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INTRODUCING BIBLICAL HERMENEUTICS: A COMPREHENSIVE FRAMEWORK FOR HEARING GOD IN SCRIPTURE, by Craig G. Bartholomew

  Reviewed by Andreas Köstenberger In this significant work, which represents the culmination of a long-standing hermeneutical project, Craig Bartholomew has produced an interesting compendium on a wide range of topics related to biblical hermeneutics. At the same time, those…

THE FORMATION AND SIGNIFICANCE OF THE CHRISTIAN BIBLICAL CANON: A STUDY IN TEXT, RITUAL, AND INTERPRETATION, by Tomas Bokedal

Reviewed by Michael J. Kruger   In recent years, scholarly interest in the subject of the biblical canon continues unabated. There seems to be a growing fascination with the origins and authority of the biblical books, both in the academy…

GOD AND THE FAITHFULNESS OF PAUL, edited by Christoph Heilig, J. Thomas Hewitt, and Michael F. Bird

Reviewed by Mark Baker N.T. Wright’s Paul and the Faithfulness of God (PFG) was released in 2013. At almost 1,700 pages, this two-volume work is of planetary size. The gravitational pull of PFG is so strong that it has already…

PAUL AND GENDER: RECLAIMING THE APOSTLE'S VISION FOR MEN AND WOMEN IN CHRIST, by Cynthia Long Westfall

Reviewed by Samuel D. Ferguson In her recent study on Paul and gender, Cynthia Long Westfall aptly concludes, “A number of issues that face Christianity and the church in contemporary society are embedded in the issue of gender” (315). She’s…

INTERPRETING THE PROPHETS: READING, UNDERSTANDING AND PREACHING FROM THE WORLDS OF THE PROPHETS, by Aaron Chalmers

  Reviewed by Johnson Pang   Introduction The Old Testament is often overlooked in the pastorate. How much more so the prophets! Their ecstatic utterances, symbolic actions, and perplexing visions can lead the frazzled duty-laden pastor toward the lower hanging…

THE INVISIBLE BESTSELLER: SEARCHING FOR THE BIBLE IN AMERICA, by Kenneth A. Briggs

  Reviewed by Andrew Spencer Kenneth Briggs has recently attempted a diagnosis of American culture in The Invisible Bestseller: Searching for the Bible in America. The book sets out to explore the growing trend of Biblical illiteracy among the American…

2016 Favorites: SUBVERTED: HOW I HELPED THE SEXUAL REVOLUTION HIJACK THE WOMAN'S MOVEMENT, by Sue Browder

Reviewed by Aimee Byrd This is one of those books that got me making noises while I read it. Like a good meal, where you are just compelled to express “mmm’s,” and comments about the flavors and combinations of food,…

JONATHAN EDWARDS AND THE PSALMS: A REDEMPTIVE-HISTORICAL VISION OF SCRIPTURE, by David P. Barshinger

  Reviewed by Wyatt Graham David Barshinger has written a comprehensive historical study of Jonathan Edwards’ interpretation of the Psalms. His work aims to correct wrong assumptions about Edwards as an exegete and to exhibit Edwards’ love of the Bible.…

JOSHUA: A 12 WEEK STUDY (KNOWING THE BIBLE), by Trent Hunter

Reviewed by Joshua T. Benadum   Joshua, A 12 Week Study by Trent Hunter is an excellent guided study through the Book of Joshua and all its major themes. Hunter brilliantly balances inductive exposition with thematic analysis and always leaves…

A CHANGE OF HEART: A PERSONAL AND THEOLOGICAL MEMOIR, by Thomas Oden

Reviewed by Jeff Waddington Thomas Oden has been a prodigious and prolific scholar and author. While Oden is an ordained minister in the United Methodist Church, he has traveled the road from liberalism to a relatively conservative position within the…

THE CHURCH: A THEOLOGICAL AND HISTORICAL ACCOUNT, by Gerald Bray

  Reviewed by Nathan Finn     Introduction   Jesus prayed for the unity of all believers in his High Priestly Prayer of John 17. And yet, we live in a world where dates such as 1054 and 1517 stand…

ZECHARIAH (THE NEW INTERNATIONAL COMMENTARY ON THE OLD TESTAMENT), by Mark J. Boda

  Reviewed by Jeremiah Zuo   Author Mark J. Boda is Professor of Old Testament at McMaster Divinity College, where he has taught for the past thirteen years.  He is the author of nine books, the editor of 17 more,…

OLD TESTAMENT CRITICISM: A PRACTICAL INTRODUCTION, SECOND EDITION, by Ellis R. Brotzman and Eric J. Tully

A Review and a Response   Reviewed by John D. Meade Ellis Brotzman’s first edition of Old Testament Textual Criticism was published in 1994 as a practical entree into the field of textual criticism of the Old Testament. The book…

HABITS OF GRACE: ENJOYING JESUS THROUGH THE SPIRITUAL DISCIPLINES, by David Mathis

  Reviewed by Kirk Miller   In February of this year, Crossway released Habits of Grace: Enjoying Jesus through the Spiritual Disciplines, by David Mathis, pastor at Cities Church in Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN, executive director at Desiring God, and adjunct…

BACH: MUSIC IN THE CASTLE OF HEAVEN, by John Eliot Gardiner

  Reviewed by Ben Rogers   Introduction Most evangelicals, even extremely non-musical evangelicals, are familiar with the music of J. S. Bach. It’s almost impossible not to be. After Mendelssohn’s “Wedding March,” no piece of wedding music is more popular…

THE PSALMS AS CHRISTIAN WORSHIP: A HISTORICAL COMMENTARY, by Bruce Waltke and James Houston

Reviewed by Matthew David Searles   Introduction The goal of the book may be seen in two things that the authors deplore: ‘We deplore the confessional reductionism in much contemporary Biblical scholarship, which overlooks two thousand years of Christian devotion…