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Book Notes on “For Our Good Always: Studies on the Message and Influence of Deuteronomy in Honor of Daniel I. Block”

Note, this is a Book Notes (a possible new feature), not a full review which may follow later. The goal of this feature is to give you a brief summary. There is not a more important book to understanding Paul’s theology than Deuteronomy. Likewise, we may suspect that there is no important book to the Gospels’, especially John, understanding of Jesus than the final book of Moses. Finally, there seems to be no better book in understanding, if not the entire Jewish canon, than a sizable portion along with several literary strains of Second Temple Judaism, than the capstone


My Top Two Books for the Year – 2011

I don’t usually do this, but I’ve had two books which I have reviewed this year which have really stood out to me. You can find the review here And… You can find the review here War and Terrorism opened up a new world for me in terms of dealing with the issues at hand from a variety of angles. It is very fitting to read this book from time to time in order to deal with the issues which we are promised to face for the rest of this century. Andy‘s book, well, as I was sinking deep into the


Finally, it’s here: John Walton’s Genesis 1 as Ancient Cosmology

I will be posting insights and reflections, leading up to a review starting soon. I’ve had the pleasure of reading this book since Friday, off and on, and it is spectacular. ORDER IT FROM EISENBRAUNS. The ancient Near Eastern mode of thought is not at all intuitive to us moderns, but our understanding of ancient perspectives can only approach accuracy when we begin to penetrate ancient texts on their own terms rather than imposing our own world view. In this task, we are aided by the ever-growing corpus of literature that is being recovered and analyzed. After an introduction

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Book Announcement: In Pursuit of Meaning by Baruch A. Levine

Thought this might interest a few of you: In Pursuit of Meaning Collected Studies of Baruch A. Levine by Baruch A. Levine Edited by Andrew D. Gross Volume 1: Religion Volume 2: Law, Society, and Language Special prepublication offer through April 15: 30% off! Eisenbrauns, Forthcoming, April 2011 List Price: $109.50 Your Price: $76.65 You save: $32.85 (30%) Availability: Not Yet Published Preorders cheerfully accepted! Permanent link: Table of Contents Description Forthcoming April 2011 In a career spanning almost five decades, Baruch Levine’s numerous publications reflect his wide-ranging interests and areas of expertise in the study of the Hebrew Bible, the ancient


Review: War in the Bible and Terrorism in the Twenty-First Century

During our time, we are watching threats arise in North Korea and Iran as well threats emerging again in Iraq and other portions of the Middle East. Not only that, but the wars which prompted these essays have yet  to subside and with each promise of withdrawal comes the passive acknowledgment that our children may not in fact see the end of these wars. This book doesn’t promise answers, and what answers it gives don’t always sit well with those of us to the political left who fight tooth and nail for the ‘pure’ doctrine of Just War. Of

Books / Religion and Politics

Thoughts on War in the Bible and Terrorism in the 21st Century, Essay 7

For an introduction to the series, see here. Major General Durie was a strong advocate of the Just War theory, and his essay is not less adamant that Just War can be maintained in the fight against modern terrorism. He notes, rightly, that terrorism is generally what the other person doesn’t like. During the period immediately following 9/11, Reuters, if memory serves, published a story stating that one’s man terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter. This was not received well by the American public who was still in the midst of subjective response. But, the statement is accurate. Durie

Books / Religion and Politics

Thoughts on War in the Bible and Terrorism in the 21st Century, Essay 6

For an introduction to the series, see here. Another one? Another essay which takes a different slant than I want on war and terrorism during our time? Written by Lt. Col. Tony Pfaff, a former philosopher teacher at West Point, this essay tackles the issue of noncombatant immunity in our pursuit of terrorists. What I didn’t know was, was the distinction between Police Action and War, and how civilians factored into the decision of force. This distinction is easily summarized when Pfaff writes, By enforcing laws, police maintain peace; by fighting wars, soldiers establish it. (p98) Pfaff then goes