Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society

The Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society is a journal of religion and theology. It was founded in 1958 and is published quarterly by the Evangelical Theological Society.Subjects include religion. The editor is Andreas J. Kostenberger.

Articles from Vol. 52, No. 1, March

1-2 Kings
1-2 Kings. By Gina Hens-Piazza. Abingdon Old Testament Commentaries. Nashville: Abingdon, 2008, 407 pp., $38.00 paper.Gina Hens-Piazza has written a very readable commentary on 1-2 Kings. She starts with an 8-page introduction that argues these works...
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Ancient Gnosticism: Traditions and Literature
Ancient Gnosticism: Traditions and Literature. By Birger A. Pearson. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2007, xvi + 362 pp., $25.00 paper.Written in clear prose without footnotes and a minimum of translational or technical terms, Birger A. Pearson's Ancient Gnosticism:...
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Ancient near Eastern Themes in Biblical Theology
Ancient Near Eastern Themes in Biblical Theology. By Jeffrey J. Niehaus. Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2008, 203 pp., $18.99 paper.In this volume, Jeffrey Niehaus seeks to link themes common to ANE cultures and the Bible in a Christological manner. The themes...
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A New English Translation of the Septuagint, and the Other Greek Translations Traditionally Included under That Title
A New English Translation of the Septuagint, and the Other Greek Translations Traditionally Included under That Title. Edited by Albert Pietersma and Benjamin G. Wright. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007, xx + 1027 pp., $30.00.The importance of Septuagint...
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An Old Testament Theology: An Exegetical, Canonical, and Thematic Approach
An Old Testament Theology: An Exegetical, Canonical, and Thematic Approach. By Bruce K. Waltke, with Charles Yu. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2007, 1040 pp., $44.99.Bruce K. Waltke, the dean of evangelical OT scholars and teacher of a multitude of students...
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Biblical Theology: Issues, Methods, and Themes
Biblical Theology: Issues, Methods, and Themes. By James K. Mead. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2007, viii + 328 pp., $29.95.James K. Mead, associate Professor of Religion at Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa, has given classroom professors...
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Canons on the Right and Canons on the Left: Finding a Resolution in the Canon Debate1
About a decade ago Ian Provan wrote an insightful essay evaluating Brevard Childs's influence on biblical studies and OT theology.2 The title of the essay - "Canons to the left of him" - alluded to Tennyson's "Charge of the Light Brigade," and suggested...
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Challenges in New Testament Textual Criticism for the Twenty-First Century
I. PREFACEThirty years ago, NT textual criticism on this side of the Atlantic seemed to be on its last legs-so much so that Eldon Epp could write with a straight face an essay entitled "New Testament Textual Criticism in America: Requiem for a Discipline"-an...
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Contextual Theology for Latin America: Liberation Themes in Evangelical Perspective
Contextual Theology for Latin America: Liberation Themes in Evangelical Perspective. By Sharon E. Heaney, Paternoster Theological Monographs. Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2008, xx + 292 pp., $39.00 paper.Sharon Heaney is convinced the main reason for...
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Conversing with Barth
Conversing with Barth. Edited by John C. McDowell and Mike Higton. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2004, ix + 234 pp., $29.95 paper.The fourth book in the Barth Studies series edited by John Webster, George Hunsinger, and Hans-Anton Drewes continues the series'...
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Cosmology and Eschatology in Hebrews: The Settings of the Sacrifice
Cosmology and Eschatology in Hebrews: The Settings of the Sacrifice. By Kenneth L. Schenck. SNTSMS 143. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007, xi + 220 pp., $95.00.Schenck analyzes Hebrews using a rhetorical-narrative approach pioneered by Richard...
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Daniel
Daniel. Reformed Expository Commentary Series. By Iain M. Duguid. Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R, 2008, xiv + 236 pp., $22.99.Rarely can an author so transparently convey his heart and genuine sentiment as Iain Duguid has done in work on Daniel in the Reformed...
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Death by Love: Letters from the Cross
Death by Love: Letters from the Cross. By Mark Driscoll and Gerry Breshears. Wheaton: Crossway, 2008, 272 pp., $19.99.Mark Driscoll and Gerry Breshears wrote this book with the purpose of making "otherwise complicated truths [about the accomplishments...
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Editorial
A generation ago, Francis Schaeffer prophetically lamented that the West had lost its spiritual moorings in its pursuit of prosperity, personal peace, and affluence. Now, as Arthur Laffer, Stephen Moore, and Peter Tanous suggest in their recent book...
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Elements of Ancient Jewish Nationalism
Elements of Ancient Jewish Nationalism. By David Goodblatt. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006, xvi + 260 pp., $84.00.Is it possible to speak of an ancient Jewish national identity or nationalism? Or, as most recent scholars have agreed, is...
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Ezekiel 21-48: Concordia Commentary: A Theological Exposition of Sacred Scripture
Ezekiel 21-48: Concordia Commentary: A Theological Exposition of Sacred Scripture. By Horace D. Hummel. St. Louis: Concordia, 2007, xxv + 897 pp., $42.99.Horace Hummel's commentary Ezekiel 21-48 constitutes the second of two volumes on Ezekiel planned...
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Genesis
Genesis. By James McKeown. The Two Horizons Old Testament Commentary. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2008, 398 pages, $25.00.The Two Horizons Old Testament Commentary series aims to "bridge the existing gap between biblical studies and systematic theology"...
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Greek Is Great Gain: A Method for Exegesis and Exposition
Greek is Great Gain: A Method for Exegesis and Exposition. By William J. Larkin. Eugene: Wipf & Stock, 2008, xvii + 352 pp., $41.00 paper.The fruit of three decades of teaching exegesis at Columbia International University (CIU) Seminary and School...
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Heaven and Earth in the Gospel of Matthew
Heaven and Earth in the Gospel of Matthew. By Jonathan T. Pennington. NovTSup 126. Leiden: Brill, 2007, xv + 399 pp., $169.00.This work is a revised version of a Ph.D. thesis accepted by the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, in July 2005. The thesis...
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How Africa Shaped the Christian Mind: Rediscovering the African Seedbed of Western Christianity
How Africa Shaped the Christian Mind: Rediscovering the African Seedbed of Western Christianity. By Thomas C. Oden. Downer's Grove: InterVarsity, 2007, 204 pp., $19.00.Thomas Oden's How Africa Shaped the Christian Mind is born of ecumenical concerns...
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Jeremiah, Lamentations
Jeremiah, Lamentations. By Tremper Longman III. New International Biblical Commentary 14. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 2008, xvi + 412 pp., $16.95 paper."Believing criticism" summarizes the approach of the New International Biblical Commentary (NIBC) series,...
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Knowing God the Father through the Old Testament
Knowing God the Father through the Old Testament. By Christopher J. H. Wright. Downers Grove: InterVarsity, 2007, 232 pp., $15.00 paper.Having previously written the volumes Knowing Jesus through the Old Testament (1992) and Knowing the Holy Spirit through...
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Mark: A Commentary
Mark: A Commentary. By Adela Yarbro Collins. Hermeneia. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2007, xlvi + 894 pp., $80.00.Adela Yarbro Collins, Buckingham Professor of New Testament Criticism and Interpretation at the Yale University Divinity School, has written a...
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Matthew's Messianic Shepherd-King: In Search of "The Lost Sheep of the House of Israel."
Matthew's Messianic Shepherd-King: In Search of "The Lost Sheep of the House of Israel." By Joel Willitts. BZNW 147. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2007, v + 270 pp., $141.00.Joel Willitts's Matthew's Messianic Shepherd-King is a revised version of his 2006...
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Memorials: Collins David Weeber
Collins David Weeber was born on September 21, 1929 in Grand Rapids, MI, to George and Theresa Weeber. Collins's father was a Dutch Reformed pastor. Collins received his B.A. in 1953 from Hope College in Holland, MI. He then enrolled at Western Theological...
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Memorials: John Howard Orme
John Howard Orme was born on October 7, 1937 in Pittsburgh, PA, to Glenn Howard and Dorothy (Smith) Orme. He was reared in Pittsburgh then saved after high school at a Percy Crawford camp meeting at Pinebrook, PA. He had never heard the gospel before...
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Memorials: John Kenneth Mickelsen
John Kenneth Mickelsen was the eldest of three children born to G. Howard and Maud (Donnelly) Mickelsen. Born in Ellicottville, NY, on January 27, 1925, John grew up and attended school in the Buffalo and North Tonawanda, NY area. John's father was a...
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Memorials: John William Robbins
John William Robbins was born on October 21, 1948 to Seamon L. and Edith Mary (Smith) Robbins in Honesdale, PA. He grew up on a farm, graduated from Honesdale High School, and then received his A.B. degree in 1969 from Grove City College in Grove City,...
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Memorials: Luther Russell Bush III
Luther Russell Bush III was born to L. R. Bush II and his wife Francis on Christmas Day, 1944, in Alexandria, Louisiana. His grandfather was a dentist and so was his father until age 66 when he became a pastor. The family moved to El Paso, TX for several...
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Memorials: Lyn Stephen Brown
Lyn Stephen Brown was born in Seattle, WA, on December 29, 1952, the first of the four sons of Lester Warren Brown and Charlotte (MacLeod) Brown. The family moved to Kirkland, WA, where Lyn attended school. Lyn was saved at the age of seven during a...
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Memorials: Mariano Di Gangi
Mariano Di Gangi was born on July 25, 1923 in Brooklyn, NY, to Joseph and Rose (Piacenti) Di Gangi. Mariano was later joined by a brother, John.Mariano received his B.A. degree from Brooklyn College in 1943, followed by a B. Th. from Westminster Theological...
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Memorials: Paul Sheldon Long
Paul Sheldon Long was the eldest of four children born to Carroll and Edith (Suendermann) Long. Paul was born in Greenville, SC, on August 31, 1954. Paul was led to Christ at age seven by the pastor of Eastlan Baptist Church. Paul attended Bob Jones...
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Memorials: Robert Laird Harris
Robert Laird Harris was born on March 10, 1911 in Brownsburg, PA, to Walter W. and Pearl (Graves) Harris. Laird was the fifth of eight children, but two died in infancy. At the time of Laird's birth, his father was pasturing the Thompson Memorial Presbyterian...
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Memorials: Victor Monroe Matthews
Victor Monroe Matthews was the youngest of four children, and the only son, born to Victor Monroe Matthews and his wife Ethel (Taylor). Victor was born on February 6, 1921 in Montesano, WA, 25 miles west of Olympia. Victor's father was a carpenter, raised...
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Memorials: Zane Clark Hodges
Zane Clark Hodges was born June 15, 1932 in Washington, DC to Zebulon C. and Virginia Hodges. Zebulon worked for the Defense Department. Zane's parents were Baptists when Zane was young, then they became Plymouth Brethren. Zane grew up in Chambersburg,...
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New American Commentary: An Exegetical and Theological Exposition of Holy Scripture
New American Commentary: An Exegetical and Theological Exposition of Holy Scripture, Vol. 1B: Genesis 11:27-50:26. By Kenneth A. Mathews. Nashville: Broadman and Holman, 2005, 960 pp., $32.99.Kenneth A. Mathews has produced a well-written, detailed commentary...
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New Testament Theology: Magnifying God in Christ
New Testament Theology: Magnifying God in Christ. By Thomas R. Schreiner. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2008, 990 pp., $44.99.A flurry of large, helpful NT theologies has appeared in just the last few years (e.g. Matera, Strecker, Schnelle), including several...
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Pistis and the Righteous One: A Study of Romans 1:17 against the Background of Scripture and Second Temple Jewish Literature
Pistis and the Righteous One: A Study of Romans 1:17 against the Background of Scripture and Second Temple Jewish Literature. By Desta Heliso. WUNT 2.235; Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2007, xiv + 292 pp., euro59.00 paper.This study is a revision of the author's...
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Reading the Old Testament: An Inductive Introduction
Reading the Old Testament: An Inductive Introduction. By Michael B. Dick. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 2008, xxii + 367 pp., $29.95.Reading the Old Testament is at once innovative, refreshing, and exasperating. The author's goal is commendable: to introduce...
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Recovering Paul's Mother Tongue: Language and Theology in Galatians
Recovering Paul's Mother Tongue: Language and Theology in Galatians. By Susan Eastman. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2007, xiv + 206 pp., $25.00 paper."The medium is the message"-this contemporary truism gains traction in Susan Eastman's argument. As hinted...
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Reports Relating to the Sixtieth Annual Meeting of the Society
The 60th Annual Meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society was held at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence, RI. There were 1,965 registered guests. Participating publishers offered generous discounts on their books and other products...
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St. Paul's Ephesus: Texts and Archaeology
St. Paul's Ephesus: Texts and Archaeology. By Jerome Murphy-O'Connor. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical, 2008, xxi + 289 pp., $29.95 paper.In this "sister volume" (p. xiii) to his earlier St. Paul's Corinth: Texts and Archaeology (3d ed.; Collegeville: Liturgical,...
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The Future of Justification: A Response to N. T. Wright
The Future of Justification: A Response to N. T. Wright. By John Piper. Wheaton: Crossway, 2007, 240 pp., $17.99 paper.Perhaps the most pressing contemporary debate over justification is whether one can justify reading yet another book on the New Perspective...
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The Interpretation of Scripture
The Interpretation of Scripture. By Joseph Fitzmyer. Mahwah, NJ: Paulist, 2008, 142 pp., $18.95 paper.As an evangelical Protestant I must say that I am encouraged and excited about the broader movement of the Roman Catholic Church and more specifically...
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The Messiah and the Psalms: Preaching Christ from All the Psalms
The Messiah and the Psalms: Preaching Christ from All the Psalms. By Richard P. Belcher, Jr. Fearn, Scotland: Mentor, 2006, 288 pp., $19.99 paper.Richard Belcher has offered a helpful book for pastors and students of the Bible to understand better the...
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The New Perspective on Paul
The New Perspective on Paul. By James D. G. Dunn. 2d ed. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2008, xi + 539 pp., $36.00 paper.In 1982, James D. G. Dunn coined the term "The New Perspective on Paul" (NPP) to describe what has become a defining movement in the academic...
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The New Testament Canon: Deconstructio Ad Absurdum?
Today's resurgence of interest in the topic of the NT canon has had noticeable effects. It seems it was not long ago that most laypeople were in the dark about the rise and formation of the NT canon, and had to seek out their pastor or local seminary...
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The Promise-Plan of God: A Biblical Theology of the Old and New Testaments
The Promise-Plan of God: A Biblical Theology of the Old and New Testaments. Walter C. Kaiser, Jr. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2008, 419 pp., $34.99.In Walter Kaiser's Toward an Old Testament Theology, he convincingly showed how the OT is bridged together...
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The Psalms of Lament in Mark's Passion: Jesus' Davidic Suffering
The Psalms of Lament in Mark's Passion: Jesus' Davidic Suffering. By Stephen P. Ahearne-Kroll. SNTSMS 142. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007, xiv + 239 pp., $95.00.In this revision of his University of Chicago dissertation, Stephen Ahearne-Kroll...
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The Saving Righteousness of God: Studies on Paul, Justification, and the New Perspective
The Saving Righteousness of God: Studies on Paul, Justification, and the New Perspective. By Michael F. Bird. Paternoster Biblical Monographs. Milton Keynes: Paternoster, 2007, xviii + 230 pp., £19.99 paper.Michael Bird, an Australian Baptist who teaches...
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The "We" Passages in the Acts of the Apostles: The Narrator as Narrative Character
The "We" Passages in the Acts of the Apostles: The Narrator as Narrative Character. By William Sanger Campbell. Studies in Biblical Literature 14. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2007. xii + 150 pp., $19.95 paperback.Campbell has written a brief,...
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Truth with Love: The Apologetics of Francis Schaeffer
Truth with Love: The Apologetics of Francis Schaeffer. By Bryan A. Follis. Wheaton: Crossway, 2006, 206 pp., $15.99 paper.Francis Schaeffer is hard to classify. He is that rare sort of leader that is equal parts scholar and practitioner, and his impact...
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Virtue and the Voice of God: Toward Theology as Wisdom
Virtue and the Voice of God: Toward Theology as Wisdom. By Daniel J. Treier. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2006, 278 pp., $30.00 paper.The title of this volume is most apt. Daniel Treier, associate professor of Theology at Wheaton College, has endeavored to...
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Wisdom Literature: A Theological History
Wisdom Literature: A Theological History. By Leo G. Perdue. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2007, 415 pp., $39.95.This book seeks to fill the void of a theology of wisdom literature (WL) by an established author in the field. Perdue states that the...
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Wisdom, the "Amen" of Torah
Torah, prophecy, and wisdom cannot be chronologically laid end to end. Rather, their history as theological paradigms overlaps. Perhaps the best model for their relationship is that of an equilateral triangle. The vertex represents Torah, and the two...
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