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. 4, December

A Basic Introduction to Biblical Hebrew
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-USASCII text omitted.)A Basic Introduction to Biblical Hebrew. By Jo Arm Hackett. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 2010, 302 pp. + CD-ROM, $39.95.With this volume, Jo Ann Hackett joins a growing list of contributors who have recently...
"And Their Eyes Were Opened, and They Knew": An Inter-Canonical Note on Luke 24:31
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-USASCII text omitted.)The purpose of this article is to suggest that Luke 24:31 alludes to Genesis 3:7 in the shared statement "and their eyes were opened, and they knew."1 When Adam and Eve were offered food by the serpent...
An Unsettling God: The Heart of the Hebrew Bible
An Unsettling God: The Heart of the Hebrew Bible. By Walter Brueggemann. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2009, xvii + 212 pp., $22.00.Twelve years after the publication of his Theology of the Old Testament (1997), Walter Brueggemann repackages five of those chapters...
A Theology of John's Gospel and Letters
A Theology of John's Gospel and Letters. By Andreas J. Köstenberger. Biblical Theology of the New Testament. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2009, 652 pp., $39.99.In the last paragraph of his conclusion to A Theology of John's Gospel and Letters, Andreas J....
Baptism in the Early Church: History, Theology, and Liturgy in the First Five Centuries
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-USASCII text omitted.)Baptism in the Early Church: History, Theology, and Liturgy in the First Five Centuries. By Everett Ferguson. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2009, xxii + 953 pp., $60.00.No great symbol of Christianity has seen...
Covenant Economics: A Biblical Vision of Justice for All
Covenant Economics: A Biblical Vision of Justice for All. By Richard A. Horsley. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2009, xxi + 193 pp., $24.95 paper.The economic world of the United States was turned upside down in 2008 with aftershocks that still can...
Disturbing Divine Behavior: Troubling Old Testament Images of God
Disturbing Divine Behavior: Troubling Old Testament Images of God. By Eric A. Seibert. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2009, xii + 347 pp., $22.00 paper.Eric Seibert is Associate Professor of Old Testament at Messiah College. His new book, Disturbing Divine Behavior,...
Encountering Jesus: Character Studies in the Gospel of John
Encountering Jesus: Character Studies in the Gospel of John. By Cornells Bennema. Milton Keynes: Paternoster, 2009, ? + 228 pp., £14.99 paper.The author of this intriguing book is professor of New Testament at the South Asia Institute of Advanced Christian...
Exile and Restoration from Exile in the Scriptural Quotations and Allusions of Jesus
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-USASCII text omitted.)I. INTRODUCTIONThe subject of exile and restoration from exile in the teaching of Jesus has received much attention in recent days. Fundamentally, the question is whether Jesus considered the Jews of his...
Ezekiel
Ezekiel. By Robert W. Jenson. Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible. Grand Rapids: Brazos, 2009, 367 pp., $32.99.A vast number of commentaries understandably place a heavy emphasis on the biblical text itself. The Brazos series instead spends most...
Genesis
Genesis. By R. R. Reno. Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible. Grand Rapids: Brazos, 2010, 304 pp., $32.99.As the series title indicates, this commentary is focused on presenting a theological approach to Genesis. As a result, this commentary on...
Granville Sharp's Canon and Its Kin: Semantics and Significance
Granville Sharp's Canon and Its Kin: Semantics and Significance. By Daniel B. Wallace. Studies in Biblical Greek 14. New York: Peter Lang, 2009, xxii + 348 pp., $69.95.This modest revision of Dan Wallace's Dallas Theological Seminary Ph.D. dissertation...
He Who Gives Life: The Doctrine of the Holy Spirit
He Who Gives Life: The Doctrine of the Holy Spirit. Foundations of Evangelical Theology. By Graham A. Cole. Wheaton: Crossway, 2007, 310 pp., $30.00.He Who Gives Life is the fourth volume in the Foundations of Evangelical Theology series by Crossway,...
Ignatius of Antioch and the Parting of the Ways: Early Jewish-Christian Relations
Ignatius of Antioch and the Parting of the Ways: Early Jewish-Christian Relations. By Thomas A. Robinson. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 2009, xiv + 285 pp., $27.95 paper.Ignatius of Antioch has long been an underused and undervalued contributor to the development...
Imperfect Believers: Ambiguous Characters in the Gospel of John
Imperfect Believers: Ambiguous Characters in the Gospel of John. By Susan E. Hylen. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2009, ? + 206 pp., $24.95 paper.In this excellent book, Susan Hylen presents an alternative strategy for reading characters in John's...
Judges
Judges. By Trent Butler. WBC 8. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2009, xcii + 538 pp., $49.99.Think Adrian Monk - or go back, if you remember him, to Peter Falk's Columbo on television. Trent Butler likens his work in solving the riddle of Judges to that of...
Justice and Compassion in Biblical Law
Justice and Compassion in Biblical Law. By Richard H. Hiers. New York: T & T Clark, 2009, xi + 243 pp., $34.95 paper.Richard Hiers undertakes the task of evaluating biblical laws "to describe and consider their substance along with the concerns and...
Leviticus: Holy God, Holy People
Leviticus: Holy God, Holy People. By Kenneth A. Mathews. Preaching the Word. Wheaton: Crossway, 2008, 287 pp., $32.99.The distance between the modern reader and the ancient text is perhaps felt more with Leviticus than with any other book of Scripture....
Matthew among the Dispensationalists
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-USASCII text omitted.)INTRODUCTIONWhen I was a senior in high school, some people cared enough about me to tell me that God loved me and Jesus Christ died for me. When I believed the gospel, they gave me a Scofield Reference...
Philippians: A New Translation with Introduction and Commentary
Philippians: A New Translation with Introduction and Commentary. By John Reumann. The Anchor Yale Bible 33B. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2008, xxiv + 805 pp., $65.00.John Reumann was Professor of New Testament and Greek at Lutheran Theological...
Phonology and Morphology of Biblical Hebrew
Phonology and Morphology of Biblical Hebrew. By Joshua Blau. Linguistic Studies in Ancient West Semitic 2. Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, 2010, xvi + 369 pp., $59.50.Joshua Blau has produced studies of Biblical Hebrew grammar and philology for over half...
Remythologizing Theology: Divine Action, Passion, and Authorship
Remythologizing Theology: Divine Action, Passion, and Authorship. By Kevin J. Vanhoozer. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010, xix + 539 pp., $125.00.This latest installment from the eloquent evangelical theologian traverses territory unexplored...
Seeing Things John's Way: The Rhetoric of the Book of Revelation
Seeing Things John's Way: The Rhetoric of the Book of Revelation. By David A. deSilva. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2009, xiv + 393 pp., $49.95 paper.David deSilva is distinguished professor of New Testament and Greek at Ashland Theological Seminary,...
Sinners: Jesus and His Earliest Followers
Sinners: Jesus and His Earliest Followers. By Greg Carey. Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2009, pp. xiii + 221 pp., $29.95 paper.Greg Carey, Professor of New Testament at Lancaster Theological Seminary, in Sinners: Jesus and his Earliest Followers,...
The Catholic Epistles and Apostolic Tradition: A New Perspective on James to Jude
The Catholic Epistles and Apostolic Tradition: A New Perspective on James to Jude. Edited by Karl-Wilhelm Niebuhr and Robert W. Wall. Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2009, ? + 536 pp., $69.95.The Catholic Epistles and Apostolic Tradition is a collection...
The Dead Sea Scrolls: A Full History
The Dead Sea Scrolls: A Full History. Vol. 1: 1947-1960. By Weston W. Fields. Leiden: Brill, 2009, 592 pp., $99.00.Preceded by The Dead Sea Scrolls: A Short History (Leiden: Brill, 2006; 128 pp.), this volume is the first of projected two volumes offering...
The Father of Zionism: William E. Blackstone?
In the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, William E. Blackstone (18411935) made tremendous social and religious contributions as an evangelical layman. Unfortunately, this Chicago businessman's work remains virtually unknown in the twenty-first century....
The Letter to the Philippians
The Letter to the Philippians. By G. Walter Hansen. PNTC. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2009, xxxiii + 355 pp., $44.00.Walter Hansen is to be commended for writing a clear, concise, and cogent argument analyzing Paul's letter to the Philippians in the Pillar...
The Meaning of the Pentateuch: Revelation, Composition and Interpretation
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-USASCII text omitted.)The Meaning of the Pentateuch: Revelation, Composition and Interpretation. By John H. Sailhamer. Downers Grove: InterVarsity, 2009, 632 pp., $40.00.John Sailhamer's Meaning of the Pentateuch is difficult...
The Nature of Atonement in the Theology of Jacobus Arminius
Jacobus Arminius is one of the best known and least studied theologians in the history of Christianity. His writings have been neglected by Calvinists and Arminians alike. Calvinists have disliked him because of his opposition to scholastic predestinarían...
The NIV Application Commentary: Joshua
The NIV Application Commentary: Joshua. By Robert L. Hubbard, Jr. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2009, 656 pp., $34.99.Joshua's world consisted of bloody battles and ethnic cleansing. Justice could cost every member of a household his/her life. What should...
The Ten Commandments: Ethics for the Twenty-First Century
The Ten Commandments: Ethics for the Twenty-First Century. By Mark F. Rooker. NAC Studies in Bible and Theology. Nashville: Broadman & Holman, 2010, 248 pp., $24.99.Given the extensive secondary literature on the Ten Commandments, my first response...
Veiled Hearts: The Translation and Interpretation of 2 Corinthians 3
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-USASCII text omitted.)I. INTRODUCTIONPaul's interpretation of Moses' veil (Exod 34:29-35 as discussed in 2 Cor 3:7-18) is burdened with difficulties. The Greek is elliptical and allusive but precise in its use of vocabulary,...
What Americans Really Believe: New Findings from the Baylor Surveys of Religion
What Americans Really Believe: New Findings from the Baylor Surveys of Religion. By Rodney Stark et al. Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2008, 209 pages, $24.95.In the comedy-drama Dan in Real Life (Touchstone Pictures, October 26, 2007), released...
What Are They Saying about the Letter of James?
What Are They Saying About the Letter of James? By Alicia J. Batten. New York: Paulist, 2009, vi + 111 pp., $14.95 paper.There is a certain irony to writing a book review for a book that is itself a review of current literature. There is by necessity...
Women in the World of the Earliest Christians: Illuminating Ancient Ways of Life
Women in the World of the Earliest Christians: Illuminating Ancient Ways of Life. By Lynn H. Cohick. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2009, 350 pp., $26.99 paper.Lynn Cohick in her book, Women in the World of the Earliest Christians, is attempting, in her words,...
World Upside Down: Reading Acts in the Graeco-Roman Age
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-USASCII text omitted.)World Upside Down: Reading Acts in the Graeco-Roman Age. By C. Kavin Rowe. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009. ? + 300 pp., $65.00.C. Kavin Rowe, assistant professor of New Testament at Duke University,...
Zondervan Atlas of the Bible
Zondervan Atlas of the Bible. By Carl G. Rasmussen. Rev. ed. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2010, 303 pp., $39.99.The first edition of this text, the Zondervan NTV Atlas of the Bible (1989), has been a stellar resource for students and teachers of historical...