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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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Brandon Crowe: Was Jesus Really Born of a Virgin?

Brandon Crowe: Was Jesus Really Born of a Virgin?

Brandon D. Crowe, Was Jesus Really Born of a Virgin? (Phillipsburg: P & R Publishing, 2013), 30 pages, ISBN 9781596386808. Was Jesus Really Born of a Virgin? is one of a series of little books produced by P & R Publishing that examines questions often asked by unbelievers and even believers. The series is called […]

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Rediscovering Jesus, reviewed by Martin Mittelstadt

Rediscovering Jesus, reviewed by Martin Mittelstadt

David B. Capes, Rodney Reeves, and E. Randolph Richards, Rediscovering Jesus: An Introduction to Biblical, Religious and Cultural Perspectives on Christ (Downers Grove: IVP, 2015), 272 pages, ISBN 9780830824724. When Jesus poses the question, “who do you say that I am?” he receives an array of answers from his disciples (Mark 8:27-28). Today, responses to […]

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N.T. Wright's Newest Release: The Paul Debate

N.T. Wright’s Newest Release: The Paul Debate

N. T. Wright, The Paul Debate: Critical Questions for Understanding the Apostle (Baylor University Press, 2015), 122 pages, ISBN 9781481304177. Theologians and pastors alike have come to expect that, as each calendar year turns, Dr. Tom (N.T. Wright) will publish some new work. Such has happened just this week with the release of his most recent book now […]

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Aida Spencer: 2 Timothy and Titus, NCCS

Aida Spencer: 2 Timothy and Titus, NCCS

Aída Besançon Spencer, 2 Timothy and Titus, New Covenant Commentary Series (Cascade Books, 2014), 184 pages, ISBN 9781625642530. It is with integrity and in a very comprehensive fashion that Dr. Aida Spencer presents her readers with a worthwhile commentary which combines the Apostle Paul’s letter to Titus and his second to Timothy. Throughout the work, […]

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Ancient Jewish Cessationists

Ancient Jewish Cessationists

In Jesus day, did the rabbis think God was done with miracles?   In the commentary to Deuteronomy (The Stone Edition, Artscroll Mesorah Series, 1995) reads, “Once [Israel] crossed the Jordan, the people would no longer see God’s constant Presence and daily miracles, as they had in the Wilderness.” Apparently Christians were not the first […]

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Craig Keener: Paul and Spiritual Warfare

Craig Keener: Paul and Spiritual Warfare

Craig S. Keener, “Paul and Spiritual Warfare” in Paul’s Missionary Methods: In His Time and Ours (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2012), pages 107-123. Spiritual warfare is a topic that has attracted a good deal of attention in recent years; this is perhaps especially true within the Pentecostal and Charismatic movements. Whole books have been […]

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Craig Keener: The Blessings and Mission of Those Grafted In

Craig Keener: The Blessings and Mission of Those Grafted In

In this study of Romans 11, Craig Keener addresses how Gentile followers of Jesus have been grafted into the heritage of God’s people and how they are called to honor the Jewish people. “The Blessings and Mission of Those Grafted In”   This is chapter 11 from the book, Unity: Awakening the One New Man […]

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Bishops, Aramaic, and the LXX

Bishops, Aramaic, and the LXX

  Editor’s Note: This letter is part of a conversation that started with Henry Harbuck’s article, “What Bible Did Jesus Use?”   Greetings from AEGA, I have read the notes you sent me as well as those from Kevin Williams. Though Mr. Williams made some excellent points, much of which I agree with, the majority of […]

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