Want a Copy? Win a Copy of “History, Politics and the Bible from the Iron Age to the Media Age”

UPDATE:  And the winner is…. Jason!  Email me your address, J.

9780567670601The volume of essays Crossley and I edited is now available for your reading pleasure.

As biblical studies becomes increasingly fragmented, this collection of essays brings together a number of leading scholars in order to show how historical reconstruction, philology, metacriticism, and reception history can be part of a collective vision for the future of the field.

This collection of essays focuses more specifically on critical questions surrounding the construction of ancient Israel(s), ‘minimalism’, the ongoing significance of lexicography, the development of early Judaism, orientalism, and the use of the Bible in contemporary political discourses. Contributors include John van Seters, Niels Peter Lemche, Ingrid Hjelm, and Philip R. Davies.

You’ll really enjoy it, I promise.  And if you don’t have a copy, but would like a copy, you can win a copy.  Here’s how:

  • 1- Tell me why you want it.
  • 2- Tell me why you deserve it.
  • 3- Tell me where you live.
  • 4- Tell me who your favorite New Testament Scholar is.
  • 5- Tell me who your favorite Old Testament Scholar is.
  • 6- Tell me who your favorite Reformer is.
  • 7- Share this post on twitter.

That’s it.  Best answer wins. You have a week to do it.  Contest ends tomorrow.



  1. 1. Books are gold
    2. Cuz I’m Catholic and believe in merit
    3. Ave Maria, FL
    4. Thomas Aquinas
    5. Jerome
    6. Francis de Sales
    7. Social media is a plague


  2. 1- I love books, especially those that continue in the quest to understand that which concerns the Scriptures.
    2- Because I’m a Texan who continuously redeems your opinions of the state. 😉
    3- Texas.
    4- James Dunn.
    5- John Walton.
    6- Were there others than Zwingli? 😉
    7- The sharing of the post upon the Twitter is imminent.


  3. 1. Because I want to keep up to date with current biblical scholarship.
    2. Because I am dedicated to sharing insights in biblical scholarship with the wider public and expect to do so with this volume, too.
    3. Where I live is irrelevant.
    4. Troels Engberg-Pedersen
    5. Niels Peter Lemche / Thomas L. Thompson
    6. Mikhail Gorbachev
    7. Explain the public benefit for this requirement.


  4. 1- Reception history is where it’s at, and what a lineup in this volume!
    2- I’ve grown cynical and ornery from never winning a contest on this blog, or any other.
    3- Massachusetts, which deserves a sympathy vote in the least.
    4- Martin Hengel, God rest him.
    5- Lester Grabbe, for good measure.
    6- Peter Martyr Vermigli, close enough to Zurich by the end at least!
    7- With more speed than Trump himself.


  5. 1- Because you should always read people you’ve a high chance of disagreeing with in case you’re wrong.
    3- England
    4- Dale Allison
    5- Nadav Na’aman
    6- Hus
    7- My 8 followers will be ecstatic.


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