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Baylor University Press is having a Grad Student Sale

shut_up_and_take_my_moneyThe sale itself runs from Friday, June 10th through Sunday, June 12th. Use the discount code “BJUN” to order books from their website at a 50% discount! The code applies to all books published in 2014 or earlier. Looks like it is time to stock up on the Baylor Handbook on the Greek Text series to survive your next Greek exegesis course.

I have my eye on the volume edited by Beverly Roberts Gaventa, Apocalyptic Paul: Cosmos and Anthropos in Romans 5-8, or  François Bovon’s The Acts of Philip: A New Translation.

It does not look like they are checking your seminary ID card at the door, but the sale is intended for Grad Students. Grab your fall syllabi and spend some quality time exploring the Baylor University Press website.

Remember, if you are in grad school you are supposed to spend all your money on books.



Kruse, RomansAmazon’s Kindle Store has a great deal on Colin Kruse’s Pillar commentary on Romans.  The list price is $52.00, but the Kindle version is a mere $2.99.  I am not sure if this is a mistake or a short-term sale.  I did not see any other Pillar commentaries on sale in the Kindle store.

I reviewed this commentary when it came out, so go read my review and buy a copy of this fine resource.

Matthew 13Here is a great “community price” deal from Logos, thirty “classic” books on Parables (and miracles, a few on the Sermon on the Mount), currently priced at $30.  My experience is that these things usually do go for the suggested price, making the cost a dollar a book.  A few of these might be overpriced at $1, but the volume by H. B. Swete is good (a series of lectures at University of Cambridge in 1908).  I would like to at least read Siegfried Goebel (1883, T&T Clark, 480 pages).   The two books by William Arnot are both substantial volumespublished in 1893.  A. C. Gaebelein is an early dispensationalist and the book is really a booklet / pamphlet.  At the very least he represents a form of dispensationalism that is all but dead almost 100 years later. I do not recognize many of the names, for $1 a book I will at least look them over.

All thirty are out of print and (likely) all available through Google books, but the Logos format is worth paying for (searching, indexing, etc.)  My guess is that a few are egregious allegorizors, A. B. Bruce for example “builds on the foundation of Trench.”  But I bought the set for Swete and Goebel alone, and I enjoy comparing approaches on Parables – these thirty are not in my library and I will enjoy reading them in the Logos format.

When Logos gets enough “bidders” they will produce the books, there is no charge until they ship the books via  download.  Check out the list of books, and bid what you want.

Amazon’s Kindle Store has a “Big Deal” sale running through July 27.  I browsed through the “religion and spirituality” section and found a few things which might be of interest.  Looks to me like the best books are all HarperCollins / Zondervan.

NIV Archaeological Study Bible ($2.99).  This is an excellent resource, many well written sidebars and good notes on historical and archaeological items in the text.  I would say that it is targeted at the interested layman rather than expert.  Well worth the three bucks.

Quest Study Bible ($3.99).  I used to call this the “Things to Do During a Boring Sermon” Bible, since every page is festooned with short notes with interesting trivia or facts which illuminate the text.  It is really the Pop-Up Video of Study Bibles.  Sometimes the “questions” are not what I was thinking about, but they are almost always informative.

N. T. Wright, Matthew for Everyone (Part 1) ($2.99),  This whole series is an easy to read introductory commentary, although it is extremely light on details.  I think these are best used in a small group Bible study.

Gordon D. Fee and Douglas Stuart, How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth ($2.99).  This is a classic intro to Bible Study Methods.  Nothing revolutionary, just some solid tools for how to take your Bible reading to a deeper level.  This book is often used as a textbook for a basic Bible Study methods class.

Bart Erhman, Peter, Paul, and Mary Magdalene: The Followers of Jesus in History and Legend ($1.99).  I always like reading Bart Erhman, after I get past the shock title and cover art (which I assume comes from HarperCollins), I usually find a well written and generally accurate book on a historical level, with about a dozen edgy ideas intended to stir up controversy. It is sorting out the edgy stuff from the valuable which is the challenge.

Craig Groeschel, The Christian Atheist: When You Believe in God But Live as if He Doesn’t Exist ($2.99).  This book is controversial, and I get questions all the time from people who want to know my “take” on Christian Atheism.  If you are working with college-age people, this might be worth a read.

There are several titles which are usually described as representing the “emergent church.”  Shane Claiborne, Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals ($2.99) and The Irresistible Revolution ($2.99).  I enjoyed The Irresistible Revolution, although there is a great deal of irony attached to reading it on a Kindle or iPad.  Claiborne is something like a Richard Foster for the Millennials, arguing for simplicity and discipline in an overly commercialized word.  He is a good balance to Joel Osteen, although I am not ready to give up my iPod yet.  Might be a little to hippie for most people.

Rob Bell is something of a poster child for the emergent church, although in my view he is not at all “emergent” in his church (but that is for another posting…)  Velvet Elvis ($2.99) was something of an initial shot of Emergence for many of my students, and is an unusually polarizing book.  Two other books from Bell are on sale:  Sex God ($1.99) and Jesus Want to Save Christians ($2.99).

Those are the Kindle “books” which caught my attention.  My guess is that most of these are available as cheap used copies, but this is a great chance to add to your Kindle Library without spending much money.

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