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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.

Bruce L. McCormack: Engaging the Doctrine of God

Bruce L. McCormack: Engaging the Doctrine of God

Bruce L. McCormack, ed., Engaging the Doctrine of God: Contemporary Protestant Perspectives (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2008). Bruce McCormack, the Frederick and Margaret L. Weyerhaeuser Professor of Theology at Princeton, is the most interesting and helpful Barthian working today. He has made his mark working to correct a certain North American distortion of Karl Barth’s […]

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Philip Esler: New Testament Theology

Philip Esler: New Testament Theology

  Philip F. Esler, New Testament Theology: Communion and Community (Minneapolis: Fortress, 2005). The title of Philip Esler’s New Testament Theology is ill-chosen. Although the book provides a good introduction to a number of aspects that qualify the task of writing a New Testament theology, the book itself is not a New Testament theology by […]

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Robert Calhoun's Scripture, Creed, Theology, reviewed by John Poirier

Robert Calhoun’s Scripture, Creed, Theology, reviewed by John Poirier

Robert L. Calhoun, Scripture, Creed, Theology: Lectures on the History of Christian Doctrine in the First Centuries (Eugene, OR: Cascade, 2011), 508 pages, ISBN 9781556354946. Robert Calhoun was a well beloved lecturer at Yale Divinity School until his retirement in 1965. Before he retired, he planned to have his lectures in the area of historical […]

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William Atkinson's Baptism in the Spirit, reviewed by John Poirier

William Atkinson’s Baptism in the Spirit, reviewed by John Poirier

William P. Atkinson, Baptism in the Spirit: Luke-Acts and the Dunn Debate (Eugene, OR: Pickwick, 2011), 164 pages, ISBN 9781608999712. The publication of James Dunn’s Baptism in the Holy Spirit in 1970 touched a nerve among the then fledgling group of Pentecostal scholars, and has continued to find strong resistance from Pentecostals. Not surprisingly, there […]

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Frank Macchia's Justified in the Spirit, reviewed by John Poirier

Frank Macchia’s Justified in the Spirit, reviewed by John Poirier

Frank D. Macchia, Justified in the Spirit: Creation, Redemption, and the Triune God (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2010), 360 pages, ISBN 9780802837493. Justified in the Spirit is a sophisticated attempt to do what its title suggests: to find an increased role for the Spirit within the Christian doctrine of justification. The book represents a bringing together […]

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Jonathan Pennington's Heaven and Earth in the Gospel of Matthew, reviewed by John Poirier

Jonathan Pennington’s Heaven and Earth in the Gospel of Matthew, reviewed by John Poirier

Jonathan T. Pennington, Heaven and Earth in the Gospel of Matthew (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2009), 416 pages, ISBN 9780801037283. This book is a more affordable edition of a book published by E. J. Brill in 2007. The Gospel of Matthew is the only gospel to use the term “kingdom of heaven” in place of […]

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Michael F. Bird, Are You the One Who Is to Come?

Michael F. Bird, Are You the One Who Is to Come?

  Michael F. Bird, Are You the One Who Is to Come?: The Historical Jesus and the Messianic Question (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2009), 208 pages, ISBN 9780801036385 . Michael Bird’s ever expanding catalog now includes a volume on messianic expectations in the time of Jesus, and how the historical Jesus fits within that field […]

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N. T. Wright: Justification

N. T. Wright: Justification

  N. T. Wright, Justification: God’s Plan and Paul’s Vision (Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2009), 279 pages, ISBN 9780830838639. Justification is N. T. Wright’s response to John Piper’s critique of several of Wright’s earlier writings. If those earlier writings from Wright are installments in a program, Justification is the program’s hub—the point at which […]

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Jesus, the Final Days

Jesus, the Final Days

Craig A. Evans and N. T. Wright, Jesus, the Final Days: What Really Happened (Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2009), 128 pages, ISBN 9780664233594. This slim book collects two papers by Craig Evans and one by N. T. Wright, edited by Troy A. Miller. The papers were delivered at Crichton College in Memphis in 2003 (Wright) […]

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Keith Ward: God and the Philosophers

Keith Ward: God and the Philosophers

Keith Ward, God and the Philosophers (Minneapolis: Fortress, 2009), 224 pages, ISBN 9780800663513. Keith Ward’s God and the Philosophers offers a close look at a handful of philosophers whose work impacted theological matters in one way or another. Ward takes on certain aspects of the thought of Plato, Aquinas, Descartes, Berkeley, Hume, Kant, Hegel, Schopenhauer, […]

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Richard Soulen: Sacred Scripture

Richard Soulen: Sacred Scripture

  Richard N. Soulen, Sacred Scripture: A Short History of Interpretation (Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2009), xv + 216 pages, ISBN 9780664232467. There are numerous books presenting overviews of the history of biblical interpretation. This book belongs near the top in terms of readability—it can be read at a fast clip with hardly any loss […]

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Mark Powell: Introducing the New Testament

Mark Powell: Introducing the New Testament

  Mark Allan Powell, Introducing the New Testament: A Historical, Literary, and Theological Survey (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2009), 560 pages, ISBN 9780801028687. In the long line of NT introductions, there are some whose chief merits lie in the depth of their analysis, and there are others that are judged better for their pedagogical merits. […]

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William Tabbernee: Prophets and Gravestones

William Tabbernee: Prophets and Gravestones

  William Tabbernee, Prophets and Gravestones: An Imaginative History of Montanists and Other Early Christians (Peabody: Hendrickson, 2009), 385 pages, ISBN 9781565639379. The Montanists were an important early Christian movement that began in Asia Minor during the late second century. They were essentially a charismatic upstart group, headquartered in the towns of Pepuza and Tymion, […]

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Harriet Harris: Fundamentalism and Evangelicals

Harriet Harris: Fundamentalism and Evangelicals

  Harriet A. Harris, Fundamentalism and Evangelicals (Oxford Theological Monographs; Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998 [2008 in paperback]), 400 pages, ISBN 9780199532537. Fundamentalism and Evangelicals is a revealing and fascinating book. Harris gives a close and objective reading of the evidence that modern evangelicalism is ruled by a fundamentalist mindset, which, as Harris defines it, […]

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