Books for Smart Kids...

I can still recall with near perfect clarity the margin notes on my first college paper. I was taking Introduction to Political Thought, and remember looking at my TA’s comments with wonderment. What does “tautology” mean? I was baffled. As much as I wanted to believe that I was...

Review of Text an...

Richard A. Horsley. Text and Tradition in Performance and Writing. Biblical Performance Criticism Volume 9. Cascade Books, 2013. 2014. 340 pgs. $32.00. Paperback. Richard Horsley’s, Text and Tradition in Performance and Writing, is volume nine of the Wipf and Stock series Biblical...

Review of Reading th...

J. Ross Wagner. Reading the Sealed Book: Old Greek Isaiah and the Problem of Septuagint Hermeneutics. Waco, Tex.: Baylor University Press, 2014. 308 pages. Softcover. Retail: $49.95.  Reading the Sealed Book is a work concerned with Septuagint hermeneutics, especially as it pertains to...

Review of The Oral E...

Joanna Dewey. The Oral Ethos of the Early Church: Speaking, Writing, and the Gospel of Mark. Biblical Performance Criticism Volume 8. Cascade Books, 2013. 204 pgs. $24.00. Paperback. Joanna Dewey’s recent volume, The Oral Ethos of the Early Church: Speaking, Writing, and the Gospel of Mark,...

Review of The World ...

Joel Green and Lee Martin McDonald, editors. The World of the New Testament. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2013. 640 pages. Hardcover. $49.99. The World of the New Testament (WNT) is a reference work covering a wide range of topics relating the historical background of the New Testament (NT)....

Review of From Jesus...

Jens Schröter. From Jesus to the New Testament: Early Christian Theology and the Origin of the New Testament Canon. Translated by Wayne Coppins. Waco: Baylor University Press, 2013. xiv + 417 pp. Hardcover. $59.95. ISBN: 9781602588226. From Jesus to the New Testament is a translation of Jens...

Review of Philippian...

Lynn H. Cohick,  Philippians. The Story of God Bible Commentary. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan, 2013. 320 pgs. Hardcover. Retail $29.99 Cohick’s new commentary on Paul’s epistle to the Philippians is one of two, along with a commentary on the Sermon on the Mount by Scott McKnight, to...

Review of Hauerwas: ...

Nicholas M. Healy, Hauerwas: A (Very) Critical Introduction. Grand Rapids, Michigan: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2014. 154 pages. Softcover. Retail $23.00. Few contemporary theologians have situated their own projects so explicitly against the “many-faced and historically...

Review of The Dead S...

Rey, Jean-Sébastien, ed. The Dead Sea Scrolls and Pauline Literature. Studies on the Texts of the Desert of Judah 102. Leiden: Brill, 2014. 355 + xvi pages. Hardcover. €121.00 This volume, the latest installment of the prestigious and important Studies on the Texts of the Desert of Judah...

Review of Justificat...

There continues to be a swirl of popular interest in the now not-so-new “New Perspective on Paul.” In Justification Reconsidered: Rethinking a Pauline Theme, Stephen Westerholm attempts “to update and to make more widely accessible earlier work” (viii), and thus...

Review of Reality, G...

Brueggemann, Walter. Reality, Grief, Hope: Three Urgent Prophetic Tasks. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans, 2014. 165 pages. Softcover. Retail: $15.00. In Reality, Grief, Hope: Three Urgent Prophetic Tasks, Walter Brueggemann suggests that the ancient Israelite ideological crisis caused by the...