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Mark D. Baker: Proclaiming the Scandal of the Cross

Mark D. Baker: Proclaiming the Scandal of the Cross

Mark D. Baker, ed., Proclaiming the Scandal of the Cross: Contemporary Images of the Atonement (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2006), 208 pages, ISBN 9780801027420. Proclaiming the Scandal of the Cross is principally a supplemental volume to an earlier book entitled Recovering the Scandal of the Cross (2000, second edition 2011), which was co-authored by […]

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N. T. Wright: Paul and His Recent Interpreters and The Paul Debate, reviewed by Amos Yong

N. T. Wright: Paul and His Recent Interpreters and The Paul Debate, reviewed by Amos Yong

N. T. Wright, Paul and His Recent Interpreters: Some Contemporary Debates (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2015), xxiii + 379 pages. N. T. Wright, The Paul Debate: Critical Questions for Understanding the Apostle (Waco, Tex.: Baylor University Press, 2015), xi + 110 pages. I must confess that I am writing this double-review with both volumes of N. […]

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Nigel Beynon and Andrew Sach: Dig Deeper

Nigel Beynon and Andrew Sach: Dig Deeper

Nigel Beynon and Andrew Sach, Dig Deeper: Tools for Understanding God’s Word (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2010), 160 pages, ISBN 9781581349719. Most non-Christians think that the Bible reduces to mere interpretation. So why do not more Christians focus on hermeneutics? This is a perennial question that needs to be resolved. Postmodernity, though not fully expressed yet, […]

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J. Ryan Lister: The Presence of God

J. Ryan Lister: The Presence of God

J. Ryan Lister, The Presence of God: Its Place in the Storyline of Scripture and the Story of our Lives (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2015) 368 pages, ISBN 9781433539152. In The Presence of God: Its Place in the Storyline of Scripture and the Story of our Lives J. Ryan Lister, seeks to trace the theme of […]

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Mark Strauss: Jesus Behaving Badly

Mark Strauss: Jesus Behaving Badly

Mark L. Strauss, Jesus Behaving Badly: The Puzzling Paradoxes of the Man from Galilee (Downers Grove: IVP, 2015),  221 pages, ISBN 9780830824663. In 2007, Dave Kinnamon and Gabe Lyons published the sobering results of their research on young adult perceptions of American Christianity. In their duly titled Unchristian: What a New Generation Really Thinks about […]

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Recent studies in Genesis from Craig Keener

Recent studies in Genesis from Craig Keener

Recent short studies in Genesis from Craig S. Keener with excerpts and links.  Craig Keener: “Saving a Lot: Abram fights slave traders—Genesis 14” (March 22, 2016). While Christian theologians today debate whether God demands pacifism or allows just war, at least in the Old Testament we see one just war that is not explicitly noted […]

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Highly Anticipated Resource: Interview with Matthew Elliot about the Africa Study Bible

Highly Anticipated Resource: Interview with Matthew Elliot about the Africa Study Bible

Matthew Elliot, project director for the Africa Study Bible, speaks with PneumaReview.com about this soon-to-arrive resource that millions of Africans have been praying for. PneumaReview.com:  Where did the idea for the Africa Study Bible originate? Matthew Elliot: After ten years working in Africa and observing the needs first hand, by 2005 the leadership of Oasis […]

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Rediscovering Paul, reviewed by Bradford McCall

Rediscovering Paul, reviewed by Bradford McCall

David B. Capes, Rodney Reeves, and E. Randolph Richards, Rediscovering Paul: An Introduction to His World, Letters and Theology (Downers Grove, Ill.: IVP Academic, 2007), 350 pages, ISBN 9780830839414. The life and letters of Paul are often an enigma to modern Christians; why did he say that – and moreover, why did he say it […]

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Aida Spencer: 1 Timothy, NCCS

Aida Spencer: 1 Timothy, NCCS

Aída Besançon Spencer, 1 Timothy, New Covenant Commentary Series (Cascade, 2013), 192 pages. Aida Besançon Spencer’s New Covenant Commentary Series on 1 Timothy, is a fresh and powerful look at some of the most challenging texts in the New Testament. Where most commentaries give a lot of external information, Spencer bridges the gap between historical […]

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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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Apocalyptic literature, a double review by Amos Yong

Apocalyptic literature, a double review by Amos Yong

Frederick J. Murphy, Apocalypticism in the Bible and Its World: A Comprehensive Introduction (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2012), xviii + 429 pages. Bruce Chilton, Visions of the Apocalypse: Receptions of John’s Revelation in Western Imagination (Waco, Tex.: Baylor University Press, 2013). vi + 169 pages. These two books are very different – length-wise, style, and […]

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Craig Keener: Acts, Volume Three

Craig Keener: Acts, Volume Three

Craig S. Keener, Acts: An Exegetical Commentary, Volume 3, 15:1-23:35 (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2014), xxxix + 2193-3348, ISBN 9780801048388. Those familiar with Craig Keener’s works will understand when I characterize his third volume on Acts as an encyclopedia of background, history, and solid exegesis all from a conservative evangelical stance. This mammoth tome runs […]

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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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William Atkinson: The Spiritual Death of Jesus

William Atkinson: The Spiritual Death of Jesus

William P. Atkinson, The ‘Spiritual Death’ of Jesus: A Pentecostal Investigation, Global Pentecostal and Charismatic Studies series (Brill, 2009), 304 pages, ISBN 9789004171992. William P. Atkinson tackles the controversial issue of the supposed spiritual death of Jesus from a firm Pentecostal perspective, being an ordained minister in the Elim Pentecostal Church in the UK. He […]

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