Book Give Away

This week I’m offering The Fourfold Gospel by Francis Watson. Here’s the catalog description:

“This groundbreaking approach to the study of the fourfold gospel offers a challenging alternative to prevailing assumptions about the creation of the gospels and their portraits of Jesus. How and why does it matter that we have these four gospels? Why were they placed alongside one another as four parallel yet diverse retellings of the same story?

Francis Watson, widely regarded as one of the foremost New Testament scholars of our time, explains that the four gospels were chosen to give a portrait of Jesus. He explores the significance of the fourfold gospel’s plural form for those who constructed it and for later Christian communities, showing that in its plurality it bears definitive witness to what God has done in Jesus Christ. Watson focuses on reading the gospels as a group rather than in isolation and explains that the fourfold gospel is greater than, and other than, the sum of its individual parts. Interweaving historical, exegetical, and theological perspectives, this book is accessibly written for students and pastors but is also of interest to professors and scholars.”

Francis Watson (PhD, University of Oxford) is Research Chair in Biblical Interpretation at Durham University. He previously held the Kirby Laing Chair of New Testament Exegesis at the University of Aberdeen and taught at King’s College London. Among his numerous works are the critically acclaimed Paul and the Hermeneutics of Faith; Paul, Judaism, and the Gentiles: Beyond the New Perspective; and Gospel Writing: A Canonical Perspective. He is also coauthor of Reading Scripture with the Church.

Leave your name in the comments section by NLT Friday, May April 29 6:00 am EST. I’ll announce the winner that day. If I don’t hear back from the winner within seven days the book will go to another entry.

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Book Give Away – “You Are What You Love”

This week I’m giving away a copy of Jamie Smith’s new book You Are What You Love. Here’s a brief introduction to the book by the author. There are other clips on YouTube by Jamie on the book which I would encourage you to listen to. Leave your name in the comments section by NLT Friday April 22, 6:00 am EST. I’ll announce the winner that day. If I don’t hear back from the winner within seven days the book will go to another entry.

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Book Give Away

This week I’m offering a new book from Baker Academic called The Patient Ferment of the Early Church by Alan Kreider. Here’s the catalog description:

“During the three centuries before the conversion of the emperor Constantine, the Christian church grew in the Roman Empire. It grew despite disincentives, harassment, and occasional persecution. What enabled Christianity to be so successful that, by the fifth century, it was the established religion of the empire?

In this unique historical study, Alan Kreider delivers the fruit of a lifetime of study as he tells the amazing story of the spread of Christianity over its first four hundred years. Challenging traditional understandings, Kreider contends the early church grew because patience was of central importance in the life and witness of the early Christians. Patience was the virtue about which the patristic writers wrote most–Tertullian, Cyprian, and Augustine all wrote treatises on it. Patience entailed trusting God, who was inexorably at work; obeying Jesus, who embodied patience and called his followers to live in unusual, patient ways; and responding to people who were attracted to their life and message in such a way that they would be formed to become patient believers. Instead of writing about evangelistic method, the early Christians reflected on prayer, catechesis, and worship, all of which formed believers to have patient reflexes and to participate in a church that grew not by plan but by ferment. This book will benefit professors, students, and scholars of ancient Christianity, mission, liturgy, and Christian formation as well as pastors and church leaders.”

Leave your name in the comments section by NLT Friday April 8th, 6:00 am EST. I’ll announce the winner that Friday. If I don’t hear back from the winner within seven days the book will go to another entry.

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Book Give Away

It’s a question probably not asked often enough of academic theories. The question I’m thinking of is “so what?” On the other hand sometimes that’s the only question that is asked and if the answer is not immediately forthcoming then some are likely to think there’s no point in talking about it at all. Most of my readers here are probably familiar with the New Perspective on Paul (NPP). The book I’m offering this week is pursuing the practical implications of this theory for the Christian walk. The Apostle Paul and the Christian Life is edited by Scot McKnight and Joseph Modica (Baker Academic). Leave your name in the comments section by NLT this Friday, March 25th 6:00 am EST. I’ll draw the winner’s name that day. If I don’t hear back from the winner within seven days the book will go to another entry.

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