Video about NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible

Usually things I have to say flow from the blog to Facebook rather than vice versa. But occasionally the flow reverses, and this is one such occasion. Since I finally received my print copy of the NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible, which I blogged about recently, I thought I would show it to friends and [Read More…]

NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible

I agreed to review the NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible by today, and although the print copy still has not reached me, I was given access to the ebook of the notes which are available through the Olive Tree app. The volume is edited by John Walton and Craig Keener, and published by Zondervan, and is due [Read More…]

The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible

The first Patheos Book Club that I was invited to participate in, unless I am mistaken, was for the book The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible (Sacred Activism) by Charles Eisenstein. Unfortunately the timing led to a long delay in my being able to review the book, and eventually a decision to set it [Read More…]

Galilee in the Late Second Temple and Mishnaic Periods Volume 1

I am grateful to Fortress Press for sending me a gratis review copy of Galilee in the Late Second Temple and Mishnaic Periods, Volume 1: Life, Culture, and Society, edited by David Fiensy and James Strange. But I am perhaps even more grateful to have had the privilege of reading the book while traveling to [Read More…]

Why Science Does Not Disprove God

I am grateful to Morrow for sending me a gratis review copy of Amir Aczel’s book Why Science Does Not Disprove God. Aczel’s previous work on the history of science and math is well-known. This book is based on interviews with a range of scientists and scholars, and is intended as a direct response to [Read More…]

Mapping the Origins Debate

I am grateful to IVP for sending me a gratis review copy of Gerald Rau’s book Mapping the Origins Debate. The book’s subtitle refers to the “Beginning of Everything,” but the book in fact looks at a number of quite distinct beginnings – the beginning of the universe, of life, of species, and of humans. Given [Read More…]

Darwin’s Pious Idea

Conor Cunningham’s book Darwin’s Pious Idea is an impressive effort, aimed at challenging the shared view among fundamentalists (whether religious or atheist) of what the implications are of Darwin’s theory of evolution. I am grateful to Eerdmans for having sent me a gratis review copy. The book begins by problematizing the essentialization of many aspects [Read More…]

Jesus Monotheism Volume 1

I’ve been looking forward to blogging about Crispin Fletcher-Louis’ book Jesus Monotheism: Volume One – Christological Origins: The Emerging Consensus and Beyond. Having finished reading it as I prepared my paper for the Enoch Seminar meeting about John’s Christology in Italy this month, the time has finally come. First, let me say that I appreciate Crispin’s [Read More…]

The Scepter and the Star

I am grateful to Eerdmans for having sent me a free review copy of the second edition of John J. Collins’ book The Scepter and the Star: Messianism in Light of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Anyone familiar with the first edition will already know that the book at the very least retains its value even [Read More…]

Carta Jerusalem Atlases

I am very grateful that Carta Jerusalem sent me several of their atlases to review: In The Master’s Steps: The Gospels in the Land, Jerusalem: City of the Great King, and Understanding the Jewish World from Roman to Byzantine Times. I suspect that anyone who is interested in the Bible owns an atlas if not [Read More…]