A Leopard Tamed: A Book Fifty Years Too Early

By Patricia Anders, Editorial Director What do you do with a book that’s published ahead of its time? Publish it when the time is right! That’s exactly what Hendrickson has done with A Leopard Tamed, which was first published by Harper & Row in 1968. For the original book, author Eleanor Vandevort’s fellow Wheaton College … Continue reading A Leopard Tamed: A Book Fifty Years Too Early

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Happy 140th Birthday, Martin Buber!

By Patricia Anders, Editorial Director We cannot avoid Using power, Cannot escape the compulsion To afflict the world, So let us, cautious in diction And mighty in contradiction, Love powerfully. ― Martin Buber, “Power and Love” (1926 poem excerpt) Martin Buber was born on February 8, 1878, in Vienna—which means that today we celebrate the … Continue reading Happy 140th Birthday, Martin Buber!

How to Keep Your Languages in Just 2 Minutes a Day

Derek’s review is concise and highlights all the important things to be noted about the Two Minutes a Day Biblical Languages series! Check it out:

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keep biblical greekI will let you in on a little secret today: I am not, by nature, a language guy. I know, I know. All ministry people, theologians, students of Scripture are supposed to be delighted at the intricacies of Greek and Hebrew and the wonders it can unlock. And, well, I am. Kind of. I do enjoy finding linguistic links in passages which can get obscured in translation, or puns, alliteration, or having a better handle on the way the particular construction of a verb might impact the sense of a Pauline injunction. There are reasons for pastors and theologians to know the original, Biblical languages.

But when it comes to it, languages are not something I naturally find myself wanting to practice or study on my own in the same way I study systematics, church history, or broad biblical theology.

Which is probably part of why I lost most of…

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Review: Biblia Germanica 1545

Ayuda Ministerial/Resources for Ministry

9781619708945oNow that the Protestant world has celebrated the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, it is a wonderful occasion to review the Biblia Germanica 1545 (Hendrickson, 2017). This volume is a replica of the 1545 Luther Bible, and of course, it is written in German.

Luther wrote many volumes, but none of them has the value and relevance of the translation of the Latin Bible to German language. That allowed people from German Speaking countries to read the Bible in their own langue. We have to consider the risk Luther faced at that time by translating the Bible from Latin to German. Thanks to his braveness and determination the door for other translation to different common languages opened. Now we can say the Bible is the most translated book in the world. Even minorities can read the Bible in their native language.

The Biblia Germanica 1545 comes in a box that…

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Sneak Peek at Herman Bavinck on Preaching & Preachers

Want a sneak peek at James Eglinton’s Herman Bavinck on Preaching & Preachers? At this link is a lecture Eglinton gave in 2016 at a Presbytery meeting in York, UK. In it he introduces the listener to Bavinck the preacher  and the connection between Bavinck’s Reformed Dogmatics and the task of preaching. Some more Herman Bavinck … Continue reading Sneak Peek at Herman Bavinck on Preaching & Preachers

Review: Herman Bavinck: Reformed Pastor

The Blog of a Wanna-Be Pastor

Herman Bavinck, perhaps most notably known for Reformed Dogmatics, is one of the worlds most well-known Reformed pastors and theologians. He is known for his “eloquent” language and writing ability. He is consistently and thoroughly Reformed (Calvinistic sense) and is appreciated by many for his Reformed thought. However, what he may not be well-known for is his preaching; and further, thoughts on preaching.

Herman Bavinck: On Preaching and Preachers provides a window for students and teachers of preaching, and preachers, through which to look into a lesser-known aspect of this great theologian. This little volume (literally!) is broken down in the following way:

  1. Introduction
  2. Eloquence: This is the lecture given to university theology students which, in essence, discusses the power of language in the preacher’s tongue:
    • By speaking he [God] creates all things…But what is this in majesty compared to he exalted words of the Scriptures: he speaks and it…

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Q&A with the author of An Introduction to Reading Biblical Wisdom Texts

Elaine A. Phillips, professor of biblical and theological studies at Gordon College (Wenham, MA) and author of  An Introduction to Reading Biblical Wisdom Texts, has graciously answered some of our burning questions about her book. Before we get into those, though, here is a quick summary of her book: An Introduction to Reading Biblical Wisdom Texts is … Continue reading Q&A with the author of An Introduction to Reading Biblical Wisdom Texts

Review: The Complete Hebrew-Greek Bible

“Hendrickson’s The Complete Hebrew-Greek Bible is a phenomenal new resource at a very attractive price. The quality far exceeds the sticker-price!”

Read John Kight’s review of The Complete Hebrew-Greek Bible here!

Sojourner Theology

41fMkqHERaL._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_It’s not difficult to find a Hebrew Bible and Greek New Testament combined under one cover. Biblia Sacra has been a standard for nearly two decades and A Reader’s Hebrew and Greek by A. Philip Brown II, Bryan W. Smith, Richard J. Goodrich, and Albert L. Lukaszewski has been offered by Zondervan for roughly 8 years. That said, earlier this year when I found out that Hendrickson would be publishing The Complete Hebrew-Greek Bible, the anticipation began to develop almost immediately.

There are a number of reasons Hendrickson’s The Complete Hebrew-Greek Bible is a standout from the crowd.

First, and probably foremost, the quality of The Complete Hebrew-Greek Bible is superior even to some of the most premium original language Bibles. The printed text is sharp and well-defined with minimal bleed on the opaque off-white paper. This is especially unique at under $40 for the hardcover edition and $60…

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Faith and Reason by Henri Blocher

“At only a little over 100 pages, I imagine this is just right for what many people may want to ponder the dilemma that divides faith and reason. I think everyone would be helped by interacting with what is said here, so I recommend this volume warmly.”

Jimmy Reagan’s review of Faith and Reason is worth the read. Check it out below.

The Reagan Review

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Henri Blocher is a respected theologian who delivers here what he calls “a primer on apologetics”. Though I would disagree with him on a few points, he gives much wonderful fodder for the tension between faith and reason. His style reminds me in some degree of C. S. Lewis. He has a knack for making some deep concepts understandable. This is my first encounter with Mr. Blocher, but rank him as a voice worth considering in the area of practical apologetics.

Chapter 1 is something of a historical survey that describes where we’ve come from and where we are today. He makes clear how reason has become in conflict with Scripture. He even explains that many of us feel fatigue because we are required to use reason every day. In chapter 2 he exposes rationalism to the light of Scripture. That entails explaining what rationalism is and how its use…

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Review: Keep up Your Biblical Languages in Two Minutes a Day (Hendrickson)

“They’re hardback with a sort of squishy, leatherish cover that feels nice to hold, and allows a firm grip so you can use them while skydiving, etc.”

Glad to read that William Ross is exploring all the potential in our Two Minutes a Day Biblical Language books. Read his review in its entirety below.

Septuaginta &c.

I have not done a book review on the blog for a while. But a great opportunity came along for a great resource, so here we are.

Just about a month ago Hendrickson Publishers released a new series of volumes produced by Jonathan Kline entitled Keep Up Your Biblical Languages in Two Minutes a Day. You are probably familiar with this publisher even if it’s not a name you immediately recognize. They are perhaps best known for their primary texts, which they produce in cooperation with Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft. For example, they recently produced two high-quality reader’s editions for the OT and NT. They’ve also just printed a very nicely-bound The Complete Hebrew-Greek Bible, which pairs Leningrad with Westcott-Hort for OT and NT texts.

But now, for the books of interest for this post.

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