I’ve long heard read of the biblical studies and theology treasures that many of my fellow bloggers unearth at Half Price Books. Well, I went today on my inaugural visit to HPB and here’s what I picked up:
Oh, you can’t read it because there’s nothing there. I perused the sections on Christianity, theology, commentaries, bible studies, reference, and Judaica–nothing. That’s not to say there were no volumes worthy of purchase, just none that were useful to me at present. I found a few good volumes on the DSS, Paul, and NT intro, but they were books I can live without for now. I was really hoping to see books by Bauckham, Dunn, Hurtado, Wright….no such luck.
There were next to no commentaries that I would ever use and the introductions (OT and NT) were either dated or I already owned a newer edition. I also saw little in the way of language works–a couple of lexicons, some interlinears (egad!), and no grammars.
Though I didn’t walk out with any books, I was able to sell several books, adding a few bucks to my wallet. Now I know where to take all the books that take up shelf space but have not been nor will ever be read! 🙂
Rest assured–I shall return and will seek such treasures that are worthy of my bookshelves!
Αυτω η δοξα,