New Books I Want To Read

Today I received the Spring 2011 issue of Baker’s academic catalog. There are a lot of interesting books in there, more than I could read. But, a few stood out to me, and I thought I’d share. By the way, I don’t get anything for this. I really need to get in on a referral system.

Retrieving Nicaea: The Development and Meaning of Trinitarian Doctrine by Khaled Anatolios

A joke among Western theologians is that the Eastern Church stopped doing theology after the 7th century. That’s not quite true, but they’re so good at patristics that there’s reason for suspicion. The last several decades have seen major advances in Trinitarian scholarship, and Anatolios is abreast of it all. Especially exciting is his inclusion not only of the Eastern giants, but also of Augustine.

The Bible Made Impossible by Christian Smith

The subtitle is “Why Biblicism Is Not a Truly Evangelical Reading of Scripture.” Here’s an excerpt: “I contend that the biblicism that characterizes the thinking and practice of much of American evangelicalism is not so much ‘wrong’ as it is impossible, even taken on its own terms. It simply does not work as proposed and cannot function in a coherent way.” Now, I’m not sure what he means by biblicism, but them’s fightin’ words! How could anyone not want to read this book?

Jesus the Temple by Nicholas Perrin

This title perhaps recalls Perrin’s time as N. T. Wright’s research assistant. Here is part of Craig Evans’ blurb: “Nicholas Perrin’s latest book takes a fresh look at the concept of Jesus as temple. To do this, he reviews Jesus’ relationship to the Jerusalem temple; the early Christian community’s idea that Jesus is the new temple, of which his followers are a part; and how this may well be rooted in the teaching of Jesus himself.  Jeannine Brown adds, “Perrin offers a cogent argument for understanding Jesus’ mission in terms of a counter-temple movement.” I don’t read much in biblical studies anymore, but I don’t think I can pass this up.

Stoicism in Early Christianity by Tuomas Rasimus et. al.

Of all the ancient philosophies, church historians give Platonism the most attention. Thomists perhaps prefer Aristotle. Yet, Stoicism exerted a significant influence on Christianity. This volume could bring balance to the force … er, field. I probably won’t buy this one, but I’m confident that it will contain at least a few truly enlightening chapters. Inter-library loan will be hearing from me.


So, do these sound interesting to anyone? Or, are there any new books you’re excited about?


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