Review of The Oral Ethos of the Early Church by Jo...

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, represents one of the many important studies in Wipf and Stock’s recent series on Biblical Performance Criticism. For the sake of economy, I will not summarize every article collected in this volume; instead, I will summarize each of the book’s three sections. Finally, I will close with some brief reflections, which I hope that readers will take as...

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...

Review of The Role o...

Wilkin, Robert N., Thomas R. Schreiner, James D. G. Dunn, Michael P. Barber, and Alan P. Stanley.Four Views On the Role of Works at the Final Judgment. Edited by Alan P. Stanley. Counterpoints. Bible and Theology. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2013. 234 pages. Softcover. Retail: $17.99. ISBN:...

Review of Jesus Rese...

Edited by James H. Charlesworth; with Brian Rhea and Petr Pokorný. Jesus Research: New Methodologies and Perception. Eerdmans, 2014. 1053 pgs. $35.00 (Paperback). ISBN 978-0-8028-6728-5. The recently released compendium, Jesus Research (2014), is a collection of papers originally presented at...

Review of Union w...

Macaskill, Grant. Union with Christ in the New Testament. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013. 308 pages + 45 pages bibliography and indices. Hardcover. Retail: £75.00 ISBN: 978-0199684298. Long a pillar of Eastern Orthodox theology, theosis has been generating increasing interest across...