We have some really excellent titles publishing this month. On the Biblical Studies side we have a delightful mix: from our extremely exciting T&T Clark Hebrew Primer through to a new release into our Scriptural Traces series - The Reformed David(s) and the Question of Resistance to Tyranny - all the way to a new addition to our LNTS series as well. On the Theology list we have the excellent collection of essays Neo-Calvinism and the French Revolution, edited by James Eglinton and George Harinck.
The T&T Clark Hebrew Primer by A.A. Macintosh & C.L. Engle
This excellent Hebrew Primer is the perfect way for the student of Hebrew to brush up. But don't take just our word for it:
'a very welcome addition to the corpus of works which seek to instruct English speakers who already have a basic or rudimentary knowledge of Hebrew.'
- Judith Hadley, Villanova University, USA
'It is a pleasure to use the book, even to read it in one breath, as it includes modern parallels, helpful tables, memory aids, and mnemonics and is written in a attractive style. The two experienced University teachers who wrote this book have placed students of Hebrew in their debt.'
- Emanuel Tov, Hebrew University, Jerusalem
'It summarizes the basic features of Biblical Hebrew grammar in convenient form, adding simple explanations, occasional mnemonics, and sidelights that will connect with information that the user already possesses (e.g., Hebrew [or sometimes Arabic] names; well-known terms in modern Hebrew). This compact presentation will prove ideal as a DIY refresher course for all those whose grasp of the basics needs strengthening.'
-Robert Gordon, University of Cambridge, UK
The Reformed David(s) and the Question of Resistance to Tyranny by Nevada Levi DeLapp
Representations of David in Reformation art and literature often characterise him as a figure of piety, an iconic king and model civil servant. In the early modern period, David’s exemplary status is culturally ubiquitous and functions as a “social imaginary.” Using this exemplary David as a starting point and test case, DeLapp observes how both socio-historical and textual factors play a part in how a person reads a biblical text.
Hebrews and Divine Speech by Jonathan I. Griffiths
Griffiths offers here an analysis of the theme of divine speech in Hebrews, which recurs throughout the book, often in contexts suggesting connections to other areas of scholarly interest (Christology, soteriology, cosmology, and the writer’s understanding of the nature of his discourse). Through exegetical analysis of the text, and specific focus on the key terms of logos and rhēma, Griffiths finds that, for the writer, God’s speech is the means by which the place of divine rest is accessed, and is supremely expressed in the person of his Son. Hebrews is thus a means of communicating the divine word and effecting an encounter between his hearers and the God who speaks.
Neo-Calvinism and the French Revolution, edited by James Eglinton and George Harinck
The French Revolution was the scene of much intellectual and social upheaval. Its impact touched a wide range of subjects: the relationship of the church to the state, social relationships, science, literature, fashion, philosophy and theology. Although the French Revolution's momentum was felt across Europe and North America, it met a particularly interesting response in the Netherlands, at that time the scene of a burgeoning neo-Calvinist movement. This book approaches that Dutch response from a range of historical and theological perspectives, and in so doing explores the relationship between the French Revolution and the development of neo-Calvinism.
'This volume presents fresh and intriguing insights in the complicated relation of calvinism and modern culture. The creative contributions of younger and distinguished scholars show how the questions and answers do not only belong to a distant past, but are vibrant and challenging in our current situation.'
-Cornelis van der Kooi, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Netherlands