New Books Network

Aaron Koller, “Unbinding Isaac: The Significance of the Akedah for Modern Jewish Thought” (Jewish Publication Society, 2020)
In Unbinding Isaac: The Significance of the Akedah for Modern Jewish Thought (Jewish Publication Society, 2020), Aaron Koller, professor of Near Eastern and Jewish Studies at Yeshiva University, provides a compelling contemporary perspective on one of the Bible’s most famous and difficult texts, the Akedah, the Binding of Isaac. By plumbing the... Read More
Matthew Thiessen, “Jesus and the Forces of Death” (Baker Academic, 2020)
Although most people acknowledge that Jesus was a first-century Jew, interpreters of the Gospels often present him as opposed to Jewish law and customs—especially when considering his numerous encounters with the ritually impure. In Jesus and the Forces of Death: The Gospels’ Portrayal of Ritual Impurity within First-Century Judaism (Baker... Read More
Ken M. Penner, “The Lexham English Septuagint” (Lexham Press, 2020)
On this episode of New Books in Christian Studies, we welcome Ken M. Penner, Professor of Religious Studies at St Francis Xavier University. After a career that has combined biblical studies and digital humanities, Ken has edited the second edition of The Lexham English Septuagint (Lexham Press, 2020), a fresh and... Read More
John Barton, “A History of the Bible: The Story of the World’s Most Influential Book” (Viking, 2019)
John Barton is no stranger to Holy Scripture. Having spent much of his academic career as a chaplain and professor of theology at the University of Oxford, his latest book is an attempt to shed light on one of the world’s most influential texts – the Bible. In A History... Read More
Andrew S. Ballitch, “The Gloss and the Text: William Perkins on Interpreting Scripture with Scripture” (Lexham Press, 2020)
Throughout the seventeenth century, and on both sides of the Atlantic, William Perkins exercised enormous influence on the ways in which protestants approached the reading of the Bible and thought about the practice of preaching. For all that Perkins had a strong interest in theology, he was no mere dogmatician,... Read More
Patrick Schreiner, “The Ascension of Christ: Recovering a Neglected Doctrine” (Lexham Press, 2020)
The good news of Jesus includes his life, death, resurrection, and future return—but what about his ascension? Though often neglected or misunderstood, the ascension is integral to the gospel. In The Ascension of Christ: Recovering a Neglected Doctrine (Lexham Press), Patrick Schreiner argues that Jesus’ work would be incomplete without... Read More
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