Friday, November 26, 2010

My SBL Purchases (minus Eerdmans books)

The Eerdmans books will be posted, and I am awaiting:

- Fundamentals of New Testament Greek by Stanley E. Porter (together with the workbook)
- Thinking in Tongues by James K A Smith
- Reconciled Humanity: Karl Barth in Dialogue by Hans Vium Mikkelsen

And I am eagerly awaiting the publication of the following:

- Historical Jesus: What Can We Know and How Can We Know It? by Anthony Le Donne
- Paul’s Letter to the Romans: A Commentary by Arland J. Hultgren
- Introducing Romans: Critical Concerns in Paul’s Most Famous Letter by Bruce W. Longenecker
- Darwin’s Pious Idea: Why the Ultra-Darwinists and Creationists Both Get It Wrong by Conor Cunningham

I am slobbering all over the floor just thinking of these babies!

Note the Pahl book, a fellow blogger - and it looks like a real gem.

No idea yet what to make of the resurrection book, but it is going to be a key book to engage with, whatever one's perspective.

The Nienhuis book has been on my list of 'to gets' for a long time, so I decided to take the plunge. He makes a fascinating case that the Catholic Epistles were written, some time mid to late second century, to provide a canonical counter balance to Paul, using the names of key apostles.

I have heard so many good things about Kavin Rowe (genius - remembers almost all he reads type of person), and I need to brush up on my Gospel christologies (hence the Mark book too)

The Disciple's Jesus speaks of a Christology that is reconciling behavior. My own work on paul has led to a similarly radical redefinition of what it means to speak of Christology, though I prefer a slightly different answer. A key book for me to read, anyway.

Given my field of interest, the Hurtado book was a must.

The John books (mostly penned or edited by Anderson) are fuel for some hair-brained theories I am presently playing with. More on all that in due time.

Goldongay's book grabbed me instantly. I love everything that guy writes, and here he answers a set of questions in the order of "what does the first testament say about ..." (sin, God's foreknowledge, prayer etc.)

I wondered a while about the Copan book as my initial read made me wonder if I was dealing with simple apologetics. But a closer read revealed some gems that may be of real value in my classes.

Paul's New Moment - cos all that high falootin stuff fascinates me, for some reason.

Witherington's volume 2 to complete the set (I have the first volume on kindle).

Bob Jewett's Romans commentary! At last! I miss my copy in Tuebingen, so now, at a 30% reduction,was time to grab it. Surely the king of all Romans commentaries.

I was perhaps most excited about Allison's book, constructing Jesus which is making a lot of sense to me, right now (apart from his treatment of early Christology which leaves some huge questions, to my mind, unanswered)


At 11/26/2010 1:42 AM, Anonymous Nick Norelli said...

God bless you for posting these pics! The SBL Greek New Testament looks to be bigger than the standard size NA27/UBS4 Bibles. Am I correct in this? It's hard to tell with it laying on its side.

You're going to love Rowe's book, or at least you should!

At 11/26/2010 3:38 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice haul of books!

I am getting a review copy of the Resurrection one and can't wait for it!

The Nienhuis book on the CE is quite good. I didn't find his main thesis overly convincing (that James is a canon-conscious pseudepigrapha) but his survey of the church writings for references to the CE is very useful and good.

At 11/26/2010 3:44 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Also, that slim book on God by Hurtado looks good. I will have to pick up a copy sometime.

At 11/26/2010 4:56 AM, Blogger Thom Stark said...

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At 11/26/2010 4:57 AM, Blogger Thom Stark said...

Jewett changed his mind on Romans shortly after the Hermeneia commentary was published. He now endorses a Horsley/Elliott via James C. Scott "hidden transcript" reading of Romans, particularly Romans 13. You can hear him talk about it briefly in that audio exchange between Tom Wright and Barclay on Paul and Empire.

At 11/26/2010 5:52 AM, Blogger Michael Barber said...


I'm so sorry I missed you at SBL! Next time we must be sure to connect!

I was unaware of that Le Donne book--sounds fascinating. And I too am eager to dig into Allison's new book.


At 11/26/2010 12:29 PM, Blogger Edwardtbabinski said...

Let us know what you think about Licona's "defense" of the resurrection.

Why doesn't God perform miracles today like he did in the good old days? The Flood, Tower of Babel, plagues of Egypt and parting of the Red Sea were even shown to enormous numbers of people, hundreds of thousands at least.

If God exists and wants people to believe "such and such," then He'd show us, instead of having to rely on Licona. "Mike became a Christian at the age of 10 and grew up in a Christian home."

Which means Mike probably can't truly imagine why other people have more questions than he does, even though he strives today for scholarly demonstrations of truths that will suit the beliefs he's been taught and believed since he was born.

At 11/26/2010 12:34 PM, Blogger Edwardtbabinski said...

Chris, What about these two new books:

The Authentic Letters of Paul
A New Reading of Paul's Rhetoric and Meaning

Arthur J. Dewey
Roy W. Hoover
Lane C. McGaughy
Daryl D. Schmidt


The Trouble with Resurrection
From Paul to the Fourth Gospel

Bernard Brandon Scott

At 11/26/2010 4:32 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

Kavin Rowe is really amazing. Early Narrative Christology provides the groundwork for a lot of interesting dissertations that should be written.
I'd love to know what you think of it after you read it.


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