Rachel Held Evans’ post “My five favorite books of the year…” reminded me that I should say something about the books that I enjoyed reading and reviewing in 2013 (not necessarily written in 2013). My top fifteen (yes, ten was not enough this year) would be as follows (click the titles to read my reviews):

(15) Adela Yarbro Collins and John J. Collins, King and Messiah as Son of God: Divine, Human, and Angelic Messianic Figures in Biblical and Related Literature (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2008). 

(14) David Wenham, Did St. Paul Get Jesus Right? The Gospel According to Paul (Oxford: Lion Hudson, 2010). 

(13) Joan E. Taylor, The Immerser: John the Baptist within Second Temple Judaism (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1997).

(12) The World of the New Testament: Cultural, Social, and Historical Contexts edited by Joel B. Green and Lee Martin McDonald (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2013). 

(11) Aliens in the Promised Land: Why Minority Leadership is Overlooked in White Christian Churches and Institutions edited by Anthony Bradley (Phillipsburg: R&R Publishing, 2013).

(10) Stephen R. Holmes, The Quest for the Trinity: The Doctrine of God in Scripture, History, and Modernity (Downers Grove: IVP Academic, 2012). 

(09) Douglas Estes, The Questions of Jesus in John: Logic, Rhetoric, and Persuasive Discourse (Leiden: Brill, 2013).

(08)  Jesus is Lord, Caesar is Not: Evaluating Empire in New Testament Studies edited by Scot McKnight and Joseph B. Modica (Downers Grove, IVP Academic, 2013).

(07) Robert L. Webb, John the Baptizer and Prophet: A Socio-historical Study (Eugene: Wipf and Stock, 2006). Reprint.

(06) Walter Wink, John the Baptist in the Gospel Tradition (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1968).

(05) Steven E. Runge, Discourse Grammar of the Greek New Testament: A Practical Introduction for Teaching and Exegesis (Lexham Bible Reference Series; Peabody: Hendrickson, 2010).

(04) Memory, Tradition, Text: Uses of the Past in Early Christianity edited by Alan Kirk and Tom Thatcher (Semeia Studies; Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2005). 

(03) Anthony Le Donne, The Wife of Jesus: Ancient Texts and Modern Scandals (London: Oneworld Publications, 2013).

(02) T. Michael Law, When God Spoke Greek: The Septuagint and the Making of the Christian Bible (Oxford: OUP, 2013).

(01) Evangelical Faith and the Challenge of Historical Criticism edited by Christopher M. Hays and Christopher B. Ansberry (London: SPCK, 2013).

To read more book review from 2013 go here.