Shelf Life

Shelf Life

John M.G. Barclay, Paul and the Gift . Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2015. 672 pages. $70.00/£45.99 Perhaps the most impressive feature of John Barclay's important new book, Paul & the Gift , is the elegant simplicity and integrity of its central thesis. Indeed, at first blush this simplicity may...
D. A. Carson
Simon Gathercole, Defending Substitution: An Essay on Atonement in Paul . Acadia Studies in Bible and Theology. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2015. pp. 128. $14.99/£10.99 Gathercole's introduction begins by asking the question raised by the old spiritual: "Were you there when they crucified my Lord?" If we...
Robert Yarbrough
Richard Bauckham. Gospel of Glory: Major Themes in Johannine Theology. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2015. xvii + 237 pp. $24.99 The author dedicates this book to six great British Johannine scholars of the past. The reader should not expect, however, to find direct traces of all their views in...
Ian Clary
Michael J. McVicar, Christian Reconstruction: R. J. Rushdoony and American Religious Conservatism . Chapel Hill, NC: The University of North Carolina Press, 2015. xiii + 309 pp. As with many others, I suspect my first exposure to Christian Reconstruction was through an interest in presuppositional...
Dallas Willard, The Allure of Gentleness: Defending the Faith in the Manner of Jesus . Harper One, 2015. 208 pages, hardcover. $26.99 One of the most exciting developments of the last two decades has been the rapid growth--nay, explosion--of top-notch apologists who have flooded the market with...
Starr Meade
Simonetta Carr, Marie Durand . Christian Biographies for Young Readers. Grand Rapids, Michigan. Reformation Heritage Books. 64 pp. 2015. $17.99 When you do a search on Amazon for "biographies for children," you find a list of books about people who are famous because of things they accomplished in...
Peter Leithart
Paul Griffiths, Decreation: The Last Things of All Creatures . Texas, Baylor, 2014. 431 pp. $68.99 Paul Griffiths's Decreation is systematic theology in grand, classical style. Eschewing the notion of "eschatology" because of its ambiguity and (one suspects) its modernity, Griffiths probes the...
Robert Jenson
David J. Luy. Dominus Mortis: Martin Luther on the Incorruptibility of God in Christ . Fortress, 2014. 266 pp. $24.99/£24.99 Professor Luy's book has a mostly polemical scope: refuting an interpretation of Luther's Christology and deploring a strain of systematics that invokes it, both of which he...
Brad Litttlejohn
Rebecca Konyndyk Deyoung. Vainglory: The Forgotten Vice . Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2014. 157 pp. $9.99/£8.99 In her wonderful new book Vainglory: the Forgotten Vice , Rebecca Konyndyk DeYoung, professor of philosophy at Calvin College, builds on the important work that she began in Glittering Vices...
Simon Gathercole
Richard Hays, Reading Backwards: Figural Christology and the Fourfold Gospel Witness . Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2014. 240 pages $29.99/£19.99 I had the pleasure of hearing much of the present book in its oral form as the Hulsean Lectures in Cambridge, which Professor Hays delivered in...