Category Archives: Books (Misc.)

Just Ordered

I took advantage of a couple of holiday sales and got a couple of volumes I’ve had my eye on for a while.

I picked up Larry Hurtado’s Ancient Jewish Monotheism and Early Christian Jesus-Devotion: The Context and Character of Christological Faith from Amazon with a coupon that gave me $5 off a book purchase and I applied some points I had accumulated on my Amazon Visa.

I also picked up a copy of A New English Translation of the Septuagint (finally!) and Aristotle in Aquinas’s Theology edited by Gilles Emery and Matthew Levering from Oxford University Press. They were running a 50% off site-wide sale with free shipping (up until 11:59PM last night).

I’m keeping my eye on a couple of other sales but I’m not quite ready to pull the trigger just yet.

B”H

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On Aesthetic Sensibilities and Changes to my Book

So a little while ago I noted that I decided to collate a bunch of my reviews on books about Christology and produce a slim volume that I self published with Lulu. I got the original version in and it was offensive for a number of reasons.

Reason #1 – A plethora of typographical errors. From the first page of the first review to the back cover there were a number of typos that I had managed to overlook. The problem with editing one’s own work is that they know how it should read/look so they read in such a way as to mentally apply corrections that haven’t actually been applied. The typos ranged from punctuation to grammar to spelling. It was awful.

Reason #2 – The format. I had initially began each chapter with the full bibliographic details of each book under review. On my blog this wasn’t really a problem as this was my preferred method in the latter part of my review writing. In a book format it just looked awkward. In addition to this I had formatting issues that were caused by downloading Lulu’s template for a 6×9 book. That brings us to…

Reason #3 – The fonts and spacing. I had created the original file on Lulu’s template in MS Word. My preferred font is Minion Pro for English and the SBL fonts for Hebrew and Greek. I also like my spacing at exactly 1.15 and I prefer for there to be spaces between footnotes. Well, when I uploaded my completed Word document to Lulu’s servers they changed everything to Times New Roman and single spacing! The only fix was to upload a PDF file. The issue there was that when I saved it as a PDF it saved as an 8.5×11 document. Lulu then shrank it down and it created margins that were unacceptable and a font size that was smaller then I wanted.

So in order to fix everything I ended up importing the document into Pages, which is Apple’s proprietary word processing program. I began by getting rid of full bibliographic information at the top of every page. Instead I inserted chapter numbers, the title of the book under review, and the author of said book. This made it look much more like a real book and a lot less sloppy. Here’s the difference:

I then combed through the manuscript innumerable times in order to fix the typos. I also caught some mistakes in formatting that I had initially missed. All of my original font choices were restored and I tried my best tp standardize certain things such as section headings and the way I cite page numbers, footnotes, scripture, etc.

Finally, I added some front matter (e.g., copyright page, dedication page) and in the final version a bibliography of the books reviewed. This is where all the information removed from the beginning of each review now appears. So while I’m calling this final version the “First Corrected Edition,” it’s technically the second.

But how did I manage to get everything the way I wanted it when I uploaded to Lulu’s servers?, you ask. Well, Pages exported the PDF document exactly according to the template that the document was created in. So no more 8.5×11. This was 6×9. And the PDF allowed for all of my fonts and spacing. In the end I ended up with something that looks a lot more professional and doesn’t offend my aesthetic sensibilities.

Pick up a copy if you’d like to check it out. 

B”H

Home Library/Office Tour

I wanted to do this for a while. I had some time today. One day I’ll get a good camera and give this thing some real production value.

B”H

In the Mail

I forget who posted about the ESV Reader’s edition of Paul’s Letters but once I learned of its existence I just knew that I needed a copy for the bedside table. When I looked around I saw that CBD had the best deal so I went with them and in the process I discovered that they have a Reader’s edition of the Gospels as well!

I nearly talked myself out of getting both volumes by reasoning that I already own the six-volume ESV Reader’s Bible as well as the single volume edition of the same. But then I took a good hard look and noticed some significant differences. The six-volume set has Acts bound together with the Gospels! And Paul’s letters are bound with the Catholic Epistles as well as Revelation!

These observations made all the difference in the world so I went ahead and got Paul’s Letters and the Gospels. They’re glorious! All of these ESV Reader’s editions are glorious. Crossway has done an outstanding job with these Bibles.

In addition to these two volumes I also picked up a copy of the third volume of John Frame’s Selected Shorter Writings. I managed to find a damaged copy of Tim Keller’s Preaching and what must have been an overstock copy of Frank D. Macchia’s The Trinity: Practically Speaking, which I spent only $0.99 on!  

B”H

Just Ordered

So I noted yesterday that Baylor University Press is rereleasing some important volumes on early Christology at affordable prices. I mentioned Charles A. Gieschen’s Angelomorphic Christology: Antecedents and Early Evidence (Library of Early Christianity), Carey Newman’s Paul’s Glory-Christology: Tradition and Rhetoric (Library of Early Christianity), as well as The Jewish Roots of Christological Monotheism: Papers from the St Andrews Conference on the Historical Origins of the Worship of Jesus (Library of Early Christianity), and a new volume of Larry Hurtado’s essays.

I had $200 in Amazon gift cards burning a hole in my pocket so I decided to purchase some of these books. My perusal of Amazon turned up even more results and I found that Baylor was also putting out Jarl Fossum’s The Name of God and the Angel of the Lord: Samaritan and Jewish Concepts of Intermediation and the Origin of Gnosticism (Library of Early Christianity) as well as Loren Stuckenbruck’s Angel Veneration and Christology: A Study in Early Judaism and in the Christology of the Apocalypse of John (Library of Early Christianity), and David Capes’ Old Testament Yahweh Texts in Paul’s Christology (Library of Early Christianity).

I proceeded to order all of the volumes mentioned above minus The Jewish Roots of Christological Monotheism because I already own it  and Hurtado’s volume because it’s release is slated for September and I’ll pick it up closer to then. But I’m very much looking forward to owning physical copies of books that I’ve wanted for years but have been unable to attain. Thank you Baylor!

B”H

Just Ordered

Took advantage of some deep discounts and got the following from Wipf & Stock:

Richard of Saint Victor, On the Trinity

The Glory of Kings: A Festschrift in Honor of James B. Jordan

Basil of Caesarea: A Guide to His Life and Doctrine

Between Babel and Beast

The Son of God: Three Views on the Identity of Jesus

Acts and the Isaianic New Exodus

And these from Oxford University Press:

The Trinitarian Theology of St. Thomas Aquinas

The Son of God in the Roman World

And this from Amazon:

The Trinitarian Theology of Basil of Caesarea

Christmas come early!

B”H

Just Ordered (I’m on a Bit of a Binge)

My dear friend Esteban Vázquez sent me an Amazon gift card for my birthday as is his custom. I won’t repeat the message but there was a hashtag that said #choosewisely. So I took that to heart and mulled over my decision for a couple of days. I decided to use it to purchase Thomas F. Torrance’s The Christian Doctrine of God: One Being Three Persons and The Trinitarian Faith: The Evangelical Theology of the Ancient Catholic Church.

These are both second editions reissued by Bloomsbury T&T Clark in their Cornerstones series and they contain new introductions by Paul Molnar and Myk Habets respectively. I have digital copies of both books in their first volume but I figured that it would be nice to have them adorning my Trinity shelves as well.

I’d also add that I opted to by new copies of each book from a third part seller because doing so saved me $12 per book off Amazon’s price. Sure, I’m paying for shipping but that’s only $4 per book. In the end saving that $16 made it possible for me to get both books with the one gift card. So thank you Esteban, I do believe that I’ve chosen wisely and that said wisdom has been applied to more than just the choice of books!

B”H