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.
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!
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!
So here’s the deal. The other day I got an email talking about same day shipping for Amazon Prime members on select items and orders over $35. I decided to put it to the test so I ordered God the Trinity: Biblical Portraits by Malcolm Yarnell and Ministry in the Image of God: The Trinitarian Shape of Christian Service by Stephen Seamands. I also ordered Metal Gear Solid V.
Now this was on a Sunday and I was skeptical that I’d get my stuff that same day. I was right to be skeptical. Nighttime rolled in and no delivery. I tracked the package and it said that the company LaserShip “attempted” delivery. The problem is that I was home and they did no such thing. I contacted Amazon customer service and the woman on the phone tried to contact the delivery company but they were closed. So I’d have to wait until today for my shipment.
Well today came and I didn’t find a package when I got home from work around 9pm. I tracked it again and LaserShip said they delivered it to the front door. Another lie. There was nothing at my front door or either of my next door neighbors’ front doors. LaserShip is awful! Completely dishonest and I’m disappointed in Amazon for using them. So I contacted customer support again and they told me to give it until tomorrow. If I don’t have my items by then they’ll either ship new ones or issue a refund. Whatever the outcome, this has been incredibly annoying.
I also ordered the following books from Wipf & Stock just a few moments ago:
How To Read T. F. Torrance by Elmer Colyer
Communion with the Triune God by Dick O. Eugenio
Colin Gunton and the Failure of Augustine by Bradley G. Green
Perichoresis and Personhood by Charles C. Twombly
The Trinity Hurdle by R. Sutcliffe
Novatian of Rome and the Culmination of Pre-Nicene Orthodox by James L. Papandrea
I woke up around 6:30 AM today and grabbed my phone. I generally peek at my email but today I opened up the Amazon app. I wasn’t fully awake but I pulled the trigger on a couple of books that were in my shopping cart. They were The Holy Trinity Revisited: Essays in Response to Stephen Holmes and Your Will Be Done: Exploring Eternal Subordination, Divine Monarchy and Divine Humility.
The first volume is one I’ve had my eye on for a while. It’s a collection of essays that critically interact with Stephen Holmes’ recent The Quest for the Trinity: The Doctrine of God in Scripture, History and Modernity (US title). I was greatly appreciate of Holmes’ work but had a few complaints of my own. I’ll be interested to see what his interlocutors have to say and see if we share any of the same concerns.
The second volume is one I just recently learned of thanks to this whole blog conversation about eternal functional subordination within the Trinity. Michael J. Ovey is a new name to me but I hope that he’s contributed something meaningful to this debate with this book. Time will tell.
The funny thing is that I fell back asleep for a few minutes after ordering these and I forgot all about it until a little later in the morning after I was at work.
I just took advantage of Baylor University Press’s 50% off sale (available titles here – use code BJUN at checkout) and got the following books:
Reading Backwards: Figural Christology and the Fourfold Gospel Witness by Richard B. Hays
Gratitude: An Intellectual History by Peter J. Leithart
Jesus and the Demise of Death – Resurrection, Afterlife, and the Fate of the Christian by Matthew Levering
The Betrayal of Charity: The Sins that Sabotage Divine Love by Matthew Levering
Beyond Bultmann: Reckoning a New Testament Theology edited by Bruce W. Longenecker and Mikeal C. Parsons
There were many others that interested me but not so much that I had to pull the trigger on them. Who knows though, the weekend is young.