N.T. Wright. The Paul Debate: Critical Questions for Understanding the Apostle. Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2015. Pp. xi + 110. ISBN: 978-1-4813-0417-7. $34.95 [Hardback]. Reviewed by: Shawn J. Wilhite. In the past year and a half, many have read, … Continue reading
Each semester, Wednesday—in particular—stands above the rest. By that, I mean, my week anticipates and builds towards Wednesday. At Southern Seminary, PhD students gather together around a common vision and a common place for at least four hours. The 1892 Club is … Continue reading
Paul A. Rainbow. Johannine Theology: The Gospel, the Epistles and the Apocalypse. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2014. Pp. 496. ISBN: 978-0-8308-4056-4. $40.00 [Hardback]. * * * * * Paul Rainbow—Professor of New … Continue reading
Winter break is always a great time to catch up on other small projects that have been postponed. The following have landed on my desk for review for the next six months. All of which, I am thrilled to review. … Continue reading
Over the past month I have been critically engaging Rowan Greer’s Captain of Our Salvation: A Study in the Patristic Exegesis of Hebrews. It is an excellent book highlighting how Hebrews was used in the early Christological debates.
Regrettably, as I was reading this book, I found out Greer recently passed away. Here is a recent note by my supervisor, Michael Haykin, about his passing (see here).
Below is a review.
Over the past two months I have been slowly engaging Paul and the Faithfulness of God, the newest edition to N.T. Wright’s Christian Origins and the Question of God series. It was an enjoyable read; it was a fruitful read; and, of course, it was a frustrating read. But nonetheless, this book is very helpful for those involved in Pauline Theology, Biblical Theology, and 2nd-Temple literature.
Fortress Press kindly allowed me to review it. Below is the full the review.
Also, Books at a Glance Published this too (Peer Reviewed—Fred Zaspel and Jarvis Williams). Please see here.
Tim Dowley, ed. Introduction to the History of Christianity. 2nd Ed. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 2013. Pp. 616. ISBN 978-0-8006-9969-7. $55.00 (Paperback).
Within the past month, Fortress Press released the 2nd Ed. of Introduction to the History of Christianity, edited by Tim Dowley. Although not a typical pattern in the humanities discipline, this history book is a multi-authored resource. And by multi-authored, I mean 65 authors. With my focused interests in early church history, I will necessarily focus my attention on the relevant chapters.
The array of historical introductions gladly welcome this new edition. The collaborative effort is one of the chief marks of its value. Christian historians, from varied geographical locales, team together to write a “bird’s-eye view of 2000 years of Christianity” (preface, 18). Part I: Beginnings AD 1–325 and Part II: Acceptance and Conquest: AD 325–600 include 15 chapters authored by Richard A. Burridge, David F. Wright, Ralph P. Martin, Michael A. Smith, and others. Each chapter also includes multiple 200–600 word “side-bars”, highlighting relevant data respective of the chapter’s topics. Here is a small sampling of authors and topics:
Recently released, and greatly needed in the intelligentsia of Early Church literature, are two of the last three volumes of the Oxford Apostolic Fathers Commentary series. This series not only will serve English scholarship, but will aid the coming trends of NT reception history, critical English scholarship of the Apostolic Fathers, and bring contemporary scholarship up-to-date. Each volume aims to reach students and scholars of the Early Church, of Patristic theology, and of New Testament studies.
Currently, the three published volumes are:
- Christopher Tuckett. 2 Clement: Introduction, Text, and Commentary. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2012. Pp. x + 328.
- Paul Hartog. Polycarp’s Epistle to the Philippians and the Martyrdom of Polycarp: Introduction, Text, and Commentary. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2013. Pp. xi + 402.
- Clayton N. Jefford. The Epistle to Diognetus (With the Fragment of Quadratus): Introduction, Text, and Commentary. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2013. Pp. ix + 281.
In the coming months, I will review each of these three volumes. I will attempt to publish Jefford’s review in a 2nd-tier journal.
Here are two recent publications (Book Review) for SBJT 17, no. 2 (Summer 2013).
Thomas O’Loughlin, professor of Historical Theology at the University of Nottingham, presents a wonderful contribution to Διδαχἠ literature after 25 years of academic teaching and study of its contents. This introduction, The Didache: A Window on the Earliest Christians, is highly recommended both for its simplicity yet rich insight in the Didachist’s message.