Perrin, Nicholas and Richard B. Hays, Editors. Jesus, Paul and the People of God: A Theological Dialogue with N. T. Wright. Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2011. 294 Pages. Paper. $24.00. academic.ivpress.com (LHP)
Steinmann, Andrew E. Foreword by Nicholas Perrin. From Abraham to Paul: A Biblical Chronology. St. Louis: Concordia, 2011. 421 Pages. Cloth. $79.99. www.cph.org (P)
When I write a book review, it is often more interesting for me as a review, for you as our readers and for the publishers and authors behind a given book if i am able to pair it up with at least one other book that is similar (or enough different we can do a Contrasts review).
It would be fair to say that I had the same reactions to this book as I have to previous work by Wright: I appreciate much of what he says about Jesus, yet I disagree with him vehemently about Paul.
It appears I am not alone in this. In many ways, it is extremely difficult for Wright to be labeled. That's not all bad.
Wright speaks too much of a collective salvation and too little of an individual salvation for my taste (cf. 113). Wright may help save some Lutherans from themselves (cf. 199).
We now turn our attention to one of the best resources of its kind, From Abraham to Paul: A Biblical Chronology.
Please note the book blurb from Perrin as noted above and do not miss the free downloadable chronology charts (link above)
History is complex, but we have a really good idea when many important things actually happened.That should be encouraging to you and your congregation. Steinmann builds on the benchmarks of Old Testament chronology (347ff, et al) and shows you his detective work as he makes the case for the chronology he develops (passim).
A New Testament example is highly instructive. Consider the date of the birth of Jesus. As we heard in 2009 (http://lhpqbr.blogspot.com/2009/10/lhp-review-star-of-wonder.html), there is a problem with many translations of Josephus, a textual error in copying. Steinmann independently verifies this, ruling out the 4 BC eclipse, verifying that everything "fits well" with one in 1 BC (234). From here, the author outlines Jesus' ministry (263) as well as Holy Week and Easter (288, 297). Dating Pentecost to the deaths of Peter and Paul (342ff) seems simple in comparison.
We look forward to more from this author. We at LHP QBR have appreciated this book and his Concordia Commentary series contributions very much!
The Rev. Paul J Cain is Pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Sheridan, Wyoming, Headmaster of Martin Luther Grammar School, Yellowstone Circuit Visitor (LCMS Wyoming District), a member of the Board of Directors of The Consortium for Classical and Lutheran Education, Wyoming District Worship Chairman, and Editor of QBR.