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A Weblog Dedicated to the Discussion of the Christian Faith and 21st Century Life
I do not seek to understand that I may believe, but I believe in order to understand. For this also I believe, –that unless I believed, I should not understand.-- St. Anselm of Canterbury (1033-1109)

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

A Bibliophile's Playground

I am an unashamed bibliophile and if there is a cure for the disease, I will not be undergoing treatment. I simply refuse. Visiting the book stalls of all the different publishers at SBL with their discounted prices is as close to heaven on earth that I experience. Here is a partial list of what I purchased in Atlanta at the recent annual meeting:

-The Society of Biblical Literature was giving out for free their edition of the Greek New Testament. I already have several Greek NTs, but... did I mention it was free? You can download it here.

-I purchased the paperback edition of the Hebrew Old Testament, Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia, which means no more carrying around the big hardback Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia, the Hernia Edition.

-Richard Bauckham, The Theology of the Book of Revelation. Yes, Revelation does have a theology.

-Lee C. Barrett, III, Kierkegaard. I love Kierkegaard!

-Donald W. Musser and Joseph L. Price, Tillich. I'm not a big fan of Paul Tillich's theology, but I am always willing to read in order to risk conversion.

-Adam Neder, Participation in Christ: An Entry into Karl Barth's Church Dogmatics. If it's about Barth or he wrote it, I'm interested in it.

-Stanley Porter and Cynthia Westfall (eds.), Empire in the New Testament. This one's brand new and hot off the presses. I'm going to be contributing an essay on Empire and Colossians to an anthology this year.

-Michael Cartwright, Practices, Politics, and Performance: Toward a Communal Hermeneutic for Christian Ethics. Michael and I were students at Duke Divinity School at the same time. I read his original dissertation version of this work. It is a must read for anyone interested in biblical interpretation and Christian Ethics.

-John Polkinghorne (ed.) The Trinity and an Entangled World: Relationality in Physical Science and Theology. I read everything I can get my hands on by Polkinghorne, who is a physicist and an Anglican priest. If he edited this volume, it must be good.

-Peter J. Leithart, Defending Constantine: The Twilight of an Empire and the Dawn of Christendom. I'm not a big fan of what John Howard Yoder called "The Constantinian Shift," but as I said, I am always willing to read to risk conversion.

-Michael Licona, The Resurrection of Jesus: A New Historiographical Approach. I'm really into Jesus' resurrection! When you think about it, it is truly a cool doctrine!

This list is more than sufficient. Now, if you'll excuse me, I have a cup of Earl Grey Tea and a book waiting for me.

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