New Books Network

Nyasha Junior, “Reimagining Hagar: Blackness and Bible” (Oxford UP, 2019)
Popular culture helps shape how audiences imagine Biblical personalities in our contemporary moment. For many, Warner Sallman’s portrait of Jesus fixes him as white, others envision Moses as Charlton Heston because of Cecil B. DeMille’s film, The Ten Commandments, and the Jezebel stereotype is more well known than the Biblical... Read More
Ruth Kara-Ivanov Kaniel, “Holiness and Transgression: Mothers of the Messiah in the Jewish Myth” (ASP, 2017)
In this interview, Ruth Kara-Ivanov Kaniel discusses her first book, Holiness and Transgression Mothers of the Messiah in the Jewish Myth, with Rachel Adelman.  Translated by Eugene Matansky and published by Academic Studies Press in 2017, it was originally written in Hebrew as Kedeshot ukedoshot: Imahot hamashiah bamythos hayehudi (2014). ... Read More
Andrea L. Robinson, “Temple of Presence” (Wipf and Stock, 2019)
In Revelation 21–22, John offered a resplendent portrayal of a new Jerusalem without a temple, in which he seemed to reference the final chapters of Ezekiel. The puzzling issue for interpreters is why John chose to utilize Ezekiel’s temple vision if he wanted to dispense with the temple. In Temple... Read More
A Very Square Peg: A Podcast Series about Polymath Robert Eisler. Episode 5: The Slavonic Josephus
In this episode, we focus on one of Eisler’s most controversial works, a reconstruction of the 1st-century Roman Jewish historian Josephus’ account of the events surrounding the death of Jesus and the ministry of John the Baptist, including a new physical description of Jesus that apparently prompted the Christ to... Read More
Alastair J. Roberts, “Echoes of Exodus: Tracing Themes of Redemption through Scripture” (Crossway, 2018)
The exodus—the story of God leading his chosen people out of slavery in Egypt—stands as a pivotal event in the Old Testament. But if you listen closely, you will hear echoes of this story of redemption all throughout God’s Word. Using music as a of metaphor, the authors of Echoes... Read More
G. K. Beale and Benjamin L. Gladd, “The Story Retold: A Biblical-Theological Introduction to the New Testament” (IVP Academic, 2020)
New Testament introductions fall into two categories: those that emphasize the history behind the text through discussions of authorship, dating, and audience, and those that explore the content of the text itself. Few introductions weave the Old Testament into their discussions, and fewer still rely on the grand narrative of... Read More
Nijay Gupta, “Beginner’s Guide to New Testament Studies” (Baker Academic, 2020)
Beginner’s Guide to New Testament Studies (Baker Academic, 2020) is an accessible and balanced introduction that helps readers sort out key views on the most important debated issues in New Testament studies. Well-known New Testament scholar Nijay Gupta fairly presents the spectrum of viewpoints on thirteen topics and offers reflections... Read More
Christopher M. Blumhofer, “The Gospel of John and the Future of Israel” (Cambridge UP, 2020)
The Gospel of John presents many challenges for interpreters—how best should this book be read? How are we to understand issues like its unity or its critical stance to the characters known as ‘the Jews’? Christopher M. Blumhofer suggests the Gospel of John ought to be read as a narrative... Read More
Michael A. Daise, “Quotations in John: Studies on Jewish Scripture in the Fourth Gospel” (T and T Clark, 2020)
Without question the Gospel of John makes rich use of both the Jewish scriptures and the feasts of the Jewish liturgical year. In this double-feature program, with speak with Michael A. Daise about his two monographs on the Gospel of John. In his book Quotations in John: Studies on Jewish... Read More