Martin Luther. the Man Who Rediscovered God and Changed the World,
Penguin/Random House. 480 Pages. ISBN: 9781101980019
On All Hallow’s Eve in 1517, a young monk
named Martin Luther posted a document he hoped would spark an academic
debate, but that instead ignited a conflagration that would forever
destroy the world he knew. Five hundred years after Luther’s now famous
Ninety-five Theses appeared, Eric Metaxas paints a startling portrait of
the wild figure whose adamantine faith cracked the edifice of Western
Christendom and dragged medieval Europe into the future. Written in
riveting prose and impeccably researched, Martin Luther tells the
searing tale of a humble man who, by bringing ugly truths to the highest
seats of power, caused the explosion whose sound is still ringing in our
ears. Luther’s monumental faith and courage gave birth to the ideals of
liberty, equality, and individualism that today lie at the heart of all
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Bonhoeffer, Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy, Thomas Nelson
624 Pages. ISBN: 9781595552464
As Adolf Hitler and the Nazis seduced a
nation, bullied a continent, and attempted to exterminate the Jews of
Europe, a small number of dissidents and saboteurs worked to dismantle
the Third Reich from the inside. One of these was Dietrich Bonhoeffer—a
pastor and author. In this New York Times best-selling biography, Eric
Metaxas takes both strands of Bonhoeffer’s life—the theologian and the
spy—and draws them together to tell a searing story of incredible moral
courage in the face of monstrous evil. Metaxas presents the fullest
accounting of Bonhoeffer’s heart-wrenching decision to leave the safe
haven of America to return to Hitler’s Germany, and sheds new light on
Bonhoeffer’s involvement in the famous Valkyrie plot and in “Operation
7,” the effort to smuggle Jews into neutral Switzerland. In a deeply
moving narrative, Metaxas uses previously unavailable documents
including personal letters, detailed journal entries, and firsthand
personal accounts to reveal dimensions of Bonhoeffer's life and theology
never before seen.
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Ian E. Rock.
Paul’s Letter to the Romans and Roman Imperialism An Ideological Analysis of the
Exordium (Romans 1:1-17) James Clark & Co.
171 Pages. ISBN: 9780227176450
Ian E. Rock
demonstrates that the Letter to the Romans may be seen as an attempt by
a subordinate group to redress actual and potential issues of
confrontation with the Emapire and to offer hope, even in the face of
death. Paul demonstrates that it is God's peace and not Rome's peace
that is important; that loyalty to the exalted Jesus as Lord and to the
kingom of God - not Jupiter and Rome - leads to salvation; that grace
flows from Jesus as Christ and Lord and not from the benefactions of the
Emperor. If the resurrection of Jesus - the crucified criminal of the
Roman Empire - demonstrates God's power over the universe and death, the
very insturment of Roman control, then the CHrist-believer is encouraged
to face suffering and death in the hope of salvation through this power.
Paul's theology emerges from, and is inextricably bound to, the politics
of his day, the Scriptures of his people, and to the critical fact that
the God who is One and Lord of all that is still in charge of the world.
Guns and Gospel: Imperialism and Evangelism in China James Clark & Co.
171 Pages. ISBN:
the nineteenth century, Christian missionaries vied for the Chinese
souls they thought they were saving. But many things held them back:
Western gunboat diplomacy, unequal treaties and their own prejudices,
which increased hostility towards Christianity. ‘One more Christian, one
less Chinese,’ has long been a popular cliché in China. Guns and Gospel
examines the accusation of ‘cultural imperialism’ levelled against the
missionaries and explores their complex and ambivalent relationships
with the opium trade and British imperialism. Ambrose Mong follows key
figures among the missionaries, such as Robert Morrison, Charles
Gützlaff, James Hudson Taylor and Timothy Richard, uncovering why some
succeeded where others failed, and asks whether they really became
lackeys to imperialism.
Taking Hold of the Real Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Profound Worldliness of
Christianity James Clark & Co. 301 Pages. ISBN:
Bonhoeffer writes in one of his last prison letters that he had “come to
know and understand more and more the profound this-worldliness of
Christianity”. In Taking Hold of the Real, Barry Harvey engages in
constructive conversation with Bonhoeffer, contending that the “shallow
and banal thisworldliness” of modern society is ordered to a significant
degree around the social structures of religion, culture, and race.
These mechanisms displace human beings from their traditional
connections with particular locales, and relocate them in their “proper
places” as determined by the nation-state and capitalist markets. An
insightful exploration of the theology of Dietrich Bonhoeffer and its
ongoing relevance for an authentically Christian engagement with the
Theodore R. Weber.
War, Peace, and Reconciliation: a Theological Inquiry
The Lutterworth Press. 160 Pages. ISBN: 9780718894450
Peace, and Reconciliation invites Christians and their churches into a
dialogue regarding how to think about war from a standpoint rooted in
faith. It asks how reconciliation, which is central to Christian life
and doctrine, can engage with the realities of war without surrendering
its fundamental affirmations. Theodore Weber defines these realities
politically by discussing the meanings of power, peace as a particular
organisation of power, and the international system. The study of war
and politics is unavoidable, as is engagement with reconciliation,
because all human activity exists in the context of the gracious work of
God to renew and reconcile the fallen creation. Weber’s inquiry is
theocentric and christocentric. It culminates in a stirring call to
churches to examine all their practices in the light of this perspective.
Andrew M. Mbuvi.
Jude & 2 Peter: A New Covenant Commentary
The Lutterworth Press. 340 Pages. ISBN: 9780718894450
thorough and extensive textual and contextual analysis, Jude & 2 Peter
presents the epistles within the setting of first-century Greco-Roman
associations, highlighting both similarities and differences between
these fledgling religious groups and the more established guilds. Mbuvi
interprets the Epistles from his own translations and thus provides a
fresh and unique take on the well documented themes raised. Addressing
concerns relevant to the Global Church, especially issues outside the
Western world, Jude & 2 Peter provides a distinctive analysis of these
two books, perhaps the least-read in the New Testament.
Victor I. Ezigbo.
Introducing Christian Theologies: Voices from Global Christian Communities,
The Lutterworth Press. 340 Pages. ISBN: 9780718894450
long African, Asian, and Latin American theologians have been left out
of mainstream theological discussions. Few standard textbooks on
Christian theology acknowledge the unique contributions theologians from
these continents have made to global Christianity. Consistent with
the international flavor of The American Journal of Biblical Theology,
Introducing Christian Theologies explores the works of key
international theologians, highlighting their unique contributions to
Christian theology and doctrine.
The Forgiveness of Sins. James Clark & Company. 209 Pages. ISBN:
Forgiveness of Sins , Tim Carter examines the significance of
forgiveness in a New Testament context, delving deep into second-century
Christian literature on sin and the role of the early church in
mitigating it. This crucial spiritual issue is at the core of what it
means to be Christian, and Carter’s thorough and erudite examination of
this theme is a necessity for any professional or amateur scholar of the
early church. The Forgiveness of Sins is a painstaking, clear-eyed
exploration of what forgiveness meant not only to early Christians such
as Tertullian, Irenaeus and Luke, but to Jesus himself, and what it
means to Christians today.
The Heart Has its Reasons James Clark & Company. 209 Pages. ISBN:
Heart Has Its Reasons explores a hitherto neglected area of
theological anthropology: the unity of human emotion and reason embodied
in the Biblical concept of the heart. While the theological contours of
human rationality have long been clearly drawn and presented as the
exclusive seat of the image of God, affectivity has been relegated to a
secondary position. In conversation with patristic and medieval authors
like Irenaeus, Tertullian, Gregory of Nyssa, Maximus, and Thomas
Aquinas, and in dialogue with more recent interlocutors such as Blaise
Pascal, Ricoeur, Marion, Milbank, and John Paul II, this text pursues a
novel theological vision of the essential unity of our humanity..
Mark D. Owens.
As it Was in the Beginning: and Intertextual Analysis of New Creation in
Galatians, 2 Corinthians, and Ephesians James Clark & Company. 209 Pages. ISBN: 9780227176016
meaning of Paul’s comments about the new creation in 2 Corinthians 5:17
and Galatians 6:15 has long been obscured. Debate has raged for years,
with some arguing that the phrase “new creation” solely refers to the
inward transformation believers have experienced through faith in Jesus
Christ, and others that this phrase should be understood cosmologically
and linked with Isaiah’s “new heavens and new earth”. Still more
advocate an ecclesiological interpretation of this phrase that centres
Paul in the new community formed around Jesus Christ. In As It Was in
the Beginning , Mark Owens argues that the concept of “new creation”
should be understood within the realm of Paul’s anthropology, cosmology,
and ecclesiology. Paul’s understanding of new creation belongs within an
Urzeit-Endzeit typological framework, especially within 2 Corinthians
5-6 and Ephesians 1-2. Owens’s reading of “new creation” gives due
weight to the use of Isaianic traditions in Paul’s letters, and
demonstrates that the vision of new creation in 2 Corinthians and
Galatians is in striking harmony with that of Ephesians.
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Kim Huat Tan.
A New Covenant Commentary The Lutterworth Press. 286 Pages.
that the needs of beleaguered Christian communities in turbulent times
would be best met by resourcing the life of Jesus, Mark wrote a Gospel
that was at once plain and subtle, fast-paced and yet profound. He
clarified the essence of being a follower of Jesus, so that these
communities might differentiate the essential from the trivial and be
fortified in their testimony to the one, true Gospel. In his important
new commentary Kim Huat Tan expounds the artistry of Mark in achieving
all this in its original setting, by focusing on the larger picture of
themes and thrusts, paragraphs and plot, but without dodging important
issues of interpretation. Following in the footsteps of his Gospel, Mark
attempts to bridge the horizons between then and now, and show how it is
still a powerful resource for being a disciple of Jesus today.
Sune Fahlgren and Jonas Idestrom.
Ecclesiology in the Trenches: Theory and Method Under Construction
James Clarke, & Co. 219 Pages. ISBN: 9780227175774
This book takes the reader into
the trenches of ecclesiological research where the actual work of reading,
writing, interpreting, and analyzing is being done. Ecclesiology is dealt with
as a systematic, empirical, historical, and liturgical discipline. Essays
explore theology in South Africa as shaped by apartheid, liturgical theology,
the diaconate in an ecumenical context, Free Church preachership, suburban
ecclesial identity, medieval church practices, liturgical texts, church floor
plans, and ecclesiology as a gendered discipline.
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Margaret G. Sim.
A Relevant Way to Read: A New Approach to Exegesis and Communication
James Clarke, & Co. 177 Pages. ISBN: 9780227174425
In A Relevant Way to Read , Margaret G. Sim draws on her in-depth knowledge of New Testament Greek to forge a new
exegesis of the Gospels and Paul’s letters. Locating her studies in the
linguistic concept of relevance theory, which contends that all our utterances
are laden with crucial yet invisible context, Sim embarks on a journey through
some of the New Testament’s most troubling verses. Here she recovers lost
information with a meticulous analysis that should enlighten both the
experienced scholar and the novice. Whether discussing Paul’s masterful use of
irony to shame the Corinthians, or introducing the ground-breaking ideas behind
relevance theory into a whole new field of study, the author demonstrates her
vast learning and experience while putting her complex subject into plain words
for the developing student.
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Just Deceivers: An Exploration of the Motif of Deception in the Books of Samuel.
James Clarke, & Co.. 177 Pages. ISBN: 9780227175507
Is it ever right to lie? Does the Bible
allow us to deceive? These are perennial questions that have been discussed and
debated by theologians for centuries with little consensus. Entering this
discussion, Just Deceivers provides a fresh analysis of this important topic
through a comprehensive examination of the motif of deception in the books of
Samuel. While many studies have explored deception in other Old Testament
texts―especially the patriarchal narratives of Genesis―and a few articles have
initiated examination of this motif in Samuel, Just Deceivers builds upon this
groundwork and offers an exhaustive treatment of this theme in an important
portion of the Hebrew Bible. Newkirk takes the reader through the books of
Samuel, investigating every occurrence of deception in the narrative and
exploring how the author depicts these various acts of deception, and then
synthesises the results to offer an exegetically based theology of deception. In
so doing, this study both challenges commonly held views concerning the Bible's
stance on falsehood and illustrates the importance of attending to the
sophisticated literary character of biblical narrative.
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The Role of Old Testament Theology in Old Testament Interpretation.
James Clarke, & Co.. 177 Pages. ISBN: 97807227175453
This collection of essays is
drawn from a series of previous collections to which the author has contributed
that were designed to honor senior scholars in the discipline of Old Testament
study. Each of these essays reflects a distinct intention depending on the
nature of the original collection in which they appeared and the scholar who was
being honored. Taken together, however, this collection amounts to an
articulation of Brueggemann's distinctive approach to theological interpretation
of the Old Testament. Already in his major volume on Old Testament theology,
Brueggemann proposed a dynamism of tension, dispute, and contradiction as the
text of ancient Israel sought to give voice to the mystery of God as a
sustaining and disruptive agent in the life of the world. Over a long period of
time, this collection reflects the author's growing clarity about the task of
Old Testament theology. It further reflects on the nature of the biblical text
and the way in which the God who inhabits the text runs beyond all of our
attempts to define and explain. These essays reflect not so much on
methodological issues, but take up the substantive questions that regularly
occupied these ancient text-makers.
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Douglas Ellory Pett.
Healing Tradition of the New Testament. The Lutterworth Press.
181 Pages. ISBN: 9780718893873
Over the last twenty years there
has been a great surge of interest in the healing ministry, yet this ferment of
activity seems not to have been matched by an equally fresh or energetic study
of healing in the New Testament, which ostensibly forms the basis, and is still
claimed as supplying the inspiration for the revival of this ministry.
This work is the first, serious, critical study of healing in the New Testament
as a discrete subject. It's purpose is to arrive at a clearer
understanding of what Scripture actually tells us about healing, not what we
imagine it says, but what the sacred authors actually wrote, and more to the
point, what they meant by what they wrote.
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Tricia Miller, (May 2015).
Jews and Anti-Judaism in Esther and the Church
James Clark, LTD. 224 Pages. ISBN:
A careful study of the book
of Esther and its anti-Jewish interpretations in the Church. By placing
the book of Esther in the context of politics and hermeneutics that are filled
with Jewish resistance to attempted genocide, Tricia Miller address the history
of Christian anti-Judaism, the errors of replacement theology and anti-Zionism
as the new anti-Judaism. It addresses the encouraging pattern of
cooperation and support between Christians and Jews that developed over recent
Heather Anne Kendall, (2006)
A Tale of Two Kingdoms
Ontario, Canada: Essence Publishing. 427 Pages. ISBN
"A great tool to assist the keen Bible student, A Tale of Two Kingdoms
carefully traces the unfolding history of salvation described in the Holy
Scriptures as it presents the antagonism between the kingdom of Christ and the
kingdom of Satan. Over the centuries the physical gives way to the
spiritual and Christ and His church are presented as the fulfillment of
prophesy. Finally, the kingdom which is not of this world, appears in
apocalyptic vision to defeat the kingdom of darkness. The author details
what went on in the silent years between the testaments. She concludes
with the eschatological views of representative Apostolic Fathers." Dr. G.A. Adams, former Principal of Toronto Baptist Seminary and Bible College. Purchase at:
Calum Carmichael, Ed., (2010)
Law and Wisdom in the Bible
West Conshohocken, PA: Templeton Press.
201 Pages. ISBN 978-1-59947-345-1
Templeton Press. $39.96
"That over forty years after they were delivered, these famous but
unavailable Gifford Lectures should be published as occasion for celebration.
Once again, we hear Daube's voice, patient and probing, as he turns over, as he
tests, as he pushes fresh inquiries, and as he finds new insights. No man
has had such a subtle sense of scriptural texts matched by such a supple sense
of the practices and particularities of human beings engaged in the legal
process. Law and Wisdom in the Bible, is classic Daube." John
T. Noonan Jr. United States Circuit Judge.
Dana C.E. Millson, Ed., (2011)
Experiment and Interpretation: The Use of Experimental Archaeology in
the Study of the Past.
Oxford, UK: Oxbow Books. 142 Pages.
"Experimental archaeology is today
forging new links between archaeological scientists and theorists.
Many of the best archaeological projects today are those which use
methodology and interpretation from both the sciences and the arts.
The papers presented here reflect this interdisciplinary approach and
focus on the sites and material culture spanning from the Mesolithic to
the Late Medieval periods. They range from the history of
experimentation in archaeology and its place within the field
today, to the theory behind "the experiment", to several projects which
have used controlled experimentation to test hypotheses about
archaeological remains, past actions, and the scientific processes we
use." Purchase at:
Thomas W. Mann, (2011)
The Book of the Former Prophets
Cambridge, UK: James Clark & Co. 423
Pages. ISBN 978-0-227-68010-0
"Having retold the first part of the Bible story of ancient Israel in his
acclaimed The Book of the Torah, Thomas Mann now presents the second half
with critical and theological acumen. The difficult themes and pictures
are not glossed over, but Mann's rich interpretive retelling opens up avenues
into contemporary appropriation of this story, on which, for better or for
worse, the Christian community is grounded." Patrick D. Miller, Princeton
Jack R. Lundbom, (2013)
Jeremiah Among the Prophets
Cambridge, UK: James Clark & Co. 141 Pages. ISBN
"Jack R. Lundbom makes a careful study of Jeremiah from chapter one to fifty
one, with an accessible but comprehensive interpretation of the book, analysis
of the life of the prophet, and consideration of the context of the Old
Testament. Lundborn sets out careful exposition of key issues. The
dreams and prophecies of Jeremiah are examined with an astute eye for signature
rhetorical and textual devices; this is taken with a view of the lamentations
found within the book of Jeremiah, which earned Jeremiah the nickname of "The
Weeping Prophet." The work of ancient scribes and scribal practices are
shown to have contributed to the transmission of Jeremiah's wisdom to the
present, helping us to understand the nature of the text and prophet."
Walter Brueggemann, Columbia Theological Seminary.
C. Athanasopoulos and C. Schneider, Ed., (2013)
Divine Essence and Divine Energies
Cambridge, UK: James Clark & Co. 288 Pages. ISBN
"A composite book of essays by ten scholars, Divine Essence and Divine
Energies provides a rich repository of diverse opinion about the
essence-energy distinction in Orthodox Christianity - a doctrine which
lies at the heart of the often fraught fault lines between East and West
and which, in this book, inspires a lively dialogue between the
contributors. A valuable addition to the dialogue between Eastern
and Western Christianity, this book will be of great interest to any
reader seeking a rigorously academic insight into the wealth of
scholarly opinion about the essence-energy distinction."
Tom Holland, (2004)
Contours of Pauline Theology.
Scotland, UK: Christian Focus Publications. 382
Pages. ISBN 185792469x
Theologians have been rather hard on the apostle Paul.
Many have accused him of taking the Christian faith in a direction of his own,
changing basic teachings of Jesus to suit his own views. Tom Holland
presents a conservative, if provocative, thesis that affirms the consistency of
Paul's teaching with that of Jesus. He does so by causing the reader to
look into the mind of the Jewish Paul to understand how he views the Old
testament, his source of scripture. Holland shows how Paul's Christology
was formed from Old Testament prophesies both in the prophetic writings and in
the Jewish traditional rituals. He shows how his theology was shaped by
and formed for Jewish thought. Those who would seek to discredit Pauline
theology will appreciate Holland's scholarship and the sound arguments on Paul's
behalf. Those who ascribe to Paul as an apostle of Jesus Christ will
appreciate Holland's apologetic prowess and find Paul's Jewish hermeneutic
illuminating. This text is a must read for a serious student of Pauline
theology, and may be too technical for the casual reader. Purchase at:
Book Distributors. $16.99
George M. Marsden, (2003)
Jonathan Edwards: A
Haven, CT: Yale University Press. 615 Pages. ISBN 0300096933
Anyone who is a student of the life and times of Jonathan Edwards will
thoroughly enjoy and gain from this seminal work by George Marsden.
Written as a scholarly narrative, this text is a thorough exposition of the
historical setting within which Jonathan Edwards lived, and its influence on his
theology. Edwards preached during the formative years of the American
nation, and the influences on Edward's life came from both English and American
sources. Marsden digs deeply into those sources as they shape the man who
would be known as one of most influential Christian theologians of his
era. The Journal gives this text its very highest recommendation.
Thank you Mr. Marsden for such a wonderful treatise of Mr. Edwards.
Several of the Journal staff are specifically interested in the life and
theology of Jonathan Edwards, and your work has served to deepen our own
understanding of the man and his times.
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Book Distributors. $32.99
A.D. Bauer, (2004)
The Beginning: A Second Look
at the First Sin.
Baltimore, MD: Square Halo Books. 327
Pages. ISBN 0965879860
Were Adam and Eve innocent before their submission to the
consequences of their own sin, or were they inherently wicked to start
with? These and many other questions of theology and doctrine have fueled
an active debate surrounding this basic subject: the fall of man as
recorded in the Bible book of Genesis. Rev. Bauer presents a very readable
and engaging discussion on the nature and consequences of the original sin using
the biblical accounts as his primary authority. A concerted effort is made
to assure that the biblical context is maintained. Rev. Bauer not only
presents the doctrines surrounding the biblical presentation of the original
sin, but provides application in many of the facets of daily life. A sound
background in scripture, a solid presentation of his positions, and generous
application make this book a very good reference on the subject.
Books Online. $21.95
Kenneth W. Shafer, (2002)
Searching for J. Baltimore,
MD: Gateway Press, Inc. 82 Pages, with appendix. ISBN
What are the biblical sources for text in the Old
Testament? Variant approaches to similar scriptural events suggest that
more than one source was used to create the documents. Originally
entitled, Rescuing the Documentary Hypothesis, this work attempts to
investigate the documentary hypothesis attributing more of the content of the
books to the J source, that which makes frequent reference to Jehovah, than
is heretofore considered. A brief defense is presented that asserts that the
identity of this source is identifiable, and may be female.
Following the text is a 90-page appendix that contains a table that
correlates the text of the Old Testament books in question with their
documentary sources. Mr. Shafer's defense of his hypothesis is based
upon a review of the literature and a comparison of biblical texts and
current documentary theories. This book is not written for one who is
interested in personal devotion, but rather for one who wishes to better
understand the documentary hypothesis and investigate the positions held by
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