Joyful Christianity

Joyful Christianity

Cally Hammond SPCK, pb, £8.99 A useful book at this time of year, Cally Hammond has written a devotional work focusing on the annunciation, the visitation and the nativity of Jesus before going on to the presentation in the temple and the finding in the temple. Hammond, the Dean of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, […]

1 & 2 Samuel

David G Firth Apollos, hb, £24.99 While the Apollos series on the New Testament (see above) bases itself on the Greek text, the Old Testament series takes a slightly different approach. Each part of the biblical text is translated from the Hebrew, and this is followed on notes on the text, for example, where a […]

The Acts of the Apostles

The Acts of the Apostles

David G Peterson Apollos, hb, £44.99 A massive work, that has taken 15 years of research and study, this new study gets to the heart of the book of the Bible that depicts the birth of the Christian church. The author, until recently the principal of Oak Hill theological college in London, is however referred […]

The Final Days of Jesus

The Final Days of Jesus

Shimon Gibson Lion, pb, £12.99 This new book comes from an archaeologist who works in Jerusalem with the WF Albright Institute of Archaeological Research. Drawing on 20 years of research, he has put together a book outlining the archaeological evidence for the events in the final weeks of the earthly life of Christ. A fascinating […]

The Lion Handbook to the Bible

The Lion Handbook to the Bible

Eds: Pat and David Alexander Lion, flexiback, £20.00 The old favourite has been updated and is now in its fourth edition. The original version of this Handbook broke the moulds when it first came out. The concise articles were accompanied by stunning full-colour photographs making it a sort of a cross between a coffee-table book […]

The Chambers Dictionary of Beliefs and Religions

The Chambers Dictionary of Beliefs and Religions

Ed: Mark Vernon Chambers, hb, £30.00 This magisterial work is a treasure trove of belief and practice. Mark Vernon, a former Church of England priest, has put together a massive tome of nearly 700 pages that outlines beliefs and ideas ranging from Kabbalah to Calvinism. Alongside the 3,200 entries, there are special sections on ‘hot […]

This week’s religious books reviewed

This week’s religious books reviewed

The New Shape of World Christianity Mark A Noll IVP, hb, £15.00 Numerous studies have appeared examining the link between the British Empire and the expansion of the church. Less has been written, at least by church historians, on the link between American power and the spread of Christianity, particularly in its evangelical form. Has […]

The Invention of the Jewish Nation reviewed

The Invention of the Jewish Nation reviewed

The Invention of the Jewish Nation, Schlomo Sand Verso, hb, £20.00 In the later years of the 19th century a pseudo-science of race flourished in many parts of Europe. It upheld the idea of the nation as an ethnic identity, usually with certain special characteristics. By the end of the 20th century, nations were more […]

A Good Read

A Good Read

Religious Voices in Public Places Nigel Biggar and Linda Hogan (editors) OUP, hb, £65.00 Religion is back as a major force on the world stage. Reports of the death of God proved premature. But while this may be good news for the pastors of mega churches in the US or Pentecostals in Latin America or […]