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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

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In the Mail

I was quite pleased to receive a copy of The Greek-English New Testament: USB Fifth Revised Edition and New International Version from Zondervan. This takes the latest edition of the UBS Greek text and places it side-by-side with the NIV 2011. I’ll have some things to say about this volume in the not too distant future, especially as it compares to the NA27/RSV Greek-English New Testament from years past.

B”H

In the Mail (and other goodies)

My copy of Brant Pitre’s Jesus and the Last Supper arrived yesterday. I’m really excited about this. I remember reading about its existence nearly 5 years ago (right before reading Pitre’s Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist)! It’s great to finally have it in hand!

Skimming through the book tells me that it has much in common with his earlier popular level work. He has obviously fleshed out that work in much more detail. Michael Barber told me that there’s plenty more to this volume as well and that the stuff on the Historical Jesus is worth the price of the book alone. I’ll find out soon enough!

In addition to this book I got the Apple TV and Magic Trackpad 2 I ordered. The verdict is still out on the trackpad. It works well enough but it’s quite different from my Magic Trackpad 1. I like it but it’s going to take some getting used to. Brian Renshaw put me on to Better Touch Tool, which is an app that allows users to assign custom gesture configurations to their mouse or trackpads. I’ll have to put some serious thought into exactly what I want to do with it. So far I’ve set a top left corner click as the means to switch between keyboard languages.

The Apple TV on the other hand is an instant winner. It’s nice to be able to watch all the content on my TV that I was heretofore watching on my iPad. Granted, I already had a smart TV, but the apps were clunky and a pain in the neck to navigate. This thing is smooth as glass and allows for streaming media from my computers, iPad, or iPhone. I mentioned on Twitter that I’m still not a fanboy but I do like Apple products and live in its ecosystem.

And finally, I wanted to procure a pair of bluetooth headphones after seeing a review of a pair of Photive BTH3‘s on Unbox Therapy (a great YouTube tech channel). The only issue was that the reviewer noted that they were being sold for $40 and when I went to check on them they were being sold for $50. That irked me. Also, I began to read reviews and there were many people who complained that the charging port broke quickly. So I gave up on those.

Then a few weeks back I was in BJs and saw a pair of SkullCandy Hesh 2‘s for $70. That was a bit steep but they sounded great. I didn’t pull the trigger that day but I went back a few days later to discover they had sold out. So I gave up on those. Until today. I was getting something at BJs and I saw the same headphones marked down to $50 so I quickly snatched up a pair. I’m listening to them as I type and they sound fantastic!

B”H

In the Mail

Bloomsbury sent along a copy of Mark, Manuscripts, and Monotheism: Essays in Honor of Larry Hurtado as well as an electronic copy of the third edition of Hurtado’s One God, One Lord. I’m particularly interested in the third and final section of the Festschrift, which has four essays on monotheism and early Jesus devotion (of particular interest is Richard Bauckham’s contribution!). Also, the third edition of One God, One Lord remains virtually unchanged apart from the addition of an epilogue in which Hurtado addresses the current state of research. Having already reviewed the second edition I’ll be focusing my attention almost exclusively on this added epilogue. These are exciting times for those interested in the questions concerning early Christology!

B”H

In the Mail

IVP Academic sent along a couple of titles for me to peruse. The first one, Ron Highfield’s The Faithful Creator: Affirming Creation and Providence in an Age of Anxiety, came last week. The other, Archie J. Spencer’s The Analogy of Faith: The Quest for God’s Speakability, arrived yesterday. The latter is party of the Strategic Initiatives in Evangelical Theology series. I wasn’t expecting either of these volumes and I can’t say that they intersect with my current studies, but I’ll skim through them and see if anything grabs my attention.

B”H

In the Mail (about a week ago)

Since I don’t really blog anymore I always forget to mention when I’ve received something good in the mail. But hopefully what I’m about to mention will get me back to blogging a little more than usual. About a week ago I received a copy of Crispin Fletcher-Louis’ Jesus Monotheism, Volume 1: Christological Origins: The Emerging Consensus and Beyond. Now I’ve been aware of this project since January of last year…

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…so I’ve been waiting patiently for its release. And after having received the first volume I’ve learned that it’s gone from a proposed two volumes to four! In any event, I’ve started to read it and it promises to be a very helpful resource and a welcome addition to the ever-growing body of literature on the origins of a divine Christology.

B”H