Some books coming in 2012 from Baker Academic

Start saving up now!

Tremper Longman has a commentary on Job coming in August (BCOT series)

The Paideia series will put out two volumes soon- 1 Corinthians by Pheme Perkins and 1/2 Peter by Duane Watson and Terrance Callan.

Craig Keener is going to publish a commentary on Acts in the summer. Oh yeah, it is 900 pages. And only the first volume. On Acts 1:1-4:30. I think if you buy the complete set in advance, it comes with a free back brace. Just kidding – looking forward to this Craig!

Francis Moloney has written a commentary on Mark due out in May (no series?)

Steve Moyise is still working hard making sense of the use of the OT in the NT. This time it is Later New Testament Writings and Scripture.

A crew of Durham grads (and one staffer) have written essays for a book called A Theological Introduction to the Pentateuch. Contributors include Jo Bailey Wells, Joel Lohr, Richard Briggs, Rob Barrett, and Nathan McDonald. I think all of these except Briggs studied with Moberly and, thus, this volume pays respect to his theological interpretation legacy as well as furnishes a short introduction to this important subject.

Finally, Don Thorsen and Keith Reeves (of Haggard School of Theology, Azusa Pacific U) have written a very interesting book called What Christians Believe About the Bible (coming in August). Here is the official description.

Don Thorsen and Keith Reeves combine their biblical and theological knowledge to provide students with an informed and wide-ranging understanding of varied Christian views about the Bible’s nature. This concise introduction not only explores the interpretation of the Bible but also examines the history and theological understanding behind biblical interpretation, equipping students to think critically about their own tradition’s approach to Scripture. It will serve as a useful supplemental text in both introductory biblical studies and theology courses, helping to “fill in the blanks” regarding issues that do not always show up explicitly in a particular discipline.

This is exactly the kind of book I have been looking for for my class on Scripture! There is a huge need for such a book that is balanced and accessible. This could be the one!

Note: You can find these forthcoming-release titles here.

Winter Quarter at SPU – new guided study on Gospel of Mark by Laura Sweat

This past 13 weeks, during the autumn quarter here at Seattle Pacific University, I had the honor of guiding our community through a study of Joshua and Judges. What a blessing that was! I learned so much and had some great interactions with commenters, students, staff, and faculty!

Well, I am very exciting that my NT colleague Laura Sweat (PhD, Princeton Theological Seminary) will be the faculty guide for the winter quarter and we will be studying the Gospel of Mark. I have decided, to coincide with this study, to focus my UFDN 1000 “Christian Formation” course on the theology of the cross with emphasis on the Gospel of Mark and the theology of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Also, I am going to teach a study on Mark for our Sunday School at church. I look forward to gleaning from Laura’s insights. You can learn more about Laura HERE. You can see the schedule of readings HERE. Folks have said that these guided readings (like a mini-commentary, published in weekly portions online for free) work well for church or dorm Bible studies.

2012 St Andrews Galatians Conference

A few years back Pope Benedict XVI had declared June 2008-June 2009 the “Year of St. Paul.” Well, 2012 will nearly rival that year in terms of interest in the enigmatic apostle! In May (2012) there will be a big meeting based on Romans 5-8 at Princeton Seminary.

Also, St. Andrews (Scotland) will be hosting a conference on “Paul’s Letter to the Galatians & Christian Theology” (July 10-13, 2012).

The keynote speakers at the St. Andrews conference include Richard Hays, N.T. Wright, and Oliver O’Donovan. You can also expect to hear papers from folks like Beverly Gaventa, Lewis Ayres, and Bruce McCormack. While I have never attended one of these “..and Christian Theology” conferences at St. Andrews, I do have two of the published volumes based on the conference essays (on John and Hebrews) – both outstanding resources for study and cutting edge engagements. I am so jealous that I will not be able to attend this very exciting event. But I will be eager to hear reports and read the published papers in due time.