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Author Archive for John Poirier

John C. Poirier, Th.M. (Duke Divinity), D.H.L. (Jewish Theological Seminary), has published numerous articles on a wide range of topics and has been named the chair of biblical studies at the newly forming Kingswell Theological Seminary in Middletown (Cincinnati), Ohio.

Stuart Parsons: Ancient Apologetic Exegesis

Stuart Parsons: Ancient Apologetic Exegesis

Stuart E. Parsons, Ancient Apologetic Exegesis: Introducing and Recovering Theophilus’ World (Eugene, OR: Pickwick, 2015), 254 pages, ISBN 9781625648099. Theophilus of Antioch is one of the so-called Apologists of the second century, and perhaps the most undervalued among them. He is widely regarded as the first Christian actually to refer to the NT writings as […]

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The Apostolic Fathers and Paul

The Apostolic Fathers and Paul

Todd D. Still and David E. Wilhite, eds., The Apostolic Fathers and Paul, Pauline and Patristic Scholars in Debate (London: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2017), 256 pages, ISBN 9780567672308. Todd Still and David Wilhite are editing a series of books on Paul’s reception among the church fathers. The point of the series appears to be that […]

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Samuel Moyn: Christian Human Rights

Samuel Moyn: Christian Human Rights

Samuel Moyn, Christian Human Rights, Intellectual History of the Modern Age series (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015), 264 pages, ISBN 9780812248180. This is an enlightening book about the role that Christian understandings of the dignity of the individual have had in the modern push for human rights. In four chapters, it offers vignettes about […]

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Larry Hurtado: Destroyer of the Gods

Larry Hurtado: Destroyer of the Gods

Larry W. Hurtado, Destroyer of the Gods: Early Christian Distinctiveness in the Roman World (Waco: Baylor University Press, 2016), 304 pages, ISBN 9781481304740. Larry Hurtado is well known for his books on Christ-devotion among the earliest Christians, and for his text-critical work on the New Testament. In this new book, which began life as a […]

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David Aune: Apocalypticism, Prophecy, and Magic in Early Christianity

David Aune: Apocalypticism, Prophecy, and Magic in Early Christianity

David E. Aune, Apocalypticism, Prophecy, and Magic in Early Christianity (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2008), 496 pages, ISBN 9780801035944. This volume is a collection of twenty essays (one previously unpublished) from the pen of David E. Aune, Walter Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins at the University of Notre Dame. Aune’s expertise in the […]

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Stefan Alkier: The Reality of the Resurrection

Stefan Alkier: The Reality of the Resurrection

Stefan Alkier, The Reality of the Resurrection: The New Testament Witness (Waco: Baylor University Press, 2013), 351 pages. This book takes an in-depth look at the resurrection of Jesus, as it figures in the writings of the New Testament and in the Church’s subsequent use of the resurrection as an idea. Alkier begins by taking […]

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Chee-Chiew Lee: The Blessing of Abraham, the Spirit, and Justification in Galatians

Chee-Chiew Lee: The Blessing of Abraham, the Spirit, and Justification in Galatians

Chee-Chiew Lee, The Blessing of Abraham, the Spirit, and Justification in Galatians: Their Relationship and Significance for Understanding Paul’s Theology (Eugene, OR: Pickwick, 2013). Close exegesis of Galatians, with due attention to past scholarship on the subject, is among the most daunting tasks in the study of the New Testament. And yet a proper understanding […]

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Samuel Adams: Social and Economic Life in Second Temple Judea

Samuel Adams: Social and Economic Life in Second Temple Judea

Samuel L. Adams, Social and Economic Life in Second Temple Judea (Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2014). Adams has written a fine study of the familial, social, occupational, and financial aspects of life in Judea in the period from the sixth century BCE to the first century CE. Each aspect is expertly introduced and discussed in […]

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Delio DelRio: Paul and the Synagogue

Delio DelRio: Paul and the Synagogue

Delio DelRio, Paul and the Synagogue: Romans and the Isaiah Targum (Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2013), 156 pages. This book explores how insights from the field of Targumic studies can help us understand some of Paul’s exegetical moves in Romans. It takes the form of an analysis of Paul’s use of Isaiah. DelRio was […]

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Craig Keener: Acts, Volume Two

Craig Keener: Acts, Volume Two

Craig Keener, Acts: An Exegetical Commentary, Volume 2, 3:1-14:28 (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2013), 1200 pages, ISBN 9780801048371. Craig Keener is in the midst of delivering the most ambitious commentary on Acts ever attempted. The volume under review is the second of four – each volume a sprawling treatment in its own right. Each volume’s […]

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Jacqueline Grey: Three's a Crowd

Jacqueline Grey: Three’s a Crowd

Jacqueline Grey, Three’s a Crowd: Pentecostalism, Hermeneutics, and the Old Testament (Eugene, OR: Pickwick, 2011). In this book, Jacqueline Grey makes the case for applying a distinctive Pentecostal hermeneutic to the Old Testament. The hermeneutic in question is one that (she says) had been applied successfully to the New Testament by others, but previously had […]

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The Theology of Amos Yong and the New Face of Pentecostal Scholarship

The Theology of Amos Yong and the New Face of Pentecostal Scholarship

  Wolfgang Vondey and Martin William Mittelstadt, eds., The Theology of Amos Yong and the New Face of Pentecostal Scholarship: Passion for the Spirit, Global Pentecostal and Charismatic Studies 14 (Leiden: Brill, 2013), vi + 270 pages. Amos Yong has contributed an amazing amount to Pentecostal theology. In fact, it is hard to understand how […]

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Bruce McCormack: Orthodox and Modern

Bruce McCormack: Orthodox and Modern

  Bruce L. McCormack, Orthodox and Modern: Studies in the Theology of Karl Barth (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2008). Bruce McCormack is the Frederick and Margaret L. Weyerhaeuser Professor of Systematic Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary. He instantly became one of the world’s leading interpreters of Karl Barth’s thought with the publication of Karl Barth’s […]

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Ian Scott: Paul's Way of Knowing

Ian Scott: Paul’s Way of Knowing

  Ian W. Scott, Paul’s Way of Knowing: Story, Experience, and the Spirit (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2009), 368 pages, ISBN 9780801036095. There have been a number of studies published recently on Paul’s epistemology – several of them trying to show that Paul’s epistemology was somehow “narratival”. The notion of a narrative epistemology is not […]

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