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Trajectories in the Book of Acts

Trajectories in the Book of Acts

Paul Alexander, Jordan Daniel May, and Robert G. Reid, eds., Trajectories in the Book of Acts: Essays in Honor of John Wesley Wyckoff (Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2010), 373 pages, ISBN 9781606085400. Trajectories in the Book of Acts is an anthology of fifteen essays by fifteen different writers in honor of John Wesley Wyckoff, […]

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Bradley Jersak, Her Gates Will Never Be Shut

Bradley Jersak, Her Gates Will Never Be Shut

Bradley Jersak, Her Gates Will Never Be Shut: Hope, Hell, and the New Jerusalem (Eugene, Oregon: Wipf & Stock, 2009), 220 pages. If you’ll pardon a somewhat tacky pun, the subject of Hell has been hot lately. First, Love Wins: A Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived by […]

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George M. Flattery, A Biblical Theology of the Holy Spirit, reviewed by Amos Yong

George M. Flattery, A Biblical Theology of the Holy Spirit, reviewed by Amos Yong

George M. Flattery, A Biblical Theology of the Holy Spirit, vol. 1, The Holy Spirit in the Old Testament, James E. Richardson, ed. (Springfield, MO: Global University, 2009), xxxii + 226 pages. George M. Flattery, A Biblical Theology of the Holy Spirit, vol. 2, Luke and Acts, James E. Richardson, ed. (Springfield, MO: Global University, […]

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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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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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John Goldingay: Genesis for Everyone

John Goldingay: Genesis for Everyone

  John Goldingay, Genesis for Everyone Part One: Chapters 1−16 (Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2010), 197 pages. John Goldingay, Genesis for Everyone Part Two: Chapters 17−50 (Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2010), 186 pages. Genesis for Everyone lives up to its name. This two volume contemporary commentary of the book of Genesis is a […]

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Walter Brueggemann: Divine Presence Amid Violence

Walter Brueggemann: Divine Presence Amid Violence

  Walter Brueggemann, Divine Presence Amid Violence: Contextualizing the Book of Joshua (Eugene, Oregon: Cascade, 2009), xii + 82 pages, ISBN 9781606080894. To begin this review quite honestly, I chose the text because of the difficult dilemma it was attempting to resolve, namely violence and the Bible and even more specifically violence and war as […]

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Scot McKnight on Kingdom of Heaven and Justification

Scot McKnight on Kingdom of Heaven and Justification

  Scot McKnight responds to the review essays by Kevin Williams and Tony Richie that appeared in the Summer 2011 issue of The Pneuma Review regarding his article, “Jesus vs. Paul” that appeared in the December 2010 issue of Christianity Today.   I want to thank The Pneuma Review for its response to the piece I […]

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Tony Richie on Kingdom of Heaven and Justification

Tony Richie on Kingdom of Heaven and Justification

  Must Re-centralizing Jesus Mean Displacing the Spirit? A Review Essay of Scot McKnight’s “Jesus vs. Paul” In this review essay, Tony Richie responds to Scot McKnight’s article that introduces a conversation among theologians. Scot McKnight, “Jesus vs. Paul” Christianity Today (December, 2010), pages 24-29. The December 2010 cover encapsulates the discussion: Jesus preached almost […]

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Kevin Williams on Kingdom of Heaven and Justification

Kevin Williams on Kingdom of Heaven and Justification

  Kingdom of Heaven, Justification:  Is There a Conflict? Something Missing? In this review essay, Kevin Williams responds to Scot McKnight’s article that introduces a conversation among theologians. Scot McKnight, “Jesus vs. Paul” Christianity Today (December, 2010), pages 24-29. The December 2010 cover encapsulates the discussion: Jesus preached almost exclusively about the kingdom of heaven. […]

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One of a Kind: The Relationship between Old and New Covenants as the Hermeneutical Key for Christian Theology of Religions

One of a Kind: The Relationship between Old and New Covenants as the Hermeneutical Key for Christian Theology of Religions

  Adam Sparks, One of a Kind: The Relationship between Old and New Covenants as the Hermeneutical Key for Christian Theology of Religions (Eugene, Oregon: Pickwick, 2010), 325 pages, ISBN 9781606083451. In this book Reformed theologian Adam Sparks attempts to contribute to the theology of religions conversation by offering a critique of some of the […]

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Patrick Downey: Desperately Wicked

Patrick Downey: Desperately Wicked

Patrick Downey, Desperately Wicked: Philosophy, Christianity and the Human Heart (Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2009), 181 pages, ISBN 9780830828944. Desperately Wicked is a philosophical exploration of who we are. As the subtitle suggests, Downey seeks to uncover the magnitude of the wickedness in the human heart. His analysis is sobering, exposing that what is […]

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Walter Brueggemann: Journey to the Common Good

Walter Brueggemann: Journey to the Common Good

  Walter Brueggemann, Journey to the Common Good (Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2010), 125 pages, ISBN 9780664235161. This excellent little book presents three addresses given by the author. This, together with the narrative theology represented, makes this work eminently readable and engaging. Brueggemann, a pre-eminent Old Testament scholar, is deliberately provocative whilst thoroughly rooted […]

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