Apr

30

2012

Justin Taylor|9:07 am CT

Three Forthcoming Books from Baker Academic

Greg Beale, Handbook on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament: Exegesis and Interpretation.

“Greg Beale has distinguished himself throughout an illustrious teaching and writing career with his work on the relationships between the testaments. Fresh from producing his magnum opus, a New Testament biblical theology that was thoroughly informed by such uses, Beale here provides a much more manageably sized distillation of the main issues involved in understanding the New Testament’s use of the Old Testament. Strangely, it is the first such volume by an evangelical in some time. Fortunately, it is superbly done.”

—Craig L. Blomberg, distinguished professor of New Testament, Denver Seminary


Jonathan T. Pennington, Reading the Gospels Wisely: A Narrative and Theological Introduction.

“Many books on the Gospels slog through source criticism, form criticism, and redaction criticism–important topics to be sure. How refreshing it is, however, to find a book with a new approach, one that reads the Gospels as literature and sees their importance theologically. This book is like a cool drink of water in what is too often the desert of Gospel studies. While I don’t agree with everything Pennington says, his arguments must be reckoned with, and they further the conversation in productive and stimulating ways. I believe this is the best introductory book on the Gospels. Both students and professors will find it to be invaluable.”

—Thomas R. Schreiner, James Buchanan Professor of New Testament Interpretation, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary


Craig S. Keener, Acts: An Exegetical Commentary, vol. 1: Introduction and 1:1-2:47.

“Somewhat surprisingly, a social-historical approach to Acts still needs to be defended and its value demonstrated. No one does this better–is more informed about ancient literature, parallels, and precedents, and more interactively and fruitfully engaged with contemporary literature and issues–than Craig Keener. In the Introduction (a monograph in itself), his treatment of the genre of Acts, especially his judicious discussion of the genre ‘novel,’ of the character of ancient historiography, and of the historical integrity and value of Acts, is unbeatable in today’s market. For anyone wanting to appreciate how Acts ‘worked’ in its original context and to get into the text at some depth, Keener will be indispensable and ‘first off the shelf.’ Bring on volumes 2-4!”

—James D. G. Dunn, Emeritus Lightfoot Professor of Divinity, University of Durham

3 Comments

  1. Is anyone else wondering how Craig Keener had the time to write this book and his massive work on miracles? What a guy.

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  3. Jonathan Pennington is a professor at SBTS and assigned us an advance copy of his book for a NT Survey I class. It truly is an excellent read, as it models how to best read narrative in general and the gospels in particular. This book builds skills in biblical interpretation. Especially helpful is his interaction with the idea that the text has only one meaning centered around authorial intent, preferring to see the text as having different levels of meaning, with different “hot spots” like a topographical map being the most important concepts within the text.

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