Peter Thonemann, “The Hellenistic Age”

In order to understand the Bible, one needs to know something of the time and culture in which it was written, and so to understand the New Testament in particular, one needs to know something of the Hellenistic age.  That’s why, after reading a favorable review of this book in the Wall Street Journal — … [Read more…]

Paul W. Barnett, “Jesus and the Logic of History”

The author, an Australian, is an Anglican bishop.  I sought his book out because it was listed among the “[g]ood defenses of the historical reliability of the Gospels” for further reading by Richard Bauckham in Jesus:  A Very Short Introduction, and I had been impressed by Bauckham (Barnett, in turn, has a brief citation of … [Read more…]

Michael Reeves, “Theologians You Should Know”

The secondary title is, “An Introduction:  From the Apostolic Fathers to the 21st Century,” and the author is president and professor of theology at Union School of Theology in Oxford (and, to his credit, he quotes Oxfordian C.S. Lewis a lot).  It’s a very useful and engaging book. The chapters are: the apostolic fathers, Justin … [Read more…]

George Sayer, “Jack: A Life of C.S. Lewis”

This book was originally titled, Jack:  C.S. Lewis and His Times, and the author, who headed the English department at Malvern College in Worcestershire, was a friend of Lewis’s and occasional attendee of meetings of the Inklings.  He met Lewis in 1934 when the latter became the former’s tutor at Oxford, and remained apparently close … [Read more…]

David Murray, “The Happy Christian”

The author is a transplanted Scot, now a seminary professor and pastor in Grand Rapids, and the book’s secondary title is, “Ten Ways To Be a Joyful Believer in a Gloomy World.”  The book’s ten chapters address  how to achieve greater happiness as a Christian in different contexts, namely:  facts, media, salvation, church, future, world, … [Read more…]