For a LIMITED time (til the end of February), Zondervan has its Counterpoints in Bible and Theology series on a $3.79-$3.99 sale for Kindle users!! And… they are all in one way or another well worth the thinking Christian’s time and money.
Here might be some of the more pertinent ones (IMO):
Dave Black just accounced on his blog that Amazon has just listed his new book out (available for pre-order) that is a compilation of the presentations from the Ending of Mark Symposium held at SEBTS late last year.
Because it is conspicuously absent from more than one early Greek manuscript, the final section of the gospel of Mark (16:9-20) that details Christ’s resurrection remains a constant source of debate among serious students of the New Testament.
Perspectives on the Ending of Mark presents in counterpoint form the split opinions about this difficult passage with a goal of determining which is more likely. Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary professors Maurice Robinson and David Alan Black argue for the verses’ authenticity. Keith Elliott (University of Leeds) and Daniel Wallace (Dallas Theological Seminary) contend that they are not original to Mark’s gospel. Darrell Bock (Dallas Theological Seminary) responds to each view and summarizes the state of current research on the entire issue.
My copy of von Rad’s Old TestamentTheology arrived today! And soon I shall have my copy of Herschel’s TheProphets! Then I shall think maybe I have gone to heaven! Here is a quote from the pen of von Rad.
To have to abandon an historical presentation of Israel’s credal statements has the advantage that we are able to let the material stand in those contexts in the saving history in which it was arranged by Israel. And in this way there comes more clearly into our field of vision that part of Israel’s theological activity which is probably one of is most important and interesting one’s, namely those ever new attempts to make the divine acts of salvation relevant for every new age and day-this ever new reaching out to and avowel of God acts which in the made the old credal statements grow into such enormous masses of traditions. A theology which attempts to grasp the content of the Old Testament under the heading of various doctrines (the doctrine of God, the doctrine of man, etc.) cannot do justice to these credal statements which are completely tied up with history, or to this grounding of Israel’s faith upon a few divine acts of salvation and the effort to gain an ever new understanding of them.
It’s still on sale at Christianbook dot com. Really, think about getting it!
As I shared with you all the other day – I got a gift card from Amazon from my brother and his wife. Oh man what to do? I can only get a couple books, three at most. In contrast to others, it’s taken me some time to figure out what I want or would like to have – I want something different but I don’t want junk – I want something that will be helpful to me either in ministry or in my own spiritual life. So how has my search gone so far? Here is what I have so far with some alternative selections:
2 Chronicles 5:13 “The trumpeters and singers joined in unison, as with one voice, to give praise and thanksto the LORD. Accompanied by trumpets, cymbals and other instruments, they raised their voices in praise to the LORD and sang: “He is good; his love endures forever.” Then the temple of the LORD was filled with a cloud.” (NIV)