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I recently told my Historical Books’ students about the new commentary on 1 Kings by Ryken:

I received announcement today of a new commentary on 1 Kings by Ryken that looks very useful for the task of exposition of 1 Kings…. Good commentaries on 1 and 2 Kings are very hard to find. Many commenters get lost in the history of the monarchies [seemingly] because they do not understand how narrative works. Few commentaries make appropriate application to modern church and culture, as many writers do not know how to move from Law to Gospel (Christ). Ryken is pretty good at this in his other commentaries, yielding fruit akin to what we teach you in [the interpretation series] courses and demonstrate in the Bible courses. So I suspect it will be the same for this one.

Westminster’s bookstore currently is offering the commentary at 45% off

This summer I have several books on the docket to complete before the start of the fall semester. These include works by Alexander, GrudemLeithart, MacArthur, Timmer, and Waltke. I am going through the excellent volume by Sailhamer as I am using it for a summer course in the Pentateuch. I still am trying to find a way to incorporate Hamilton’s outstanding work into a course. Then again, I haven’t figured out how to incorporate my own work into a course. Maybe you can give me some suggestions.

Time probably will not permit me to get as far as I would love to in the festschrifts to Piper and Carson, but I want to make an attempt to be in the Reformed-know. However, I most likely will fail quickly at that task, since I have no plans of jumping on the groupie wagon for Allison’s recently released, Historical Theology (Zondervan); in this vein, I simply want to finish the small text by Haykin (and in a related vein – and vainTrueman). Groupies, have it without me!

Two days ago I received by mail Metzger’s, The Gospel of John: When Love Comes to Town for a book review I intend to write. Just yesterday one of my colleagues suggested that I should pick up William Golding’s Pincher Martin: The Two Deaths of Christopher Martin, since I place Lord of the Flies on my list of the top three pieces of British Literature. (Huh?) No, the “Huh?” is for Pincher Martin, not Lord of the Flies as a top-three.  Lewis, Orwell, Huxley, Bradbury, and Golding each tried to warn us about where we were headed with “progress,” but we did not listen. Yet I also need to listen to Solomon. So maybe I will be cautious in slipping Golding into my travel bag. What I really need is for someone to slip me some money for all of these titles.