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If you were to walk into a book store of only academic books, it might be quite overwhelming (...and yet really great at the time same, right?). So where to begin? Might I make a few suggestions? As the academic editor, many books come my way: some classic and some new. Some step forward and stand out among the rest. Some show promise as critical additions to continuing conversations of academia. And some are little hidden gems that need just a little more attention.
If I could pick just 5 books off the shelves in that wonderful academic book store, these are the ones that I would suggest you consider today if you haven't already.
Offering a systematic and comprehensive summary of the key doctrines taught and defended by the 16th century Reformers, this volume serves as a manifesto for the church, highlighting the importance, relevance, and indispensability of Reformation theology—for both understanding the 16th century and for grasping its significance for the 21st century. Contributors include expert theologians and historians committed to Reformation thought: Matthew Barrett, Graham Cole, Robert Kolb, Donald Macleod, Michael Reeves, Carl Trueman, Cornelis Venema, and more.
The Crucifixion: Understanding the Death of Jesus ChristFleming RutledgeEerdmans / 2017 / Trade Paperback$17.49 Retail:
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Winner of the Christianity Today 2017 Book of the Year & Academy of Parish Clergy 2015's Reference Book of the Year
What is the living significance of the death of Jesus Christ? Countering the contemporary tendency to bypass Jesus’ crucifixion, noted pastor and preacher Fleming Rutledge examines the communal, corporate, and cosmic significance of the cross of Jesus Christ. This series of theological reflections on the death of Jesus Christ sketches out the horror of the cross with unflinching honesty and patient exposition, inviting scholars and laity alike to grasp the incomparable riches of Christ crucified—the living reality that continues to transform human existence and destiny more than two thousand years later.
The Old Testament: A Historical, Theological, and Critical IntroductionRichard S. HessBaker Academic / 2016 / Hardcover$31.49 Retail:
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Accessible, informed by the latest biblical scholarship, and groundbreaking in its breadth, depth, and scope, this historical, theological, and critical introduction to the Old Testament is designed to meet the needs of a broad variety of students at a seminary or graduate level. Respected Old Testament and ancient Near East scholar Richard Hess demonstrates how each book of the Old Testament was understood by initial readers, how it forwards the larger message of the whole Bible, and what its message offers to Christian belief and the Christian community.
Winner of Reformation 21’s 2015 End of Year Review of Books & Preaching’s 2017 Survey of Bibles and Bible Reference
In this stimulating volume from the New Studies in Biblical Theology series, Michael Morales explores the narrative context, literary structure, and theology of the book of Leviticus, tracing its movement from the tabernacle to the temple—and from the earthly to the heavenly Mount Zion in the New Testament.
Stephen Wellum's contribution to the Foundation of Evangelical Theology series not only forwards a systematic summary of Christology that is rooted in a biblical and historical perspective, but also explains the epistemological, biblical, and ecclesiological warrants for faith in Jesus Christ, building to the ultimate conclusion that Christ is God the Son incarnate and the most important figure in the fullness of God's work. This survey of the crucial components of robust evangelical Christology appeals to academic and serious lay theologians alike.