August 2017 New Books

July 2017 New Books

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June 2017 New Books

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May 2017 New Books

Some books are linked to reviews. Books linked to Review of Biblical Literature require a Society of Biblical Literature membership to see the full review, but you can read a brief description with the link provided.

April 2017 New Books

  • The Architecture of the Roman Triumph: Monuments, Memory, and Identity by Maggie L. Popkin.
  • Christianity the Biography: Two Thousand Years of the Global Church by Ian Shaw.
  • Dictionary of Christianity and Science: The Definitive Reference for the Intersection of Christian Faith and Contemporary Science Edited by Paul Copan, Tremper Longman III, Christopher L. Reese, and Michael G. Strauss.
  • The Five Minute Archaeologist in the Southern Levant Edited by Cynthia Shafer-Elliott.
  • Mass Destruction: Is God Guilty of Genocide? by Melvin Tinker.
  • Revisiting Delphi: Religion and Storytelling in Ancient Greece (Cambridge Classical Studies) by Julia Kindt.
  • Sacred Flowers, Holy Trees & Blessed Thorns: Fifty Plants in the Life of Jesus (A Carta Guide Book) by Ami Tamir.
  • Text, Time, and Temple: Literary, Historical and Ritual Studies in Leviticus Edited by Francis Landy, Leigh M. Trevaskis, and Bryan D. Bibb.
  • The War Scroll, Violence, War and Peace in the Dead Sea Scrolls and Related Literature: Essays in Honour of Martin G. Abegg on the Occasion of His 65th Birthday Edited by Kipp Davis, Dorothy M. Peters, Kyung S. Baek, and Peter W. Flint.
  • What Shall I Say of Clothes? Theoretical and Methodological Approaches to the Study of Dress in Antiquity (Selected Papers on Art and Architecture Volume 3) Edited by Megan Cifarelli and Laura Gawlinski.

Qumran Scrolls Jar

On March 24, 2017 the Lanier Theological Library put on display its own authentic Dead Sea Scrolls jar, centered in the main hall, just left of our original DSS fragment of Amos.  It is not a replica or facsimile, but it is approximately 2,000 years old, having been produced between 50 BC and 50 AD. It is the only such jar in private hands in the United States, one of only four worldwide, with the others in Norway, England and Bethlehem.  It was excavated by Dr. Solomon H. Steckoll, a South African archaeologist, in April 1966.  He found its pieces in one of the buildings on the main plateau of the Qumran site at the edge of the Dead Sea. He later restored the jar in a preliminary way and entrusted it to Dr. Robert Lindsey as collateral for a personal loan.

Lindsey was a pastor at Baptist House in Jerusalem for 42 years (1945-1987).  (Lindsey’s own private library is in our main hall at the west end.)  In the early 1970s, when Steckoll was unable to pay back his loan from Lindsey, he assigned ownership of the jar to Lindsey to settle the debt.  Lindsey kept it in his East Jerusalem home and sent it to the USA along with other possessions shortly before he left Israel on May 18, 1987.  In 1990 he commissioned George L. Kelm of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth to improve on Steckoll’s original reconstruction of the jar in their archaeological laboratory.  In 1992 Lindsey gave the jar to his daughter Lenore Mullican and her husband Ken who held it until this library took possession.  So, this invaluable jar has been in the Lindsey family for about 45 years.  Its provenance is substantiated quite well, according to Weston Fields, Executive Director of the Dead Sea Scrolls Foundation, perhaps even better than the other three scrolls jars in private hands.

The opening at the top of the jar is 5 in. wide.  Its height is 23.7 in., diameter is 11.8 in. and circumference is 36.6 in.  Especially interesting features of this jar are its 4 “handles” at the top, each with a hole drilled in it.  Strings were threaded through the holes on opposite sides and tied over the lid to hold it on.  We do not have the lid, but we do have one of the original “handles” with a hole.  The other 3 were reconstructed by Kelm.  The shape of this jar identifies it as a scrolls jar, and it is what William Kando of Bethlehem calls “the large kind,” in contrast to the jar in Norway, which is “the small kind.”

We are very grateful to Weston Fields for providing this information about our Qumran jar.

March 2017 New Books

  • Becoming a Pastor Theologian: New Possibilities for Church Leadership Edited by Todd Wilson & Gerald Hiestand.
  • The Faithful Artist: A Vision for Evangelicalism and the Arts (Studies in Theology and the Arts) by Cameron J. Anderson.
  • A History of the Jewish War A.D. 66-74 by Steve Mason.
  • The Islamic Jesus: How the King of the Jews Became a Prophet of the Muslims by Mustafa Akyol.
  • Justice for All: How the Jewish Bible Revolutionized Ethics by Jeremiah Unterman.
  • Leviticus (Truth for Today Commentary) by Coy D. Roper.
  • Representations of the Afterlife in Luke-Acts (The Library of New Testament Studies) by Alexey Somov.
  • The Rule of Faith: A Guide (Cascade Companions) by Everett Ferguson.
  • The Syriac Peshitta Bible with English Translation: Exodus Translated by Mark R. Meyer, Text Prepared by George A. Kiraz and Joseph Bali.
  • Unceasing Kindness: A Biblical Theology of Ruth (New Studies in Biblical Theology) by Peter H. W. Lau and Gregory Goswell.

February 2017 New Books

  • Acts: A Commentary (The New Testament Library) by Carl R. Holladay.
  • Befriend: Create Belonging in an Age of Judgment, Isolation, and Fear by Scott Sauls.
  • The Case for Hope: Looking Ahead with Confidence and Courage by Lee Strobel.
  • The Context of Scripture, Volume 4 Supplements Edited by K. Lawson Younger, Jr.
  • 1 & 2 Kings: An Introduction and Study Guide: History and Story in Ancient Israel (T & T Clark Study Guides to the Old Testament) by Lester L. Grabbe.
  • The Formation of the Pentateuch (Forschungen zum Alten Testament) Edited by Jan C. Gertz, Bernard M. Levinson, Dalit Rom-Shiloni, and Konrad Schmid.
  • Genesis Rabbah in Text and Context (Texts and Studies in Ancient Judaism) Edited by Sarit Kattan Gribetz, David M. Grossberg, Martha Himmelfarb, and Peter Schafer.
  • The Gnostic New Age: How a Countercultural Spirituality Revolutionized Religion from Antiquity to Today by April D. DeConick.
  • Jesus Outside the Lines: A Way Forward for Those Who Are Tired of Taking Sides by Scott Sauls.
  • Semiramis’ Legacy: The History of Persia According to Diodorus of Sicily by Jan P. Stronk.

Mark Lanier’s new book – Psalms for Living: Daily Prayers, Wisdom, and Guidance

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A trial lawyer by trade, a Christian by heart―author Mark Lanier has trained in biblical languages and devoted his life to studying and living the Bible. Living daily with the tension between the demands of his career and the desire for a godly life, Lanier recognizes the importance and challenge of finding daily time to spend in God’s Word. He credits the Psalms in particular for his continued growth in faith, obedience, wisdom, and understanding.

In Psalms for Living, Lanier shares a year’s worth of devotionals gathered over a lifetime of walking with the Lord. For each day of the year, Lanier reflects on the words of the Psalter, relates them back to the struggles facing Christians today, and concludes with a prayer connected to the day’s insights. His engagement with the Psalms offers fellow Christians the opportunity to receive the gifts of grace and guidance that come from daily immersion in scripture.


“Join Lanier as he takes us into God’s presence.”
Paige Patterson, President, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

“Mark Lanier brings his great intelligence and intense study of the Scriptures to produce a simple set of devotions.”
Peter Williams, Warden, Tyndale House, Cambridge

“A handy gem of a book on the Psalms.”
John Michael Talbot, author and Christian musician

“Thoughtful, faithful, and personal reflections upon ‘the hymn book of the Bible.'”
Todd D. Still, DeLancey Dean and Hinson Professor, Truett Seminary

Psalms for Living stimulates the mind, promotes reflection, and touches the heart.”
James K. Hoffmeier, Professor of Old Testament and Near Eastern Studies, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

“Lanier speaks to those who seek strength and encouragement for the struggles of the workday.”
R. Gerald Turner, President, Southern Methodist University

January 2017 New Books

  • Apocalypses in Context: Apocalyptic Currents Through History Edited by Kelly J. Murphy and Justin Jeffcoat Schedtler.
  • Christian Origins in Ephesus & Asia Minor by Mark R. Fairchild.
  • A Companion to Josephus (Blackwell Companions to the Ancient World) Edited by Honora Howell Chapman and Zuleika Rodgers.
  • Echoes of Scripture in the Gospels by Richard B. Hays.
  • 1-3 John: Worship by Loving God and One Another to Live Eternally by John Paul Heil.
  • Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God by Timothy Keller.
  • Ritual Violence in the Hebrew Bible: New Perspectives Edited by Saul M. Olyan.
  • Same-Sex Marriage: A Thoughtful Approach to God’s Design for Marriage by Sean McDowell and John Stonestreet.
  • Studies in Aramaic Inscriptions and Onomastics IV (Orientalia Lovaniensia Analecta) by Edward Lipinski.
  • Tel Miqne-Ekron Excavations 1985-1988, 1990, 1992-1995 Field IV Lower-The Elite Zone Part I The Iron Age I Early Philistine City & Part 3B The Iron Age I and IIC Early and Late Philistine Cities: Plans and Sections by Trude Dothan, Yosef Garfinkel, and Seymour Gitin.