BA Books & Authors on the Web – June 26, 2015

Cover ArtGeorge Guthrie, author of 2 Corinthians in the Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament, was interviewed at Books at a Glance. (Part 1, and part 2).

“New commentaries on 2 Corinthians do not hit the press every day, and it is noteworthy when one of 736 pages arrives from a respected New Testament scholar such as George Guthrie of Union University. We were eager to see Dr. Guthrie’s treatment of this rather neglected book, the latest addition to Baker’s outstanding Exegetical Commentary series, and today he talks to us about his new work.”

At RBL, Iain Provan reviewed Reading the Historical Books by Patricia Dutcher-Walls.

Also at RBL, Warren Carter’s Seven Events That Shaped the New Testament World was reviewed by Richard Johnson.

“Carter identifies his objective as orienting the reader to “some important aspects” of the world of Jesus and his early disciples, thereby helping Carter’s readers to read the New Testament with greater understanding (xvii). That dual objective is worth accomplishing, and Carter has succeeded in that effort. He has provided a popular resource that incorporates serious historical reflection with explicit and judicious treatment of primary sources.”

Christianity and Religious Diversity, by Harold Netland, was reviewed by Conrade Yap at Panorama of a Books Saint.


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

Cover ArtEdith Humphrey, author of Scripture and Tradition and Grand Entrance, was interviewed by Alvin Rapien at The Poor In Spirit.

“Many people believe that tradition is stultifying and repressive, where it is the living experience of the Church. Also, many think that it a separate authority to judge Christian matters, whereas Scripture and Holy Tradition are always intertwined.”

Publishers Weekly reviewed J. Richard Middleton’s A New Heaven and a New Earth.

At Jesus Creed, Scot McKnight began a series on Bonhoeffer as Youth Worker by Andrew Root.

Also, Tony Jones reviewed Andrew Root’s Bonhoeffer as Youth Worker.

Nathaniel Peters, at First Things, reflected on Andrew Root’s The Children of Divorce.

At The Christian Century, Bradley Hill recommended The Worship Architect by Constance Cherry.

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

Also at RBL, David Lincicum’s Paul and the Early Jewish Encounter with Deuteronomy was reviewed by Archie Wright and Robert Foster.

Englewood Review of Books and Yale News recommend Andrew McGowan’s Ancient Christian Worship.

For the Glory of God , by Daniel Block, was reviewed by Colton Guffey at the Southern Resources blog.

Ivan Mesa, at Lucid Theology, reviewed The Drama of Scripture by Craig Bartholomew and Michael Goheen.

In this video series Francis Moloney, author of Love in the Gospel of John, gives a survey of John’s Gospel.

On the Mortification of Spin podcast, Carl Trueman, Todd Pruitt and Aimee Byrd recommended For the Glory of God by Daniel Block.

BA Books & Authors on the Web – January 31, 2014

Cover ArtAt Reading Acts, Phil Long reviewed Michael Bird’s Are You the One Who Is To Come? and Bruce Fisk’s A Hitchhiker’s Guide to Jesus.

“Fisk succeeds in presenting some of the more difficult problems for modern people studying the Historical Jesus in an entertaining and compelling fashion. The book would make an excellent textbook for a Gospels class at the undergraduate level and a good introduction for a layperson wanting to get an understanding of some of the more difficult issues discussed by Historical Jesus scholars.”

Joel Willitts reflected on The Suffering and Victorious Christ, by Richard Mouw and Doug Sweeney.

Craig Blomberg reviewed Raymond Collins’ Second Corinthians Paideia commentary, for the Denver Seminary Journal.

The 5th Edition of Tremper Longman’s Old Testament Commentary Survey was reviewed by Rick Wadholm.

At ThinkApologetics, Eric Chabot reviewed Introducing Apologetics, by James Taylor.

At Blogizomai, Kyle McDanell  reviewed Seven Events That Shaped the New Testament World, by Warren Carter.

David Naugle, at One Theology, reviewed Jonathan R. Wilson’s God’s Good World.

Anthony Le Donne recommended Jesus Among Friends and Enemies, edited by Larry Hurtado and Chris Keith.

At Transpositions, Jim Watkins discussed Bruce Ellis Benson’s Liturgy as a Way of Life, and its application to copyright law.

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 – October 11, 2013

Cover ArtAt Christianity Today, David Neff recently spoke with Ron Sider about his recent book, The Early Church on Killing, in an interview titled “Were the Church Fathers Consistently Pro-Life?

Why should we care what the writers of those first three centuries say?

I don’t think that what the early church in the first few centuries said and did is the final norm for Christians today. Our decisive norm is biblical revelation. Nevertheless, I think we need to take seriously what the Christians in the first three centuries thought Jesus was saying. They were much closer to him in time than we are, and there is reason to think they would have had a pretty good understanding of what he meant. Therefore, given that every single Christian text we have on killing from the first three centuries, whether war, capital punishment, or abortion, says that Christians don’t do that, and with some frequency they say that’s because of what Jesus said and did, I think Christians today ought to listen to them with some seriousness.

Also at CT, Neff interacted with Sider’s The Early Church on Killing in his article “Why Don’t We Find Bloodshed Repugnant Anymore?”

Doug Moo was interviewed about writing his new Galatians commentary by Lindsay Kennedy at My Digital Seminary.

The Christian Century’sTake & Read” recommendations for New Testament books included Seven Events That Shaped the New Testament World, by Warren Carter, A Peaceable Hope, by David Neville, and the Handbook of Women Biblical Interpreters, edited by Marion Ann Taylor and Agnes Choi.

Rick Wadholm Jr. at the I Heart Barth blog recommended Bonhoeffer the Assassin?

At Words on the Word, Abram K-J studied Luke 17 with the help of Darrell Bock’s BECNT volumes.

Jim Kane reviewed Spiritual Formation in Emerging Adulthood, by David Setran and Chris Kiesling.

Heath Henwood reviewed Rebirth of the Church, by Eddie Gibbs.

At The Anxious Bench, Miles Mullin reviewed Baptismal Imagery in Early Christianity, by Robin Jensen.


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BA Books & Authors on the Web – August 09, 2013

Cover ArtJosh Hays at Towers Magazine interviewed Thomas Schreiner about The King in His Beauty.

“I took the title of the book from Isaiah 33:17, where he says, ‘You will see the king in his beauty.’ The story of the Bible is that God, as Lord and creator, is king, and he created us to rule the world for him. Human beings rejected God’s rule and sinned. God is king, but he doesn’t treat human beings as he did fallen angels. He promises in Genesis 3:15 that victory will be won (the world will be reclaimed) through the offspring of the woman who crushes the serpent. So that’s the narrative: how will God reclaim his rule over the world through human beings?”

Also, Jim West at Zwinglius Redivivus reviewed The King in His Beauty.

Jonathan Merritt interviewed Stanley Hauerwas, author of War and the American Difference, in a post titled Politics, patriotism, and pacifism.

Daniel Peterson featured Myron Penner’s The End of Apologetics in his article Defending the Faith: Theological training not required to believe in Christ.

Michael Bird reviewed Scripture and Tradition by Edith Humphrey.

Publishers Weekly noted a number of awards for Baker Academic and Brazos Press titles.

Nijay Gupta reviewed Seven Events That Shaped the New Testament World, and recommended some Fall ’13 Baker Academic releases.

Video: Warren Carter on Seven Events that Shaped the New Testament World

Introducing Seven Events that Shaped the New Testament World

Why do these seven contexts matter?

Seven Events that Shaped the New Testament World in the classroom

About the Book:

Leading New Testament scholar Warren Carter has a record of providing student-friendly texts. This introduction offers a “big picture” focus and is logically and memorably organized around seven events, which Carter uses as launching pads to discuss larger cultural dynamics and sociohistorical realities that were in some way significant for followers of Jesus and the New Testament. Photos and maps are included.

“Brilliantly conceived and accessibly written. Carter’s seven events serve as doors through which to enter into and explore the cultural complexities of the early church. This book will be an excellent secondary text for courses on New Testament introduction, but it should also find its way into the hands of any reader interested in the sociocultural context of early Christianity.” –David A. deSilva

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