Book Reviews

Karl Barth: An Introductory Biography for Evangelicals

Karl Barth stands as not only one of the most important theologians the church has produced, but also one of the most heavily criticized by the evangelical church in America. It is no secret that Barth stands at odds with conservative evangelicals on a number of important theological issues, some of which strike at the heart of Christian faith and doctrine….

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Jerome’s Legacy: Towering Scholar or Anti-Semite?

Jerome and the Jews: Innovative Supersessionism, by William Krewson (Wipf & Stock, 2017), 218pp. William Krewson’s book on Jerome is not simply another introduction to the life and thought of one of the truly great “Doctors of the Church.” His book is focused on one area of his many writings – the role of the Jewish people in the plan and purpose of God. People often use the writings of the Fathers when they are convenient to push a personal…

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A Narrative Theology of the New Testament, by Timo Eskola

In this work, Timo Eskola seeks to advance the restoration theme as a major substructure of NT theology. He recognizes that this new emphasis on restoration of Israel in NT thought was advanced largely by Sanders and Wright (8-11), but he believes no one has of yet demonstrated how the restoration paradigm undergirds all of NT theology….

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The Apocalyptic Imagination: An Introduction to Jewish Apocalyptic Literature, by John J. Collins

The first edition of John Collins’ Apocalyptic Imagination was published more than 30 years ago. The second edition was published seventeen years ago. The third edition updates this time-tested textbook to take account of the last seventeen years of scholarship, which has shown immense interest in apocalyptic literature and its relevance for New Testament interpretation….

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The Germans Take On Alvin Plantinga

In the last half of the 20th century, many consider Alvin Plantinga to be the most important philosopher of religion. His work in the area of epistemology has been widely read and widely engaged by both Christian and non-Christian philosophers alike. In his magnum opus Warranted Christian Belief (hereafter WCB), which is the third book….

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The Strongest Defense of “Authority” Since Warfield?

B. B. Warfield (1851-1921) is now famous for, among many of his works, his posthumously collected writings entitled The Inspiration and Authority of the Bible. Especially in Reformed camps, Warfield is perhaps the standard defender of the bible’s authority and inspiration. But his work is admittedly old and he did not face the challenges of the last century of modern critical developments….

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Tribute to John Sailhamer: Review of His Meaning of the Pentateuch

The Meaning of the Pentateuch by John Sailhamer (IVP, 2009, 632 pp.) was the most stimulating and insightful book on the Bible that I read in the decade of 2000-2010. Sailhamer boldly went where most fear to tread in his proposal about the textual composition of the Pentateuch and the entire Hebrew Bible – as well as their implications for a theology of the OT. He argues for a two stage composition of the….

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