January 14, 2007

Books, books, books

I happen to love books. Especially books about theology and biblical studies. I've had a chance to go to AAR/SBL (the big academic conference for people in the fields of theology and biblical studies), and felt like a kid in a candy store, surrounded by thousands of books. And I've worked in the book business, though I sadly don't anymore, and sure do miss the free books! So now, living in Peru, thousands of miles from a good academic book store, and without most of my library, I have to ponder all the more carefully over my book purchases. So here are some sites and insights that I've really enjoyed and appreciated as I've made my latest round of purchases (more about those books later):

I have lately been appreciating Scot McKnight's Jesus Creed blog, and he has some very good stuff to say about reading and books. Here's some top-ten lists for books in various categories: http://www.jesuscreed.org/?cat=14.

Prof. McKnight also has some insightful comments about publishing in the past year and what books and publishers to watch: http://www.jesuscreed.org/?p=1718 (I too am looking forward to looking over R. Jewett's massive Romans commentary!).

Check out the right margin of James Merrick's blog (http://jamesmerrick.wordpress.com/)—he has tons of Amazon lists he has put together, about books worth reading on a number of subjects. He is a very well read doctoral student at TEDS! I'm jealous.

Here are some book reviews by the Faith and Theology blog: http://faith-theology.blogspot.com/2006/12/book-reviews.html. Poke around their site for some other insightful comments about blogs.

Here is an great annotated bibliography on NT books by the Denver Journal from Denver Seminary: http://www.denverseminary.edu/dj/articles2006/0200/0201.

And there's tons more! Enjoy.

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