My Top 5 Books of #2013 (@logos, @artistsofgod, @pennpress, @fortresspress, @eerdmansbook, @ivpacademic)

The rules are simple. I’ve had to review the book this year. Also, there are in no real particular order…

  1. The Address of Happiness. While I don’t want to play favorites,  I have to say that this book is (the) one of my favorites for this year out of my favorites. It is a lyrical poem filled with beauty and a soon-to-be made movie. Kirkpatrick has invested into his characters a certain amount of warmth, love, and spirituality lacking in far too many books. Further, he allows his audience the experience of surprise, horror, and even love.
  2. Donald H. Carslon‘s book, Jewish-Christian Interpretation of the Pentateuch in the Pseudo-Clementine Homilies, has provided a wonderful introduction to early Christianity and even on how to interpret Scripture today.
  3. Francis Watson‘s, Gospel Writing, is powerful and some of it will factor into my dissertation.
  4. While the series has been around for a long time, Logos released and I reviewed IVP-Academic’s Ancient Commentary on Scripture.
  5. Finally, Naftali Cohn‘s book, Memory of the Temple and the Making of the Rabbis, is another highly influential book for my dissertation and should be if you are looking at how the Gospels could make memories of Jesus.

Finally, while I didn’t get to review all of the book, the books (respectively) by Candida Moss and T. Michael Law are essential reading for your coming year.

To all of those who didn’t make it, I am sorry. It’s not like this list really counts. You’ve published a book! And people have read it! Also, I selected 5 because I was too tempted to include more. 5 is a good number. But each of the rest of you are at least number 6.

To all of the publishers who’ve surrendered to me review copies, I thank you.

Joel L. Watts
Joel L. Watts holds a Masters of Arts from United Theological Seminary with a focus in literary and rhetorical criticism of the New Testament. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of the Free State, analyzing Paul’s model of atonement in Galatians. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014).

2 thoughts on “My Top 5 Books of #2013 (@logos, @artistsofgod, @pennpress, @fortresspress, @eerdmansbook, @ivpacademic)

  1. I found the Candida Moss one odd and disappointing. Her fixation appeared to be with modern American fundamentalism/conservatism more than ancient Christianity. Or, to put it another way, she wrote an entire book about the latter in order to get at the former. Odd, as I say.

    1. To be fair, she does have other books addressing the former. I think this was meant to address a popular crowd. And as an American, mainly us who whine when a tv show star gets reprimanded, calling that persecution!

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