Book Review: Lectures on Calvinism

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In 1898, Dutch Reformed theologian Abraham Kuyper delivered the Stone Foundation Lectures at Princeton University. His topic: Calvinism. At the turn of the century, from the European vantage point of the Netherlands, surrounded by Liberalism’s positivism entrenched in the churches and universities of Europe, Abraham Kuyper set out to recapture a holistic vision and understanding of the Christian faith as reclaimed by the leaders of the sixteenth century Reformation. These six lectures are now available in reprint in the Hendrickson Christian Classics series published by Hendrickson Publishers.

Calvinism is usually associated theologically with its high view of God and a particular application of salvation as well as its historical origin in the theological movement of Reformed European churches led by theologians such as Ulrich Zwingli and John Calvin. With this association, the usual context for discussing Calvinism is within Historical and Systematic Theology; what the Reformers believed and how that…

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Bible Review—The Complete Hebrew-Greek Bible

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The Complete Hebrew-Greek Bible
by Hendrickson Publishers
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Thanks to the kind folks at Hendrickson for this review copy! I received this free copy in exchange for an unbiased review.

As many of my fellow language lovers will attest, whenever a new text comes out, we get giddy with excitement (most of the time anyway!). When Hendrickson announced they’d be releasing their complete Hebrew-Greek bible, I was quite excited. I know such a production is hardly novel, but it gives us another tool in the belt for studying the text of the bible.

First, the Hebrew text. This volume is a fully revised edition of the Leningrad codex, though the editor notes there are instances in which he deviates from it (xiv–xv). The editor has included a rather detailed foreword that addresses various matters concerning methodology and textual elements, but that you’ll have to read on…

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Book Review: The Complete Jewish Study Bible

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Christians and Messianic Jews who are interested in the rich spiritual traditions of their faith will be thrilled with this brand new study Bible. The Complete Jewish Study Bible pairs the updated text of The Complete Jewish Bible with extra study material, to help readers understand and connect with the Jewish roots of the Christian faith.

The Complete Jewish Bible translation shows that the word of God, from Genesis to Revelation, is a unified Jewish book meant for everyone—Jew and non-Jew alike. Translated by David H. Stern with new, updated introductions by Rabbi Barry Rubin, it has been a best-seller for over twenty years. This translation, combined with beautiful, modern design and helpful features, makes this an exquisite, one-of-a-kind Bible.

Unique to The Complete Jewish Study Bible are a number of helpful articles and notes to aid the reader in understanding the Jewish context for the…

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10 Quotes about Christmas by Martin Luther

“See, such great things are contained in these seemingly unimportant words, ‘Behold, thy king.’ Such boundless gifts are brought by this poor and despised king. All this reason does not understand, nor nature comprehend, but faith alone does. Therefore, he is called your king; yours, who are vexed and harassed by sin, Satan, death and … Continue reading 10 Quotes about Christmas by Martin Luther

Dig Deeper into the Christmas Story with Hendrickson Publishers and Carta Jerusalem

What Kind of Shepherds Did the Angels Appear to? Excerpt from Sketches of Jewish Social Life, a biblical reference classic written by Alfred Edersheim in 1876: It may therefore be regarded as a settled point that, according to the Jewish fathers, Messiah, the Son of David, was to be born in Bethlehem of Judah. But … Continue reading Dig Deeper into the Christmas Story with Hendrickson Publishers and Carta Jerusalem

Review: Christianity in the Roman Empire

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Christianity in the Roman empire

Christianity in the Roman EmpireRobert E. Winn. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers, 2018.

Summary: A survey of Christian history in the post-apostolic era from 100 to 300 A.D., introducing the reader to key figures, events, controversies, and the development of various church practices and structures.

For many of us, there is a huge gap in our knowledge of the history of Christianity that extends from the close of the New Testament era until the Reformation era. The era this book covers, 100-300 A.D. was particularly crucial not only in the church’s response to persecution, but also in the development of various aspects of church order and practice and the growing recognition of the body of works the church would consider canonical, and figuring out the relation of these to the Hebrew scriptures they began to call the Old Testament. In addition, controversy forced the church to more clearly articulate…

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Emil Brunner on the Incarnation

On the occasion of the 129th anniversary of Swiss Reformed theologian Emil Brunner (1889–1966)—especially so close to Christmas—we thought it would be fitting to share an excerpt from the book on Brunner from Hendrickson’s Makers of the Modern Theological Mind series by J. Edward Humphrey (1918–1999), who studied under Brunner in the 1940s. The Incarnation … Continue reading Emil Brunner on the Incarnation

One Year Graded Septuagint Reading Plan

Septuaginta: A Reader's Edition

We have been really pleased over the past several weeks to see the enthusiastic reception of the Reader‘s Edition. It’s garnered a lot of positive attention in various outlets in terms of both production and content. Here are some examples from around the blogosphere:

Zwinglius Redivivus
Abram K-J
Exegetical Tools
Evangelical Textual Criticism
theLAB
Books At a Glance
There is even a pretty lengthy unboxing video and a shorter one.

Amidst all this discussion, one question has been raised fairly often: Where should I start?

The Plan and the Ranking Index

In an effort to help answer this question, I have drawn up a one year reading plan for working through the Septuagint from easier portions to harder portions of the corpus. I explain the nitty-gritty details on the first page of the plan, which you can view and/or download below.

The short and sweet version is that…

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An Excerpt from The Essential Writings of Meredith G. Kline

By Sarah Welch, Editorial Assistant In honor of Meredith G. Kline’s birthday, I’m excited to share a passage from Essential Writings of Meredith G. Kline. I’ve chosen an excerpt that strikes me not only because it uses linguistic evidence to interpret a passage of the Bible, but because the way Kline demonstrates God’s involvement in … Continue reading An Excerpt from The Essential Writings of Meredith G. Kline

Remembering Thomas Merton and Karl Barth Fifty Years Later

By Patricia Anders, Editorial Director Not too long ago, I was surprised to discover that two of my favorite theologians died on exactly the same day: December 10, 1968. Thomas Merton (1915–1968) died at the age of 53 near Bangkok, Thailand, and Karl Barth (1886–1968) died at 82 in Basel, Switzerland. Since it is the … Continue reading Remembering Thomas Merton and Karl Barth Fifty Years Later