Check out these recent reviews and interviews of several popular B&H Academic titles and authors.
Daniel L. Akin, ed., A Theology for the Church
A Theology for the Church edited by Daniel L. Akin is a well-researched, historically helpful, and practically significant masterpiece of systematic theology. From the contribution roster to the intentional execution of each individual chapter, the reader is carefully guided through the rough trenches of systematic theology from beginning to end with ecclesiastical care. While a plethora of systematic theology options may be available on the market today, including a number of well-known Southern Baptist options, for the reasons outlined above (and more), I believe that A Theology for the Church has rightly demonstrated itself as one of the best. If you’re interested in a well-written and refreshingly practical engagement from a Southern Baptist perspective, then look no further. This volume comes highly recommended and will be used often.
Stephen Wellum and Brent Parker, eds., Progressive Covenantalism
I have argued for years that the progressive unfolding of the covenants provides the framework for a right understanding of the “whole Bible” and the relation of the Testaments. Others have argued the same. But Progressive Covenantalism works out this thesis more carefully than any that I am aware of. Of course it is likely that there will always be further tweaks to be made, but its collective argument will doubtless be heard, and as it is absorbed I expect it will have shaping influence.
Biblical Theology is coming of age, and as it does traditional hermeneutical paradigms will inevitably require adjusting. I have little doubt that Progressive Covenantalism will prove to be a focal point in that continuing discussion.
Charles Quarles, Illustrated Life of Paul
To this date, I think one of the most difficult academic tasks is to learn about Paul’s life and missions. This topic requires memorizing much information, such as the laws of the Roman empire, the geography of the cities Paul visited, the years in which Paul visited cities, the various historical reconstructions of Paul’s journeys, the methodologies for harmonizing Paul’s letters with Acts, and much, much more.
If you have never visited the regions of Paul’s journeys, and if you do not know much about the Roman empire, it’s incredibly difficult to learn all these things from a book with a bunch of text. How can you visualize the cities and the details given about them in Acts? How can you hold in your mind all the relative dates for each leg of his journeys? Scholars who study this subject somehow manage to do so, but all those who do not specialize in Pauline historical issues might also find this a grueling task.
In comes the Illustrated Life of Paul by Charles Quarles. It won’t solve all of your problems, but it will alleviate quite a few.
Malcolm Yarnell, God the Trinity
The esteemed and justly revered Dr. James Leo Garrett, Jr. shared with me recently that he believes this new book by Dr. Malcolm Yarnell of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary may be the best book on the Trinity ever written by a Baptist theologian. That, to put it mildly, does arrest one’s attention. That is not to say that the appearance of this monograph was not significant on its own merits without such a telling endorsement.
Dr. Yarnell is a very smart guy with a keen, sharp mind and an evangelist’s heart. He is also a disciplined thinker, an adept observer and miner of various fields of study, an astute and wide reader, and a person with an undeniable sense of genuine passion for biblical truth, the gospel of Christ, and sound doctrine. He occupies the chair once occupied by Dr. Garrett (if I’m not mistaken) and is proving to be worthy of that honor. God the Trinity is the kind of serious and significant work that strengthens an institution’s reputation, that solidifies a theologian’s reputation, and that furthers Trinitarian conversations within Evangelicalism.
Bruce Ashford and Chris Pappalardo, One Nation Under God
One Nation Under God is a perceptive and peaceable volume. Throughout the material the authors thoughtfully interact with several thinkers, to include Lesslie Newbigin, N.T. Wright, Martin Luther King Jr., Richard John Neuhaus, Abraham Kuyper, and Richard Mouw; and have crafted a handy, useable resource for Christians as we think sanely about our Nation, elections, and our public responsibilities. The book would be ideal for discussion groups, church leadership, and even Adult Christian Education classes (it doesn’t support or promote any candidate or party). It would also be worth passing a copy along to Christian friends and family. I salute Ashford and Pappalardo for their excellent work.
With the recent proliferation of books on the subject of homosexuality you may have thought that nothing new is needed, but in this new book historian Don Fortson and New Testament professor Rollin Grams team up to fill an important niche. We’re very pleased to talk to them today about their new work.
— Read interview at Books at a Glance