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INTERPRETING OLD TESTAMENT WISDOM LITERATURE, edited by David G. Firth and Lindsay Wilson

Reviewed by Eric J. Tully As academic disciplines become increasingly specialized, it is more and more difficult to keep up with the latest ideas and scholarship in a particular field or area. And yet, when we go to a book…

JEREMIAH AND LAMENTATIONS, by J. Daniel Hays

Reviewed by Eric Tully Readers have a dizzying array of options when it comes to choosing commentaries on books of the Bible.  There are technical, non-technical, expository, devotional, conservative, moderate, critical, background, theological, women’s….and the list goes on. Each series…

HEARING THE MESSAGE OF DANIEL: SUSTAINING FAITH IN TODAY'S WORLD, by Christopher J.H. Wright

Reviewed by Brandon Myers What does it mean to live as believers in the midst of a non-Christian state and culture? How can we live ‘in the world’ and yet not let the world own us and squeeze us into…

THE REFORMATION IN ENGLAND, by J.H. Merle D’Aubigne

Reviewed by Andre Gazal I first encountered the two-volume edition of J.H. Merle D’Augbine’s (1794-1872) Reformation in England published by Banner of Truth when I was in seminary.  As I write this review from my desk, I can still see…

THE FEAR OF THE LORD IS WISDOM: A THEOLOGICAL INTRODUCTION TO WISDOM IN ISRAEL, by Tremper Longman III

Reviewed by Cooper Smith   Introduction The books referred to as the “Wisdom Books” (Proverbs, Job, and Ecclesiastes) are some of the most accessible and inscrutable books of the Old Testament (OT). Along with their compelling content, they are accessible…

THE OLD TESTAMENT IS DYING: A DIAGNOSIS AND RECOMMENDED TREATMENT, by Brent A. Strawn

Reviewed by D. Jeffrey Mooney Know anyone who speaks Hunnic? Probably not, since Atilla and the boys failed to put the vast majority of their language into writing.  Why would they?  They torched most of Europe and ample segments of…

BEYOND THE MODERN AGE: AN ARCHAEOLOGY OF CONTEMPORARY CULTURE, by Bob Goudzwaard and Craig G. Bartholomew

Reviewed by Andrew J. Spencer Craig Bartholomew continues to publish a large volume of books, many of which are works that have significant value for the present and for the years to come. In Beyond the Modern Age: An Archaeology…

THE OLD TESTAMENT: A HISTORICAL, THEOLOGICAL, AND CRITICAL INTRODUCTION, by Richard Hess

Reviewed by Michelle Knight   Introduction The discipline of biblical studies has exploded over the last century. Especially considering the tremendous impact that advances in archaeology, ancient Near Eastern historiography, and hermeneutics have had upon Old Testament studies, the shape…

TOM WRIGHT AND THE SEARCH FOR TRUTH: A THEOLOGICAL EVALUATION, by Tom Holland

Reviewed by Mark Baker Tom Holland is Senior Research Fellow of Union School of Theology, Oxford. His forty years of scholarship have produced fruit in many fields, especially in new exodus theology. The Search for Truth is, as the subtitle…

INTERPRETING APOCALYPTIC LITERATURE: AN EXEGETICAL HANDBOOK, by Richard A. Taylor

Reviewed by Chad Hardy Richard A. Taylor is Senior Professor of Old Testament Studies and Director of the PhD Program at Dallas Theological Seminary. This book is part of Kregel’s series Handbooks for Old Testament Exegesis. As set out in…

THEOLOGY OF MY LIFE: A THEOLOGICAL AND APOLOGETIC MEMOIR, by John Frame

Reviewed by Steve West Theology of My Life is a rich account of the life of one of contemporary evangelicalism’s premier theological and philosophical thinkers. If you enjoy the work of John Frame, you will enjoy this book. If you…

GOING PUBLIC: WHY BAPTISM IS REQUIRED FOR CHURCH MEMBERSHIP, by Bobby Jamieson

Reviewed by Kirk Wellum For some time now 9Marks has been making available to the Christian public timely and helpful books in the under-appreciated area of biblical ecclesiology. Going Public, by Bobby Jamieson, on the relationship between baptism and church…

GOD'S AMBASSADORS: THE WESTMINSTER ASSEMBLY AND THE REFORMATION OF THE ENGLISH PULPIT, 1643–1653, by Chad Van Dixhoorn

Reviewed by Andrew Ballitch Summary and Review The Puritans who assembled in the Jerusalem Chamber of Westminster Abbey, during one of the most tumultuous decades of England’s history, had a favorite metaphor they used for preachers: ambassadors. They found the…

GREEK FOR LIFE: STRATEGIES FOR LEARNING, RETAINING, AND REVIVING NEW TESTAMENT GREEK, by Benjamin L. Merkle and Robert L. Plummer

Reviewed by Markus Klausli Story has it that a former Greek professor of mine would begin his third semester Greek class with the words, “You’re forgiven!” The gesture was a kind of preemptive absolution offered to course participants with guilty…

MISSIONS: HOW THE LOCAL CHURCH GOES GLOBAL, by Andy Johnson

Reviewed by M. David Sills Much has been written in recent years on the mission of the church and helping churches to be on mission in North America, but in Missions: How the Local Church goes Global, Andy Johnson and…

THE WAY TO TRUE PEACE AND REST by Robert Bruce

Reviewed by Geoff Chang   Introduction When reading the biographies of the heroes of the faith, it’s easy to picture their lives as filled with historically significant moments of adventure and courage. However, in reality, the lives of these saints…