Review of Struggles ...

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...

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 in their respective disciplines. In the following review, I will introduce the reader to the book’s structure and contents by examining a cross-section of the entries it contains. Sections I-III The opening section contains entries on Mesopotamian, Canaanite, and Egyptian backgrounds to the Psalter. Bernd...

Review of Shenoute o...

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:...

Review of John, Jesu...

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...

Review of An Anci...

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...

Review of For the Gl...

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...

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)....