Two Books Very Much Worth Having- And One of them Might Be Yours, If You’re Among the Elect

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barkerDom Mattos of T&T Clark/ Continuum/ Bloomsbury has given me the green light to offer a copy of Anthony Le Donne’s new book Jesus, Criteria, and the Demise of Authenticity (which I have reviewed) and a copy of Margaret Barker’s The Mother of the Lord:  Volume 1- The Lady in the Temple (which I am presently reviewing).

criteriaTake a look at the links above and let me know, in comments (here or there), in your cleverest voice, why you and you alone should be chosen to be the fortunate recipient of your desired volume.  What sets you apart?  Why are you worthy?  Do you possess the awesomeness required to be selected by me and me alone?  Give it a shot!

Winners will be notified on December 14th.  One week from today.  So, it’s time to submit; the time is at hand!

15 thoughts on “Two Books Very Much Worth Having- And One of them Might Be Yours, If You’re Among the Elect

    Chuck Grantham said:
    December 7, 2012 at 13:43

    Christians know they aren’t worthy, but recievers of grace.


    Doug said:
    December 7, 2012 at 13:50

    I have entered a contest for Le Donne’s book recently and did not win. He obviously did not understand how awesome I am. I promise to read the book early next year and post a review somewhere on the blogosphere. I am worthy because I follow you with slavish devotion and follow your every posting. I lap up the knowledge which falls from your fingers, I laugh at your jokes about Chris Tilling and Joel Watts. Frankly, you have the most awesomest blog on the planet.


      Jim responded:
      December 7, 2012 at 13:52

      that sets the bar pretty high indeed!


    Jeff Carter said:
    December 7, 2012 at 14:31

    Why should I be the chosen recipient of Le Donne’s book? There is no reason. I am, in my depravity, totally unworthy to receive it, expect by the grace of Jim.


    Jeremiah said:
    December 7, 2012 at 17:34

    I just finished a seminar at Duke on the Historical Jesus that covered all the great books from Reimarus to Sanders. What better capstone than a discussion of criteria?


    Jason said:
    December 7, 2012 at 22:46

    I am a lowly poor post-grad student and have no money for books. I feed my family and help pay the bills and there’s nothing left for books. Have mercy on a lowly soul such as I!


    ledonne said:
    December 8, 2012 at 01:28

    Thanks for posting this Jim… I would like to say that, while honored, I need to correct Doug and Jeff. This is not “Le Donne’s book” – it is Chris Keith’s baby as much as mine. Indeed, the seed from which this project sprouted was a ZNW essay that Dr. Keith wrote, so it might be more his than mine. If anything, I just brought a large helping of handsome to the project.

    Also, if I win, I’d prefer the Barker volume.



    Ben said:
    December 8, 2012 at 14:33

    I choose of my own freewill to follow Dr. West’s sovereign foreknowledge, and by faith alone, I accept this book which he predestined in his omnicience to give to me as a free gift of unmerited favor.


      Jim responded:
      December 8, 2012 at 15:24

      hard to argue with that…


    ejoelwatts said:
    December 8, 2012 at 15:37

    Because, I need the first one (Barker) for my future dissert. And, Jim, you wouldn’t want me stupid, would you?


      Jim responded:
      December 8, 2012 at 15:49

      again, hard to argue with that.


    Ian said:
    December 8, 2012 at 16:25

    I am worthy for I “was united to God, and became One Person because the Higher Nature prevailed in order that I too might be made God so far as He was made Man.” (Gregory of Nazianzus)

    …that and I’m a poor undergrad studying Early Xianity and Philosophy at the University of Minnesota who a) follows your blog regularly, b) has an unhealthy love for the Cappadocians, and c) has had “Demise of Authenticity” saved in my Amazon Cart for a couple months.


    coldbeer4soul said:
    December 9, 2012 at 09:43

    I am not worthy to receive either volume.
    Just place the book in my mailbox,
    so my soul shall be healed


    Elke said:
    December 9, 2012 at 19:26

    I know Joel Watts, and he liked my Facebook post on Joel Osteen.


    Ross Macdonald said:
    December 9, 2012 at 19:27

    Frankly, Barker’s volume sounds interesting- perhaps worth speed reading through before I inevitably re-gift it (as shamelessly as Whatley re-gifted Elaine’s labelmaker to Jerry Seinfeld) to some poor student less fortunate than myself. Clearly I am solely worthy as all these selfish bibliophiles have played the Scrooge in their haste for both volumes, whereas I– humble man that I am– only covet the handsome Byzantine portraiture of LeDonne AND Keith’s exquisite publication. Surely in the spirit of CHRISTmas (contra Bird cf. Jim ‘charitable’ West) your surefooted and seasonably altruistic wisdom will favor my plea.


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