Book Review: The Spy, the Rat and the Bed of Nails

Mark Roques, The Spy, the Rat and the Bed of Nails: Creative Ways of Talking about Christian Faith, Leeds: Thinking Faith 2017. ISBN 978-0-9957572-0-2, 182pp., £8.99 Many books are available on Christian apologetics but very few focus on communicating faith. Mark Roques recognises this and encourages us to try something that we might just be… Read More Book Review: The Spy, the Rat and the Bed of Nails

An A–Z of the Hebrew Bible: Part of the Blogging from A to Z Challenge

April 2017 will see some frenetic activity on this blog. In the course of just one month there will be twenty-six posts. The aim is to introduce the Hebrew Bible in an approachable and engaging yet rigorous manner. The major goal is to provide an introduction the Hebrew Bible. The posts will aim to also… Read More An A–Z of the Hebrew Bible: Part of the Blogging from A to Z Challenge

The Cambridge Companion to The Hebrew Bible/Old Testament: A Review, Part 3

This is the third and final part of my review of the Cambridge Companion to the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament. The fifth and final part of the book which looks at the reception and use of the HB/OT is the most uneven part of this volume. The first three chapters sit together well, although all three… Read More The Cambridge Companion to The Hebrew Bible/Old Testament: A Review, Part 3

The Cambridge Companion to The Hebrew Bible/Old Testament: A Review, Part 2

This is the second part of a three-part review of the Cambridge Companion to The Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, the first part can be found here. This post covers the nine chapters which cover the key subcollections and genres of the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament (HB/OT). Part IV: Subcollections and genres Chapter 9: The Pentateuch and Israelite… Read More The Cambridge Companion to The Hebrew Bible/Old Testament: A Review, Part 2

The Cambridge Companion to The Hebrew Bible/Old Testament: A Review

New York: Cambridge University Press, 2016. 540pp. pb. £21.99, ISBN 978-0-521-70965-1. I should declare at the outset that I was sent a review copy of this book by the publisher. This post is the first of three which review The Cambridge Companion to The Hebrew Bible/Old Testament at length. Each post looks at around one… Read More The Cambridge Companion to The Hebrew Bible/Old Testament: A Review

Beautiful Lord: An Advent Reflection on Revelation 1:12‒18

What is Beauty? Beauty tends to be something that is peripheral to Western society and culture today. At least that is my view. When things are marginal there is a danger that they are neglected. Worse still, in an age of soundbites we might define important things by a short saying or an aphorism. In… Read More Beautiful Lord: An Advent Reflection on Revelation 1:12‒18

A Review of ‘The Hebrew Bible: A Critical Companion’, Edited by John Barton

  The Hebrew Bible: A Critical Companion Edited by John Barton Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2016. 632pp. hb. £34.95, ISBN 978-0-691-15471-8 Introduction At the outset of this review I need to declare one presupposition and a potential source of bias—I read the Hebrew Bible as Christian Scripture and I was supplied with a review copy… Read More A Review of ‘The Hebrew Bible: A Critical Companion’, Edited by John Barton