Editors Note: This book review was first published as the Featured Review in the Summer edition of Concordia Journal, 2021, Vol 47, No. 3, pp. 71-73. THE WEIRDEST PEOPLE IN THE WORLD: How the West Became Psychologically Peculiar and Particularly Prosperous. By Joseph Henrich. Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2020. 704 pages. Hardcover. $35.00. Harvard professor Joseph Henrich’s book ..
HERETICS FOR ARMCHAIR THEOLOGIANS. By Justo Gonzalez and Catherine Gonzalez. Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2008. 166 pages. Paper. $17.00. Reviewed by Henry Rowold, Concordia Seminary, Saint Louis, MO. This is a delightful book, remarkably simple and inviting, given the somewhat ponderous and even politically incorrect title of “heretics.” Fundamentally, what the book seeks to ..
STRANGERS WITHIN OUR GATES: East Meets West: Language, Religion, and Politics. By Paul Boeder. Indianapolis: Xlibris, 2009. 164 pages. Paper. $19.99. Reviewed by Francis Rossow, Concordia Seminary, Saint Louis, MO. Strangers within Our Gates is written by one who is not a stranger within our gates. The author, Paul Boecler, an emeritus professor, was my ..
LORD’S SUPPER: The Lamb’s High Feast. By Arnold J. Koelpin. People’s Bible Teachings series. Milwaukee: Northwestern Publishing House, 2007. 144 Pages. Paper. $12.99. Reviewed by Timothy Maschke, Concordia University Wisconsin, Mequon, WI. The Lord’s Supper remains a topic for constant congregational catechesis and strong biblical teaching in Christian churches throughout the world. With the increased ..
EUSEBIUS: The Church History. Translated by Paul L. Maier. Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2007. 365 pages. Paper. $15.99. Reviewed by Timothy Maschke, Concordia University Wisconsin, Mequon, WI. Eusebius’s Ecclesiastical History is now available in a most accessible format with Paul Maier’s updated translation of this classic work. Yet, this is more than merely a retranslation of ..
CHRISTIAN WORSHIP SUPPLEMENT. Milwaukee: Northwestern Publishing House, 2008. 255 pages. Paper. $13.50 Reviewed by Timothy Maschke, Concordia University Wisconsin, Mequon, WI. Just halfway through the expected life-span of their synodical hymnal, Christian Worship, the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod’s Commission on Worship prepared a hymnal supplement which provides newer resources for their congregational worship life. The ..
A LUTHERAN LOOKS AT . . . EPISCOPALIANS. By James F. Pope. Milwaukee: Northwestern Publishing House, 2008. 107 pages. Paper. $12.99. Reviewed by Timothy Maschke, Concordia University Wisconsin, Mequon, WI. When the ELCA officially entered into full communion fellowship with the Episcopal Church (USA) on Epiphany 2001, Lutherans of the other synods wondered what brought ..
THE CAMBRIDGE INTRODUCTION TO BIBLICAL HEBREW. By Brian Webster. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009. 349 pages + CD-Rom. Paper. $39.99. Reviewed by Reed Lessing, Concordia Seminary, Saint Louis, MO. My first impression of this resource is niphlat, that’s Hebrew for “wonderful.” Brian Webster, who teaches at Dallas Theological Seminary, combines his linguistic and computer skills ..
OLD TESTAMENT THEOLOGY: Israel’s Life (Volume 3). By John Goldingay. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2009. 875 pages. Hardback. $49.95. Reviewed by Reed Lessing, Concordia Seminary, Saint Louis, MO. “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for ..
ETHICAL DIMENSION OF CULT IN THE BOOK OF ISAIAH. By Bohdan Hrobon. Berlin/New York: de Gruyter, 2010. xiv + 256 pages. Hardcover. $135.00. Reviewed by Reed Lessing, Concordia Seminary, Saint Louis, MO. This is a revision of Hrobon’s Oxford dissertation done under the supervision of Hugh G.M. Williamson. In it, he critiques the widely held ..
THE ‘WAY OF THE LORD’ IN THE BOOK OF ISAIAH (Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies). By Bo H. Lim. London/New York: Clark, 2010. x + 201 pages. Hardcover. $110.00. Reviewed by Reed Lessing, Concordia Seminary, Saint Louis, MO. This study is a revision of Lim’s 2006 PhD dissertation done under the supervision of Willem ..
COMMENTARY ON THE BIBLE. Edited by James D. G. Dunn and John W. Rogerson. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2003. 1639 pages. Hardcover. $75.00. Reviewed by Thomas H. Trapp, St. Paul, Minnesota Why agree to review such a long book? My first inclination was to get new insights and explanations and to review the current state of affairs in ..
GUERILLAS OF GRACE: Prayers for the Battle. By Ted Loder. Minneapolis: Augsburg Books, 2005. 142 pages. Paper. $14.99. Reviewed by Henry Rowold Admittedly, the Concordia Journal doesn’t often offer books five years old for review. Even more striking, this is a 20th anniversary edition, which makes it 25 years old. One of the things that ..
EXPOSITORY DICTIONARY OF BIBLE WORDS. Edited by Stephen D. Renn. Peabody, MO: Hendrickson Publishers, 2005. Xii–1171 pages plus CD. Cloth. $29.95. Reviewed by Henry Rowold Renn (Sydney Missionary and Bible College) put this book together to serve a unique niche of biblical students 1) who know enough Hebrew and Greek to want to utilize those ..
HEAVEN AND HELL: Eternal Life, Eternal Punishment. People’s Bible Teachings series. By Brian R. Keller. Milwaukee: Northwestern Publishing House, 2007. 218 pages. Paper. $14.99. Reviewed by Timothy Maschke, Concordia University, Mequon, WI Many Christians struggle with the concepts of hell and heaven. Brian Keller, parish pastor and popular writer, has provided another helpful resource for pastors and Bible ..