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Praise for Donaldson in The Expository Times

May 1st, 2012 by admin

Frank Dicken had this to say about Donaldson's work on anti-Judaistic interpretations of the New Testament: 

"The strength of the book is Donaldson's fairness in discussing the issues surrounding this complex matter. While he advocates a reading of the NT that is not anti-Judaistic, he lays out the crucial issues in a manner that allows readers to begin to grapple with these problems for themselves. Donaldson's thorough yet concise summaries of the matters that must be addressed when dealing with this topic provide an entry point to this complex matter."

The whole review can be found in the May 2012 edition of the Expository Times (Vol 123, No 8) on pages 410-411.

Excerpt of Worldview's Review of Engaging Voices

April 13th, 2012 by admin

"I heartily recommend this book; it is a great discussion starter and might also inspire readers to improve  our world. I particularly recommend the book for use in classes, but any reader can benefit from and enjoy it, and my only suggestion for the lone reader is to find a conversation partner as s/he will want one."

Sid Brown, review of Engaging Voices, in Worldviews: Global Religion, Culture, Ecology, Vol. 16, #1, 2012

Reviews from The Expository Times (2012, 123:7)

March 28th, 2012 by admin

From the April 2012 edition of The Expository Times (2012, 123:7):

"This work reflects a disciplined approached that bears some useful fruit for the historian.... Inventing Authority is well-researched and thought-provoking, and will be of interest to the scholar, the student and the informed layperson."

For more about Inventing Authority: The Use of the Church Fathers in Reformation Debates over the Eucharist on its book page here.


"... with its focus on typology and histor, [The Historiographical Jesus] represents a fine critical adaptation of social memory theory. It proves to be a significant contribution to the field of historical Jesus research."

For more about The Historiographical Jesus: Memory, Typology, and the Son of David on its book page here.


Jews and Anti-Judaism in the New Testament reviewed

February 15th, 2012 by admin

Donaldson-book-coverWriting for Touchstone (2012, 30:1), Matthew Thiessen of Saskatoon:

"... this book serves admirably as an introduction to the topics of Christian anti-judaism and the parting of the ways between Judaism and Christianity. Donaldson's treatment is judicious and fair, weighing the scholarly arguments against one another and against the biblical data. In a time when tensions and indeed intolerance, religious and otherwise, are on the rise, Donaldson's book serves as a sobering reminder: our words might have unintended effects on others."

Donaldson's latest book has also been reveiwed recently in Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society (2011, 54:3), Review of Biblical Literature (2011), and Journal for the Study of the New Testament (2011, 33:5).

For all reviews and more information about the book, view its page by clicking here.

Ben Witherington III reviews God of the Living in multi-part Patheos blog

January 5th, 2012 by admin

Feldmeier_3d_email.jpgAs another way to begin 2012 for all the Biblical theology scholars out there, Ben Witherington III has embarked on a multi-part blog review of God of the Living: A Biblical Theology by Reinhard Feldmeier and Hermann Spieckermann, which was released in November and received a stellar panel review during the 2011 Society of Biblical Literature meeting in San Francisco.

The first two reviews are now available on Witherington's blog, The Bible and Culture, on Patheos.

Here is a short excerpt from the first blog, posted January 2:

Let's start the New Year off with a bang -- an extended review and critique of one of the most important books written on Biblical Theology in many years. Reinhard Feldmeier and Hermann Spieckerman have produced a $60, 620 pages salvo of monumental proportions which has already been favorably reviewed at the SBL by several major scholars. At the end of this series of posts, I will post several of their briefer reviews, so you can hear other voices chiming in other than mine. Needless to say, they think this is a major work. I do too. What makes it a almost unique work is that it is done by one OT and one NT scholar who are more than competent in the field of Biblical Studies, and indeed who are Christian believers trying to make sense of the Biblical text when it comes to theology. Hooray! I applaud their efforts.

Click here to read Part 1.

Click here to read Part 2.

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.

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.

Yenor's Family Politics deep, thorough

November 7th, 2011 by admin

The declining modern family, if statistics have any weight, is a well known phenomenon. Additionally, it is no secret that politics have had their say in the issue. Enter Scott Yenor's recently released Family Politics: The Idea of Marriage in Modern Political Thought, reviewed this month in the Claremont Review of Books.

THE STATISTICS ON THE DECLINE OF THE American family are by now all too familiar: the rate of out-of-wedlock births in the United States stands at 40% (in the African-American community, nearly 70%); divorce rates at 43%; and co-habitation rates have doubled among 30- to 44-year-olds in the past 10 years. Though the divorce rate has ticked downward, contemporary trends in family life are hardly encouraging.

As he describes them, our culture wars over the family pit the entire liberal tradition, from Locke, Rousseau, Hegel, and Mill to modern feminism and even such neoconservatives as James Q. Wilson, against the moral and religious teachings of the Catholic Church. Relying on Pope John Paul II's metaphysical and religious arguments is perfectly understandable given Yenor's contention that modern political thought has had the effect, and in many cases the intention, of undermining the natural and conventional foundations of the family.

Scott Yenor's new book, Family Politics: The Idea of Marriage in Modern Political Thought, is a philosophic reflection on the troubles of the modern family. In several hundred pages he covers a wide range of the most important modern philosophic, political, social scientific, and religious works on the family. Few treatments of the foundational problems of the family are this thorough or deep.

Read the full review online here.

Book Review: M. G. Piety's Ways of Knowing: Kierkegaard's Pluralist Epistemology

October 19th, 2011 by admin

In the most current issue of The Review of Metaphysics (2011, 65:1) is a stellar review of M. G. Piety's Ways of Knowing which explores Kierkegaard's epistemology. The reviewer begins, 

Piety's book is a tightly reasoned and sharply focused study. Her task is to explicate Kierkegaard's epistemological thought, which she admits is not systematically developed nor even a central focus of his writings, but it is, in her judgment, of critical importance to "his views on religious faith and its role in human experience." Piety claims that Kierkegaard is an epistemological pluralist, although she admits that many of the epistemological "views attributed to him here were held more intuitively than as the result of conscious analysis." Nevertheless, she claims that the epistemological views she presents "may be inferred and extracted from various parts of Kierkegaard's corpus and that if the views are sometimes confusing in their complexity, they nevertheless form a largely coherent whole."

Read the entire review here

Becoming American? a "treasure trove"

October 13th, 2011 by admin

In her new book Becoming American? Yvonne Haddad seeks to overcome the myth that Arabs and Muslims living in America are somehow not American. In fact, Haddad proposes that the message these groups bring to America is one of an uplifting nature.

Greg Garrett's latest review of Becoming American? focuses on this very aspect of the book. Writing for his online column "Faithful Citizenship," Garrett (author of One Fine Potion: The Literary Magic of Harry Potter) says, 

Haddad reports that the latest generation of Arab-American activists takes American values very seriously, and they believe that their Arab or Muslim heritage can be a part of making America better, into an America "that is not blinded by special interests but is truly guided by the values it preaches." (95) As I wrote in this column last month, the best recent poll shows just that: American Muslims embrace America and want to be embraced in return as American citizens.

That hasn't happened yet. Haddad quotes, for example, a woman who says "I feel American, I bleed American, my country denies me that identity because I am a Muslim." (96) But surely we can see how patently unfair that seems. Books like Becoming American? that inform general readers about the other side of the question can-and one hopes will-be a part of that process of change.

You can read the entire review, which was part of a blogger's roundtable on Patheos.com, by clicking here

Hippies of the Religious Right an "important resource"

October 12th, 2011 by admin

"American evangelicals have long had a complicated relationship with the market." So goes the first sentence of a multi-book review published in the Reviews in American History. Preston Shires's Hippies of the Religious Rightis one of four books reviewed in the essay, published this spring, and is important for is insight into the Jesus movement of the 1960s and 1970s. The reviewer writes,

Hippies of the Religious Right is an important resource because of the information that it provides on the Jesus movement, a short-lived evangelical subgroup that unfortunately has received little attention from historians. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, thousands of young drug users, left-leaning college students, rock musicians, and long-haired idealists gave up sex and drugs and joined the California-based Jesus movement. They embraced an evangelical version of Christianity that melded a literal interpretation of the Bible with the dress, music, and values of the counterculture. Yet thirty years later, the Jesus People were Republicans. A survey of 800 former Jesus People taken in the early twenty-first century revealed that more than half considered themselves conservative, while very few characterized their politics as liberal (p. 178).

You can read the full review via Project Muse by clicking here. More informtion about Hippies of the Religious Right is availale online.

Audio review: Monsters in America

October 11th, 2011 by admin

"Have you ever looked at Frankenstein's monster as a personification of racism after the Reconstruction following the U.S. Civil War?" Well, Scott Poole did, and according to the folks over at A Little Dead Podcast, Poole has done his research in constructing one brilliant book:

"Poole is obviously a fan of horror who has done his research. ... This is a great, insightful, and inspiring read. ... It is most definitely a buy. Get a copy and read it, and I'm sure you'll agree with me that it's an awesome text."

You can listen to the entire review online using the link below.

A Little Dead Podcast [see minute 28:55]

College of Charleston News: Professor turns love of monsters into new book

October 10th, 2011 by admin

From the College of Charleston News & Events page:

College of Charleston history professor Scott Poole grew up in love with monsters. He translated his love for them into a career as a historian, author, and pop culture critic. On October 15, 2011, in the middle of the most monsterific month of the year, Poole will release his sixth book, [Monsters in America:] Our Historical Obsession with the Hideous and the Haunting.

"With Monsters in America, W. Scott Poole has given us a guidebook for a journey into nightmare territory. Insightful and brilliant!" says Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of Patient Zero and Dead of Night.

Monsters in America uniquely brings together history and culture studies to expose the dark obsessions that have helped create our national identity. Consulting newspaper accounts, archival materials, personal papers, comic books, films, and oral histories, Scott Poole has crafted an engrossing, and entirely unique, history of America, one that nimbly illustrates how the creation of the monstrous "other" not only reflects society's fears but shapes actual historical behavior.

The full text of this article can be found here.

Toying with God a "dense and quite complete study"

August 26th, 2011 by admin

Toying with God by Nikki Bado-Fralick and Rebecca Sachs Norris was recently reviewed for the journal Numen. The reviewer concluded: "Bado-Fralick and Sachs Norris provide a dense and quite complete study on 'the world of religious games and dolls' in a perspective that will interest not only the study of religions but also other related fields of social and cultural studies."

Find out more about Toying with God and watch the book trailer on its book pageYouTube, or right here.


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