Deuteronomy and th...

Ernest Nicholson. Deuteronomy and the Judaean Diaspora. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013. 196 pgs. Hardcover. £55.00. 9780198702733. Ernest Nicholson’s latest work builds on his previous research concerning the development of Deuteronomy (Dt) and the Deuteronomistic History (DtrH). The...

Esther in Ancient Je...

I just had the privilege of reading Aaron Koller’s new book on Esther which came out just a few weeks before mine (Esther and Her Elusive God). I would have liked to engage him in my book, but this brief review will have to suffice (for now). Aaron Koller, who is Associate Professor of...

Let Us Keep The Feas...

It all started with Chaim Potok—the 20th century Jewish novelist who wrote mainly about Orthodox and Hasidic Jews living in New York City, and is famous for such books as The Chosen and My Name is Asher Lev. I discovered his novels in college, and, after reading a few of them, I came to a...

Fiction: historical ...

I love discovering a new author that captures my intellect and imagination at the same time. Lars Walker’s book, “The Year of the Warrior,” did that for me. The book is brutal, real, historically rich, occassionally laugh-out-loud funny, and at times so painfully dark it...

The Fault in Our Sta...

Sometimes I like to read a popular book, a book that everyone is reading—so that I can know what everybody is talking about and, maybe, join in the conversation. So a couple weeks ago I read The Fault in Our Stars—the latest young adult novel from author John Green. The book—about two...

Review of “The...

How do you replace a legend? When an iconic sports figure leaves the sport he loves, how does that team ever replace him? It comes to no surprise to those who know me that I am a die-hard fan of the Pittsburgh Penguins. I remember staying up late on a number of occasions to watch the Pens play...

NT Wright Intervie...

NT Wright’s new book, How God Became King: The Forgotten Story of the Gospels, is due out this upcoming March. I was able to send Prof. Wright a few questions about this forthcoming book for the blog and he graciously agreed to answer them for The Two Cities. My questions are...

A Little Review of H...

From the first page to the last, Helmut Thielicke’s A Little Exercise For Young Theologians, engages the student with his heart for theology, whose fructus operis shows forth as a concise treatise that is rightly understood as a modern, classic work on the dynamic that exists between...