I just reviewed this book for Books at a Glance:
Ben Witherington III. Reading and Understanding the Bible. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014.
Here are four similar books I recommend more highly: [Read more…]
Craig S. Keener. The IVP Bible Background Commentary: New Testament. 2nd ed. Downers Grove: IVP, 2014.
The first edition, which has sold over 600,000 copies, released twenty years ago in 1993, and the second edition slightly revises it. (Keener’s foreword and acknowledgments to the second edition doesn’t specify what he has revised in the second edition, and I haven’t compared the two editions to spot changes.) [Read more…]
Joel B. Green and Lee Martin McDonald, eds. The World of the New Testament: Cultural, Social, and Historical Contexts. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2013.
You can view the contents and contributors via Amazon’s “look inside” feature.
I attempt to answer that question on TGC’s blog.
Rob has prepared two short, lay-friendly booklets (under 100 pages) that derive from his 40 Questions book:
1. The Story of Scripture: How We Got Our Bible and Why We Can Trust It. Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2013. [Read more…]
Five months ago I highlighted Don Carson’s critique of William Webb’s trajectory hermeneutic (copied at the end of this post).
Now there’s a more comprehensive, book-length critique:
Benjamin Reaoch. Women, Slaves, and the Gender Debate: A Complementarian Response to the Redemptive-Movement Hermeneutic. Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian & Reformed, 2012.
It revises Reaoch’s PhD dissertation at Southern Seminary under Tom Schreiner, who writes the foreword.
Reaoch makes several arguments:
I argue in the final chapter of this book that this diminished role for the Gospels is unfounded in light of church history and many theological considerations. But for now we can address this issue through an informative illustration of my experience with the Kentucky Derby. Rather than being merely foundational, past-era historical data, the Gospels are more like a television viewing of the annual Kentucky Derby horse race. [Read more…]