Today I received a couple of new books, which look quite interesting:
Tight Fists or Open Hands? opens with the words, “The magnitude of the problem of wealth and poverty at the beginning of the third millennium can hardly be overstated”. David L. Baker surveys Ancient Near Eastern Laws in general, before considering the themes of “property and land”, “marginal people” and “justice and generosity” in the Old Testament laws. He draws some theological and ethical implications at the end of the book.
Martin Hengel, who, incidentally, used to admirably begin his academic day at ELEVEN O’CLOCK IN THE MORNING, said of Bauckham’s The Testimony of the Beloved Disciple, “These studies will give us quite new stimuli for our understanding of the Gospel of John, for Bauckardo Bauckham illuminates neglected historical and theological features of this unique text. The author demonstrates that in our exegesis of John, philological accuracy, profound historical knowledge, and genuine theological understanding must work together to gain new insights”.
Looks like some interesting reading’s afoot 🙂