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. 53, No. 1, March

Abusing Scripture: The Consequences of Misreading the Bible
Abusing Scripture: The Consequences of Misreading the Bible. By Manfred T. Brauch. Downers Grove: InterVarsity, 2009, 293 pp., $18.00.In his new book Abusing Scripture: The Consequences of Misreading the Bible, Manfred Brauch sets off on a journey to...
A Dictionary of Jewish-Christian Relations
A Dictionary of Jewish-Christian Relations. Edited by Edward Kessler and Neil Wenborn. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005, xxix + 507 pp., $252.00.Edward Kessler and Neil Wenborn are to be commended for their superb efforts in producing a useful...
American Christians and Islam: Evangelical Culture and Muslims from the Colonial Period to the Age of Terrorism
American Christians and Islam: Evangelical Culture and Muslims from the Colonial Period to the Age of Terrorism. By Thomas S. Kidd. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2009, xx + 201 pp., $29.95.In an October 2001 interview with NBC, Franklin Graham...
An Overlooked Scriptural Paradox: The Pseudosorites
That the OT prophets were particularly skilled in their use of figures of speech, imagery, and other literary features is well established. Such has been demonstrated in recent special studies relative to OT prophecy itself or the individual prophets,...
At Home in a Strange Land: Using the Old Testament in Christian Ethics
At Home in a Strange Land: Using the Old Testament in Christian Ethics. By Andrew Sloane. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 2008, xii + 259 pp., $19.95 paper.Andrew Sloane's At Home in a Strange Land comprises a general introduction to the use of the OT in contemporary...
Christianity in the Making. Vol. 2: Beginning from Jerusalem
Christianity in the Making. Vol. 2: Beginning from Jerusalem. By James D. G. Dunn. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2009, xv +1347 pp., $80.00.The second of three volumes in the magisterial treatment of the rise of Christianity by James Dunn, Lightfoot Professor...
Cosmology and New Testament Theology
Cosmology and New Testament Theology. Edited by Jonathan T. Pennington and Sean M. McDonough. Library of New Testament Studies 355. London: T & T Clark, 2008, x + 213 pp., $130.00.The title of this book co-edited by Jonathan T. Pennington of Southern...
Daniel
Daniel. By Sharon Pace. Macon, GA: Smyth and Helwys, 2008, xxiv + 383 pp., $55.00.The Smyth and Helwys Commentary Series is designed to be "user friendly" and accessible to Bible students at any level. Sharon Pace's commentary on Daniel in the series...
Deep Exegesis: The Mystery of Reading Scripture
Deep Exegesis: The Mystery of Reading Scripture. By Peter J. Leithart. Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2009, viii + 254 pp., $19.95 paper."It is written that the letter kills but that the spirit gives life. As the letter cloaks the spirit, so a husk...
Deuteronomy 6-8 and the History of Interpretation: An Exposition on the First Two Commandments
Deuteronomy has been hailed one of the most important theological works in the OT, both in terms of its place in the canon and its place in Jewish and Christian traditions and practices. It stands between the promise of land to the patriarchs (Gen 17:18-21)...
Echoes of Scripture in the Letter of Paul to the Colossians
Echoes of Scripture in the Letter of Paul to the Colossians. By Christopher A. Beetham. Biblical Interpretation Series 96. Leiden: Brill, 2008, xix + 342 pp., $189.00.The word "intertexuality" is now frequently heard echoing with increasing volume throughout...
Editorial
One of the most significant developments in the life of our Society this past year was doubtless the appointment of our Society's first-ever full-time executive director. After a careful search and vetting process, the ETS executive committee selected...
Exodus
Exodus. By Thomas B. Dozeman. Eerdmans Critical Commentary. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2009, xix + 868 pp, $55.00.Thomas Dozeman's commentary on Exodus is the fourth volume of the Eerdmans Critical Commentary series (following volumes on First and Second...
Four Views on Moving beyond the Bible to Theology
Four Views on Moving Beyond the Bible to Theology. Edited by Gary T. Meadors. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2009, 364 pp., $19.99, paper.Readers will no doubt be familiar with Zondervan's Counterpoint series, a debate in print between adherents of differing...
God of Love and God of Judgment
God of Love and God of Judgment. By Stephen K. Moroney. Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2009, xii + 150 pp., $19.00 paper.Mediation has been a recurring theme in Stephen K. Moroney's career. As professor of theology at Malone University, he has bridged...
God's Word in Human Words: An Evangelical Appropriation of Critical Biblical Scholarship
God's Word in Human Words: An Evangelical Appropriation of Critical Biblical Scholarship. By Kenton L. Sparks. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2008. 416 pp., $28.00 paper.Among those who identify themselves as evangelicals, an ongoing debate persists whether the...
"Jesus Is Our Jubilee" . . . but How? the Ot Background and Lukan Fulfillment of the Ethics of Jubilee
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-USASCII text omitted.)I. INTRODUCTIONIn the contemporary Christian church, one does not need to look far to find references to the biblical Jubilee. On the campus of Wheaton College, the World Christian Fellowship sponsors...
Jude and 2 Peter
Jude and 2 Peter. By Gene L. Green. BECNT. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2008, xxii + 420 pp., $39.99.The purpose of this commentary and of the series of which it is a part is "to provide, within the framework of informed evangelical thought, [a] blend [of] scholarly...
Locating Udo Schnelle's Theology of the New Testament in the Contemporary Discussion
To locate the magisterial work of Professor Udo Schnelle, Theology of the New Testament, 1 within current discussion on the nature of New Testament theology demands reflection along a number of axes. The older axes are well established: how any NT theology...
Memorials
JOHN HENNING BERGESONJohn Henning Bergeson was born on May 10, 1919 in Ashland, WI to Henning John Bergeson and Lydia (Johnson) Bergeson, the oldest of three sons. He attended a one room school house through the eighth grade, and then went to live with...
"Men of Galilee, Why Stand Gazing Up into Heaven": Revisiting Galileo, Astronomy, and the Authority of the Bible
Four hundred years after Galileo Galilei's (1564-1642) first observation through a telescope, the 62nd General Assembly of the United Nations and the International Astronomical Union dedicated 2009 as the International Year of Astronomy. The year's commemoration...
New Testament Theology: An Introduction
New Testament Theology: An Introduction. By James D. G. Dunn. Library of Biblical Theology. Nashville: Abingdon, 2009, ix + 232 pp., $21.00 paper.Attempts to rehabilitate the strained relationship between biblical studies and "constructive" theology...
Psalms, Volume 2: Psalms 42-89
Psalms, Volume 2: Psalms 42-89. By John Goldingay. Baker Commentary on the Old Testament Wisdom and Psalms. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2007, 744 pp., $49.99.Those familiar with the field of OT study will no doubt recognize the familiar name of John Goldingay,...
Purity and Worldview in the Epistle of James
Purity and Worldview in the Epistle of James. By Darian Lockett. Library of New Testament Studies 366. London: T & T Clark, 2008, viii + 221 pp., $130.00.Whether it involves questions about the authorship of the letter of James or its peculiar theological...
Reports Relating to the Sixty-First Annual Meeting of the Society
The 61st Annua] Meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society was held at the Sheraton and the J. W. Marriott Hotels on Canal Street in downtown, New Orleans, LA. There were 1,879 registered guests. Participating publishers offered generous discounts...
That You May Know: Assurance of Salvation in 1 John
That You May Know: Assurance of Salvation in 1 John. By Christopher D. Bass. NAC Studies in Bible and Theology 5. Nashville: Broadman & Holman, 2008, xiv + 241 pp., $24.99.That You May Know is an insightful biblical theology of assurance in 1 John....
The Archaeology of the Bible
The Archaeology of the Bible. By James K. Hoffmeier. Oxford: Lion Hudson, 2008, 192 pp., $29.99.James Hoffmeier, a leading evangelical Egyptologist and archaeologist, has written a basic primer for the beginning student of the Bible on the value of archaeology...
The Bible among the Myths: Unique Revelation or Just Ancient Literature?
The Bible Among the Myths: Unique Revelation or Just Ancient Literature? By John N. Oswalt. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2009, 195 pp., $17.99.In his introduction to The Bible Among the Myths, John Oswalt indicates that the topic of this book has occupied...
The Bodies of God and the World of Ancient Israel
The Bodies of God and the World of Ancient Israel. By Benjamin D. Sommer. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009, 334 pp., $85.00.What do we make of the numerous instances within the OT that portray God as having a discrete form? Do we explain them...
The Color of Church: A Biblical and Practical Paradigm for Multiracial Churches
The Color of Church: A Biblical and Practical Paradigm for Multiracial Churches. By Rodney Woo. Nashville: Broadman & Holman, 2009, 304 pp., $24.99, paper.Sunday mornings are some of the most segregated times in the United States. Even though the...
The Deliverance of God: An Apocalyptic Rereading of Justification in Paul by Douglas A. Campbell
Douglas Campbell's The Deliverance of God is a remarkable book.1 Never have I encountered a book that attacks so fiercely and with such assurance a theological view so widely held. Campbell's target is "Justification Theory," a soteriological paradigm...
The Epic of Eden: A Christian Entry into the Old Testament
The Epic of Eden: A Christian Entry into the Old Testament. By Sandra L. Richter. Downers Grove: InterVarsity, 2008, xii + 263 pp., $24.00 paper.Sandra Richter's stated goal for writing The Epic of Eden: A Christian Entry into the Old Testament is "to...
The Goodly Fellowship of the Prophets: The Achievement of Association in Canon Formation
The Goodly Fellowship of the Prophets: The Achievement of Association in Canon Formation. By Christopher R. Seitz. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2009, 136 pp., $19.99 paper.Christopher R. Seitz, formerly a student of Brevard S. Childs of Yale and a currently...
The Lost World of Genesis One: Ancient Cosmology and the Origins Debate
The Lost World of Genesis One: Ancient Cosmology and the Origins Debate. By John H. Walton. Downers Grove: InterVarsity, 2009, 192 pp., $16.00.John Walton is well known in the evangelical academic community, having written or edited a number of valuable...
The Man Christ Jesus
1. INTRODUCTIONThe theological question that has given rise to the reflections of this paper is as follows: What dimensions of the life, ministry, mission, and work of Jesus Christ can only be accounted for fully and understood rightly when seen through...
The Narrative Effect of Book IV of the Hebrew Psalter
The Narrative Effect of Book TV of the Hebrew Psalter. By Robert E. Wallace. New York: Peter Lang, 2007, xi + 132 pp., $58.98.Robert E. Wallace, Director of International Programs and Assistant Professor of Religion at Shorter College, Rome, GA, has...
The New Testament in Antiquity: A Survey of the New Testament within Its Cultural Contexts
The New Testament in Antiquity: A Survey of the New Testament within Its Cultural Contexts. By Gary M. Bürge, Lynn H. Cohick, and Gene L. Green. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2009, 480 pp., $49.99.The crowded world of NT introductions and surveys recently...
The Origins and Limitations of Pannenberg's Eschatology
With the close of the twentieth century and opening of the twenty-first, time is opportune for theologians to shore up the last century's results and determine their value for today's theology. Because of his importance to late twentieth-century theology,...
The Sword and the Stylus: An Introduction to Wisdom in the Age of Empires
The Sword and the Stylus: An Introduction to Wisdom in the Age of Empires. By Leo G. Perdue. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2008. 502 pp., $38.00.Leo Perdue has offered wisdom literature savants another masterpiece on the scribal setting of wisdom literature...
The Word of Life: A Theology of John's Gospel
The Word of Life: A Theology of John's Gospel. By Craig R. Koester. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2008, xiv + 245 pp., $21.00 paper.Craig Koester has provided another useful monograph on the Fourth Gospel (see his earlier Symbolism in the Fourth Gospel [Minneapolis:...
What Does Theology Have to Do with the Bible? a Call for the Expansion of the Doctrine of Inspiration
I. INTRODUCTIONToday's theological scholarship and the work it has produced have been extremely beneficial for both the academy and the church. Biblical scholars have deepened our understanding of the scriptural text itself. Systematic theologians have...