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In an engaging collection of brief reflections and vignettes, Dr. Richard Mouw, Professor of Faith and Public Life and former president at Fuller Theological Seminary, provides a rationale for and description of rigorous Christian intellectual inquiry today....
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    Review of Reception History, Tradition and Biblical Interpretation by Robert Evans

    Robert Evans, Reception History, Tradition and Biblical Interpretation: Gadamer and Jauss in Current Practice. Library of New Testament Studies 510; Scriptural Traces: Critical Perspectives on the Reception and Influence of the Bible 4. London: Bloomsbury, 2014. ISBN: 9780567655400. Hardcover. Retail Price: £65.00. In Reception History, Tradition, and Biblical Interpretation,...
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    Review of Introducing Eastern Orthodox Theology by Andrew Louth

     Louth, Andrew.  Introducing Eastern Orthodox Theology.  IVP Academic, 2013. 172 pgs. $16.00 (Paperback) ISBN: 978-0-8308-4045-8 For many years, the go-to book for a first taste of the rich history, liturgy and tradition of Orthodoxy has been Timothy Ware’s The Orthodox Church. For those ready for a new way to wade...
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    Review of Losing the Temple and Recovering the Future by Hindy Najman

    Hindy Najman. Losing the Temple and Recovering the Future: An Analysis of 4 Ezra. Cambridge University Press, 2014. 193 pgs. ₤60 (Hardback). ISBN 978-1-107-00618-8. Hindy Najman’s Losing the Temple and Recovering the Future: An Analysis of 4 Ezra offers a fresh and compelling reading of the apocalypse known as...
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    Review of The Lost World of Scripture

    Walton, John H. and D. Brent Sandy. The Lost World of Scripture: Ancient Literary Culture and Biblical Authority. Downer’s Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2013. 320 pgs. $17. Paperback. 978-0-8308-4032-8. In this book about the different understandings of “text” in the ancient and modern worlds, Walton and Sandy suggest that modern...
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    Review of Cicero and the Rise of Deification at Rome

    Spencer Cole. Cicero and the Rise of Deification at Rome. Cambridge University Press, 2013. 208 pgs. ₤60 (Hardback). ISBN 978-1-107-03250-7. Spencer Cole’s Cicero and the Rise of Deification at Rome, marks a substantive contribution to the revolution that has taken place among Classicists and scholars of Greco-Roman religion. Following...
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    Review of The Future of Biblical Interpretation

    Edited by Stanley E. Porter and Matthew R. Malcolm. The Future of Biblical Interpretation: Responsible Plurality in Biblical Hermeneutics. IVP Academic, 2013. 165 pgs. $14.40 (Paperback). The Future of Biblical Interpretation: Responsible Plurality in Biblical Hermeneutics, is a collection of essays initially presented at a conference held at the...
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    Review of Struggles for Shalom

    Laura L. Brenneman and Brad D. Schantz, eds. Struggles for Shalom: Peace and Violence Across the Testaments. Studies in Peace and Scripture 12. Eugene, OR.: Pickwick Publications, 2014. xxiv + 376 pp. $44.00. Paperback..  The interplay between the concepts of peace and violence in the texts of the Hebrew Bible...
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    Review of the Oxford Handbook of the Psalms

    Edited by William P. Brown. The Oxford Handbook of the Psalms. Oxford University Press, 2014. 661 pgs. $150.00 (Hardback). The recently released Oxford Handbook of the Psalms represents an impressive encyclopedia of Psalms scholarship. The volume includes ten sections (with an additional two appendices) produced by over forty experts...
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    Review of Shenoute of Atripe and the Uses of Poverty: Rural Patronage, Religious Conflict, and Monasticism in Late Antique Egypt by Ariel G. López

    Ariel G. López. Shenoute of Atripe and the Uses of Poverty: Rural Patronage, Religious Conflict, and Monasticism in Late Antique Egypt. Transformation of the Classical Heritage Volume 50. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2013. 237 pgs. Hardback. $81.92. ISBN: 9780520274839. Shenoute of Atripe and the Uses of Poverty...
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    Review of John, Jesus, and the Renewal of Israel By Richard Horsley & Tom Thatcher

    Horsley, Richard and Tom Thatcher John, Jesus, and the Renewal of Israel. Grand Rapids: Eerdmanns, 2013. 207 pages. Paperback. $20.00. In John, Jesus, and the Renewal of Israel, Thatcher and Horsley argue for a fresh reading of John’s Gospel. They contend that John presented Jesus as one whose ministry enacted Israel’s renewal...
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    Review of An Ancient Commentary on the Book of Revelation: A Critical Edition of the Scholia in Apocalypsin by P. Tzamalikos

    Tzamalikos, P. An Ancient Commentary on the Book of Revelation: A Critical Edition of the Scholia in Apocalypsin. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013. 464 + xix pages. £120. This beautiful folio volume contains the critical edition of a portion of Codex 573 of the Meteora monastery of Metamorphosis (also...
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    Review of For the Glory of God by Daniel I. Block

    Block, Daniel I. For the Glory of God: Recovering a Biblical Theology of Worship. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Baker Academic, 2014. 432 pages. Hardcover. Retail: $34.99. In the spring semester of 2011, I had the privilege of attending a course at Wheaton College, IL that Dr. Daniel Block taught based...
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    Books for Smart Kids Who Want to Be Smarter

    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...
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    Review of Text and Tradition in Performance and Writing by Richard Horsley

    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 Performance Criticism. Due to significant overlap in...
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    Review of Reading the Sealed Book by J. Ross Wagner

    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 Isaiah. For those not familiar with...

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