Buying gifts for those who study can be quite difficult. If you are trying to give a gift that will add to their research or simply pique their interests you must be, to some extent, familiar with literature that you might otherwise know nothing about. For this reason, I decided to take the time a put together a little list of items students, scholars, pastors, or simply the inexhaustibly curious might enjoy. Many can serve as “big” gifts, and others as “stocking stuffers”.
Craig Keener’s latest work Miracles: The Credibility of the New Testament Accounts, 2 Volumes (Baker Academic: 2011) examines the evidential quality of miraculous events as recorded in the New Testament and in the modern world. To do this Keener evaluates history’s most famous critique of the miraculous, John Locke’s Discourse on Miracles and concludes that Locke’s argument, namely, that we should not accept miracle reports because they are universally verifiable, is unsustainable given the credibility that can be assigned to them using critical historiography. As is his usual way, Keener is exhaustively thorough, insightful, and provides an argument in support of the miraculous both ancient and modern that will not be easily countered. We currently list this book at a whopping 45% off its original price at $32,99.
These two-volumes will make rich additions to any theological or philosophical library, and will be warmly received for Christmas.
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Also new from Baker Academic is G.K. Beale’s new masterpiece A New Testament Biblical Theology: The Unfolding of the Old Testament in the New (2011). As Beale acknowledges, many works are available in the New Testament theology genre. However, Beale’s work is unique in that it seeks to unwrap theological development within the Bible itself.
Beale identifies Old Testament concepts appropriated by the New Testament authors and shows how they were used in order to rpoclaim the Gospel. Thus, it truly is “the unfolding of the Old Testament in the New”. At just over 1000 pages this book will require some time to digest, and will keep your loved one busy well into spring. CBD price is also $32.99, a generous 40% off the original price.
If your loved finds this subject area particularly fascinating you might also consider our G.K. Beale Pack which includes A New Testament Biblical Theology as well as a previous work which he co-edited with D.A. Carson entitled A Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old, also from Baker Academic (2007). The G.K. Beale Pack rings in at $69.99.
Whether you choose the pack or the individual book, students, scholars, and pastors will prove to be especially thankful.
Calvin Stapert’s book Handel’s Messiah: Comfort for God’s People (Eerdmans: 2010) provides the story behind the legendary masterpiece and the accompanying CD, Handel’s Messiah: The Complete Work (Hendrickson: 2007), is performed by the Cambridge Singers of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra as led by world renowned composer John Rutter.
History buffs, music and arts lovers, and anyone who enjoys a good story will appreciate this immensely as a Christmas gift. But just a hint…you may want to order it now so that it will arrive in time to be enjoyed over this year’s Christmas holiday! CBD Price: $19.99.
Most of us have been waiting for the completion of this series for some time. With the recent release of Early Christian Letters and Revelation, the series is now finished! Encompassing the entire New Testament, providing scholarly informed passage-by-passage commentary, and an original translation of the New testament text, the New Testament for Everyone series brings the latest in New Testament research directly into the hands of all interested readers– academic or otherwise. Now, for the first time, the complete series is available for purchase as a set, and CBD has an excellent price at only $139.99!
The set, by no means a stocking stuffer, individual volumes will fit very nicely. Whichever you choose these commentaries will make a wonderful–and informative–gift! P.S. Rumor has it this item may be featured as the Academic “Deal of the Day” this Friday, November 25th.