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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.


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.

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