Category Archives: In the Mail

Just Ordered & In the Mail

I apologize to those who have stayed faithful. I apologize for not keeping you, my reading audience, abreast of the books I’ve been getting. Just last week I received a copy of Leontius of Byzantium: Complete Works edited and translated by Brian Daley from my friends at OUP. This looks to be a glorious volume filled with more information than I’ll possibly be able to process. I can’t wait to really dig into it.

Quite a while back De Gruyter sent me The Origins of Yahwism; Essays on Judaism in the Pre-Hellenistic Period; Functions of Psalms and Prayers in the Late Second Temple Period; and Luke the Historian of Israel’s Legacy, Theologian of Israel’s ‘Christ’: A New Reading of the ‘Gospel Acts’ of Luke.

Mohr Siebeck sent Richard Bauckham’s The Christian World Around the New Testament: Collected Essays, which is the second volume of his collected essays in the WUNT I series. He really is quite prolific; it’s amazing!

IVP Academic sent me a copy of Christopher R. J. Holmes’ The Lord Is Good: Seeking the God of the Psalter.

I also received a copy of Retrieving Eternal Generation from my mother for Christmas. Yes, it’s been that long since I’ve written anything about my book acquisitions!

Somewhere along the line I picked up a copy of Morris Ashcraft’s Rudolf Bultmann (Makers of the Modern Theological Mind). I’m building up quite the respectable Bultmann shelf!

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My friend Michael Burgos sent copies of his recent volumes Credo and the second edition of his Against Oneness Pentecostalism: An Exegetical-Theological Critique, of which I wrote a blurb that appears in the front matter.

Another friend, Timothy Bertolet, purchased a copy of The Followers of Jesus as the ‘Servant’: Luke’s Model from Isaiah for the Disciples in Luke-Acts (The Library of New Testament Studies) only to discover that he already owned it. So he did what any godly man would do, sent it to me!

In addition to these fine volumes I’ve taken advantage of some excellent discounts at Crossway and the Westminster Bookstore (both 50% off!). From Crossway I ordered the volumes in the Foundations of Evangelical Theology series that I didn’t already own. So I got The Cross and Salvation: The Doctrine of Salvation by Bruce Demarest; Light in a Dark Place: The Doctrine of Scripture by John Feinberg; He Who Gives Life: The Doctrine of the Holy Spirit by Graham Cole; and Sojourners and Strangers: The Doctrine of the Church by Gregg Allison.

And finally I was able to lock down Francis Turretin’s 3 volume Institutes of Elenctic Theology for next to nothing! In addition to this I got John Frame’s A History of Western Philosophy and Theology as well as his Theology in Three Dimensions: A Guide to Triperspectivalism and Its Significance. Due to the overwhelming demand for Turretin WTS has to have P&R print more copies so my order won’t ship until March. Still and all, I was happy to have been able to get it at the discount price!

Oh, I also got a copy of the beautifully bound, and somewhat odd to my sensibilities, The Greek New Testament, Produced at Tyndale House, Cambridge. It’s so different from every other GNT I have but that’s what I love about it! I’ll have more to say about all this at another time.

And I think that’s about it. There may have been others but these things are difficult to keep track of! Bibliophiles know what I’m talking about.

B”H

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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

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