"The best laid plans of mice and men.........are about equal."
New acquisitions...(and old "I brought them in from the garage" ones!)...
Recommended books in BOLD RED
[HI:SECT] The Spirit of Early Christian Thought. Robert Wilken. Yale:2003. [a WishList gift! Thanks, DL!]
[NS:DAD] Doubts about Darwin: A History of Intelligent Design. Thomas Woodward. Baker:2003.[a WishList gift! Thanks, DL!]
[OT:SATS] Sumer and the Sumerians. Harriet Crawford. Cambridge:1991. [a WishList gift! Thanks, DL!]
[TH:EP] Election and Predestination: Keys to a Clearer Understanding. Samuel Fisk. Wipf and Stock:1997. [a WishList gift! Thanks, DL!]
[WR:AJOJ3] Answering Jewish Objections to Jesus: Messianic Prophecy Objections. Michael L Brown. Baker:2003.
[WR:MC] Messianic Christology. Arnold G Fruchtenbaum. Ariel Ministries:1998.
[WR:SOTP] Sword of the Prophet: History, Theology, Impact on the World. Serge Trifkovic. Regina Orthodox Press:2002. [a WishList gift! Thanks, DL!]
[ZIBBC] Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary (4 vols). Clinton Arnold (ed). Zondervan:2002.
[OT:ICWS] The Invention of Cuneiform: Writing in Sumer. Jean-Jaques Glassner. JohnsHopkins:2000/2003 (trans)
[OT:INW] The Image of the Netherworld in the Sumerian Sources. Dina Katz. CDL:2003.
[HI:HANEL] A History of Ancient Near Eastern Law (2 vols). Raymond Westbrook (ed). Brill:2003.
[OT:OROT] On the Reliability of the Old Testament. K A Kitchen. Eerdmans:2003. [awesome, awesome, awesome...]
[CS:PC4V] Psychology and Christianity: Four Views. Eric L Johnson and Stanton L Jones (eds). IVP:2000.
[HI:2PIH] Two Powers in Heaven: Early Rabbinic Reports about Christianity and Gnosticism. Alan Segal. Brill:2002.
[HI:AHI] Ancient Hebrew Inscriptions—Corpus and Concordance. G I Davies. Cambridge:1991.
[HI:AI] Ancient Iraq. George Roux. Penguin:1992 (3rd ed).
[HI:ANAB] The Ancient Novel and Beyond. Stelios Panayotakis, Maaike Zimmerman, and Wyste Keulen (eds). Brill:2003.
[HI:ARAB] Ancient Records of Assyria and Babylonia, 2 vols. Daniel Luckenbill. Histories and Mysteries of Man LTD:1989 (reprint of 1926)
[HI:ASM] Animal Symbolism in Mesopotamia—a Contextual Approach. Chikako Watanabe. Institut fur Oreintalistik der Universitat Wien:2002.
[HI:CFEC] Community Formation in the Early Church and in the Church Today. Richard Longenecker (ed). Hendrickson:2002.
[HI:CGEC] Charismatic Gifts in the Early Church. Ronald Kydd. Hendrickson:1984.
[HI:CNJS] The Children of Noah: Jewish Seafaring in Ancient Times. Raphael Patai. Princeton:1998.
[HI:CTH] Companion to Historiography. Michael Bentley (ed). Routledge:1997.
[HI:DFRC] Decline and Fall of the Roman City. JHWG Liebeschuetz. Oxford:2001.
[HI:ECOW] Early Civilizations of the Old World: The Formative Histories of Egypt, The Levant, Mesopotamia, India and China. Charles Keith Maisels. Routledge:1999.
[HI:EJ] Early Judaism: The Exile to the Time of Jesus. Frederick J. Murphy. Hendrickson:2002.
[HI:HAW] The Horse in the Ancient World. Ann Hyland. Sutton:2003.
[HI:HBB] Homer, the Bible, and Beyond: Literary and Religious Canons in the Ancient World. Margalit Finkelberg and Guy Stroumsa (eds). Brill:2003.
[HI:HBIAP] A History of Biblical Interpretation Volume 1: The Ancient Period. Alan Hauser and Duane Watson (eds). Eerdmans:2003.
[HI:HGLF3] History of the Graeco-Latin Fable, volume 3: Inventory and Documentation of the Graeco-Latin Fable. F R Adrados. Brill:2003.
[HI:IIBP] Israel in the Biblical Period: Institutions, Festivals, Ceremonies, Rituals. J Alberto Soggin. T&TClark: 2000.
[HI:Jb4J] Judaism before Jesus: The Events and Ideas that Shaped the New Testament World. Anthony Tomasino. IVP:2003.
[HI:Jeru] Jerusalem: Portrait of the City in the Second Temple Period. Lee Levine. JPS:2002.
[HI:JILA1] Judaism in Late Antiquity, Vol 1. Jacob Neusner (ed). Brill:2001.
[HI:JMA] Jewish Marriage in Antiquity. Michael L Satlow. Princeton:2001.
[HI:JNAW] The Jewish Novel in the Ancient World. Lawrence M Wills. Cornell:1995.
[HI:JURR] The Jews under Roman Rule, From Pompey to Diocletian: A Study in Political Relations. E. Mary Smallwood. Brill:2001.
[HI:MB4H] Mesopotamia Before History. Petr Charvat. Routledge:2002.
[HI:MFBW] Marriage and Family in the Biblical World. Ken Campbell (ed). IVP:2003.
[HI:MND] Martyrdom and Noble Death: Selected Texts from Graeco-Roman, Jewish and Christian Antiquity. Jan Willem van Henten and Friedrich Avemarie. Routledge:2002.
[HI:PPS] The Past in Prehistoric Societies. Richard Bradley. Routledge:2002.
[HI:SBED] Symbolic Blackness and Ethnic Difference in Early Christian Literature. Gay L Byron. Routledge:2002.
[HI:SP2P] The Significance of Parallels between 2 Peter and other Early Christian Literature. Michael J Gilmour. SBL:2002.
[HI:TAE] The Ancient Economy. Walter Scheidel and Sitta von Reden (eds). Routledge:2002.
[HIAUA] Aspects of Urbanism in Antiquity: From Mesopotamia to Crete. Walter Aufrecht, Neil Mirau, and Steven Gauley (eds). JSOTS/Sheffield:1997.
[NDIEC9] New Documents Illustrating Early Christianity, Volume 9: A Review of the Greek Inscriptions and Papyri. S R Llewelyn (ed). Eerdmans:2002.
[NS:BX] Biological Exuberance: Animal Homosexuality and Natural Diversity. Bruce Bagemihl. St. Martins:1999.
[NS:CAASO] A Case Against Accident and Self-Organization. Dean L Overman. Rowman and Littlefield:1997.
[NS:SI] Signs of Intelligence: Understanding Intelligent Design. William Dembski and James Kushiner (eds). Baker/Brazos:2001.
[NT:IDWAG] In Dialog with Another Gospel? The Influence of the Fourth Gospel on the Passion Narrative of the Gospel of Luke. Mark Matson. SBL:2001.
[NT:JRS] Jesus Reads Scripture—The Function of Jesus' Use of Scripture in the Synoptic Gospels. Emerson Powery. Brill:2003.
[NT:OMMCCD] The Origins of Mark: The Markan Community in Current Debate. Dwight Peterson. Brill:2000. [a WishList gift! Thanks, NR!]
[NT:PAP] Power and Prejudice: The Reception of the Gospel of Mark. Brenda Deen Schildgen. WayneState:1999.
[NT:PIC] Paul's Idea of Community—The Early House Churches in their Cultural Setting. Robert Banks. Hendrickson:1994 (rev.ed)
[NT:PML] Paul and the Mosaic Law. James G. Dunn (ed). Eerdmans:1994.
[NT:RNTTC] Rethinking New Testament Textual Criticism. David Alan Black (ed). Baker:202.
[NT:RSP] Rethinking the Synoptic Problem. David Alan Black and David R Beck (eds). Baker:2001.
[OT:ANCANE] Aspects of Nonverbal Communication in the Ancient Near East. Biblical Institute Press:1980.
[OT:BANER] The Bible and the Ancient Near East—Collected Essays. J J M Roberts (ed). Eisenbrauns:2002.
[OT:DESB] Devils and Evil Spirits of Babylonia. R Campbell Thompson. Kessinger: 1903 (reprnt)
[OT:ETHB] The Earliest Text of the Hebrew Bible: The Relationship between the Masoretic Text and the Hebrew Base of the Septuagint Reconsidered. Adrian Schenker (ed). SBL:2003.
[OT:FAA] Fictional Akkadian Autobiography: A Generic and Comparative Study. Tremper Longman III. Eisenbrauns:1991.
[OT:GA] Gilgamesh and Akka. Dina Katz. Styz:1993. [a WishList gift! Thanks, NR!]
[OT:HP] Hittite Prayers. Itamar Singer. SBL:2002.
[OT:LPKEA] Letters from Priests to the Kings Esarhaddon and Assurbanipal. Steven Cole and Peter Machinist (eds). HelsinkiUP:1998.
[OT:RBE] A Reassessment of Biblical Elohim. Joel S Burnett. SBL:2001.
[OT:RTL] Reading the Lines: A Fresh Look at the Hebrew Bible. Pamela Tamarkin Reis. Hendrickson:2002.
[OT:SEML] Sex and Eroticism in Mesopotamian Literature. Gwendolyn Leick. Routledge:1994.
[REF:BB] Beyond Babel: A Handbook for Biblical Hebrew and Related Languages. John Kaltner and Steven L McKenzie (eds). SBL:2002.
[REF:DSSC1] The Dead Sea Scrolls Concordance, Volume One, Non-Biblical Texts from Qumran (Parts 1 and 2). Martin Abegg et. al. Brill:2003.
[TH:EB] The Eye of the Beholder: Deformity and Disability in the Graeco-Roman World. Robert Garland. Cornell:1995.
[TH:EC] The Elders of the City: A Study of the Elders-Laws in Deuteronomy. Timothy Willis. SBL:2001.
[TH:IMBDSS] Israel's Messiah in the Bible and the Dead Sea Scrolls. Richard Hess and M Daniel Carroll R (eds). Baker:2003.
[TH:IML] Injustice Made Legal: Deuteronomic Law and the Plight of Widows, Strangers, and Orphans in Ancient Israel. Harold Bennett. Eerdmans:2002.
[TH:JSB] The Jewish Study Bible. Adele Berlin and Marc Zvi Brettler (eds). JPS/Oxford:2004.
[TH:TKTP] To Kill and Take Possession: Law, Morality, and Society in Biblical Stories. Daniel Friedman. Eerdmans:2002.
[TH:TMC] The Torah—A Modern Commentary. W. Gunther Plaut (ed). Union of Hebrew Congregations:1981.
[WR:3GS] Three Faiths, One God: The Formative Faith and Practice of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Neusner, Chilton, William Graham. Brill:2002.
[WR:BAQ] The Bible and the Quran. Jacques Jomier. Ignatius:1959 (trans. 1964)
[WR:DCM] A Dictionary of Creation Myths. David Adams Leeming and Margaret Adams Leeming. OxfordUP:1994. [a WishList gift! Thanks, NR!]
[WR:IBS] Islam's Black Slaves: The Other Black Diaspora. Ronald Segal. Farrar, Stratus and Girox:2001.
[WR:STM] Shattering the Myth: Islam Beyond Violence. Bruce Lawrence. Princeton:1998.
[WR:UI] Unveiling Islam. Ergun Mehmet Caner and Emir Fethi Caner. Kregel:2002.
[WS:GW] Gospel Women: Studies in the Named Women in the Gospels. Richard Bauckham. Eerdmans:2002.
[WS:WCSEC] Women, Class, and Society in Early Christianity: Models from Luke-Acts. James Malcolm Arlandson. Hendrickson:1997.
[HI:RTFU] Religious Texts from Ugarit. N. Wyatt. Sheffield:2002(2nd Ed).
[HI:CAT2] The Cuneiform Alphabetic Texts from Ugarit, Ras Ibn Hani and Other Places. Dietrich, Loretz, Sanmartin. Ugarit-Verlag:1995 (2nd ed).
[HI:RACU] Ritual and Cult at Ugarit. Dennis Pardee. SBL:2002.
[HI:UNP] Ugaritic Narrative Poetry. Simon Parker (ed). SBL:1997.
[HI:WLCAT2] Word -List of the Cuneiform Alphabetic Texts from Ugarit, Ras Ibn Hani, and Other Places. Dietrich and Loretz (eds). Ugarit-Verlag:1996 (2nd ed).
[JPStorah] The JPS Torah Commentary (5vols). Nahum Sarna (gen ed). JPS:1989.
[HI:IF] Interpretations of the Flood. Martinez and Luttikhuizen (eds). Brill:1999.
[HI:CMW] The Creation of Man and Women: Interpretations of the Biblical Narratives in Jewish and Christian Traditions. Gerard Luttikhuizen (ed). Brill:2000.
[NT:CITM1] Christianity in the Making, Volume 1: Jesus Remembered. James Dunn. Eerdmans:2003. [a WishList gift! Thanks, SV!]
[ZIBBC] Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary (4 vols). Clinton Arnold (ed). Zondervan:2002.
Sept 8, 2003
[NT:JBJ] James, Brother of Jesus. Pierre-Antoine Bernheim. SCM:1996/7.
[HI:WAYSL] Why are You Silent, Lord? Roman Garrison. Sheffield:2000.
[HI:PAEJ] Portraits of Adam in Early Judaism. John R. Levison. Sheffield:1988.
[OT:SBL] Studies in Biblical Law: From the Hebrew Bible to the Dead Sea Scrolls. Gershon Brin (Jonathan Chipman, trans). Sheffield:1994.
[WR:SAI] Shamanism: An Introduction. Margaret Stutley. Routledge:2003.
[NT:AGJ] Archaeology and the Galilean Jesus: A Re-examination of the Evidence. Johnathan Reed. Trinity:2000.
[HI:BFOB] Biblical Figures Outside the Bible. Michael Stone and Theodore Bergen (eds). Trinity:1998.
[NT:PLW] Paul the Letter Writer. M Luther Stirewalt, Jr. Eerdmans:2003.
[HI:AACD] Ancient Astronomy and Celestial Divination. N.M. Swerdlow (ed). MIT:1999.
[OT:IVI] Intertextuality in Ugarit and Israel. Johannes de Moor (ed). Brill:1998.
[NT:JCJM] The Jewish Context of Jesus' Miracles. Eric Eve. Sheffield/JSOT:2002.
[NT:DYNR] Do You Not Remember? Scripture, Story and Exegesis in the Rewritten Bible of Pseudo-Philo. Bruce Norman Fisk. Sheffield:2001.
[OT:KP] Kingdom of Priests: A History of Old Testament Israel. Eugene Merrill. Baker:1987/96.
[HI:PAG] Peoples of an Almighty God: Competing Religions in the Ancient World. Jonathan Goldstein. Anchor/Doubleday:2002.
[WS:IWBC] The IVP Women's Bible Commentary. C.C. Kroeger and Mary J. Evans. IVP:2002.
[HI:CEC] Children in the Early Church: Children in the Ancient World, the New Testament and the Early Church. W. A. Strange. Paternoster:1996.
[HI:LJC] Lord Jesus Christ: Devotion to Jesus in Earliest Christianity. Larry Hurtado. Eerdmans:2003.
[HI:TISAR] Transformation of the Inner Self in Ancient Religions. Jan Assmann and Guy Stroumsa (eds). Brill:1999.
[OT:LAL] Leviticus as Literature. Mary Douglas. Oxford:1999.
[HI:LM] The Lost Messiah: In Search of the Mystical Rabbi Sabbatai Sevi. John Freely. Overlook:2001.
[EBLA4] Eblaitica: Essays on the Ebla Archives and Eblaite Language (Vol 4), Gordon/Rendsburg (eds.), Eisenbrauns: 2002.
[NT:CAQ] The Case Against Q: Studies in Markan Priority and the Synoptic Problem. Mark Goodacre. Trinity:2002. [the one to 'beat' by Kloppenberg...smile]
[OT:PAI] Priesthood in Ancient Israel. William Millar. Chalice:2001.
[NT:PBJHD] Paul Beyond the Judaism/Hellenism Divide. Troels Engberg-Pedersen (ed). WJK:2001.
[HI:LXXACS] The Septuagint as Christian Scripture: Its Prehistory and the Problem of its Canon. Martin Hengel (Mark Biddle, trans). T&TClark:2002.
[NT:1GF2] One Gospel from Two: Mark's Use of Matthew and Luke. Peabody/Cope/McNicol (eds). Trinity:2002.
[HI:IGRTR] Intratextuality: Greek and Roman Textual Relations. Alison Sharrock and Helen Morales (eds). OUP:2000.
[OT:ILAN] Implied Law in the Abraham Narrative. James Bruckner. Sheffield/JSOT:2001
[HI:MKN] The Madness of King Nebuchadnezzar: The Ancient Near Eastern Origins & Early History of Interpretation of Daniel 4. Matthais Herze. Brill:1999.
[HI:MWG] Magic, Witchcraft, and Ghosts in the Greek and Roman Worlds: A Sourcebook. Daniel Ogden. OUP:2002.
[OT:ASM] Astral Sciences in Mesopotamia. Hermann Hunger and David Pingree. Brill:1999.
[PH:PVI] Political Visions and Illusions: A Survey and Christian Critique of Contemporary Ideologies. David T. Koyzis. IVP:2003.
[PH:GTE] God the Evidence: The Reconciliation of Faith and Reason in a Postsecular World. Patrick Glynn. Forum/Prima:1997/99. [Another journalist-turned-atheist-turned-Christian story].
[WR:LI] Leaving Islam: Apostates Speak Out. Ibn Warraq (ed). Prometheus:2003.
[WR:MJ] The Muslim Jesus: Sayings and Stories in Islamic Literature. Tarif Khalidi (trans/ed). Harvard/Cambridge:2001.
[HI:PE] Passover and Easter: Origin and History to the Modern Times. Paul Bradshaw and Lawrence Hoffman (eds). NotreDame:1999.
[NT:PITJ] Palestine in the Time of Jesus: Social Structures and Social Conflicts. KC Hanson and Douglas Oakman. Fortress:1998.
[HI:BOJ] The Brother of Jesus: James the Just and His Mission. Bruce Chilton and Jacob Neusner (eds). WJK:2001.
[HI:JSZ] John, the Son of Zebedee: The Life of a Legend. R. Alan Culpepper. Fortress:1994/2000,
[HI:JRJ] Jude and the Relatives of Jesus in the Early Church. Richard Bauckham. T&TClark:1990.
[OT:IA] Introduction to the Apocrypha: Message, Context, and Significance. David deSilva. Baker:2002. [This looks outstanding.]
[HI:TK] The Keepers: An Introduction to the History and Culture of the Samaritans. Robert Anderson and Terry Giles. Hendrickson:2002.
[HI:2000] Two Thousand Years Ago: The World at the Time of Jesus. Charles Frazee. Eerdmans:2002.
[HI:Tosef] The Tosefta: Translated from the Hebrew with a New Introduction. Jacob Neusner. Hendrickson:2002 (2 vols)
[TH:BHP] The Bible and Homosexual Practice: Texts and Hermeneutics. Robert Gagnon. Abingdon:2001. [The kudos from scholars on the back cover of this are impressive--this will likely be an important contribution to the discussion.]
[TH:QFT] The Quest for Truth: Answering Life's Inescapable Quetions. F. Leroy Forlines. RandallHouse:2001. [According to an ETS review, this is the best presentation of non-Wesleyan Arminianism available today.]
[TCS3] The Context of Scripture, vol 3: Archival Documents from the Biblical World. Hallo and Younger (eds.). Brill:2002.
[WR:EQ] Encyclopedia of the Qur'an. Jame Dammen McAuliffe (ed). Brill:2001 and on-going.
[Pauly] Brill's New Pauly: Encyclopedia of the Ancient World. Cancik/Scheider (ed. Germam) and Christine Salazar/David Orton (ed. English). Brill:2002 and on-going.
[HI:CCFJ] The Complete Concordance to Flavius Josephus: Study Edition (2 vols). Karl Heinrich Rengstorf (ed). Brill:2002.
May 10, 2003
[WR:PM] The Prophet and the Messiah: An Arab Christian's Perspective on Islam and Christianity. Chawkat Moucarry. IVP:2001
[WS:MWC] Men and Women in the Church. Sarah Sumner. IVP:2003.
[WR:TF] A Tapestry of Faith: The Common Threads between Christianity and World Religions. Winfried Coruan. IVP:2002. [I try to read everything this man writes…always good, always careful, always gracious]
[HI:NAW] The Novel in the Ancient World. Gareth Schmeling (ed). Brill:2003 (Rev.ed).
[HI:CD] The Canon Debate. Lee Martin McDonald and James A. Sanders(eds). Hendrickson:2002. . [a WishList gift! Thanks!]
Feb 17, 2003
Both of these are excellent works--I put them in my Recommended books list.
[OT:DictOT5] Dictionary of the Old Testament Pentateuch, T. Desmond Alexander and David W. Baker (eds). IVP:2003.
[HI:EJL2TP] Exploring Jewish Literature of the Second Temple Period, Larry R. Helyer, IVP:2002.
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