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 […]

Prostitution and Procurement

Prostitution and Procurement

Prostitution is very rarely a lifestyle choice. Although there is a very small minority, which will tell you they have a good life and make a lot of money, for the vast majority the earnings are low, the hours are long and very dangerous. “Belle du Jour” recently broke her anonymity because she was going […]

A magical trip to Wonderland

A magical trip to Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland (cert. PG) is huge fun, as director Tim Burton brings to the work imagination to match that of creator Lewis Carroll, helped by a linear storyline by screenwriter Linda Woolverton. Following almost a film convention, this version takes ideas and characters from Through the Looking Glass. This includes the Jabberwock, a fearsome […]

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 […]