The book I co-edited last fall with my friend, Matt Hauge, Character Studies and the Gospel of Mark, was reviewed by D. Keith Campbell in the most recent fascicle of Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society. Frankly, I was astonished to see such a positive assessment of the book. The review was one of the most glowing a book of mine has ever received. Campbell closes his review with these words:
[T]he contributors—all pacesetters in Markan narrative criticism—offer penetrating contributions to the field, contributions that NT narrative critics, who especially study characterization, will discuss for years to come. In essence, they accomplish what all researchers strive to accomplish; they advance their field, provide new methods for research, and open clear avenues for others to travel. What more could a monograph offer?
This is where I would normally encourage you to buy a copy but it costs $117!!! Let’s be honest for a second….who has that type of money? However, I am told that the paperback will be available for under $40 in just a few months. THEN you can go buy a copy. Our thanks to Dr. Campbell for both his positive assessment of the book and for his critical engagement with each chapter.
I just happened across Joel Watts’ very sympathetic review of my recently published book, Reading John. He seems to get what I am trying to do with the book and also understands that my primary goal is to reach the non-specialist. Thanks for the kind review, Joel!
This morning I received an alert that my review of Chris Keith’s recent volume, Jesus Against the Scribal Elite: The Origins of the Conflict (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2014) had been published in the most recent fascicle of Theology. Regrettably, I had a rather tight word limit so I could not say as much about this book as I would have liked. You will obviously get the impression, however, that I liked this volume very much. It combines scholarly creativity with academic substance and pedagogical sensitivity. I have mentioned this elsewhere, but Chris is one of the few really gifted academics I know who can write about complex topics in a very engaging way. He does more of that here. I do have some concerns (which I express in the review) that some of the material in the middle of book will be a bit too advanced for some non-specialist readers. Such is the challenge of taking the complexities of discussions in our field and presenting them to non-specialists without too much oversimplification. Still, I think the payoff will prove to be greater than any difficulties readers might face. And for the record, I intend to use this book as a supplemental text in my Jesus and Gospels course next Spring.
While doing some research on evil in the gospels this morning, I unexpectedly ran into a new review of my co-edited volume, Mark as Story: Retrospect and Prospect. The review was written by Kent Brower in the Evangelical Review of Theology. I am thankful that this review, like many others, is quite sympathetic to the book. In fact, this is now the ninth or tenth critical review of the volume and to this point the reviews have all been overwhelmingly positive. So here’s an idea: why don’t you take heed to the chorus of voices and pick up a copy? 🙂
Over at Euangelion, Mike Bird has been reading my book, What Are They Saying About the Gospel of Thomas? After a brief overview of the book’s contents, he concludes:
“The book is successful in its aim of helping the non-specialist navigate the maze of GTh scholarship. Besides reading GThom, I recommend it for anyone who is hoping to get a grip on what all the fuss about GThom is about.”
Thanks for the kind review, Mike!