Carta’s Interesting New Releases!

Take a look at Jimmy Reagan’s reviews of all the newest Carta Jerusalem titles!

Enjoy reviews of:

  • Understanding the Old Testament: An Introductory Atlas to the Hebrew Bible
  • Understanding the Holy Temple Jesus Knew: The Background to Key Gospel Events
  • Understanding the Israelite-Samaritans
  • Understanding Hezekiah of Judah: Rebel King and Reformer 

The Reagan Review

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Here’s 3 of Carta’s 2017 releases plus a catalog title that was the first of these attractive large, educational, handy (40 pages each) volumes:

1. Understanding Hezekiah of Judah 

Hezekiah is a worthy focus of study for Old Testament students. Not only is he the greatest king after David, but he is the last great hurrah of Judah. His reforms ran the deepest, his faith was the most clearly on display, and it was all against the backdrop of the turbulent times he lived. This book brings it all alive!

Mordechai Cogan, a respected Jewish scholar wrote this volume. You may remember his name from writing major commentaries on 1 & 2 Kings in the Anchor Bible Commentary series. I may not agree with every historical conclusion he makes, but his passion for his subject is clear on every page.

You are going to love the gorgeous photos, fine graphic…

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Hendrickson’s The Complete Jewish Study Bible Review – Rating: 9.4

Looking for an extremely thorough review of The Complete Jewish Study Bible? Look no further! Check out Michael’s exhaustive review below.

The Christian Reviewer

Hendrickson Bibles - The Complete Jewish Study BibleI  have done many reviews for Rose Publishing over the past few years.  Then I saw an announcement that they were purchased by another company earlier this year.  Long story short, I found out that this new company was Hendrickson Publishers and they had a review type program as well.  I was very excited

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Reader’s Edition of the UBS5 Greek New Testament: An Illustrated Review

If you’re interested in the UBS5 Greek New Testament, you must read Abram’s excellent review!

Words on the Word

Typesetting is somewhat subjective, but the German Bible Society’s UBS5 has some of the best-looking Greek text you’ll find in any New Testament.

The UBS5 itself is about three years old. (Hendrickson, which distributes GBS items in the U.S., put together this excellent infographic.) Known for its full-bodied text-critical apparatus, translators and students alike benefit from its footnoted listing of variant manuscript readings. (So do NA28-loving scholars; don’t let them fool you!)

The UBS5 Reader’s Edition significantly pares down the textual apparatus and in its place provides a running list of infrequently occurring Greek vocabulary. As the name implies, the Reader’s Edition is a one-stop shop that facilitates fluid reading of the Greek text, even for those who have had just a year or so of Greek studies.

Here’s what it looks like:

The “textual notes” here just “highlight the most important differences between major Greek manuscripts and identify…

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Review – Biblical Aramaic: A Reader and Handbook

Sojo Theo’s review of Biblical Aramaic: A Reader & Handbook!

“For readers with familiarity or training in the language, Biblical Aramaic: A Reader and Handbook will be a unique single stop resource with loads of benefit.”

Sojourner Theology

310MY6988SLOf the 23,145 verses that make up the Hebrew Bible, 269 verses are not written in Hebrew, but in Aramaic. For this reason alone, the Biblical Aramaic: A Reader and Handbook by Donald R. Vance, George Athas, Yael Avrahami, and Jonathan G. Kline is easily situated as a vital addition to any Old Testament or biblical language enthusiasts’ library.

Biblical Aramaic: A Reader and Handbook begins with a brief introduction to the language and its history and relationship to biblical Hebrew. The first section offers the complete grammatical analysis of all Aramaic portions of the Bible—Genesis 31:47, Jeremiah 10:11, Daniel 24-7:28, and Ezra 4:8-6:18 and 7:12-26. The Aramaic text is founded on Biblia Hebraica Leningradensia (BHL), and where BHL differs from Codex Leningradensis (L) and the standard critical edition of Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia (BHS) textual notes are offered. The “Reader” information is clearly presented and includes contextual glosses…

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Review – The Reformation Then and Now

“If you’re looking for a way to bring in the celebration of the 500th anniversary or simply become more informed about the history and theology of the Protestant Reformation, then The Reformation Then and Now is an indispensable resource.”

Check out this review of The Reformation Then and Now!

Sojourner Theology

51ymul7XtVLFor twenty-five years, Modern Reformation magazine has sought to influence contemporary Christianity towards a reawakening of the God-honoring, Christ-centered, Spirit-wrought place of worship that was birthed from the Protestant Reformation. Now, as the world eagerly awaits the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s Ninety-Five Theses, Eric Landry and Michael Horton have brought together over forty of the most important articles published by the magazine for a tour de force of Reformation history and thought.

The Reformation Then and Now: 25 Years of Modern Reformation Articles Celebrating 500 Years of the Reformation is organized around three major sections: (1) the cause, (2) characters, and (3) consequences of the Reformation. The articles are roughly ten pages in length and cover a swath of Reformation history and theology. Landry and Horton have also included appendix material offering short biographies of the major reformers, a brief sketch of Reformation history, and the five key concepts…

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Love and Loss: A Comparison of Redeeming Ruth and Arrival

A fascinating post featuring a comparison of Meadow Merrill’s recently published memoir Redeeming Ruth with the movie Arrival (2016) starring Amy Adams. Read on for some beautiful insights into how these two creative pieces relate to and draw meaning out of one another. However, be warned: there are spoilers for both works!

Family Compassion Focus

[Warning – this post contains spoilers for the 2016 movie Arrival and the brand new memoir Redeeming Ruth.]

Is it better to have loved and lost, than to have never loved at all?

I finally watched Arrival, the award-winning, thought-provoking alien movie, starring Amy Adams as a linguist who saves the world.

arrival poster ©Paramount Pictures

In the beginning of the movie there’s a montage of Louise (Amy Adams’ character) and Hannah, her cherished child who becomes very ill and dies. Later we find out Louise is remembering/forseeing her child, and her fate, before she even becomes pregnant. She chooses the relationship that will create her daughter, and to bear and love her fully, even though she knows the the suffering and loss that lies ahead.

arrival via twitter ©Paramount Pictures

I had just finished Meadow Rue Merrill’s powerful new book, Redeeming Ruth:Everything Life Takes, Love Restores. I couldn’t help weaving both stories together as I watched 

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Review: KJV Expressions Bible deluxe hardcover

Check out Rubén de Rus’ review of the KJV Expressions Bible!

“This bible is highly recommendable for journaling and notetaking lovers both experienced and incited note takers.”

Ayuda Ministerial/Resources for Ministry

9781619708983oJournaling bibles have become popular in recent years, which is a good new for those who love journaling. The KJV Expressions Bible deluxe hardcover (Hendrickson, 2017) is one of the most recent journaling bibles published and available in the market.

The outer: The hardcover in this Bible combines imitation leather in brown tone and soft vinyl. Both material feel strong, well crafted, and very elegant. The size (6 ½ x 7 ¼ inches) makes this Bible manageable and ideal for its purpose: journaling. The spine is well attached and glued to the book, ant it transmits the sensation that this Bible is ideal for traveling, camping, and be used outside the office as well.

The inside: The version used in this Bible is the KJV. The type used is 8 point, which is a decent type. The text is placed in single column, allowing a space of 2+ inches for…

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Love Is Never Safe: Experiencing Redeeming Ruth

By Amy Paulsen-Reed, Assistant Editor and Sales Representative I recently had the pleasure of experiencing Meadow Rue Merrill’s new book, Redeeming Ruth. I say “experiencing,” because “reading” is too meager a word. In Redeeming Ruth, I found myself going through Meadow’s experiences with her: her deer-in-the-headlights feeling as she realizes God has placed a special needs … Continue reading Love Is Never Safe: Experiencing Redeeming Ruth

Letting God Be God: Karl Barth’s Journey with John Calvin

On the occasion of the 131st anniversary of the birth of Swiss theologian Karl Barth (1886–1968) and the yearlong commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, we’d like to share some of Barth’s perspectives on John Calvin. The following is an article by Peter Anders, excerpted from The Reformation Then and Now: 25 … Continue reading Letting God Be God: Karl Barth’s Journey with John Calvin

Video about Redeeming Ruth by Meadow Rue Merrill

"Some stories warm your heart; others break it. Redeeming Ruth does both. She was the littlest, the last, and the least of all, but God used this exceptional child to change not only a family, but an entire community–and, Lord willing, you too. God said, 'A little child shall lead them,' and I pray Ruth's … Continue reading Video about Redeeming Ruth by Meadow Rue Merrill