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Saturday, April 01, 2006 

New Book Arrivals

I just received four new books from Amazon. They are as follows:

The Case Against Q by Mark Goodacre.

Questioning Q: A Multidimensional Critique edited by Goodacre and Nicolas Perrin with a foreward by N.T. Wright

Paul, the Law, and the Jewish People by E.P. Sanders.

The Real Jesus: The Misguided Quest for the Historical Jesus and the Truth of the Traditional Gosepls by Luke Timothy Johnson.

As you can tell, my frustration with certain scholarly treatments of "Q" has finally led me to read the definitive case(s) against its existence by Goodacre and others. I don't know if they'll be able to fully convince me of their case, but we shall see. In the meantime, as I am taking a break from Meier's momumental work on the Historical Jesus and have started reading Luke Timothy Johnson's short work. I'm already half way through with it and will give a review soon.

Also, I have just finished paying off my truck (what a relief!). Instead of saving that money this month like I probably ought to, I am debating on buying one of two things. Christian Books has a wonderful sale going on on both the entire set of the Early Church Fathers ($230 dollars for a 38 volume set!) and Karl Barth's Church Dogmatics (the entire 14 volume set for $360 dollars). The Church Dogmatics is unfortunately paperback, but I think that I could live with that. This is a tough decision. The easy solution would be to get both.

Well, as you know, I'm fairly biased in favour of Barth. But another thing to consider is that all the volumes of the Church Dogmatics are readily available separately (either new or used), so that if you need to you can collect the set one volume at a time.

On the other hand, it would be a lot harder to collect the entire set of the Fathers one book at a time.

Well reasoned point by Dr Ben above. However, as all of them are so huge, I would also counsil you to just get what you want to read, otherwise you'd never finish them.

Yes, that's usually how I resolve my own painful book-buying dilemmas: I ask myself which of the two I would really read right now.

Thanks for the advice guys. I definitely have a book addiction. Today I went into my local Christian bookstore (which doesn't have a very good variety) simply to look and I ended up leaving with two books: Moltmann's "God in Creation" and Roetzl's "Paul:A Jew on the Margins." I try to justify my book craze by saying that I'm building a reference library for later.

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