Book Review: Glory in Romans and the Unified Purpose of God in Redemptive History

Glory in Romans and the Unified Purpose of God in Redemptive HistoryGlory in Romans and the Unified Purpose of God in Redemptive History by Donald L Berry
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This study takes up the motif of glory in Paul’s letter to the Romans, which is an under explored area of scholarship. Glory in Romans has to do with God’s glory and the display of his glory by human beings. Obviously, humans rejected that glory and fell short of it, beginning in Adam. But, in Christ, the second Adam, sons of Adam are justified and giving sure hope of future glory.

This is a helpful study. The author goes through the entire letter, focusing on Paul’s use of the doxa word group and relevant passages that may not necessarily use the word group. The study does suffer somewhat from over realized eschatology and supersessionism.

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Book Review: The Psalter Reclaimed

The Psalter ReclaimedThe Psalter Reclaimed by Gordon J. Wenham
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a helpful study. Wenham looks at the Psalms and discusses aspects of historical and traditional interpretation, canonical interpretation and criticism, the collection and arrangement of the Psalms, as well as psalmic intertextuality. In some cases he raises issues for investigation without fully committing. Overall, he upheld the eschatological, Messianic thrust of the Psalms. It was an informative and thought provoking study.

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Book Review: Unceasing Kindness: A Biblical Theology of Ruth

Unceasing Kindness: A Biblical Theology of RuthUnceasing Kindness: A Biblical Theology of Ruth by Peter H.W. Lau
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The author traces various themes in the book of Ruth, e.g., providence, kindness (hesed), refuge, famine, God’s hiddenness, redemption, and mission. He discusses the canonical placement of the book with Judges, Proverbs, or Psalms as well as the earlier or later date for the writing of the book. Reading Ruth alongside the other books in different placements yields different insights. Overall, it is a helpful study.

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Book Review: A Theology of Luke and Acts: God’s Promised Program, Realized for All Nations

A Theology of Luke and Acts: God's Promised Program, Realized for All NationsA Theology of Luke and Acts: God’s Promised Program, Realized for All Nations by Darrell L. Bock
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Bock takes the Lukan books together and traces major themes throughout the two books. The continuity shows Luke and Acts to truly be a two volume work. The book has brief sections at the beginning providing concise commentary and then most of the book is arranged topically, bringing together references from both books that contribute to the topic at hand. It is a helpful book for studying either Luke or Acts separately, or both books together.

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Book Review: The Bible Expositor’s Handbook: New Testament

The Bible Expositor's Handbook, NT Edition: New TestamentThe Bible Expositor’s Handbook, NT Edition: New Testament by Greg Harris
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is an excellent book on exposition of the New Testament. Harris uses a consistent historical grammatical hermeneutic while looking at various New Testament passages. He considers intertexuality, progress of revelation, biblical theology, and the nature of prophetic fulfillment. He treats the interaction between the testaments and traces major themes through the New Testament. It is not exhaustive, but it is helpful and accessible.

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