The Annual Book Report, 2009 (Part II)

It is with great consternation, my gentle snowflakes, that I have come to realize that the end of the year is barely over a month away. It occurred to me that the time has come to start work on the Annual Book Report for 2010 (a year, I might add, in which the bibliographical harvest has been bountiful); but then I was horrified to remember that I never did get around to posting parts II & III of the Book Report for 2009! To redress this embarrassing gaffe, the reader will find part II below; part III will appear within the next few days. Once again, the chief purpose of these listings is twofold: on the one hand, to perhaps bring to the attention of some readers one or another book that they might have otherwise missed, and on the other, to elicit suggestions of related titles that might be useful to fill possible gaps in my library. Without further ado, then, I offer to you the Book Report for 2009, Part II.


III. Biblical Studies

Bartholomew, Craig, et al., eds. Out of Egypt: Biblical Theology and Biblical Interpretation. Scripture and Hermeneutics Series, vol. 4.  Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2004.

Baur, F. C. Paul the Apostle of Jesus Christ: His Life and Works, His Epistles and Teachings: Two Volumes in One. Peabody: Hendrickson, 2003.

Boers, Hendrikus. The Justification of the Gentiles: Paul’s Letters to the Galatians and Romans. Peabody: Hendrickson, 1994.

Bornkamm, Günther. Early Christian Experience, Study Edition. London: SCP Press Ltd., 1969.

Brauch, Manfred T. Abusing Scripture: The Consequences of Misreading the Bible.  Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2009.

Brown, Michael Joseph. What They Don’t Tell You: A Survivor’s Guide to Biblical Studies. Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2000.

Bruce, F. F. The Defense of the Gospel in the New Testament. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1977.

Bruce, F. F. New Testament Development of Old Testament Themes. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1968.

Burridge, Richard A., and Graham Gould. Jesus Now and Then. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2004.

Bütz, Jeffrey J. The Brother of Jesus and the Lost Teachings of Christianity. Rochester: Inner Traditions, 2005.

Childs, Brevard S. The Church’s Guide for Reading Paul: The Canonical Shaping of the Pauline Corpus. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2008.

Conn, Harvie M., ed.  Inerrancy and Hermeneutic: A Tradition, a Challenge, a Debate. Grand Rapids: Baker, 1988.

Elliott, Matthew A. Faithful Feelings: Rethinking Emotion in the New Testament. Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2006.

Enns, Peter. Inspiration and Incarnation: Evangelicals and the Problem of the Old Testament. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2005.

Evans, Craig A. Fabricating Jesus: How Modern Scholars Distort the Gospels. Downers Grover: InterVarsity Press, 2006.

Farmer, William R. Jesus and the Gospel: Tradition, Scripture, Canon. Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1982.

Fee, Gordon D., and  Mark L. Strauss.  How to Choose a Translation for All Its Worth: A Guide to Understanding and Using Bible Versions.  Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2007.

Fossum, Jarl, and Phillip Munoa. Jesus and the Gospels: An Introduction to Gospel Literature and Jesus Studies. Toronto: Wadsworth, 2004.

Fretheim, Terence E. Deuteronomic History. Interpreting Biblical Texts. Nashville: Abingdom Press, 1983.

Gasque, W. Ward, and William Sanford LaSor, eds. Scripture, Tradition, and Interpretation: Essays Presented to Everett F. Harrison by His Students and Colleagues in Honor of His Seventy-Fifth Birthday. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1978.

Gibson, Arthur. Biblical Semantic Logic: A Preliminary Analysis. The Biblical Seminar 75. New York: Sheffield Academic, 2001.

Goppelt, Leonhard. Apostolic and Post-Apostolic Times. New York and Evanston: Harper & Row, 1970.

Green, Gene L. Jude & 2 Peter. Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament.  Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2008.

Greenberg, Moshe. Biblical Prose Prayer as a Window to the Popular Religion of Ancient Israel. Berkeley: University of California, 1983.

Heine, Ronald E. Reading the Old Testament with the Ancient Church: Exploring the Formation of the Early Christian Thought. Evangelical Ressourcement: Ancient Sources for the Church’s Future. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2007.

Howard, David M., Jr., and Michael A. Grisanti, eds. Giving the Sense: Understanding and Using Old Testament Historical Texts. Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2003.

John, Jeffrey. The Meaning in the Miracles. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2001.

Kohlenberger, John R., III, ed. The Parallel Apocrypha. New York: Oxford University Press, 1997.

Kugel, James L. How to Read the Bible: A Guide to Scripture, Then and Now. New York: Free Press, 2007.

Marsh, Clive, and Steve Moyise.  Jesus and the Gospels: An Introduction. Cassell Biblical Studies Series. New York: Cassell, 1999.

Massaux, Edouard. The Influence of the Gospel of Saint Matthew on Christian Literature before Saint Irenaeus, Book 2: The Later Christian Writings. New Gospel Studies 5/2. Macon: Mercer University Press, 1990.

Massaux, Edouard. The Influence of the Gospel of Saint Matthew on Christian Literature before Saint Irenaeus, Book 3: The Apologists and the Didache. New Gospel Studies 5/3. Macon: Mercer University Press, 1993.

McKenzie, Steven L., and Stephen R. Haynes, eds. To Each Its Own Meaning:  An Introduction to Biblical Criticisms and their Applications. Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 1999.

Mellor, Enid B., ed.  The Making of the Old Testament.  The Cambridge Bible Commentary. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1972.

Neill, Stephen. Jesus Through Many Eyes: Introduction to the Theology of the New Testament. Philadelphia: Fortress, 1976.

O’Collins, Gerald, S. J., and Gilberto Marconi, eds. Luke and Acts. New York: Paulist Press, 1991.

O’Keefe, John J., and R. R. Reno. Sanctified Vision: An Introduction to Early Christian Interpretation of the Bible. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2005.

Pitre, Brant. Jesus, the Tribulation, and the End of the Exile. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2005.

Porter, Stanley E., ed. Hearing the Old Testament in the New Testament. Grand Rapids, Eerdmans, 2006.

Rowe, Kavin C. Early Narrative Christology: The Lord in the Gospel of Luke. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2006.

Ryan, Thomas J., ed. Critical History and Biblical Faith: New Testament Perspectives. The College Theology Society Annual Publication Series.  Villanova: The College Theology Society, 1979.

Satta, Ronald F. The Sacred Text: Biblical Authority in Nineteenth-Century America. Princeton Theological Monograph Series. Eugene: Pickwick, 2007.

Stanton, Graham N. The Gospels and Jesus. The Oxford Bible Series. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1989.

Stewart, James S. A Man in Christ: The Vital Elements of St. Paul’s Religion. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1935.

Stylianopoulos, Theodore G. The New Testament: An Orthodox Perspective. Brookline: Holy Cross Orthodox Press, 1997.

Taylor, Bernard A., et al., eds.  Biblical Greek Language and Lexicography: Essays in Honor of Frederick W. Danker. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2004.

Tiede, David. Jesus and the Future. Understanding Jesus Today. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1990.

Thompson, Thomas L. Mythic Past: Biblical Archaeology and the Myth of Israel. New York: MJF Books, 1999.

Williams, Matthew C. Two Gospels from One: A Comprehensive Text-Critical Analysis of the Synoptic Gospels. Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2006.

Yee, Gale A., ed. Judges & Method: New Approaches in Biblical Studies. Minneapolis: Fortress, 1995.


IV. Replacements

Harrison, R. K. Introduction to the Old Testament: Including a Comprehensive Review of Old Testament Studies and a Special Supplement on the Apocrypha. Peabody: Hendrickson, 2004.

Poythress, Vern S., and Wayne A. Grudem. The TNIV and The Gender-Neutral Bible Controversy. Nashville: Broadman and Holman, 2004.

Reicke, Bo. The New Testament Era: The World of the Bible from 500 B.C. to A.D. 100. Philadelphia: Fortress, 1964.

Strauss, Mark L. Distorting Scripture? The Challenge of Bible Translation & Gender Accuracy. Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 1998.


8 responses to “The Annual Book Report, 2009 (Part II)

  1. Nick> Well, I love lists of books too!

    Going through this one made me remember how much I read about the historical Jesus and the Gospels last year. (That may be why I wasn’t overly excited about the new books by Casey and Allison when I heard they had been published…) Anyway, yes, 2009 was a good year, but I believe that 2010 has been much better!


  2. I just started on my autumnal readings’ reviewlets, of which there are just under twenty–a slow season. Reviews (unlike Georgia) are on my mind!

    (And one of them I had to substantially tone down, and I’m happy I didn’t post it last night as I nearly did, because I think it might actually have been actionable in its former state. Now it’s just, um, not very nice.)


  3. Kevin> My goodness, if Bobby hadn’t commented here, I would have entirely forgotten to reply to your comment! The days are just too full.

    Well, you have posted your “reviewlets” by now, which were of course wonderful. Once again, I wish to express my appreciation for them. And I think we now know which one it was you had to tone down! (That reminds me, there’s another comment of yours to which I need to reply…)

    Bobby> I would say that, from this particular list, I read roughly three out of every four. The others I skimmed and/or read selectively, but I tried to interact with everything to a greater or lesser degree. My goal in purchasing or otherwise acquiring books is not necessarily to read everything I obtain in painstaking detail, but to build a reasonably complete research library. As such, then, I’m constantly identifying gaps that need to be filled: for instance, a question that recently came up while researching something else made it painfully clear that my OT wisdom literature section (outside of the Psalms) is very weak. So, I’ll work towards significantly expanding that over the next year.


  4. Thanks, Esteban. This is an impressive reading list, thanks for sharing it! Do you do any reading in the area of Systematic or Historical Theology; or is your passion for research purely located in the Bib. Studies realm? I’m just curious. :-)

    And I hear you on acquiring a good personal Library; I continue to work on that too. Of course this is to my wife’s chagrin, she would prefer that I would get a kindle or something; and reduce our book-shelves to a manageable size — but I constantly have to remind her that the books that I read are usually/often not available in the kindle format (which is fine with me, I look holding and smelling real life books ;-).


  5. Bobby> I haven’t read much systematic theology in the past decade or so — at least not the constructive systematics of Western Christian scholars. I try to read, of course, dogmatic theology by Orthodox authors, but even that is not my chief area of interest. I do read quite a bit in historical theology, however, and especially in patristic exegesis: doubtless you are aware that the ancient Trinitarian and Christological controversies were largely hashed out on the exegetical arena. Still, my first love is biblical studies.

    Please tell your wife that all e-readers are tools of Antichrist, and that therefore you must continue to acquire printed books for the sake of your soul. For indeed, what does it profit a man if he should gain the whole world in bookshelf space, yet forfeit his soul?! ;-)


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