My copies of Gary D. Pratico & Miles V. Van Pelt’s Basics of Biblical Hebrew Grammar and Workbook arrived in tact from Lexington, KY of all places! That’s a miracle! I’ve long had the vocab cards that go with the grammar, and if memory serves, I have the laminated paradigm sheet laying around somewhere. Me and my daughter will begin really learning the language shortly. Hopefully we’ll keep each other honest!
I also received a couple of booklets from Westminster Theological Seminary. The first is God’s Love: Better than Unconditional by David Powlison. The second is Should You Believe in God? by K. Scott Oliphint. WTS is trying to raise funds right now and these accompanied a note asking for my assistance. I’ll have to see what I’m able to do, but if you’re able to support the seminary then please, do so!
My dear friend Esteban Vázquez informed me that Amazon was doing a 30% off promotional discount so I immediately started browsing the items in my shopping cart to see what I’d like to get for cheaper. My daughter wants to learn Hebrew and I do as well so I got Van Pelt & Pratico’s Basics of Biblical Hebrew Grammar & Workbook. I ended up saving nearly $9! Not a bad deal!
Came home last night to discover two packages from Eerdmans containing Jack Levison’s Inspired: The Holy Spirit and the Mind of Faith as well as the Richard Bauckham, James Davila, and Alexander Panayotov edited Old Testament Psuedepigrapha: More Noncanonical Scriptures, vol. 1. It’s so nice to have these fresh translations with new introductions within reach.
I would have noted this sooner but I wanted to relax as much as possible on Thanksgiving so I refrained from blogging and hardly tweeted at all. But Michael Burgos sent me a copy of his book Kiss the Son: A Christological Apology in Response to David K. Bernard’s The Oneness of God. So thanks to Michael for the book! I’m looking forward to reading it as Bernard’s volume is one of the most frustrating things I’ve ever come across. It’ll be nice to see a book-length response to it.
CBD is yet again selling Barth’s Church Dogmatics for $79.99! I feel obligated to inform my reading audience every time this set goes on sale. It’s a steal at $119.99 but $79.99 is a can’t miss price! Christmas is coming up and this would be the perfect gift for your theologically inclined friend or family member. And at this price why not treat yourself if you don’t already have a set! Act fast while the price lasts!
A hearty thank you goes to my friend and pastor Dino for having the church purchase my new UBS Greek New Testament: Reader’s Edition with Textual Notes. I already love this Bible more than most any of my other Greek texts.
To start, the imitation leather cover isn’t trying to fake at being leather at all; it’s akin to Crossway’s Trutone or Zondervan’s Italian DuoTone, which are really their own thing and not leather substitutes at all. Personally, I love the look and feel of the material.
Secondly, the pages are opaque and sturdy. No bleed-through from the opposite side of the page or the pages behind. It’s possible that there’s even a little less bleed-through than in the hardcover first edition of the same Bible! The weighty paper is a genuine pleasure. Definitely not the onion paper one is used to in a lot of Bibles.
Thirdly, there are two ribbon markers! And what’s more is that they’re both long enough to actually be useful! Some Bibles of similar size and design give short ribbon markers that are practically useless. Not the UBS! Right now I have one in ΚΑΤΑ ΙΩΑΝΝΗΝ and the other in ΙΩΑΝΝΟΥ Α because I plan to take a close look at how the letter builds off the Gospel and offers a commentary on it.
Lastly, I appreciate the truncated textual apparatus noting significant variants that, according to the compiler Florian Voss, “significantly impact the meaning of the text” (11*). I haven’t looked at it in depth but it is certainly a welcome addition to the running Greek-English dictionary compiled by Barclay M. Newman.
I can already tell that I’m going to be getting a lot of use out of this Bible!
I was also blessed with a copy of Alan Kurschner’s Antichrist Before the Day of the Lord: What Every Christian Needs to Know about the Return of Christ, which was sent to me by Alan himself. Alan takes a pre-wrath view of the rapture, which happens to be the one view with which I am not familiar, so I am looking forward to learning about it from someone who I know is an able interpreter of Scripture.
I’m always pleased to encounter good customer service, which these days seems to happen less often than it should. I’m happy to report that Credo Books (the seller from whom I purchased the NA26 I received yesterday) has refunded my money in full due to my dissatisfaction with the condition of the book. And I get to keep the book, which is obviously a bonus!
So I wanted to publicly note that their customer service was fantastic. They got back to me less than a day after I emailed them and my money has already been credited to my account. So thank you Mr. VanDerSchaaf for your integrity and helpfulness! I will be purchasing from you again!
It’s nice to come home from a long day of work and find a table full of packages with your name on them. Today I received the pocket-sized NA26 that I ordered used last week. It arrived in terrible condition and it was not at all as described by the seller. This is the message I just sent them:
The condition of the item I ordered was described as: “Used – Very Good” with the following comments: “no marks in text; name on ffe”. The item I received was not in “very good” or even “good” condition as it has a severely dented cover and severely dented pages. I’ve attached a photo. I would prefer not to return it unless it can be replaced with the same volume in better condition. If this is not possible then I’d like to ask for at least part of the price I paid to be credited to my Amazon account. If this is unacceptable then I suppose a last resort will be to return the item and leave negative feedback, which I’d rather not do, but I am not satisfied with the quality of my purchase and it does not match the description that led me to buy it. Thank you for your time.
But I received perfectly intact copies of John Frame’s Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Christian Belief, which is huge btw, and the Stan Porter/Matthew Malcolm edited volume The Future of Biblical Interpretation: Responsible Plurality in Biblical Hermeneutics from P&R and IVP Academic respectively.
Thanks to the generosity of my church I just placed an order for the UBS Greek New Testament: Reader’s Edition with Textual Notes. I have the first edition (in hardcover), which doesn’t have the textual notes. Aside from the addition of textual notes in this edition, it also sports an imitation leather cover. Some folks might cringe at the idea of imitation leather but if the UBS is behind it then then quality is guaranteed to be good. I’d also note that CBD has it for a remarkable price at the moment; $11.99 is simply too good to pass up for this useful resource! I’m looking forward to making much use of this Bible in my study. So thanks to my pastor for not only okaying, but also suggesting the purchase!
IVP Academic sent along a copy of John Walton & D. Brent Sandy’s The Lost World of Scripture: Ancient Literary Culture and Biblical Authority for review.
Eerdmans sent a copy of the Festschrift for Beverly Roberts Gaventa entitled The Unrelenting God: God’s Action in Scripture edited by David J. Downs & Matthew L. Skinner.