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Welcome once again to Eerdmans All Over, a Friday roundup of all the Eerdmans-related news, reviews, interviews, and other interesting online content we can find in a given week.
New this week:
Paul’s Letter to the Romans
(Pillar New Testament Commentary)
Colin G. Kruse
The Fantastic Jungles of Henri Rousseau
Illustrated by Amanda Hall
News from Eerdmans . . .
- We welcome to Eerdmans this week Ahna Terpstra, our new Internet marketing assistant. Ahna is a recent graduate of Calvin College, where she studied communication arts and sciences. Although she will be assisting us in a variety of ways, she is especially excited for the opportunity to use her love of videography and video editing to help us expand our YouTube library of book trailers and other video content. We’re excited, too!
. . . and elsewhere.
- Christianity Today opened up to non-subscribers this week the full text of Thomas E. Bergler’s much talked about article “When Are We Going to Grow Up? The Juvenilization of American Christianity.” Since it was published, the article has been shared on Facebook more than 3,500 times and discussed on a number of blogs, including Catholicism Pure and Simple.
- Christianity Today also published three insightful responses to Bergler’s article, by David Kinnaman (“The Rise of the Digital Urban Natives“), John Ortberg (“Ponce de León on Steroids“), and David Zahl (“By Grace You Are Mature“).
- And while we’re still on the subject of The Juvenilization of American Christianity, we should point out Scot McKnight’s discussion of the book’s historical content, which he shared in a thoughtful Jesus Creed post called “Saving Civilization.”
- In non-Juvenilization-related news, Publishers Weekly reviewed Mary Newell DePalma’s Bow-Wow Wiggle-Waggle, calling it “a festive exercise in free association, alliteration, and onomatopoeia.”
- Laurence O’Donnell posted his review of Richard J. Mouw’s Abraham Kuyper: A Short and Personal Introduction to his In Thy Light blog. (This review was originally published in the Calvin Theological Journal.)
- Clifford Kvidahl reviewed Gareth Lee Cockerill’s new NICNT volume on Hebrews on his Theological Musings blog — and then announced that he would be giving away a copy of the commentary to one lucky, lucky winner.
- EBYR author Jen Bryant (A River of Words) launched a new blog, Electric Moccasin.
- Robert Cornwall reviewed John C. Knapp’s How the Church Fails Businesspeople (and what can be done about it) on his Ponderings on a Faith Journey blog.
- Over on the Hearts and Minds blog, Byron Borger shared “A Dozen Great Father’s Day Recommendations.” Second on his list is David Lawther Johnson’s Learning from My Father: Lessons on Faith and Life, of which Borger says: “The book rings true on so many levels and is a treat to dip into, to ponder, enjoy, or share with others.”
- On her Work in Progress blog, first-time author Ruth Huizinga Everhart (whose forthcoming Holy Land pilgrimage memoir is scheduled for a November release) asked “What’s in a Name?” as she mused on the creative challenge of coming up with an appropriate title for her book — and for herself.
- Continuing his excellent series of posts identifying the best commentaries on various New Testament books, Phillip Long shared his “Top Five Galatians Commentaries” on the Reading Acts blog. (Spoiler alert: once again, two Eerdmans volumes earned spots on his list!)
- On his Chrisendom blog, Chris Tilling brought to our attention audio and video recordings from the recent King’s College London conference Beyond Old and New Perspectives on Paul, which engaged Douglas Campbell’s book The Deliverance of God: An Apocalyptic Rereading of Justification in Paul.
- The Emergent Village Voice featured Randy S. Woodley’s new book Shalom and the Community of Creation: An Indigenous Vision.
Have we missed any news, reviews, or other online miscellany dealing with Eerdmans or EBYR books or authors from the last week? Let us know in the comments.
Note: In the original version of this post, we incorrectly listed Paul Zahl as the author of the Christianity Today article “By Grace You Are Mature.” David Zahl is the actual author, and the post has been updated to correct our mistake.
Milton Essenburg has worked at Eerdmans for forty-five years. He specializes in editing and proofreading commentaries and theological works. He also checks proofs before they are sent to the printer.
For some time I had dreamed of starting the best commentary series on the market. Then, in 1990, with the demise of The Reformed Journal and an empty nest at home, I had more time to make that dream come true.
First, I read the article “Which Is the Best Commentary?” by I. Howard Marshall in the November 1991 issue of The Expository Times. Of his three categories of commentary I liked the mid-sized one — not too technical but offering enough help for preaching and exposition. I also relished his comment, “The ideal is a combination of exegesis and exposition in a readable fashion.”
Second, I visited neighboring seminaries and found that they preferred commentaries featuring solid exegesis, profound theological reflection, a firm grasp of the totality picture of the biblical book, creative readings and interpretations, and, if not direct application, at least strong hints in that direction.
In looking for a model for such a series, I ended up with D. A. Carson’s The Gospel of John. Now Carson’s John was an overgrown Tyndale New Testament Commentary, and I had been impressed with a number of Tyndale’s authors, including Douglas Moo and N. T. Wright. But since it was first published by Inter-Varsity Press of the United Kingdom, we would also have to make arrangements with them.
Since Carson’s John had a pillar on its cover, I decided to call the series The Pillar New Testament Commentary. That may sound silly, but authors like R. K. Harrison (in the International Standard Bible Encyclopedia) point out that pillars represent reliability, solidity, substantiality, and permanence, that they held up temples, and that in pagan circles they were intended to bring glory to the gods (for us read soli Deo gloria!).
I wrote D. A. Carson about my ideas, and he was highly favorable toward them. But, as might be expected, he went far beyond, which is why we later named him General Editor of the series.
On November 27, 1992, Carson replied to my letter, “I think that there is an enormous market (and need!) for commentaries that are warm — that is, written from a perspective in which the author attempts no artificial ‘objectivity’ but writes as a Christian at a high level of competence but with devotion displayed in the way he or she shapes sentences and paragraphs. Within such a framework some overt application or useful historical parallel can be slipped in to strengthen the nurturing component in the book. The unique factor in the Pillar series, as I see it, is that the series as a whole is not too technical, and every volume has as a goal not merely the conveying of information but something of nurture and edification as well.” (Compare Marshall’s remarks above.)
He continues, “Ideally, the Pillar series should be first-class exegesis capturing the flow of the argument, with sufficient interaction with the secondary literature to ensure that the work is current, while at the same time reflecting unselfconscious warmth, a certain spiritual vitality that shows itself in the form of expression and in unobtrusive application.”
In developing the PNTC, we set out to create the very best sort of Bible commentary series, and I truly believe that we have succeeded. Thus, I agree wholeheartedly with Matthew Miller in his March 9, 2010, Christianbook.com blog post that Eerdmans’ Pillar New Testament Commentary is now “The Best Commentary on the Market” for three reasons — (1) its series editor, D. A. Carson; (2) the degree to which it has met its goals; and (3) the strength of its authors. To this he adds, “The foundation is in place for The Pillar New Testament Commentary to become the best New Testament commentary of all time.” It’s a dream come true.
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