Nick posted about a tough decision on what books to spend his Amazon gift certificates. I’ve also found myself in a similar dilemma, so I am asking for your input, particularly if you’ve read any of the titles below.
I have several LifeWay gift cards and have had them for a while. My problem with LifeWay is two-fold. First, I can use the cards online, but I can’t apply my minister’s discount (20%)—that can only be done in the store. Plus, I have to pay shipping. Second, the nearest seminary LifeWay is about 45 minutes away. Regular LifeWay stores rarely carry academic titles I’m looking for. Occasionally I’ll happen upon a title here or there, but if I want what I’m usually after, I have to order it. That’s not that big a deal, but that involves special trips to the store to pick up the books.
So, I guess I’m going to have to place an order so I can use the cards, apply my minister’s discount, and avoid shipping charges.
I am trying to focus my book purchases on topics that will be of benefit during my doctoral work. While that will involve a lot of specialized works (monographs, dissertations, etc), I want to pick up some useful references for the journey.
Of the books atop my wish list right now are below—what would you choose (I’ll probably only choose two, three at the most)?
Here’s the pool:
Ancient Israelite Literature in Its Cultural Context by John H. Walton
Ancient Near Eastern Themes in Biblical Theology by Jeffrey J. Niehaus
The Open Heaven: A Study of Apocalyptic in Judaism and Early Christianity by Christopher Rowland
Backgrounds of Early Christianity by Everett Ferguson
Looking forward to your thoughts!
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