Sunday, 13 January 2008

Belated Christmas "Gift" for A Bibliophile - Part 1

It was a real delight as I walked into my office after my vacation to see 2 parcels waiting for me. My Amazon and CBD orders have finally arrived. Well - they were not really "gift" but orders I made some weeks ago. They were late - but better than never. Now I shall indulge myself for the next few weeks devouring these books.
Check out my latest purchase from Amazon:

Darrell Bock. Acts, BECNT. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic 2007.
"Respected New Testament scholar Darrell L. Bock provides a substantive yet highly accessible commentary on Acts in this latest addition to the acclaimed BECNT series. With extensive research and thoughtful chapter-by-chapter exegesis, Bock leads readers through all aspects of the book of Actssociological, historical, and theological. His work blends academic depth with readability, making it a useful tool for students, teachers, scholars, and pastors alike. A user-friendly design with shaded text and translations of the Greek text make this commentary engaging and easy to use. The result is a guide that clearly and meaningfully brings this important New Testament book to life for contemporary readers."

G.K. Beale & D. A. Carson, eds. Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2007.

"Readers of the New Testament often encounter quotes or allusions to Old Testament stories and prophecies that are unfamiliar or obscure. In order to fully understand the teachings of Jesus and his followers, it is important to understand the large body of Scripture that preceded and informed their thinking. Leading evangelical scholars G. K. Beale and D. A. Carson have brought together a distinguished team to provide readers with a comprehensive commentary on Old Testament quotations, allusions, and echoes that appear from Matthew through Revelation. College and seminary students, pastors, scholars, and interested lay readers will want to add this unique commentary to their reference libraries."

Contributors: Craig L. Blomberg (Denver Seminary) on Matthew; Rikk E. Watts (Regent College) on Mark; David W. Pao (Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) and Eckhard J. Schnabel (Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) on Luke; Andreas J. Köstenberger (Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary) on John; I. Howard Marshall (University of Aberdeen) on Acts Mark A. Seifrid (Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) on Romans; Roy E. Ciampa (Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary) and Brian S. Rosner (Moore Theological College) on 1 Corinthians; Peter Balla (Károli Gáspár Reformed University, Budapest) on 2 Corinthians; Moisés Silva (author of Philippians in the Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament) on Galatians and Philippians; Frank S. Thielman (Beeson Divinity School) on Ephesians; G. K. Beale (Wheaton College Graduate School) on Colossians ;Jeffrey A. D. Weima (Calvin Theological Seminary) on 1 and 2 Thessalonians; Philip H. Towner (United Bible Societies) on 1 and 2 Timothy and Titus; George H. Guthrie (Union University) on Hebrews; D. A. Carson (Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) on the General Epistles; G. K. Beale (Wheaton College Graduate School) and Sean M. McDonough (Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary) on Revelation.

Oskar Skarsaune & Reidar Hvalvik, eds. The Early Centuries Jewish Believers in Jesus. Peabody: Hendrickson, 2007.

This book "examines the formative first five centuries of Christian history as experienced by individuals who were ethnically Jewish, but who professed faith in Jesus Christ as the Messiah. Offering the work of an impressive international team of scholars, this unique study examines the first five centuries of texts thought to have been authored or edited by Jewish Christians, including the Old Testament Pseudepigrapha, the New Testament Apocrypha, and some patristic works. Also considered are statements within patristic literature about Jewish believers and uses of oral traditions from Jewish Christians. Furthermore, the evidence in Jewish, mainly rabbinic, literature is examined, and room is made for a judicious sifting of the archaeological evidence. The final two chapters are devoted to an enlightening synthesis of the material with subsequent conclusions regarding Jewish believers in antiquity."

Richard Bauckham. The Testimony of the Beloved Disciple: Narrative, History and Theology in the Gospel of John. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2007.
"How do historical and literary details contribute to a coherent theological witness to Jesus in the Gospel of John? A leading British evangelical New Testament scholar answers that question with studies on themes from messianism to monotheism, symbolic actions from foot-washing to fish-catching, literary contexts from Qumran to the Hellenistic historians, and figures from Nicodemus to the beloved disciple to Papias. Originally published in various journals and collections, these essays are now available for the first time in one affordable volume with a substantial new introduction that ties them all together. A must-have for serious students of the Fourth Gospel."

Paul Trebilco. The Early Christians in Ephesus from Paul to Ignatius. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2007 (previously published by Mohr Siebeck, 2004).
In this book, Trebilco "seeks to discuss all the evidence for the life of the early Christians in Ephesus from Paul to Ignatius, seen in the context of our knowledge of the city as a whole. Drawing on Paul's letters and the Acts of the Apostles, the author discusses the beginnings of the life of the early Christians in Ephesus, both before the Pauline mission and during that mission. He then shows that in the period from around 80-100CE there were a number of different groups in Ephesus who regarded themselves as Christians. Some key features of the life of each of these groups are discussed, as the evidence allows; this testifies to the diversity of early Christianity in Ephesus. It is also argued that the Pauline group and the Johannine group in Ephesus were distinct and separate communities, although they maintained non-hostile contact. Finally the information that Ignatius gives us about Christians in Ephesus in his time is discussed."


Alex Tang said...

Ah! Nice collection of interesting titles. Enjoy!

bk said...

Your comments on The Testimony of the Beloved Disciple makes me think you might appreciate the insights offered in another study on the beloved disciple that highlights some overlooked facts in scripture that can shed some new light on the unnamed "other disciple whom Jesus loved" -- the one who stood openly by Jesus at the cross and yet uses such curious and cumbersome efforts to conceal his identity in his own gospel. examines the facts stated in the plain text of scripture on the one whom "Jesus loved" using a courtroom scenario with the Bible being the only evidence allowed. By comparing what the Bible says about "the disciple whom Jesus loved" with what it says about other characters found in scripture this study seeks to encourage Bible students to take seriously the Biblical admonition to "prove all things" -- especially in light of Ps. 118:8.

Kar Yong said...

Hi BK,

Thanks for the source - I am aware of the argument presented by the book, although I have not read it myself. However, for many NT scholars, to rely ONLY on the scripture as the only evidence while ignoring ancient biographical writing or literary style seems a little bit irresponsible academically.

Will find some time to look into the book. Thanks again.

BK said...

I should say that the bk who just posted above is not the same as the one who occasionally comments over here and at pearlie's!

BK @

Kar Yong said...

To the Real BK,
Thanks for clarification! I thot it was you! Haha!