Book Review—Summertime in Murdertown: How I Survived Where the Best Die

This is the first book I’ve reviewed unrelated to the topics of theology, philosophy, antiquity, or the Bible and it was an experience. This is a memoir written by David Gunn, the lead singer of King 810, a heavy band hailing from Flint, Michigan, or as the title reveals, Murdertown, as well as his solo … Continue reading Book Review—Summertime in Murdertown: How I Survived Where the Best Die

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Book Review—The Lost World of the Torah: Law as Covenant and Wisdom in Ancient Contexts. Published by IVP Academic

Walton, John H., and J. Harvey Walton, The Lost World of the Torah: Law as Covenant and Wisdom in Ancient Context. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2019. 256 pp.; Pb. $20.00. Link to IVP Academic. If you’ve followed my blog or book reviews at all, it doesn’t take long before you see that I am a huge … Continue reading Book Review—The Lost World of the Torah: Law as Covenant and Wisdom in Ancient Contexts. Published by IVP Academic

Book Review—Behind the Scenes of the Old Testament: Cultural, Social, and Historical Contexts, published by Baker Academic

Greer, Jonathan S., John W. Hilber, and John H. Walton. Behind the Scenes of the Old Testament: Cultural, Social, and Historical Contexts. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2018. 650 pp.; $49.99. Link to Baker.  I am thankful to be able to review this work. Not only is this an invaluable resource for exploring the various … Continue reading Book Review—Behind the Scenes of the Old Testament: Cultural, Social, and Historical Contexts, published by Baker Academic

Book Review—Exploring Biblical Backgrounds: A Reader in Historical & Literary Contexts. Published by Baylor University Press

Dodson, Derek S., and Katherine E. Smith. Exploring Biblical Backgrounds: A Reader in Historical & Literary Contexts. Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2018. 260 pp.; Pb. $39.95. Link to Baylor. Baylor University’s own Derek S. Dodson and Katherine E. Smith have put together this excellent collection of ancient texts designed to enrich readers with the … Continue reading Book Review—Exploring Biblical Backgrounds: A Reader in Historical & Literary Contexts. Published by Baylor University Press

The Decalogue Book Review

Finding Rest in the Haven

ten commandments “Hey Aaron, you got some manna stuck in your teeth”

Very few people have never heard of the Ten Commandments. How one understands them, rather, is quite diverse. Some may think of the monument removed from Oklahoma City, for others, this may be a memory of the Charlton Heston movie, but to anyone remotely familiar with scripture, the Ten Commandments are the collection of “Thou Shalt” and Thou Shalt not’s” given to Moses by God, which many believe are no longer relevant for the  church today. But if they aren’t relevant, why do many still treat them as though they are? Most people wouldn’t advocate stealing, murder, adultery, etc., yet for many Christians, these Ten Commandments—The Decalogue—act as just another Old Testament story that has been done away with the rest of the “old covenant” upon Christ’s crucifixion. Thanks to author and scholar David L. Baker, these preconceived notions of…

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Book Review: Keep Up Your Biblical Aramaic in Two Minutes a Day

Kline, Jonathan G., Keep Up Your Biblical Aramaic in Two Minutes a Day. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers, 2017. 384 pp.; Hb. $17.99. Link to Hendrickson Talk to anyone who studied Biblical languages during their education and I guarantee they will attest to the difficulty of retention post-schooling. Whether at Bible College or Seminary, past or … Continue reading Book Review: Keep Up Your Biblical Aramaic in Two Minutes a Day

Book Review—Powers of Darkness: Principalities & Powers in Paul’s Letters.

Arnold, Clinton E., Powers of Darkness: Principalities & Powers in Paul's Letters. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 1992. 244 pp.; Pb. $19.80. Link to IVP.  Link to Amazon.  The spiritual realms and forces mentioned in Scripture have always been intriguing to me. Whether it’s the spiritual rulers, powers, and authorities, or Paul’s dialogue with sorcerers and magicians, … Continue reading Book Review—Powers of Darkness: Principalities & Powers in Paul’s Letters.

Book Review—Exploring the Old Testament, Volume 1: A Guide to the Pentateuch

Wenham, Gordon J., Exploring the Old Testament, Volume 1: A Guide to the Pentateuch. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2016. 226 pp.; Pb. $22.50. Link to IVP.  I have read three different books that provide a survey of the Pentateuch. The first was The Torah Story by Gary Edward Schnittjer, a large hardcover from Zondervan. The … Continue reading Book Review—Exploring the Old Testament, Volume 1: A Guide to the Pentateuch

Book Review: Keep Up Your Biblical Hebrew in Two Minutes a Day vol. 1 & 2

Kline, Jonathan G., Keep Up Your Biblical Hebrew in Two Minutes a Day: Vol. 1. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers, 2017. 384 pp.; Hb. $39.95. Link to Hendrickson Kline, Jonathan G., Keep Up Your Biblical Hebrew in Two Minutes a Day: Vol. 2. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers, 2017. 384 pp.; Hb. $39.95. Link to Hendrickson Talk … Continue reading Book Review: Keep Up Your Biblical Hebrew in Two Minutes a Day vol. 1 & 2

Book Review—The Lost World of the Flood: Mythology, Theology, and the Deluge Debate.

Longman III, Tremper and John H. Walton, The Lost World of the Flood: Mythology, Theology, and the Deluge Debate. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2018. 192 pp.; Pb. $16.20. Link to IVP   John H. Walton joins forces with Tremper Longman III for the newest addition to the "Lost World" series, published by IVP Academic. This … Continue reading Book Review—The Lost World of the Flood: Mythology, Theology, and the Deluge Debate.