While the information in the book is beneficial for readers of all academic levels, Bauckham presents his material in a way that a seminary degree is not a prerequisite to picking up the book. This is a delicate line to walk, and Bauckham does it well.
This installment in the New Studies in Biblical Theology series aims at tracing the theme of repentance through the Old and New Testaments. It reflects a project that grew out of earlier work by the author, Mark Boda, who teaches Old Testament at McMaster Divinity College in Hamilton, Ontario.
For a theologian, it is refreshing to find biblical scholars who are vested in the notion that Scripture ought to be read as something more than simply an ancient text. Indeed, those participating in the Seminar, on the whole, possess a deep conviction that the Bible is a book to be read in and for the benefit of the church – and that identifying Scripture’s proper ecclesial habitat in no way eviscerates scholarly endeavors concerning the text, but rather empowers them.
Jenson’s new monograph, “A Theology in Outline: Can These Bones Live?” is an edited transcript of an undergraduate course that Jenson taught at Princeton in 2008. This conversational and accessible volume is thus culled from twenty-three lectures covering a standard sequence of topics in Christian theology.
In summary, Stanley Porter’s Linguistic Analysis of the Greek New Testament is a useful book, but there are significant portions that necessitate a prior understanding of the topics they cover. Additionally, some sections are accessible to those at different levels of knowledge in the field of Greek linguistics, so students would do well to skim the book if they are unsure whether or not they are adequately prepared.