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Review: The Temple and Tabernacle by Daniel Hays

Temple Tabernacle HaysThe book of Exodus tells a thrilling story, and is naturally the inspiration for numerous adaptations and allusions within literature (Daniel Deronda, Superman). However, the stirring narrative of Israel’s deliverance from Egypt and ascent to Sinai to meet God takes a sharp right-turn into plodding blueprints for the tabernacle, its utensils, and the priestly garments. It’s like watching Frodo heroically ascend to the peak of Mount Doom only to then receive a 3-hour lecture from Treebeard. At least, that is how we often consider the latter half of Exodus. In reality, it’s far from an anticlimactic letdown, and the problem is not the text but ourselves. As I am discovering through teaching Leviticus, when one delves into the difficult material in Scripture, it is always rewarding. Or as one scholar puts it: if it’s weird, it’s important. In The Temple and Tabernacle, J. Daniel Hays has helped bridge this gap by providing a study of Israel’s tabernacle and temples that is approachable and concise.

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Review: C. Marvin Pate, Romans (Teach The Text)

Marvin Pate RomansC. Marvin Pate has authored the Romans commentary for the new Teach the Text commentary series from Baker, a series that the editors have tailored for “the needs of pastors who teach the text on a weekly basis” (p vii). To reach this end it “utilizes the best of biblical scholarship but also presents the material in a clear, concise, attractive, and user-friendly format” (p vii). The goal for this series is clearly to assist one in teaching the biblical text.

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Guest Review: Robert Chisholm, 1 & 2 Samuel (Teach the Text)

Teach the Text SamuelRobert B. Chisholm Jr., 1&2 Samuel, Teach the Text Commentary Series (Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 2013).

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US Publishers and UK Distributors for Christian Academic Books

As a blogger in the UK, I’ve had the unique adventure of tracking down which UK companies serve as distributors for US publishers. When I first started blogging I would sheepishly ask the US publisher if they would post all the way to the UK, or I would simply load up on books whenever we visited Tasha’s family in Washington. Then I began to discover that there are distributors in the UK who can issue review copies too; imagine my pleasure at this discovery!

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August Review Books from Baker Academic

August Book from Baker Academic

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Roundup on Schreiner’s The King in His Beauty

The King in His BeautyOne of my most anticipated books to be released this year is Tom Schreiner’s The King in His Beauty.

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