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Joseph Turner | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Nov 24 2016 7:19 AM

These are just updates with new links for some resources for the most part:

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Joseph Turner | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Nov 24 2016 7:20 AM

Changes in OT2016C.1.0

 Included links for the following works that are now available for download:

 *Overholt, Thomas W.  Cultural Anthropology and the Old Testament  (Guides to Biblical Scholarship).  Fortress, 1996.  An excellent introduction to the use of anthropology in the study of the prophets.  Good bibliography.

 Chisholm, Robert B. Jr.  A Commentary on Judges and RuthKregel Exegetical Library.  Kregel, 2013.  Good exegetical and theological insights.  Important for homiletical implications.  The link was not changed under Judges in the previous editions, though it had been changed under Ruth.

 Brown, Raymond.  The Message of Nehemiah:  God’s Servant in a Time of Change  (BST).  IVP, 1998.  Helpful exposition with consistent personal applications.  This one also should have been changed in a previous edition.

 Wright, Christopher J. H.  The Message of Jeremiah:  Grace in the End  (BST).  IVP Academic, 2014.  Offers pastor and preachers good expositional, theological, and practical insights.  Evangelical.  The title was also corrected.

 *Wright, Christopher J. H.  The Message of Lamentations:  Honest to God  (BST).  IVP Academic, 2015.  Excellent introduction followed by careful theological and practical commentary.  Evangelical.

 Changed the link for the following from the Vyrso version to the Logos version:

 Evans, Craig A. and Emanuel Tov, eds.  Exploring the Origins of the Bible:  Canon Formation in Historical, Literary, and Theological Perspective.  Baker, 2008.  Four important essays on the Old Testament canon provide an essential introduction.

 Changes in NT2016B.1.0

 Added links to the following volumes that are now available for download:

 *Longenecker, Richard N.  The Epistle to the Romans  (NIGTC).  Grand Rapids:  Eerdmans, 2016.

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Joseph Turner | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Jan 8 2017 4:10 PM

The new 2017 bibliographies are out and linked!

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3404.NT2017_0_0.docx

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Joseph Turner | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Jan 8 2017 4:15 PM

Usually they will remove and add at approximately the same rate; however, the OT bibliography culled many more volumes than it added this time around.

Changes in OT2017.0.0

Included links for the following works that are now available for download:

Brueggemann, Walter.  Old Testament Theology:  An Introduction  (Library of Biblical Theology).  Fortress, 2008.  A useful review of key topics in the field by a leader in Old Testament theology.

*Overholt, Thomas W.  Cultural Anthropology and the Old Testament  (Guides to Biblical Scholarship).  Fortress, 1996.  An excellent introduction to the use of anthropology in the study of the prophets.  Good bibliography.

Dozeman, Thomas B.  Joshua 1-12:  A New Translation with Introduction and Commentary  (AB).  Yale, 2015.  Most thorough review of methods and exegetical approaches with many key insights on texts and issues.

*Schipper, Jeremy.  Ruth:  A New Translation with Introduction and Commentary  (AB).  Yale, 2016.  The up-to-date resource for a concise survey of interpretations and informed exegetical insights.

The following resources have been added to the new list:

*Arnold, Bill T. and Bryan E. Beyer.  Encountering the Old Testament:  A Christian Survey.  3rd ed.  Baker, 2015.  Evangelical undergraduate survey with excellent photos, maps, charts, sidebars, and a CD with lots more photos.  Helpful outlines of books and reviews of the most important ideas and term.

The Oxford Encyclopediae. Oxford. Current, two-volume sets explore approaches to the Bible, including the Bible and Arts (T. Beal ed.), the Books of the Bible (M. D. Coogan ed.), the Bible and Ethics (R. L. Brawley ed.), the Bible and Theology (S. E. Balentine ed.), the Bible and Archaelogy (D. M. Master ed.), Biblical Interpretation (S. L. McKenzie ed.), the Bible and Gender Studiees (J. M. O’Brien ed.) the Bible and Law (B. Strawn ed.).

*Carson, Donald A.  NIV Zondervan Study Bible.  Zondervan, 2015.  With contributions by more than sixty Evangelical scholars, the introductions, notes, and special essays focus on biblical theology.

Shanks, Hershel, ed. Ancient Israel. From Abraham to the Roman Destruction of the Temple. Third edition. Biblical Archaeology Society, 2010. Popular writing with each chapter written by one or two experts in the field.

*Arnold, Bill T., and Brent A. Strawn eds.  The World around the Old Testament.  Baker Academic, 2016.  Leading scholars provide excellent review of the thirteen major people groups connected with the Israelites.

The following resources have been removed from the new list:

*Arnold, Bill T. and Bryan E. Beyer.  Encountering the Old Testament:  A Christian Survey.  2nd ed.  Baker, 2008.  Evangelical undergraduate survey with excellent photos, maps, charts, sidebars, and a CD with lots more photos.  Helpful outlines of books and reviews of the most important ideas and term.

Birch, Bruce C., Walter Brueggemann, Terence E. Fretheim, and David L. Petersen.  A Theological Introduction to the Old Testament.  2nd ed.  Abingdon, 2005.  An important survey of literary, theological, and ethical dimensions of the Old Testament.

Collins, John J.  Introduction to the Hebrew BibleFortress, 2004.  An up to date and readable survey of Old Testament (and apocryphal) scholarship from the standpoint of modern criticism.

_______________.   A Short Introduction to the Hebrew Bible.  Fortress, 2007. 

Dillard, Raymond and Tremper Longman III.  An Introduction to the Old Testament.  2nd ed.  Zondervan, 2006.  A helpful up-to-date Evangelical contribution.  Longman finished the project after the death of Dillard.

LaSor, W.S., D.A. Hubbard, and F.W. Bush.  Old Testament Survey.  2nd ed.  Eerdmans, 1996.  A reasonably up-to-date introduction from a balanced Evangelical perspective.

Soggin, J. Alberto.  Introduction to the Old Testament  (OTL).  3rd ed.  Westminster, 1989.  The current standard in place of Eissfeldt; weak on literary approaches.

Exploring the Old Testament.  InterVarsity Press.  Four separate volumes provide an introduction to the Pentateuch (Wenham), the Historical Books (Satterthwaite and McConville), and Psalms and Wisdom Literature (Lucas), and the Prophets (McConville).  Written from a British Evangelical perspective.

Moody Press: Four volumes by H. Wolf (Pentateuch), D. Howard (Historical Books), and C. H. Bullock (Poetic Books and Prophetic Books).

Anderson, Bernard W.  Contours of Old Testament Theology.  Fortress, 1999.  Themes of the holiness of God, covenants, Torah/wisdom, and prophecy/apocalyptic are interwoven in this synthesis by an influential scholar.

Childs, Brevard S.  Old Testament Theology in a Canonical Context.  Fortress, 1986.  Classic on canon with a sensitivity to the New Testament.

House, Paul R.  Old Testament Theology.  IVP, 1998.  A work that outlines God's nature and acts in each book of the Old Testament.  A narrative approach designed for college and seminary students.

Kaiser, W.C., Jr.  Toward an Old Testament Theology.  Zondervan, 1978.  Evangelical.  Emphasis on promise themes (Available in a revised and expanded edition entitled The Promise-Plan of God:  A Biblical Theology of the Old and New Testaments).

Preuss, H. D.  Old Testament Theology  (OTL).  2 vols.  Westminster/John Knox, 1995-6.  Focus on Yahweh.

Sailhamer, John H.  Introduction to Old Testament Theology: A Canonical Approach.  Zondervan, 1995.  Evangelical.  Structured study on how to do Old Testament theology.

Smith, Ralph L.  Old Testament Theology:  Its History, Method, and Message.  Broadman & Holman, 1993.  Evangelical.  A helpful source for summaries of debates and positions on a wide breadth of topics.

Terrien, S.  The Elusive Presence:  Toward a New Biblical Theology.  Harper and Row, 1978.  Focus on the wisdom literature.

Zuck, Roy B., ed.  A Biblical Theology of the Old Testament.  Moody, 1991.  Evangelical.  Dallas seminary faculty contribute their perspectives on each major section of the Old Testament.

Dever, William G.  What Did the Biblical Writers Know and When Did They Know It? What Archaeology Can Tell Us about the Reality of Ancient Israel.  Eerdmans, 2001.  Polemical but useful survey of biblical historiography and postmodern interpretations.

Matthews, Victor H.  A Brief History of Ancient Israel.  Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2002.  Moderately critical review of major issues regarding the study of the history of Israel.

Shanks, Hershel, ed.  Ancient Israel:  From Abraham to the Roman Destruction of the Temple.  Rev. ed.  Biblical Archaeology Society, 1999.  Popular writing with each chapter written by one or two experts in the field.

Long, V. Philips.  The Art of Biblical HistoryFoundations of Contemporary Interpretation, vol. 5.  Zondervan, 1994.  The balance of historicity, literary art, and theology in the history writing of the Old Testament.

Millard, Alan R., James K. Hoffmeier, and David W. Baker, eds.  Faith, Tradition, and History:  Old Testament Historiography in Its Near Eastern Context.  Eisenbrauns, 1994.  Important articles on the methods and interpretation of various Old Testament passages in the light of ancient Near Eastern comparisons.

Dever, William G.  Who Were the Early Israelites and Where Did They Come From?  Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2003.  Important archaeological arguments against the historicity of the biblical exodus and in favor of a largely indigenous people in Canaan who became Israel.  Israel can be ethnically identified in the twelfth highlands of Palestine.

_______________.  Archaeology of the Land of the Bible. Volume II. The Assyrian, Babylonian, and Persian Periods (732-332 B.C.E.).  Doubleday, 2001.  The most comprehensive and up-to-date survey of the later Old Testament period.

Beyerlin, W., ed.  Near Eastern Religious Texts Relating to the Old Testament  (OTL).  Westminster, 1978.

Wyatt, N.  Religious Texts from Ugarit:  The Words of Ilimilku and His Colleagues.  Rev. ed.  Sheffield, 2002.  Contemporary translation of religious texts that provide the essential background for understanding "Canaanite" religion.

Chavalas, Mark W., and K. Lawson Younger, Jr., eds.  Mesopotamia and the Bible:  Comparative Explorations.  Grand Rapids: Baker, 2002.  A collection of approaches to different archives of Syrian and Mesopotamian texts and their relation to the Bible.

Gurney, O. R.  The Hittites.  Rev. ed. Penguin, 1990.  A classic of a culture with important relevance to the Bible.

Hoerth, Alfred, Gerald Mattingly, and Edwin Yamauchi, eds.  Peoples of the Old Testament World.  Baker, 1998.  Updating of Wiseman's Peoples of Old Testament Times by U.S. Evangelicals.

*Kemp, Barry J.  Ancient Egypt:  Anatomy of a Civilization.  2nd ed.  Routledge, 1991.  A social study of Egyptian life and culture.

Oppenheim, A. Leo.  Ancient Mesopotamia:  Portrait of a Dead Civilization.  University of Chicago, 1977.

Von Soden, Wolfram.  The Ancient Orient:  An Introduction to the Study of the Ancient Near East.  Trans. D.G. Schley.  Eerdmans, 1993.  Traditional approach to ancient Near Eastern history.

Baltzer, Klaus.  Isaiah 40-55  (Herm).  Fortress, 2001.  Careful linguistic analysis of the chapters, assumes the rhetorical form of a Greek drama.

*______________.  The Message of Isaiah 40-55: A Literary-Theological Commentary.  London: T. & T. Clark, 2005.  Thorough treatment of text with theological and literary sensitivities.  Designed to complement forthcoming volume in ICC series.  Critical evangelical.

Lessing, R. Reed.  Isaiah 40–55  (Concordia Commentary).  Concordia, 2011.  Study of Hebrew text and literary features with solid exposition, along with theological reflections from a conservative Lutheran perspective.

Tull, Patricia K.  Isaiah 1–39  (SHBC).  Smyth & Helwys, 2010.  Exposition from a critical perspective, with many helpful sidebars with background and other information.  Committed to connecting to contemporary issues.

Watts, John D. W.  Isaiah 1–33  (WBC).  Rev. ed.  Thomas Nelson, 2005.  Interprets the book as a literary work of dramatic speeches and scenes.  Revision reworks some ideas of the first.  Well documented.

_______________.  Isaiah 34–66  (WBC).  Rev. ed.  Thomas Nelson, 2005.  Interprets the book as a literary work of dramatic speeches and scenes.  Revision reworks some ideas of the first.  Well documented.

Changes in NT2017.0.0

Added links to the following volumes that are now available for download:

Porter, Stanley E. and Cynthia Long Westfall, eds.  Empire in the New Testament.  Eugene, OR:  Pickwick, 2011.

Barclay, John M. G.  Paul and the Gift.  Grand Rapids:  Eerdmans, 2015.

*Longenecker, Richard N.  The Epistle to the Romans  (NIGTC).  Grand Rapids:  Eerdmans, 2016.

*Boda, Mark J.  The Book of Zechariah  (NICOT).  Eerdmans, 2016.  Excellent exposition of biblical text with good attention to textual matters.  Evangelical.

The following resources have been removed from the new list:

Guelich, Robert A.  Mark 1-8:26  (WBC).  Dallas:  Word, 1989.

*O’Brien, Peter T.  The Letter to the Hebrews  (PNTC).  Grand Rapids:  Eerdmans, 2010.

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scooter | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Jan 8 2017 4:22 PM

Thankyou, Joseph, for keeping  up to date.

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GaoLu | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jan 10 2017 3:58 PM

I appreciate your on-going work, Joseph.

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Joseph Turner | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Jan 11 2017 4:38 AM

Thank you scooter and Gao Lu.  I enjoy doing it, and I'm glad that others find it beneficial!

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Veli Voipio | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Jan 12 2017 3:45 AM

I have found the list very useful and I've collected a good basic library. Nowadays I try to read of it as much as reasonably possible.

I come from a different tradition, but I feel these books mostly match my views.

Gold package, and original language material and ancient text material, SIL and UBS books, discourse Hebrew OT and Greek NT. PC with Windows 8.1

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scooter | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Jan 12 2017 4:05 AM

Joseph Turner:

Thank you scooter and Gao Lu.  I enjoy doing it, and I'm glad that others find it beneficial!

I paste them into Word so I can refer to them.  Thanks again, Joseph.

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Joseph Turner | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, May 31 2017 10:06 AM

Here are the newest updates!  Note the multiple volumes in the OTL, NTL, and SHBC sets which are now available in pre-pub.

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6318.NT2017_1_0.docx

For those interested, these are the volumes still not available for download (this list includes pre-pubs):

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Joseph Turner | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, May 31 2017 10:09 AM

Changes in OT2017.1.0

 Included links for the following works that are now available for download:

 Gentry, Peter J., and Stephen J. Wellum.  Kingdom through Covenant:  A Biblical-Theological Understanding of the Covenants.  Crossway, 2012.  A detailed and thorough analysis of the title’s themes based on the Hebrew text.

 Hoffmeier, James K., and Dennis R. Magary, eds.  Do Historical Matters Matter to Faith?  A Critical Appraisal of Modern and Postmodern Approaches to Scripture.  Crossway, 2012.  A study of historical and introductory issues in light of current research and challenges.

 Sweeney, Marvin A.  Isaiah 40-66  (FOTL).  Eerdmans, 2016.  Best review and insights into the forms and structure of these chapters.

 Included links for the following works that are now in Pre-pub:

 *Yamauchi, Edwin M., and Marvin R. Wilson eds.  Dictionary of Daily Life in Biblical and Post-Biblical Antiquity.  Volume I:  A-Da.  Volume II: De-H.  Hendrickson, 2015.  A thorough and remarkable collection of archaeological and especially textual data on a wide variety of topics and the evidence for them in the Old and New Testament, the Ancient Near Eastern and Greco-Roman worlds, and the early Jewish and Christian worlds.

 Hill, Andrew E.  Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi: An Introduction and Commentary  (TOTC).  IVP Academic, 2012.  Solid exposition with helpful introductory discussions.  Replacement volume for Baldwin.  Evangelical.

 *Eichrodt, W.  Theology of the Old Testament  (OTL).  2 vols.  Philadelphia: Westminster, 1961-67.  Emphasis on the covenant.  Along with von Rad, the giant in the field in the twentieth century.

 Rad, G. von.  Genesis  (OTL).  Westminster, 1972.  A classic theological interpretation from a higher critical perspective.

 *Childs, B.S.  The Book of Exodus  (OTL).  Westminster, 1974.  The application of the canonical approach to a higher critical commentary. Includes a history of interpretation for each passage.

 Gerstenberger, Erhard S.  Leviticus  (OTL).  Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 1996.  Translation of a 1993 German work, this author provides theological and anthropological insights on Leviticus as a postexilic work.

 Nelson, Richard D.  Deuteronomy:  A Commentary  (OTL).  Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2002.  A critical commentary with important exegesis of the text.

 Nelson, Richard D.  Joshua  (OTL).  Westminster John Knox, 1997.  Joshua as the product of Deuteronomistic redaction.

 Nielsen, Kirsten.  Ruth  (OTL).  Westminster John Knox, 1997.  Written by a woman with special interests in intertextuality and plot development.

 Japhet, Sara.  I & II Chronicles  (OTL).  Westminster John Knox, 1993.  A detailed theological commentary that is sensitive to Chronicles as history.

 Levenson, Jon D.  Esther  (OTL).  Westminster John Knox, 1997.  A master of biblical theology from a Jewish perspective examines the book of Esther.

 Habel, Norman C.  The Book of Job  (OTL).  Westminster, 1985.  Detailed linguistic notes with insights of literary structure.

 Clifford, Richard J.  Proverbs  (OTL).  Westminster John Knox, 1999.  Concise, original discussion of the meanings of each of the proverbs and their place in their original context, as well as attention to the overall structure of the book.

 Crenshaw, James L.  Ecclesiastes  (OTL).  Westminster, 1987.  A master of biblical wisdom literature considers this book.

 *Berlin, Adele.  Lamentations  (OTL).  Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2002.  A very good commentary, sensitive to literary issues and backgrounds, by a Jewish scholar.

 Eichrodt, Walter.  Ezekiel  (OTL).  Philadelphia: Westminster, 1970.  The classical critical commentary of a generation ago.

 *Newsom, Carol A.  Daniel: A Commentary  (OTL).  Westminster John Knox, 2014.  Important addition to an important series.  Impressive in erudition with an eye to the history of interpretation.

 Mays, James L.  Hosea  (OTL).  Philadelphia: Westminster, 1969.  A concise and well-written commentary from the form critical perspective.

 Barton, John.  Joel and Obadiah  (OTL).  Westminster John Knox, 2001.  Clear discussion of the critical and exegetical issues.

 Jeremias, Jörg.  The Book of Amos  (OTL).  Westminster John Knox, 1998.  Creative critical reconstruction of text that tries to reflect literary sensibilities.

 *Limburg, James.  Jonah: A Commentary  (OTL).  Westminster John Knox, 1993.  Relevant exposition with discussions of how the book has been portrayed in the arts and interpreted in various religious traditions.

 *Roberts, J. J.  Nahum, Habakkuk, and Zephaniah  (OTL).  Louisville: Westminster/ John Knox, 1991.  Focuses on textual and grammatical issues.

 Petersen, David L.  Haggai, Zechariah 1-8  (OTL).  Philadelphia: Westminster, 1984.  Well written and balanced critical approach, with an attempt to link with historical background.

 _______________.  Zechariah 9-14 and Malachi  (OTL).  Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 1995.  Well written and balanced critical approach, with an attempt to link with historical background.

 Cartledge, Tony W.  1 and 2 Samuel  (SHBC).  Smyth & Helwys, 2001.  Exposition informed by critical theory but with an eye to student and pastoral concerns.  Sidebars with useful information. 

 Brueggemann, Walter.  1 & 2 Kings  (SHBC).  Smith & Helwys, 2000.  Mid-level commentary with helpful sidebars and accompanying CD-Rom.  Connections section designed to stimulate theological reflection.

 Redditt, Paul L.  Ezra–Nehemiah  (SHBC).  Smyth & Helwys, 2014.  Solid commentary with an eye for contemporary relevance.  Sidebars with additional information.

 Balentine, Samuel E.  Job  (SHBC).  Smyth & Helwys, 2006.  A profound theological and exegetical study that is creative and hermeneutically aware.

 *Fretheim, Terence E.  Jeremiah  (SHBC).  Smyth & Helwys, 2002.  Critically informed but not intrusive.  Textual comments with substantive theological reflections by one of the more important Old Testament theologians of our time. 

*Pace, Sharon.  Daniel  (SHBC).  Smyth & Helwys, 2008.  Warm commentary from a moderately critical perspective.  Replete with useful background information and contemporary connections.

Corrected the title for:  *Williamson, H.G.M.  A Critical and Exegetical Commentary on Isaiah 1-27, Volume 1  (ICC).  London: T. & T. Clark, 2006.  Exhaustive linguistic, philological, and text critical study with helpful exegesis.  Redaction critical approach.  First of three volumes to cover chs. 1-27.

Changes in NT2017.1.0

Added links to the following volumes that are now in Pre-Pub:

Meye Thompson, Marianne.  John:  A Commentary  (NTL).  Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2015.

Matera, Frank J.  II Corinthians  (NTL).  Louisville:  Westminster John Knox, 2003.

Witherington, Ben III.  Matthew  (SHBC).  Macon:  Smyth & Helwys, 2006.

Culpepper, R. Alan.  Mark  (SHBC).  Macon:  Smyth & Helwys, 2007.

Talbert, C. H.  Romans  (SHBC).  Macon:  Smyth & Helwys, 2002.

Nash, Robert S.  1 Corinthians  (SHBC).  Macon:  Smyth & Helwys, 2009.

Still, Todd D.  Philippians and Philemon  (SHBC).  Macon:  Smyth & Helwys, 2011.

Gupta, Nijay K.  Colossians  (SHBC).  Macon:  Smyth & Helwys, 2013.

Bridges, Linda M.  1 & 2 Thessalonians  (SHBC).  Macon:  Smyth & Helwys, 2008.

Jones, Peter R.  1, 2, & 3 John  (SHBC).  Macon:  Smyth & Helwys, 2009.

Bond, Helen K. and Larry W. Hurtado, eds.  Peter in Early Christianity.  Grand Rapids:  Eerdmans, 2015.

 

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Paul | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Jun 1 2017 10:29 PM

Thank you Joseph for your thoughtfulness in sharing this in the forum. Yes  Keep well Paul

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Yes

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Joseph Turner | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Jan 6 2018 8:19 AM

Denver Seminary has released the new Denver Journal, which means the newest bibliographies are out!  Here are the updated PB versions:

8407.OT2018_0_0.docx

1122.NT2018_0_0.docx

The changes will follow.

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Joseph Turner | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Jan 6 2018 8:24 AM

Changes in OT2018.0.0

The following resources have been removed from the new list:

Broyles, Craig C. ed.  Interpreting the Old Testament:  A Guide for Exegesis.  Baker, 2001.  Evangelical scholars discuss methods of Old Testament exegesis and criticism for interpreting the text.

Childs, B.S.  Introduction to the Old Testament as Scripture.  Fortress, 1979.  A canonical approach to the text and books.

Harrison, R. K.  Introduction to the Old Testament.  Eerdmans, 1969.  Comprehensive Evangelical discussion of introductory issues for its time.

Brueggemann, Walter.  Old Testament Theology:  An Introduction  (Library of Biblical Theology).  Fortress, 2008.  A useful review of key topics in the field by a leader in Old Testament theology.

Martens, Elmer A. ed.  Old Testament Theology.  Bibliographies No. 13.  Baker, 1997.  A helpful survey of more than five hundred of the most important works, listed by subject.

Ollenburger, Ben C., Elmer A. Marten, and Gerhard F. Hasel, eds.  The Flowering of Old Testament Theology  (Sources for Biblical and Theological Study).  Eisenbrauns, 1992.  A collection of classic articles. Revised and updated in 2004 by Ben C. Ollenburger.

*Vanhoozer, Kevin J. ed.  Theological Interpretation of the Old Testament:  A Book-by-Book Survey.  Baker, 2008.  An Evangelical survey of each book of the Old Testament, briefly considering the history of interpretation, the book’s role in the canon, and its major theological themes.

Liverani, Mario.  Israel's History and the History of Israel.  Trans. C. Peri and P. R. Davies.  Equinox, 2005.  An elegant example of the method that reads the historical texts of the Bible to uncover ideological bias.

Merrill, Eugene.  Kingdom of Priests:  A History of Old Testament Israel.  2nd ed.  Baker, 2008.  Evangelical.  Reflects a careful reading of the text and a respect for its witness.

Levy, Thomas E., ed.  The Archaeology of Society in the Holy Land.  Facts on File, 1995.  Although it covers a larger period than that of the biblical time, it is the first systematic presentation of social archaeology in Israel as written by leading archaeologists.

Mazar, Amihai.  Archaeology of the Land of the Bible: 10,000-586 B.C.E.  Doubleday, 1992.  A more recent work by an experienced Israeli archaeologist.

Bimson, J. and J. Kane.  New Bible Atlas.  Tyndale, 1985.  Excellent combination of price, color maps and illustrations, and archaeological commentary.  Evangelical.

Cleave, Richard.  The Holy Land:  A Unique Perspective.  Photography and Satellite Cartography.  Lion, 1993.  Stunning aerial and satellite photography.

Pritchard, J.B., ed.  Harper's Atlas of the Bible.  Harper and Row, 1987.  Best on indices and gazetteer in relation to the maps. 

Jenni, E. and C. Westermann, eds.  Theological Lexicon of the Old Testament.  3 vols.  Hendrickson, 1997.

Croatto, J. Severino.  Exodus:  A Hermeneutics of Freedom.  Orbis, 1981.  Utilizes modern philosophical hermeneutical theory for contextualizing the Exodus and the prophets to modern Latin America.

 Felder Cain Hope.  Troubling Biblical Waters:  Race, Class, and Family.  Orbis, 1989.  Designed to surface the existence of Blacks in the Bible and to explore how to find the significance of the Bible for contemporary social issues.

Felder, Cain Hope, ed.  Stony the Road We Trod: African American Biblical Interpretation.  Fortress, 1991.  Essays that try to bring an African American perspective to the analysis and application of the Bible.

Vaage, Leif E., ed.  Subversive Scriptures:  Revolutionary Readings of the Christian Bible in Latin America.  Trinity Press International, 1997.  A translation of articles from a Latin American liberationist biblical studies journal.

*Wimbush, Vincent L., ed.  African Americans and the Bible:  Sacred Texts and Social Textures.  Continuum, 2001.  Essays dealing more with historical and contemporary approaches to handling the OT and NT than readings of specific texts.

The following resources have been added to the new list:

*Ebeling, Jennie, J. Edward Wright, Mark Elliott, and Paul V. M. Flesher (eds.). The Old Testament in Archaeology and History. Baylor University Press, 2017. Best up-to-date critical assessment on methods and examples of biblical archaeology by leading practitioners.

*Dallaire, Hélène M.  Biblical Hebrew: A Living Language.  Second edition.  CreateSpace Independent Publishing, 2017.  Applies second language acquisition techniques; with illustrations, devotionals, and a website www.biblicalhebrew-livinglanguage.com that includes teaching Videos, teaching PowerPoints, visual vocabulary PowerPoints, audio files, etc.

*Dallaire, Hélène M., Benjamin J. Noonan and Jennifer E. Noonan (eds.).  “Where Shall Wisdom Be Found?” A Grammatical Tribute to Professor Stephen A. Kaufman on the Occasion of His Retirement from Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion.  Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, 2017.  Leading grammarians contribute an up-to-date synthesis of research on all major Hebrew grammar topics.

*Cohn-Sherbok, Dan.  Messianic Judaism: A Critical Anthology.  Bloomsbury Academic, 2001.  Scholarly presentation of Messianic Judaism by a Jewish (non-Messianic) scholar.

*Rubin, Barry, ed. The Complete Jewish Study Bible: Illuminating the Jewishness of God’s Word.  Hendrickson, 2016.  David H. Stern’s English translation of the Bible with detailed study notes on the biblical text, articles on key Jewish themes, and Shabbat and Holiday readings.

*Rudolph, David J. and Joel Willitts.  Introduction to Messianic Judaism: Its Ecclesial Context and Biblical Foundations.  Zondervan, 2013.  Messianic Jewish and Christian scholars address key themes, issues and challenges in contemporary Messianic Judaism.

Block, Daniel I.  Ruth: The King is Coming.  ZECOT.  Zondervan 2015.  Evangelical exegetical commentary with a theological emphasis.

*Block, Daniel I.  Obadiah.  ZECOT.  Zondervan 2015.  Evangelical exegetical commentary.

Included links for the following works that are now available for download:

*Eichrodt, W.  Theology of the Old Testament  (OTL).  2 vols.  Philadelphia: Westminster, 1961-67.  Emphasis on the covenant.  Along with von Rad, the giant in the field in the twentieth century.

Rad, G. von.  Genesis  (OTL).  Westminster, 1972.  A classic theological interpretation from a higher critical perspective.

*Childs, B.S.  The Book of Exodus  (OTL).  Westminster, 1974.  The application of the canonical approach to a higher critical commentary. Includes a history of interpretation for each passage.

Gerstenberger, Erhard S.  Leviticus  (OTL).  Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 1996.  Translation of a 1993 German work, this author provides theological and anthropological insights on Leviticus as a postexilic work.

Nelson, Richard D.  Deuteronomy:  A Commentary  (OTL).  Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2002.  A critical commentary with important exegesis of the text.

Nelson, Richard D.  Joshua  (OTL).  Westminster John Knox, 1997.  Joshua as the product of Deuteronomistic redaction.

Nielsen, Kirsten.  Ruth  (OTL).  Westminster John Knox, 1997.  Written by a woman with special interests in intertextuality and plot development.

Japhet, Sara.  I & II Chronicles  (OTL).  Westminster John Knox, 1993.  A detailed theological commentary that is sensitive to Chronicles as history.

Levenson, Jon D.  Esther  (OTL).  Westminster John Knox, 1997.  A master of biblical theology from a Jewish perspective examines the book of Esther.

Habel, Norman C.  The Book of Job  (OTL).  Westminster, 1985.  Detailed linguistic notes with insights of literary structure.

Clifford, Richard J.  Proverbs  (OTL).  Westminster John Knox, 1999.  Concise, original discussion of the meanings of each of the proverbs and their place in their original context, as well as attention to the overall structure of the book.

Crenshaw, James L.  Ecclesiastes  (OTL).  Westminster, 1987.  A master of biblical wisdom literature considers this book.

*Berlin, Adele.  Lamentations  (OTL).  Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2002.  A very good commentary, sensitive to literary issues and backgrounds, by a Jewish scholar.

Eichrodt, Walter.  Ezekiel  (OTL).  Philadelphia: Westminster, 1970.  The classical critical commentary of a generation ago.

*Newsom, Carol A.  Daniel: A Commentary  (OTL).  Westminster John Knox, 2014.  Important addition to an important series.  Impressive in erudition with an eye to the history of interpretation.

Mays, James L.  Hosea  (OTL).  Philadelphia: Westminster, 1969.  A concise and well-written commentary from the form critical perspective.

Barton, John.  Joel and Obadiah  (OTL).  Westminster John Knox, 2001.  Clear discussion of the critical and exegetical issues.

Jeremias, Jörg.  The Book of Amos  (OTL).  Westminster John Knox, 1998.  Creative critical reconstruction of text that tries to reflect literary sensibilities.

*Limburg, James.  Jonah: A Commentary  (OTL).  Westminster John Knox, 1993.  Relevant exposition with discussions of how the book has been portrayed in the arts and interpreted in various religious traditions.

*Roberts, J. J.  Nahum, Habakkuk, and Zephaniah  (OTL).  Louisville: Westminster/ John Knox, 1991.  Focuses on textual and grammatical issues.

Petersen, David L.  Haggai, Zechariah 1-8  (OTL).  Philadelphia: Westminster, 1984.  Well written and balanced critical approach, with an attempt to link with historical background.

_______________.  Zechariah 9-14 and Malachi  (OTL).  Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 1995.  Well written and balanced critical approach, with an attempt to link with historical background.

*Yamauchi, Edwin M., and Marvin R. Wilson eds.  Dictionary of Daily Life in Biblical and Post-Biblical Antiquity.  Volume I:  A-Da.  Volume II: De-H.  Hendrickson, 2015.  A thorough and remarkable collection of archaeological and especially textual data on a wide variety of topics and the evidence for them in the Old and New Testament, the Ancient Near Eastern and Greco-Roman worlds, and the early Jewish and Christian worlds.

*Arnold, Bill T., and Brent A. Strawn eds.  The World around the Old Testament.  Baker Academic, 2016.  Leading scholars provide excellent review of the thirteen major people groups connected with the Israelites.

Hill, Andrew E.  Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi: An Introduction and Commentary  (TOTC).  IVP Academic, 2012.  Solid exposition with helpful introductory discussions.  Replacement volume for Baldwin.  Evangelical.

Included links for the following works that are now in Pre-pub:

*Hess, R. S.  The Old Testament: A Historical, Critical, and Theological IntroductionBaker, 2016.  An overview of the content and a comprehensive review of the major approaches to each book of the Old Testament.

For resources which are not available in Logos or Vyrso, I have begun adding links when available to Kindle and Accordance versions.  This process is not complete, and it is not high on my list of importance.

 

Changes in NT2018.0.0

The following resources have been removed from the new list:

Goldsworthy, Graeme.  Gospel-Centered Hermeneutics.  Downers Grove:  IVP, 2006.

_______________.  Studying the Historical JesusGrand Rapids:  Baker, 2002.

Osborne, Grant R.  Mark  (TTC).  Grand Rapids:  Baker, 2014.

*Köstenberger, Andreas.  John  (BECNT).  Grand Rapids:  Baker, 2004.

Chance, J. Bradley.  Acts  (SHBC).  Macon:  Smyth & Helwys, 2007.

Parsons, Mikeal C.  Acts  (Paideia).  Grand Rapids:  Baker, 2008.

Keener, Craig S.  Romans  (NCCS)Cascade, 2009.

Nash, Robert S.  1 Corinthians  (SHBC).  Macon:  Smyth & Helwys, 2009.

Merkle, Benjamin L.  Ephesians  (EGGNT).  Nashville: B & H, 2016.

Flemming, Dean.  Philippians  (NBBC).  Kansas City:  Beacon Hill, 2009.

O’Brien, Peter T.  Colossians, Philemon  (WBC).  Waco:  Word, 1982.

Thompson, Marianne M.  Colossians and Philemon  (THNTC).  Grand Rapids:  Eerdmans, 2005.

Witherington, Ben III.  The Letters to Philemon, the Colossians, and the Ephesians:  A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary on the Captivity Epistles.  Grand Rapids:  Eerdmans, 2007.

Talbert, C. H.  Ephesians and Colossians  (Paideia).  Grand Rapids:  Baker, 2007.

Bridges, Linda M.  1 & 2 Thessalonians  (SHBC).  Macon:  Smyth & Helwys, 2008.

Martin, D. Michael.  1, 2 Thessalonians  (NAC).  Nashville:  Broadman & Holman, 1995.

Gaventa, Beverly.  First and Second Thessalonians  (Int).  Louisville:  John Knox, 1998.

Varner, William. James  (EEC).  Bellingham, WA:  Lexham and Logos Bible Software, 2014.

Harvey, Robert and Philip H. Towner.  2 Peter & Jude  (NTC).  Downers Grove:  IVP, 2009.

Witherington, Ben, III.  Letters and Homilies for Hellenized Christians, vol. 1:  A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary on Titus, 1-2 Timothy and 1-3 John.  Downers Grove:  IVP, 2006.

Jones, Peter R.  1, 2, & 3 John  (SHBC).  Macon:  Smyth & Helwys, 2009.

The following resources have been added to the new list:

*Blomberg, Craig L.  The Historical Reliability of the New Testament.  Nashville: B&H, 2016.  (Available from Kindle).

*Cohick, Lynn H.  Women in the World of the Earliest Christians: Illuminating Ancient Ways of Life.  Grand Rapids: Baker, 2009.

Eskola, Timo.  A Narrative Theology of the New Testament.  Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2015.

Evans, Craig A., ed.  The Routledge Encyclopedia of the Historical Jesus.  New York: Routledge, 2008.  (Available from Kindle).

Carson, D. A.  Exegetical Fallacies.  2nd ed.  Grand Rapids: Baker, 1996.

Gorman, Michael J.  Scripture and Its Interpretation: A Global, Ecumenical Introduction to the BibleGrand Rapids: Baker, 2017.

Bock, Darrell L.  Jesus according to Scripture: Restoring the Portrait from the Gospels.  2nd ed.  Grand Rapids:  Baker, 2017.  (Available from Kindle).

Holmén, Tom and Stanley E. Porter, eds.  Handbook for the Study of the Historical Jesus, 4 vols.  Leiden: Brill, 2010.

Padilla, Osvaldo.  The Acts of the Apostles: Interpretation, History and Theology.  Downers Grove: IVP, 2016.  (Available from Kindle).

Blackwell, Ben C. and John K. Goodrich, eds.  Paul and the Apocalyptic Imagination.  Minneapolis: Fortress, 2016.

Martyn, J. Louis.  Theological Issues in the Letters of Paul.  Nashville: Abingdon, 1997.

*Schnabel, Eckhard.  Mark (TNTC).  Downers Grove: IVP, 2017.

Chen, Diane.  Luke (NCCS).  Eugene, OR: Cascade, 2017.

Klink, Edward W. III.  John (ZECNT).  Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2016.

Holladay, Carl L.  Acts: A Commentary (NTL).  Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2016.

Oropeza, B. J.  1 Corinthians (NCCS).  Eugene, OR: Cascade, 2017.

Baugh, S. M.  Ephesians (EEC).  Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press, 2016.

Roberts, Mark D.  Ephesians (SOGBC).  Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2016.

Hellerman, Joseph H.  Philippians (EGGNT).  Nashville: B & H, 2015.

Thompson, James W. and Bruce W. Longenecker.  Philippians and Philemon (Paideia).  Grand Rapids: Baker, 2016.

Foster, Paul.  Colossians (BNTC).  London: Bloomsbury T & T Clark, 2016.

*McKnight, Scot.  The Letter to the Colossians (NICNT).  Rev. ed.  Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2018.

*McKnight, Scot.  The Letter to Philemon (NICNT).  Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2017.

Johnson, Andy.  1 and 2 Thessalonians (THNTC).  Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2016.

Gupta, Nijay.  1-2 Thessalonians (NCCS).  Eugene, OR: Cascade, 2016.

Mbuvi, Andrew N.  Jude and 2 Peter (NCCS).  Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2015.

Parsenios, George L.  First, Second, and Third John (Paideia).  Grand Rapids: Baker, 2014.

Campbell, Constantine R.  1, 2 and 3 John (SOGBC).  Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2017.

Thomas, John Christopher and Frank D. Macchia.  Revelation (THNTC).  Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2016.

Added links to the following volumes that are now available for download:

Meye Thompson, Marianne.  John:  A Commentary  (NTL).  Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2015.

Matera, Frank J.  II Corinthians  (NTL).  Louisville:  Westminster John Knox, 2003.

Bartholomew, Craig.  Introducing Biblical Hermeneutics:  A Comprehensive Framework for Hearing God in Scripture.  Grand Rapids:  Baker, 2015.

Bond, Helen K. and Larry W. Hurtado, eds.  Peter in Early Christianity.  Grand Rapids:  Eerdmans, 2015.

Longenecker, Richard N.  Paul, Apostle of Liberty.  2nd. ed.  Grand Rapids:  Eerdmans, 2015.

Added links to the following volumes that are now available on Pre-publication:

Bird, Michael F.  Romans (SOGBC).  Grand Rapids:  Zondervan, 2016.

 

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Once again, Thank you Joseph.

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In the removed list:

Joseph Turner:
Harrison, R. K.  Introduction to the Old Testament.  Eerdmans, 1969.  Comprehensive Evangelical discussion of introductory issues for its time.

Good, but perhaps getting old Crying

Gold package, and original language material and ancient text material, SIL and UBS books, discourse Hebrew OT and Greek NT. PC with Windows 8.1

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Thank you so much Joseph Yes

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