Christian Academic Reads for Summer


Are you looking for a thought-provoking read this summer? Well, our Academic Editor has been working hard to round-up the best summer reads just for you. These books are sure to help you dig deeper in biblical and theological study and keep your brain ticking through these sunny summer days. Happy reading!

Restoring the Soul of the University – by Perry L Glanzer, Nathan F. Alleman and Todd C Ream

Charting the rich tapestry of university life over the centuries, Perry Glanzer, Nathan Alleman, and Todd Ream not only offer a historically illuminating account of what led to the fragmentation of the university – institutionally and individually – but also cast an imaginative and insightful theological proposal for restoring the soul of the university. This pioneering work argues that a unified identity, story, and purpose for the higher education is possibly only when that vision is connected to the transcendent story of the universe and its Author – the triune God.

The Sermon on the Mount and Human Flourishing – by Jonathan T Pennington

In this balanced, hermeneutically informed, and academically grounded volume, Jonathan Pennington forwards a historical, literary, and theological exposition on perhaps one of the most influential, studied, and commented-upon portions of the Christian Scriptures – the Sermon on the Mount.

A recognized expert on the Gospels, Pennington provides a reading of the Sermon that situates it in the dialogue with Jewish wisdom literature and Greco-Roman virtue tradition, both of which are concerned with the great theological and existential question of human flourishing. For students, scholars, pastors, and serious lay readers, this volume is a creative, refreshing, and substantive contribution exploring what the Sermon really says theologically and practically in order to understand its insight into God’s plan for human flourishing.

Echoes of Scripture in the Gospels by Richard B. Hays

In this long-awaited sequel to his Echoes of Scripture in the Letters of Paul, Richard Hays offers an invitation to fresh exegesis and theology as he continues to stimulate ongoing discussion of intertextuality in New Testament writings. Combining thoroughness, literary sensitivity, creativity, and scholarly rigor, Hays not only demonstrates how each of the four Gospel writers artfully interprets and draws on the echoes of scripture to re-narrate Israel’s story, but also illuminates how tightly these works are bound up with Israel, the God of Israel, and the Scripture of Israel. For everyone interested in the relevance of the Hebrew Scriptures for understanding New Testament texts, this is an essential read.

Exodus by T. Desmond Alexander

A new volume in the Apollos Old Testament Commentary series from distinguished Old Testament scholar T. Desmond Alexander, Exodus grapples with the many and varied complexities of the carefully constructed literary collage of the second book of the Pentateuch. Alexander’s detailed commentary not only illuminates the dramatic and unified story of how the Israelites come into an intimate and exclusive relationship with the Lord God, but also forwards fresh insight on one of the most influential books ever written.

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