If I were to survey the current state of hermeneutical exegesis, I would get the strong sense of a blathering mess of chaotic interpretation fostered upon Holy Writ by people who simple have no idea what they are doing. Perhaps I would then seek to find ways of helping them to bring order to chaos and engineer something of a return to sound dogmatic portrayals of Scripture. To assist me, I would need to turn to easy-to-understand books appealing to both the trained and untrained. I believe Herbert W. Bateman’s book, Interpreting the General Letters: An Exegetical Handbook, is
Be sure to check out Zombie Church on Kregel’s website. Zombie Church, at first glance seems to be nothing more than the same tired observations presented in a way that might appeal to those who enjoy horror (a bonus!) or an old complaint presented in a more socially relevant manner. To dismiss the book as only that is to do a great disservice to Tyler Edwards, but also, and most importantly to yourself. While it is true that he observes of the struggles the church currently faces, the true joy of the book is in the solutions he offers.
Thanks to Sarah for sending this along… even if I had missed the sign-up deadline. From Kregel, This handbook is designed as a step-by-step approach for analyzing and communicating eight letters of the New Testament: Hebrews, James, the Petrine Letters, the Johannine Letters, and Jude. Interpreting the General Letters provides important background material for these books’ interpretation by exploring the types and component parts of letter writing, the importance of an amanuensis; the historical background of the Greco-Roman world, and implications of each of these factors for interpreting the general letters. This foundation is followed by a discussion of the
From Kregel, There are Zombies among us Liars. Hypocrites. Men, women, and children who attend church because it’s what they are supposed to do. Just going through the motions. These are the undead–ÂÂpeople who are disconnected from the Spirit of God–who are spreading a virus of passivity, or worse. No one is completely immune. Zombies can live. But they will have to fight. Fight for their lives. In this challenging, culturally relevant book, Tyler Edwards spotlights the very real but often ignored lackluster attitude of today’s believers. An attitude that can infect an entire church. Using examples from popular
This is huge book – 900+ pages. It does look interesting, however… You can see the table of contents and read a chapter, here. See it on the Kregel Academic page as well. A biblical, historical, and practical examination of wealth and social justice People of faith have always been in search of a homeland—from God’s first calling-out of Abraham to the Pilgrims who came to America to establish the “city upon a hill”. Fundamental to this quest for a just, holy civilization—and one of the critical questions facing us today—has been the progress of humankind on the earth
Be sure to check out the Kregel Academic product page! Lately, I’ve become aware of certain scientific studies related to what Christianity has usually called “the inner man.” I will update that and say “the inner person.” Several studies indicate meditation, prayer, and other forms of reflective exercises may actually alter the brain in such a way as to produce noticeable and positive results. Such a concept is found in Scripture regarding what it has called “the heart.” In reading Robert Saucy’s book, Minding the Heart, I have found a sincere scholar and theology who knows something of these
Daniel Wallace, the most well-versed textual critic of our modern age, has compiled and parsed the most popular words used in Michael Holmes’s third edition of the Apostolic Fathers (Baker, 2007). Wallace’s book, as it says from the very first, is designed to coincide with Holmes’s work. While it may be possible use it elsewhere, it is not recommended. In surveying some of the online responses as well as private conversations, the one real concern some will have with this book is that it is unlike the Reader’s New Testament produced by various publishing companies. And they are absolutely correct; however,