Tuesday, January 6, 2009

New books!

As promised, here's a picture and list of new books that I have received/bought since SBL. Needless to say, I'm going to be busy for awhile.

Mary Healy, "Gospel of Mark (Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture)" (Although I dislike the name of the series, I really have enjoyed what I've read thus far)

Ben Witherington III, "New Testament Rhetoric: An Introduction Guide to the Art of Persuasion in and of the New Testament" ( I haven't even cracked this one yet. I have pretty much liked everything I've read by Witherington other than his "What have they done with Jesus?")

Hahn, Parry, Bartholomew, Seitz, Wolters, Eds., "Canon and Biblical Interpretation (Scripture and Hermeneutics Series, Vol. 7)" (Hahn's article is absolutely amazing! It has really helped me clarify my thoughts on Scripture, liturgy, and exegesis.)

Scott Hahn, Ed., "Letter and Spirit, Vol 4: Temple and Contemplation: God's presence in the Cosmos, Church, and Human Heart (A Journal of Catholic Biblical Theology)" (This series is absolutely phenomenal. Contributors include Brant Pitre, Scott Hahn, John Cavadini.)

Michael Bird and James Crossley, "How did Christianity Begin?: A Believer and Non-Believer Examine the Evidence" (I'm really looking forward to this one - Dr. Crossley is a really smart and very kind guy...that Michael Bird on the other hand...)

Margaret M. Mitchell, "The Belly-Myther of Endor: Interpretations of 1 Kingdoms 28 in the Early Church" (This is the part of the LXX that gives me my favorite Greek word εγγαστριμυθος - "belly-myther"! Mitchell has a lecture online for free on this very topic.)

David Alan Black, Ed., "Perspectives on the Ending of Mark: Four Views" (This book arose out of the conference held at SEBTS a few years ago on the last 12 verses in Mark - contributors include Black, J.K. Elliot [whose position seemed, to me, at the time, the strongest], Daniel Wallace, Maurice Robinson, and Darrell Bock)

Peter Kreeft, "Best Things in Life" (I received this book on Monday and finished it in one sitting - NT scholarship would do itself a giant favor if it required people to read the great Philosophers)

G.K. Chesteron, "Saint Thomas Aquinas: The Dumb Ox" (Who doesn't like Chesterton? This is a great intro to Thomistic thought. Far less complex and boring than Etienne Gilson's, "The Philosophy of St. Thomas Aquinas".)

Joseph Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI), "Jesus of Nazareth" (I read this when it first came out and didn't understand the negative reaction, so I'm reading it again. Personally, I think a philosophically informed exegete scares modern NT scholarship.)

Scott Hahn, "A Father Who Keeps His Promises: God's Covenant Love in Scripture" (Hahn did his Marquette dissertation on covenant and kinship. I'm about half way through the book and it has not disappointed.)

Christoph Von Cardinal Schonborn, "From Death to Life: The Christian Journey" (A towering genius for sure.)

J.B. Bury, "The Ancient Greek Historians" (I'm taking a class this semester on Greek and Roman religions, so I figured this would help. I'm trying to broaden my understanding of the world of the New Testament.)

Michael Holmes, Ed.,"The Apostolic Fathers: Greek Texts and English Translations" (Another gem - I'm so happy to have gotten this at SBL.)

"The UBS Greek New Testament: A Reader's Edition" (I bought this because of the great reviews I had seen, particularly on Nijay Gupta's website - I believe his words were "life changing". It really has been nice to sit and read without flipping back to a dictionary, though I worry this could make me lazy.)

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Karl Adam, "Roots of the Reformation" (Probably one of the best, though shortest, books I've ever read on the Reformation. A bit more informed on the underlying philosophies of Luther and Calvin's thought than Belloc's "How the Reformation Happened")


David Cox said...

Looks like you will be busy for a while...

Have you read Kreeft's "The Philosophy of Jesus?"

Nathan Brasfield said...

Ooo...good stuff. Evans' Ancient Texts is such a helpful resource. Levine's The Misunderstood Jew is quite thought-provoking though I didn't often agree with many major points she makes.

What didn't you like about Witherington's What Have They Done with Jesus? Just curious.

Josh McManaway said...

David - I have read that. I pretty much love anything Kreeft writes. He is a top rate philosopher and very much unlike the modern "philosophers" (who are just sophists).

Nathan - I felt like he dismisses the patristic witness too readily. He writes off long-held positions of the Church in single sentences.