Biblical Studies Best Book Award
Rebekah Eklund, The Beatitudes through the Ages (Eerdmans)
Nijay’s says: Beautifully written, lots of great insights from reception history, and thoughtful about how we read within our own cultures and historical moments
New Testament Studies
Gombis, Power in Weakness: Paul’s Transformed Vision for Ministry (Eerdmans)
Nijay says: Raw and honest personal stories, combined with a cruciform reading of Paul = essential reading for pastors and students of Paul
*Honorable Mention*: Stephen E. Young, Our Brother Beloved: Purpose and Community in Paul’s Letter to Philemon (Baylor University Press)
Nijay says: Can anything new be said about Philemon? Yes, Young brings a fresh perspective and shakes up the conversation. Great read!
Old Testament Studies
J. Richard Middleton, Abraham’s Silence: The Binding of Isaac, the Suffering of Job, and How to Talk Back to God (Baker Academic)
Nijay says: Rich feast of exegesis, intra-canonical reflection, and reflection on vigorous prayer. (Bonus points if you can hear Middleton’s delightful Jamaican accent while you read the book). This is vintage Middleton scholarship—savor and enjoy.
Michael F. Bird, Seven Things I Wish Christians Knew about the Bible (Zondervan Academic)
Nijay says: Mike is the master of great textbooks. Quick read, major impact for students that need a crash-course in understanding the Bible.