The holiday time is a wonderful season for sipping hot mochas, playing in the snow, watching Elf and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation and…stocking up on lots of books! This year I have been blessed many times over by generous friends, relatives, and journals that are willing to give a poor student some very expensive books to review (for free!). I don’t know why I presume my book picks interest you, but perhaps you did not know some of these books exist. Also, this may give you an idea of what I will be blogging on in the coming months!
Here they are in no particular order (and some are not brand new…)!
- Richard Horsley (ed), In the Shadow of Empire: Reclaiming the Bible as a History of Faithful Resistance (WJK, 08). This is a collection of essays on the theme of the Bible and Empire. Contributions are made by such scholars as Horsley, W. Brueggemann, Crossan, Neil Elliott, and Warren Carter (among others).
- Constantine Campbell, Basics of Verbal Aspect in Biblical Greek (Zondervan, 2008). As a Greek teacher, I am very interested in what Campbell has to say on this.
- P. Vardy, An Introduction to Kierkegaard (Hendrickson, 2008). I don’t know why this book attracted me. As I am trying to be more interdisciplinarian, this seemed like a good way to dip into theo-philosophy. We’ll see if it makes any sense to me.
- S. Gundry et al. (eds.), Three Views on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament (Zondervan, 2008). Scholars W. Kaiser (who was most recently President at Gordon-Conwell Seminary, my alma mater), D. Bock, and P. Enns weigh in on different approaches to how NT authors use OT texts. I have worked in this area a bit and the conversation should prove to be very stimulating. I already am skeptical of the overly-strict and direct approach that Kaiser takes, but I am open to being convinced.
- J. Neyrey, Give God the Glory: Ancient Prayer and Worship in Cultural Perspective (Eerdmans, 2007). Of the Context Group scholars, I trust Neyrey’s work the most. He seems to be most level-headed- he does not seem to overdraw conclusions. I am very interested in the theology of prayer. Neyrey’s historical and social approach should be illuminating. The book is blurbed by non-Context scholars such as David Aune and Telford Work.
- James Mead, Biblical Theology: Issues, Methods, and Themes (WJK, 2007). I am highly interested in biblical theology, so this should be a nice contribution. Now, I recall that James Dunn did not give this book a good evaluation on RBL, but the book is blurbed by Matera. We’ll see. More to come.
- Jerry Sumney, Colossians (NTL; WJK, 2008). Colossians is not actually my primary area of expertise. I do much better in 1-2 Corinthians and Philippians. But, for some reason, I have a ton of commentaries on Colossians (Dunn, O’Brien, Lincoln, Pokorny, Wilson, Wright, Garland, Thompson, Lightfoot) and I just finished reading Moo’s recent treatment. Well, Sumney’s volume is short. Also, Sumney was my respondent at SBL and he is a sharp scholar and a nice man. I look forward to reading this.
- O. Skarsaune and R. Hvalvik, eds. Jewish Believers in Jesus (Hendrickson, 2007). After this volume was reviewed and discussed at SBL, it encouraged me to get a hold of it. Hagner’s volume came under fire by Mark Nanos. I read their comments and papers. Now I need to read the essay that started it all!
- Joel Green, Body, Soul, and Human Life (Baker, 2008). I was interested in what Green had to say about cognitive linguistics at IBR this year. I would like to see what he has to say about the human body and biblical anthropology.
- Reumann, Philippians (Anchor-Yale, 2008). I am not sure whether or not to be excited about this. I love new research on Philippians, but when I started reading the commentary I was immediately turned off by dissectional approach which sees it as a compilation of multiple letters…ugh…
- Fitzmyer, First Corinthians (Anchor-Yale, 2008). Though probably not ‘theologically’ rich, I expect Fitzmyer to have good historical and philological insights.
I am still holding out for someone to give me the new Hays FS. Santa can you hear me….