Review of Andy Angel’s Book Entitled “Angels”

Author: Andy AngelTitle: Angels: Ancient Whisper of Another WorldPublisher: Cascade Books, an Imprint of Wipf and Stock PublishersDate of Publication: 2012Page Count: xiv, 197That figures! A guy with the last name Angel had to write a book about angels. When I first saw the title of this book and the author’s name, my jaw dropped and I did a double take.Andy Angel is Director of Extension Studies at St John’s College in Nottingham, England, and he is also a professor of Ne … [Read more...]

Review of Geza Vermes’ book, “The Resurrection: History and Myth”

Geza Vermes (1924-2013) was a British, Jewish scholar born in Hungary who lost his parents in the Holocaust. Reared Roman Catholic, he attended a Catholic seminary and became a Catholic priest. He became a leading authority on the Dead Sea Scrolls as well as the historical Jesus. This Oxford professor received many honors, including being a Fellow of the British Academy. In his career, Geza Vermes understandably vascillated between being a Catholic Christian and being a Jew.Due to his … [Read more...]

2014 SBL Panel Discussion of Bart Ehrman’s book, “How Jesus Became God”

During the past few weeks, I posted a three-part review that I wrote of Dr. Bart Ehrman's book, How Jesus Became God. Before I read this book, I attended a 2.5 hour session at the Society of Biblical Literature's Annual Meeting, in late November, 2014, at San Diego that involved a panel of six scholars who discussed this new book. The panel participants were James McGrath, Michael Bird, Dale Martin, Craig Evans, Larry Hurtado, and Bart Ehrman. Bird, Hurtado, and Evans are traditionalists … [Read more...]

Review of Bart Ehrman’s Book-”How Jesus Became God,” Part 3 of 3

So far in this review, I have been quite critical of Dr. Ehrman’s book, How Jesus Became God. I agree with him that Jesus did not think he was God and never claimed to be God. But there isn’t much else in those first five chapters with which I do agree. His main point is that the early Christians began believing Jesus was God because of their belief in his resurrection, and with that I disagree most vehemently.Ehrman’s Chapter 6 is titled, “The Beginning of Christologies: Christ as Exalted to … [Read more...]

Review of Bart Ehrman’s Book, How Jesus Became God–Part 2 of 3

(All scriptures are from the NRSV unless otherwise noted.)The foundation of Christianity is the resurrection of Jesus; without it, there never would have been any Christianity. Many historians have made this claim. Dr. Bart Ehrman believes it and so do I. He says (p. 174), “This is how Christianity started. If no one had thought Jesus had been raised, he would have been lost in the midst of Jewish antiquity and would be known today only as another failed Jewish prophet.”But as I stated in … [Read more...]

Review of Bart Ehrman’s Book–How Jesus Became God–Part 1 of 3

Author: Bart D. Ehrman, professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at the University of North Carolina, Chapel HillTitle: How Jesus Became God: The Exaltation of a Jewish Preacher from GalileePublisher and Date: HarperOne, 2014. Page length: 404 pp.All Scripture references are from the NRSV unless otherwise noted. Part 1 Dr. Bart Ehrman is probably the most successful author of theological books in America. He has five New York Times bestsellers including this one, How Jesus … [Read more...]

Review of Dunn’s Book, Jesus and the Spirit

I recently read James D.G. Dunn’s book entitled Jesus and the Spirit: A Study of the Religious and Charismatic Experience of Jesus and the First Christians as Reflected in the New Testament, published in 1975. It was his second book. Jimmy, as his friends call him, went on to become one of the premier New Testament (NT) scholars in the world and perhaps the foremost scholar on Christology, largely due to his book published in 1980 entitled Christology in the Making (short title), published in 1 … [Read more...]

Review of a Scholarly Book About Angels

Title: Angels of Light, Powers of Darkness: Thinking Biblically About Angels, Satan & PrincipalitiesAuthor: Stephen F. Noll; Publisher: InterVarsity; Publication Date: 1998; Pages: 255Reviewer: Kermit Zarley. Bible quotations are from the NRSV unless otherwise noted. The subject of angels, and especially Satan, went out of vogue in the western world with Enlightenment. But in our present age of post-modernity, angels and heaven are having a serious comeback. It’s partly d … [Read more...]