Here are the books awaiting reading on the corner of my desk as well as summaries of those recently read.
Saving the Bible from Ourselves: Learning to Read & Live the Bible Well by Glenn R. Paauw (InterVarsity Press)
Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes: Removing Cultural Blinders to Better Understand the Bible by E. Randolph Richards and Brandon J. O’Brien (InterVarsity Press)
Translating Truth: The Case for Essentially Literal Bible Translation by Wayne Grudem, Leland Ryken, C. John Collins, Vern S. Poythress, and Bruce Winter (Crossway Books)
Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters at the End of Life by Atul Gawande (Holt)
C.S. Lewis Goes to Heaven: A Reader’s Guide to The Great Divorce by David G. Clark (Winged Lion Press)
After Paul Left Corinth: The Influence of Secular Ethics and Social Change by Bruce W. Winter (Eerdmans)
Roman Wives, Roman Widows: The Appearance of New Women and the Pauline Communities by Bruce W. Winter (Eerdmans)
A Brief History of Sunday From the New Testament to the New Creation by Justo L. González (Eerdmans)
Conflating Sunday with the Sabbath is relatively recent in church history as is requiring sabbath-like restrictions and exclusive focus on spiritual matters. More to follow.
The King James Only Controversy: Can You Trust Modern Translations? by James R. White (Bethany House)
White addresses all the strongest arguments of those who promote the King James version as preferable over all more modern translations and refutes them.
The Face of Water: A Translator on Beauty and Meaning in the Bible by Sarah Ruden (Pantheon)
Ruden opens the intricacies of Hebrew and Greek and suggests much more vivid translations.
Paul Among the People: The Apostle Reinterpreted and Reimagined in His Own Time by Sarah Ruden (Image Books)
A classicist shines light on the culture and words of Paul with the result that the apostle turns out to be much more caring than some Bible scholars have suggested.
A Reader’s Hebrew Bible, A. Philip Brown II and Bryan W. Smith (Zondervan)
Like the similar A Reader’s Greek New Testament the best critical text is supplemented by footnotes defining key words.
A Survey of Old Testament Introduction by Gleason L. Archer (Moody)
Detailed background, authorship, and date for the books of the Old Testament.
Egypt, Canaan, and Israel in Ancient Times by Donald B. Redford (Princeton)
Historical background of the region from paleolithic times up to 586 BCE.