GORDON FEE’s commentary on The First and Second Letters to the Thessalonians is written for the “busy pastor” involved in teaching and preaching. Most of the technical material is confined to footnotes. His main aim is to elucidate what the text meant when it was written and what it means now (Eerdmanns/Alban, £29.99 (£27); 978-0-8028-6362-1).
The Bible is the starting-point for Keith Warrington’s The Message of the Holy Spirit. Part of the series The Bible Speaks Today, the book is described by the author as a “theological exploration, practical and biblically based”. Each chapter centres on a few scripture passages, and elucidates a theme (IVP, £9.99 (£9); 978-1-84474-397-1).
Bruce Chilton and Deirdre Good’s Starting New Testament Study: Learning and doing is very much a textbook, with exercises at the end of each chapter. Its four chapters cover Jesus and his social worlds, Paul and his letters, the Gospels, and Catholic and apocalyptic writings, with short introductions to each NT book placed in the context of the world around (SPCK, £10.99 (£9.90); 978-0-281-05354-4).
Megan McKenna uses stories from many religious traditions that have been retold by Christians, as she gives her own interpretation in Luke: The book of blessings and woes. There are general chapters on blessings and the reign of God, the Sermon on the Plain, and other Lucan material; but the central six chapters look at individual Beatitudes and woes (New City Press, £14.95 (£13.45); 978-1-56548-323-1).
William Barclay wrote his Daily Study Bible in the 1950s in order to bring theological scholarship to the ordinary reader. In 2001, the books in the series were comprehensively updated and revised, and some of them have now been reprinted by the Saint Andrew Press. These are The Gospel of Matthew: Volume 1 (978-0-7152-0890-8), The Gospel of Matthew: Volume 2 (978-0-7152-0891-5), The Gospel of Mark (978-0-7152-0892-2), The Gospel of Luke (978-0-7152-0893-9), The Gospel of John: Volume 1 (978-0-7152-0894-6) and The Gospel of John: Volume 2 (978-0-7152-0895-3). All are priced at £8.99 (£8.10).
More William Barclay reprints are in the Insights series. Each short book (50-60 pages) consists of biblical passages on the theme chosen, with reflective comment by Barclay. Joy: What the Bible tells us about Christian joy (978-0-7152-0886-1) has a foreword by Ron Ferguson. Prayer: What the Bible tells us about prayer (978-0-7152-0887-8) has a foreword by John Bell. Both are published by the Saint Andrew Press (£5.99 each (£5.40)).
Figures in brackets are Church Times Bookshop prices.