Making a Meal of It: Rethinking the Theology of the Lord’s Supper, by Ben Witherington III. Explores the background, historical and scriptural origins, and the implications of the Lord’s Supper. After excavating the diverse ways in which Scripture and early Christian tradition speak about the Lord’s Supper, Witherington advocates that it is much more than either magic or mere symbolism, but primarily about who the people of God are and how they should live together
Dethroning Jesus: Exposing Popular Culture’s Quest to Unseat the Biblical Christ, by Darrell L. Bock and Daniel B. Wallace. Christians call him the Messiah, Christ, Son of the Living God—as they have for two millennia. But there is another gospel circulating in the halls of academia, and which has penetrated into the popular culture, as scholars such as Bart Ehrman and Elaine Pagels are attempting to dethrone Jesus once and for all. But in this book renowned NT scholars Bock and Wallace help readers sift through the hype and separate fact from fiction.
Communion with the Triune God, by John Owen (1616-1683), edited by Kelly M. Kapic and Justin Taylor. A modern reader’s edition of a classic Puritan work by a classic Puritan author; originally titled Of Communion with God the Father, Son and Holy Ghost, each Person Distinctly in Love, Grace, and Consolation. John Piper says that “no one else has laid open the paths of personal fellowship with the three persons of the Trinity the way Owen does”.
The Literary Study Bible, English Standard Version (ESV), edited by Leland Ryken and Philip Graham Ryken. A unique study Bible containing the full text of the ESV, with insightful study notes on the literary aspects, themes, imagery, and story lines of the text. The editors are a father and son team, with Leland having authored over 25 books on literary aspects of the Bible, and Philip who succeeded James Montgomery Boice in the pulpit, and has written and edited over 20 books himself.
Cambridge and the Evangelical Succession, by Sir Marcus Loane. The stories of four key ministers of the 18th and 19th centuries, each of whom was associated with the University of Cambridge, and who changed the whole spirit of the Church of England. Their influence is still felt today: William Grimshaw (1708-1763), John Berridge (1716-1793), Henry Venn (1725-1797), and Charles Simeon (1759-1836).
Oxford and the Evangelical Succession, by Sir Marcus Loane. The stories of four key ministers of the 18th and 19th centuries, each of whom was associated with the University of Oxford, and who changed the whole spirit of the Church of England. Their influence is still felt today: George Whitefield (1717-1770), John Newton (1725-1807), Thomas Scott (1747-1821), Richard Cecil (1748-1810), and Daniel Wilson (1778-1858).
Interpreting the Psalms: An Exegetical Handbook, by Mark D. Futato (Handbooks for OT Exegesis, David M. Howard, Jr., series editor). Bruce Waltke says that Futato “takes his student by the hand through the complexities of Hebrew poetry, soars high to get a bird’s eye of the book and its themes, returns to earth and deftly guides through the thorny patch of textual criticism, and gives many ‘Aha’ moments in explaining how the Psalter’s categories refer to Christ”.
Knowing God the Father Through the Old Testament, by Christopher J.H. Wright. The worshiping community of the OT used fatherly images for understanding