Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Baker Academic Forthcoming Releases

Baker Academic is at it again. Slated forthcoming releases include these highly significant volumes:

1)Handbook on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament: Exegesis and Interpretation (Greg Beale; release date: Sept. 2012; page count: 208; price: $17.99)
This is one I'm going to have to add to my library for sure. Man, is Beale prolific or what? After his New Testament Biblical Theology, he produces yet another significant work.

Here is a description of the volume: This concise guide by a leading New Testament scholar helps readers understand how to better study the multitude of Old Testament references in the New Testament. G. K. Beale, coeditor of the bestselling Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament, focuses on the "how to" of interpreting the New Testament use of the Old Testament, providing students and pastors with many of the insights and categories necessary for them to do their own exegesis. Brief enough to be accessible yet thorough enough to be useful, this handbook will be a trusted guide for all students of the Bible.

 Endorsements "This handbook provides readers with a wonderful overview of key issues in and tools for the study of the use of the Old Testament in the New. It is written at an accessible level without sacrificing depth. I expect it to become a standard textbook for courses on the subject (as it will be for mine) and the first book to which newcomers will be directed to help them navigate through these sometimes complex waters."--Roy E. Ciampa, professor of New Testament, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

2) Essays on John and Hebrews (Harold Attridge; release date: Nov. 2012; page count: 464; price: $55.00)
I'm glad that Baker Academic is one of the few that is taking more expensive volumes like those of Mohr Siebeck and reissuing them at a cheaper price, which is the case with this volume.

Here is a description of the volume:Internationally renowned New Testament scholar Harold Attridge illuminates key aspects of John and Hebrews, two of the most theologically compelling and complex New Testament books. Attridge explores the literary and cultural traditions at work in the text and its imaginative rhetoric, which aims to deepen faith in Christ by giving new meaning to his death and exaltation. He situates his literary analysis within the context of the history of religion and culture in the first century, with careful attention to both Jewish and Greco-Roman worlds. Several essays focus on gnostic traditions. Originally published by Mohr Siebeck in the Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament series, this work is now available as an affordable North American paperback.

3)Simon Peter in Scripture and Memory: The New Testament Apostle in the Early Church (Markus Bockmuehl; release date: Nov 2012; page count: 224; price:$24.99)

Bockmuehl is a first-rate New Testament scholar so this should set a standard for Petrine studies.

Here is a description of the volume:After Jesus, Peter is the most frequently mentioned individual both in the Gospels and in the New Testament as a whole. He was the leading disciple, the "rock" on which Jesus would build his church. How can we know so little about this formative figure of the early church? World-renowned New Testament scholar Markus Bockmuehl introduces the New Testament Peter by asking how first- and second-century sources may be understood through the prism of "living memory" among the disciples of the apostolic generation and the students of those disciples. He argues that early Christian memory of Peter underscores his central role as a bridge-building figure holding together the diversity of first-century Christianity. Drawing on more than a decade of research, Bockmuehl applies cutting-edge scholarship to the question of the history and traditions of this important but strangely elusive figure. Bockmuehl provides fresh insight into the biblical witness and early Christian tradition that New Testament students and professors will value.

4)James and Jude: Paideia: Commentaries on the New Testament (John Painter and David deSilva; release date: November 2012; page count: 288; price: $27.99)

Anything produced by my mentor and friend David deSilva always finds a place on my bookshelves. This will be no exception!

Here is a description of the volume: In this addition to the well-received Paideia series, two respected New Testament scholars offer a practical commentary on James and Jude that is conversant with contemporary scholarship, draws on ancient backgrounds, and attends to the theological nature of the texts. This commentary, like each in the projected eighteen-volume series, proceeds by sense units rather than word-by-word or verse-by-verse. Paideia commentaries explore how New Testament texts form Christian readers by attending to the ancient narrative and rhetorical strategies the text employs showing how the text shapes theological convictions and moral habits commenting on the final, canonical form of each New Testament book focusing on the cultural, literary, and theological settings of the text making judicious use of maps, photos, and sidebars in a reader-friendly format.

5) The New Testament: A Historical and Theological Introduction (Donald Hagner; release date: November 2012; page count: 848; price: $49.99)

Hagner's magnum opus is guaranteed to be a must-have!

Here is a description: This capstone work from widely respected senior evangelical scholar Donald Hagner offers a substantial introduction to the New Testament. Hagner deals with the New Testament both historically and theologically, employing the framework of salvation history. He treats the New Testament as a coherent body of texts and stresses the unity of the New Testament without neglecting its variety. Although the volume covers typical questions of introduction, such as author, date, background, and sources, it focuses primarily on understanding the theological content and meaning of the texts, putting students in a position to understand the origins of Christianity and its canonical writings. Throughout, Hagner delivers balanced conclusions in conversation with classic and current scholarship. The book includes summary tables, diagrams, maps, and extensive bibliographies.

6) Acts: An Exegetical Commentary: Volume 2: 3:1-14:28 Craig S. Keener; release date: Feb. 2013; page count: 1,120; price: $59.99)

What more can be said about Keener? His prodigious writing continues at an astounding pace. He will have amassed 2,200 pages after the first two volumes with  two more to follow. This will certainly be the standard commentary for Acts for a long time to come.

These are just a sampling of the releases slated for release. For more, check out Baker's site.

1 comment:

John W. Daniels, Jr. said...

This is a really good looking blog. Best of luck in your pursuit of the doctorate. You'll get there!