Academic books are unpopular, but they definitely contain more reliable information than popular books.

“In the case of good books, the point is not to see how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you.”

-- Mortimer J. Adler

Is the Gospel Good News? (Wipf & Stock, 2018) [forthcoming]

This book (co-edited with S.E. Porter) gathers fourteen papers from the 2015 H. H. Bingham Colloquium in the New Testament at McMaster Divinity College in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, held on June 4–5. The papers are organized around three broad topics, namely, Bible, Theology, and Crucial Topics. 

The chapter essays in this book, gathered by Stanley E. Porter and Hughson T. Ong, either survey or discuss in detail various areas and topics in Johannine scholarship, especially in the study of John’s Gospel. These include the authorship and dating, sources, and traditions of John’s Gospel, its structure and composition, the Johannine community, and Johannine anti- Judaism and the Son of Man sayings. Collectively, these essays offer important contributions to various areas and topics of research relating to the origins of John’s Gospel. 

This book uses a sociolinguistic model that attempts to paint a portrait of the sociolinguistic situation of ancient Palestine. It is arguably the most comprehensive treatment of the subject matter to date in terms of its survey of the secondary literature and of its analysis of the sociolinguistic environment of first-century Palestine.

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