Review: An Introduction to Reading Biblical Wisdom Texts

“Phillips is a master teacher, and her seasoned demeanor explodes on nearly every page as she guides readers through the wonders of biblical wisdom. If you’ve been looking for an introduction to the wisdom literature of the Hebrew Bible, then look no further. An Introduction to Reading Biblical Wisdom Texts by Elaine A. Phillips is one of the best introductory works that I’ve seen in some time, and I couldn’t recommend it more strongly.”

Read John Kight’s review of Elaine Phillips’ An Introduction to Reading Biblical Wisdom Texts below!

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51vlLShRwvLElaine A. Phillips is Distinguished Professor of Biblical Studies at Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts. Phillips has a Ph.D. in rabbinic literature from The Dropsie College for Hebrew and Cognate Learning in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her areas of expertise include biblical hermeneutics, historical geography, and Old Testament wisdom literature. Phillips is the author of a book-length commentary on Esther in the Expositor’s Bible Commentary series edited by Tremper Longman III and Davide Garland (Zondervan, 2010), and the devotional With God, Nothing is Impossible: In Step with Women of the Bible (Deep River Books, 2014). In her latest book, An Introduction to Reading the Biblical Wisdom Texts, Phillps offers an accessible tour de force of the wisdom literature of the Hebrew Bible.

An Introduction to Reading Biblical Wisdom Texts is designed for undergraduate students and interested laypersons looking to broaden their understanding of this important literary genre. Phillips has divided the…

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Remembering Haddon Robinson

by David A. Currie, author of The Big Idea of Biblical Worship Last night (9/7/17) I sat in a packed chapel at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, joined by thousands online (, for a memorial service for Haddon Robinson. Since Haddon’s death, I’ve been reflecting upon his life and ministry and how they came to influence me. … Continue reading Remembering Haddon Robinson

Book Review—Dictionary of Daily Life in Biblical and Post-biblical Antiquity

Looking for a thoughtful review on our newly released one volume edition of the Dictionary of Daily Life in Biblical & Post-Biblical Antiquity? You’ve come to the right place.

A highlight:

“As Yamauchi correctly points out, the authors of the Bible took for granted what was well known to themselves and their audience, thus they had no need to provide all the requisite background information to understand what they were reporting (1). As such, we must comb the sources of the ancient world in order to understand their world and thus better understand the context of the Bible. However, outside of academia, most readers of the bible have neither the resources nor the skills to mine the depths of ancient sources, so works like DDL demonstrate their ultimate value.”


Read the rest of Jason’s review below.

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Dictionary of Daily Life in Biblical & Post-Biblical Antiquity, Complete in One Volume, edited by Edwin M. Yamauchi and Marvin R. Wilson

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A couple of years, the good folks at Hendrickson published a multi-volume work entitled Dictionary of Daily Life in Biblical & Post-biblical Antiquity (hereafter DDL), volume two of which I reviewed here. After what seems to be a warm reception of the series, Hendrickson published the previously separate volumes in a one-volume edition, a decision I (for one) am glad they made. Having reviewed only one of the previous volumes, I couldn’t speak for the whole series (though I’m sure each one had its strong and weak points). However, this all-in-one edition has allowed me to read through a broader selection of topics (even though each volume covered numerous topics) with a slightly better sense of the contents.

Given my…

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Review of Putting Art (Back) in Its Place by John Skillen

Dr. Barbara Carvill (Professor Emerita of German at Calvin College) was a participant in the June 2017 month-long Art & Theology graduate program that John Skillen and the Studio for Art, Faith & History co-developed with Dr. Rebekah Smick and the Institute for Christian Studies in Toronto.  Participants were strongly encouraged to read John Skillen’s … Continue reading Review of Putting Art (Back) in Its Place by John Skillen

A Bible Experience: The Complete Jewish Study Bible

“I do believe that we read the bible too much through our Western eyes. But when you read the CJB or CJSB, you do feel that you have just taken a step back into time. Not just to a place, but to a Jewish place. And not just with people, but with Jewish people. And not to the outstretched arms of a Greek Jesus, but to the outstretched arms of the Jewish Messiah Yeshua.”

Interested to hear someone’s experience with The Complete Jewish Study Bible? Read about Matthew Miller’s experience with the Bible as well as his review of the content below.

For more information about the CJSB and to get an amazing discount, visit our website!

From Under the Juniper Tree

A few weeks ago my wife and I decided to purchase the Tree of Life Version (TLV) bible. Something in us had begun to stir and we had started researching the Jewish/Hebraic roots of our faith a little more in-depth than any other time before. We got really excited to have a bible that used the name Yeshua instead of Jesus and ADONAI instead of THE LORD, and also a bible that would have some Jewish undertones to the scriptures.

However, the first evening that I was reading the TLV, I felt that something was missing. I didn’t have a problem with the translation itself – a “literal” translation – but I began to feel that it wasn’t “Jewish” enough. Some involved with this translation process said it was the first of it’s a kind: a bible that restored the Jewishness of God’s word. But I am not…

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Review: Essential Writings of Meredith G. Kline

Essential Writings of Meredith G. Kline is an essential read for anyone serious about the Bible or biblical-theological studies. That said, it is only a mere glimpse into the treasure trove that awaits those who fervently follow it’s footprints to the lifework of Meredith G. Kline.”

Read John Kight’s full review of the Essential Writings of Meredith G. Kline below:

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32987889Meredith G. Kline is arguably the most formative theological mind of the twentieth century. He embodied the strongest commitment to the authority of Scripture and revolutionized Reformed biblical theology. He was Professor Emeritus of Old Testament at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and maintained an active writing and teaching ministry at Westminster Theological Seminary in Escondido, California. The influence of Meredith G. Kline reaches across decades of academic rigor, and includes a corpus of books and articles such as God, Heaven, and Her Magedon: A Covenantal Tale of Cosmos and Telos (Wipf & Stock, 2006), Kingdom Prologue: Genesis Foundations for a Covenantal Worldview (Wipf & Stock, 2006), and Images of the Spirit (Wipf & Stock, 1999). Now, just over a decade after Kline went to be with the Lord, a handsome hardcover presentation of his essential writings has been produced by Hendrickson Publishers.

Essential Writings of Meredith G. Klinebrings together sixteen…

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7 Glimpses into the Most Remote and Pristine Ancient Sites of Christianity: A Q&A with Dr. Mark Fairchild

In a region where most artifacts remain in the field, the enormous work of documenting and analyzing the early history of Christianity is open to original research. Often the first scholar to reach isolated communities in remote parts of Turkey who guide his work, Dr. Mark Fairchild has visited and researched over 300 ancient sites throughout … Continue reading 7 Glimpses into the Most Remote and Pristine Ancient Sites of Christianity: A Q&A with Dr. Mark Fairchild

7 Insights into Dutch Theologian Herman Bavinck

Dutch theologian Herman Bavinck (1854-1921) is widely celebrated as one of the most eloquent divines in the Reformed tradition. Despite having preached regularly throughout his adult life, how he preached and what he thought about preaching have remained largely unknown to the many preachers who read him in the present day-until now. Though we sadly … Continue reading 7 Insights into Dutch Theologian Herman Bavinck

The Best Introduction to Bultmann

Though Rudolf Bultmann's 133rd birthday was August 20th, we thought we'd celebrate by sharing Jim West's short but sweet review and excerpt from the back cover of Rudolf Bultmann, one of the books in our Makers of the Modern Theological Mind series. Read, enjoy, and grab a copy of the book for yourself.

The Quest by Leen Ritmeyer

“Helpful, beautiful, and thorough – what more could you ask for? I give this book the highest possible recommendation.”

Check out Jimmy Reagan’s review of The Quest by Leen Ritmeyer:

The Reagan Review

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This book is without doubt the preeminent resource on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem available today. Whether you desire the historical or archaeological perspective, this is your book. This book’s success likely springs from the fact that no one but Leen Ritmeyer could have authored it. Both from his long years of working in this field and his work as the architect of the Temple Mount excavations, as well as his other work on the Temple Mount itself, demands that Ritmeyer produce this extraordinary resource.

This book is filled with pictures from the earliest scholarly explorations of Jerusalem, other helpful pictures on a range of issues, extraordinary reconstructions, and the wonderful, accurate Carta maps. It’s hard for me to effectively portray the visual treat the reader will have in this book. The text is the equal of the visuals and gives the most up-to-date, scholarly, detailed information that can be…

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