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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.

Thomas Gardner in Christianity and Literature

March 7th, 2012 by admin

Jordan Cofer reviews Gardner's John in the Company of Poets: The Gospel in Literary Imagination with words like fascinating, unique, innovative, compelling, and thought provoking.  These all describe the careful, interpretive nature of Gardner's book, which takes readers through the Gopsel of John with a literary lens.

As Gardner explicates the gospel, readers are able to understand Jesus' ministry.  However, while some readers may pick up this study strictly for analysis of selected poems, Gardner argues that it is impossible to divorce these poems from their biblical counterpart.  Of course, this turns out to be a good thing, since Gardner's close-reading of the gospel is extremely enlightening.  As both a scholar and a poet, he provides unique insight into the Gospel of John.  As a scholar, he gives a very thorough and researched reading of the gospel.  Yet as a poet, Gardner demonstrates that "poets are our best readers," as he is able to breath life into the most tired passages of the gospel...

One of the biggest praises from Christianity and Literature is that John in the Company of Poets is a readable and engaging study, which ditches the "academicese." Find the full review in Christianity and Literature, Autumn 2011 61.1.

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.

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