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…]

Evan Moffic, “What Every Christian Needs To Know about the Jewishness of Jesus: A New Way of Looking at the Most Influential Rabbi in History”

The author is himself a rabbi, and a young one, being only 37 when the book was published.  He feels passionately that both Christians and Jews need to pay greater attention to Jesus’ Jewishness.  The final paragraph of the book (184) reads:  “Victor Hugo once said, ‘All the forces in the world are not as … [Read more…]

Confucius, “The Analects”

Let’s cut to the chase:  In this collection of hundreds of mostly short, fairly pithy sayings, there is no doubt about the best one.  It’s number 43 in book XIV:  “Yuan Jang sat waiting with his legs spread wide.  The Master said, ‘To be neither modest nor deferential when young, to have passed on nothing … [Read more…]

The Four Moses Books

Moses is the central figure — besides God, of course — in the the four books of the Pentateuch following Genesis.  And those four books have two strands:  the historical narrative of Moses leading the Jews out of Egypt and to the Promised Land, and the laws given to Moses by God during that time … [Read more…]