Book Review: The Sacred Economy of Ancient Israel

In The Sacred Economy of Ancient Israel, Roland Boer offers an economic study intended to bring contemporary social science into dialogue with the world of Ancient Israel. Focusing on the allocation and extraction economic patterns in ancient Israel and the historic interplay between these institutional systems, Boer argues that a Marxist analysis of the economicContinue reading “Book Review: The Sacred Economy of Ancient Israel”

Book Review: God on the Streets of Gotham

In God on the Streets of Gotham, Paul Asay (long-time associate editor of Plugged In), takes a detailed look at the meaning and impact of the Dark Knight on the lives of those who come in contact with his story. The Batman series, especially the recent trilogy directed by Christopher Nolan, has been one ofContinue reading “Book Review: God on the Streets of Gotham”

Book Review: Lord Jesus Christ (Hurtado)

Magnum opus remains a term best reserved for the crowning achievement of a scholar’s life and work, the pinnacle at the top of decades of research, writing, and sharpening arguments. These great works comprehensively examine and engage their field of work and, at their best, even redefine the field for years to come. Such isContinue reading “Book Review: Lord Jesus Christ (Hurtado)”

Book Review: The Gospel of the Lord (Bird)

Gospel Studies exists as a relatively neglected filed which has long taken a back seat to the study of the Historical Jesus or perspectives on Paul. Yet—argues Michael F. Bird—this realm of study stands ripe with opportunities for research and theological growth. To begin addressing the historical problem of how the life and teachings ofContinue reading “Book Review: The Gospel of the Lord (Bird)”

Book Review: A History of Christian-Muslim Relations (Goddard)

Islam and its relationship with Christianity remains a subject very much on the minds of many in today’s world. Indeed, for much of the past fifteen years the Western world and its media has routinely faced the question, “What is Islam and how does it affect us?” What few people seem to understand, however, isContinue reading “Book Review: A History of Christian-Muslim Relations (Goddard)”

Book Review: Perceptions of Islam in the Christendoms (Khan)

History is contested. Though far from a novel statement, we often need to be reminded that the past is not as clean and easy as our history textbooks make it out to be. This is especially true in matters of religious history and conflict, where seemingly everyone wants to contribute their two cents to hotContinue reading “Book Review: Perceptions of Islam in the Christendoms (Khan)”

Book Review: From the Library of C.S. Lewis (Bell and Dawson)

When I received James Stuart Bell and Anthony P. Dawson’s From the Library of C.S. Lewis: Selections from Writers Who Influenced His Spiritual Journey, I was not sure what to expect. Upon my reading I was pleasantly surprised by both the breadth and depth of the selections employed by Bell and Dawson to introduce andContinue reading “Book Review: From the Library of C.S. Lewis (Bell and Dawson)”

Book Review: The Printer and the Preacher (Petersen)

Great figures and great moments in history are often the subject of considerable (some might say endless) discussion and evaluation, especially by the communities which remember and celebrate their histories. For many Americans, this means looking back upon the Founding Fathers with reverence and respect. For many Christians, such an attitude entails studying the giantsContinue reading “Book Review: The Printer and the Preacher (Petersen)”

Book Review: Urban Legends of the New Testament (Croteau)

In an age of easily-accessible information, misinformation abounds. In a world with more books, peer-reviewed articles, and professionals dedicated to understandings the intricacies of the past, present, and future of the universe, many people (perhaps even most people) are shockingly uninformed. While this paradox of unknowing plagues almost every field of human interaction and learning,Continue reading “Book Review: Urban Legends of the New Testament (Croteau)”

Book Review: Richard John Neuhaus (Boyagoda)

Biographies are intensely personal affairs, filled with the often mundane details purporting to tell the life story of some person of alleged importance. Occasionally, however, a figure of true influence will come along and change the world. In the American context, such figures have often been religious or political leaders, those two realms of discourseContinue reading “Book Review: Richard John Neuhaus (Boyagoda)”