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KJV at 400 volume fascinates

December 12th, 2011 by admin

Posted this morning both on the blogs Fundamentally Reformed and KJV Only Debate, Bob Hayton's reflections on The King James Bible and the World it Made, edited by David Lyle Jeffrey.

Lately, I’ve been reading a fascinating work on the King James Bible produced by Baylor University Press. The King James Bible and the World It Made edited by David Lyle Jeffrey includes contributions from Mark Noll, Alister McGrath, Lamin Sanneh, David Bebbington, Robert Altar, Philip Jenkins, Laura Knoppers and others. The book is a collection of essays reflecting on the legacy of the King James Bible. But these essays are a cut above the typical book touting the King James on its 400th Anniversary. Many of the essays offer profound historical insights and analysis on the King James Bible.

David Bebbington, professor of History at the University of Stirling, Scotland, pointed out the fact that the King James Version was not always known as “The Authorized Version.” The title was first applied to the King James Version in 1805 by the newly created British and Foreign Bible Society.

Read more at fundamentallyreformed.com and kjvonlydebate.com. Though different in focus, each article reflects on the piece written by David Bebbington, currently serving as a visiting professor for Baylor University's History Department.

Exploring Christian Heritage now available

December 7th, 2011 by admin

Exploring Christian Heritage: A Reader in History and Theology
Edited by C. Douglas Weaver, Rady Roldán-Figueroa, and Brandon Frick

"The long and varied history of the church presents a dilemma for professors and students alike; the former wish to display the riches of the Christian tradition while the latter want to get to the point. Exploring Christian Heritage ably accomplishes both tasks by presenting the key ideas in primary documents from a broad representation of leading thinkers. Outside of the classroom, this book provides pastors with a wealth of sermon illustrations and laypersons with a greater sense of belonging to the larger family of God."

—Anthony Chute, Associate Dean and Associate Professor of Church History, California Baptist University, Riverside, California

"The greatest strength of this excellent resource is the diversity of its sources. Not only are the standards included, but Exploring Christian Heritage provides a great variety of lesser known but necessary voices from the margin. The more voices, the better the history."

—Loyd Allen, McAfee School of Theology, Mercer University

"Exploring Christian Heritage meets a vital need for those who teach and study church history and theology. I highly recommend this book."

—W. Glenn Jonas, Charles B. Howard Professor of Religion and Chair of the Department of Religion, Campbell University

Exploring Christian Heritage provides students and teachers with a rich and substantial introduction to the texts that have shaped the Christian faith. Including significant works penned by Augustine, Aquinas, Martin Luther, John Wesley, John Calvin, and Karl Barth, among others, this collection also highlights essential movements—from the second to the twentieth centuries—often glossed over in primary sources readers. From Pentecostalism and the Baptists to feminism and religious liberty movements, Exploring Christian Heritage succinctly integrates the most influential voices throughout Christian history and theology into one invaluable and accessible resource.

Want to use Exploring Christian Heritage in your Christian heritage, history, or theology classes? Click here for instructions on requesting a copy for examination.

Incoming Reviews: December 5, 2011

December 5th, 2011 by admin

The first day of the month usually marks our reception of many online reviews of our titles. This weekend, we received five such reviews. Though some reviews are not entirely timely, they speak volumes of the books and their respective authors.

The Sacred Body: Asceticism in Religion, Literature, Art, and Culture by David Jasper, reviewed in Christian Scholar's Review (2010, 39:3).

As an author, Jasper is not ashamed to bare his own life before the reader's eyes. His method is refreshingly frank in its idiosyncrasy: personal anecdotes are common, the personal pronoun is abundant, and the book as a whole has an artful, syncopated quality.

The Hope of Liberation in World Religion by Miguel A. De La Torre, reviewed in Journal of Eccumenical Studies (2011, 46:1).

[This volume] clearly demonstrates the necessity of moving interreligious dialogue into a liberationist context, where the experiences of the oppressed constitute the starting point for the dialogue.

Kierkegaard on the Faith and the Self: Collected Essays by C. Stephen Evans, reviewed in Perspectives in Religious Studies (2011, 38:1).

[E]xcellent and well-written.... It is clear that Evans' love for Kierkegaard is driven by his conviction that Kierkegaard will help one become both a better philosopher and a better Christian. With this in mind, Evans exhorts his reader to pick up Kierkegaard for herself, to be troubled by Kierkegaard in a good way.

American Women and Classical Myths by Gregory A. Staley, reviewed in International Journal of Classical Tradition (2010, 17:1).

This volume is distinguished by a specific focus on the United States, and in particular on women's interaction with classical mythology.... American Women and Classical Myths is recommended for information on women's contribution to the history of Classics in the United States, as well as for a study of the reception of female figures from Classical mythology.

Also reviewed is Wilhelm Pratscher's The Apostolic Fathers: An Introduction in Sewanee Theological Review.

Bauckham's Living with Other Creatures reviewed in Christianity Today

December 2nd, 2011 by admin

In a time when global warming and ecological ethics are the topics of intense, often heated debate, there exists precious little informaiton on what the Bible has to say about creation care. Bauckham's Living with Other Creatures remedies this by exploring what the full text has to say about humans and their relationship with the whole of creation.

In the most recent five-star review of Living with Other Creatures, Bill Walker writes, "Bauckham reminds the reader that, as Creator, God delights in and cares for all creation. ... He wishes to recover the biblical view of human solidarity with the rest of creation by establishing creation's own inherent value."

Read the full review online through the Christianity Today website by clicking here.

Richard Bauckham is also the author of The Bible and Ecology: Rediscovering the Community of Creation, which was recently chosen for review in Themelios. The review, which is located on the Gospel Coalition website, states,

The Bible and Ecology should prove to be of tremendous value for evangelical Christians interested in creation care from a biblical perspective, as Bauckham brings thoughtful exegesis of the Bible as an authoritative text to a field often riddled with shallow exegesis and low regard for biblical authority.

For more Baylor University Press titles on ecological ethics, click here.

WPR "At Issue" interviews Dennis Goldford on political compromise

December 1st, 2011 by admin

A "contentious issue" discussed in a "non-contentious manner." These are the words of WPR's "At Issue" host Ben Merens in introducing the topic approached by Dennis Goldford live on the air yesterday. Goldford, whose new book The Constitution of Religious Freedom: God, Politics, and the First Amendment will release in March, spoke for an hour on "At Issue" in response to a recent New York Times op-ed on political compromise.

Click here to listen to the full interview, or listen below.

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