Baker Academic Fall 2021 Catalog



Each volume in this series seeks to articulate the plain sense of a well-known biblical text by what Aquinas called “attending to the way the words go” ( salva litterae circumstantia ). Careful exegesis is pursued either phrase by phrase or section by section (depending on the bibli- cal text’s length and genre). Authors discuss exegetical, theological, and pastoral concerns in combination rather than as discrete moves or units. They offer constructive interpretations that aim to transcend denominational boundaries. They consider the use of these biblical texts in current church practice (including the lectionary) as well as church history. The goal of the series is to model expositional interpretation and thereby equip Christian pastors and teachers to employ biblical texts knowledge- ably and effectively within an ecclesial setting. Texts were chosen for inclusion partly in consultation with the authors of the series. An effort was made to select texts that are representative of various biblical genres and address different facets of the Christian life (e.g., faith, blessing, morality, worship, prayer, mission, hope). These touchstone texts are all widely used in homiletics and catechesis. They are deserving of fresh expositions that enable them to speak anew to the con- temporary church and its leaders.

In writing workshops, “touchstone texts” are high-quality writing samples chosen to illustrate teaching points about compositional techniques, genre conventions, and literary style. Touchstone texts are models that continually repay close analysis. The Christian church likewise possesses core scriptural texts to which it returns, again and again, for illumination and guidance. In this series, leading biblical scholars explore a selection of biblical touchstone texts from both the Old Testament and the New Testament. Individual volumes feature theological exposition . To exposit a biblical text means to set forth the sense of the text in an insightful and compelling fashion while remaining sensitive to its in- terpretive challenges, potential misunderstandings, and practical difficulties. An expository approach interprets the biblical text as a word of God to the church and pri- oritizes its applicability for preaching, instruction, and the life of faith. It maintains a focus primarily on the biblical text in its received canonical form, rather than engaging in historical reconstruction as an end in itself (whether of the events behind the text or the text’s lit- erary formation). It listens to individual texts in concert with the rest of the biblical canon.


THE GOOD SAMARITAN Luke 10 for the Life of the Church Emerson B. Powery

COMING APRIL 2022 • 192 pp. • cloth • $24.99 • 9781540960665

Jacqueline E. Lapsley on Genesis 1–3 Brent A. Strawn on Exodus 20

Stephen B. Chapman on Numbers 6 J. Gordon McConville on Isaiah 53 William M. Wright IV on Matthew 6 and Luke 11 Klyne R. Snodgrass and Stephen Chester on Romans 6


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