There are two exceptional book reviews worth checking out this week. First, there is The Final Days of Jesus by Andreas Kostenberger and Justin Taylor, with Alexander Stewart. Reviewed by Tom Schreiner. This will be an excellent read for all of us. From the review we read about the authors and get introduced to the book
Köstenberger, an outstanding biblical scholar from Southeastern
Seminary; Justin Taylor, the well-known blogger and publisher at
Crossway Books; and Alexander Stewart, a research assistant for
Köstenberger; have teamed up to write a book on the last days of
Jesus—that is, the final week of his life. The authors primarily march
through the week day
by day, from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday, though they also include a
brief epilogue that includes other resurrection appearances, the Great
Commission, and Christ’s ascension.
About the reviewer
Schreiner is the James Buchanan Harrison professor of New Testament
interpretation and associate dean for Scripture and interpretation at
The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky.
Read the entire review at the Gospel Coalition.
“This is a book about the most important person who ever lived during
the most crucial week of his life. If you want to get to know the
person and teachings of Jesus in the context of an engaging story with
practical commentary, this book is for you. It is biblical, personal,
—Darrin Patrick, Pastor, The Journey, St. Louis, Missouri; author, For the City and Church Planter: The Man, the Message, the Mission
enlightening and edifying look at the most important week in history.
Both those who want to know more about the history and those who long to
behold the wonder will find much to love about this great work. One
gets the sense that we should proceed through these pages on our knees.”
—J. D. Greear, Lead Pastor, The Summit Church, Durham, North Carolina; author, Stop Asking Jesus into Your Heart: How to Know for Sure You Are Saved
may be wondering what can be done to make Christ’s last week come alive
in ways it hasn’t before. It would help to understand the historical
background and cultural script a little better, but you don’t want a big
book. It would help, too, if your authors were trustworthy,
knowledgeable evangelical scholars who could write clearly for
laypeople. Look no further—this is the book for you!”
—Craig L. Blomberg, Distinguished Professor of New Testament, Denver Seminary
Secondly, also reviewed at the Gospel Coalition, The Locust Effect by Gary Haugen and Victor Boutros. Reviewed by Bethany Jenkins.
From Jenkins' review we are told
you are reading this book in a state of reasonable security and peace
without fear of being enslaved, imprisoned, beaten, raped, or robbed,”
Gary Haugen and Victor Boutros write in The Locust Effect, “it is
either the case that you are in a place of isolation far away from
human beings, or you are the beneficiary of a system that is protecting
you from the violent impulses of human beings that are around you.”
and Boutros say that we often miss this “terror beneath the surface”
because it’s intentionally hidden. Violence has behind it “an
intelligent, willful perpetrator who is working hard—frequently very
hard—to hide it. Indeed, the actual act of violence is almost never
seen by outsiders.” It’s not just the perpetrators, however, who conceal
it; it’s the victims, too. Since their experiences are uniquely
traumatic, they often feel ashamed, humiliated, violated, and degraded.
“Paradoxically,” the co-authors lament, “the perpetrator and the victim
end up sharing a powerful, reflexive inclination: They both want to hide it.”
I don't want to steal the thunder of the authors or the reviewer however, Jenkins concludes her review with... To
me, though, it’s more than a book. It’s an awakening, a call, a
responsibility. It’s one of those things that you can’t just read; you
have to do something. Because now you know.