibliographies. All students of the New Testament will value this reliable, up-to-date, comprehensive textbook and reference volume on the New Testament world.

For more information on The World of the New Testament, click here.