- David Flusser and Shmuel Safrai were two of the leading Israeli scholars of second temple Judaism and the New Testament. I have the two-volume set in print (hopefully Logos will offer the second volume from 1988 also), and I refer to it often. I need to sit down and read them cover to cover soon. Highly recommended.
- Everyone needs to be up to date on the New Perspective on Paul (by Dunn, N.T. Wright and others), and Yinger's 100 page introduction to the subject is easy to read and understand. Highly recommended. I used this as one of the textbooks when I taught a D.MIn class on NT theology this Summer, and the students liked the book.
- Robert Stein's "Studying the Synoptic Gospels" is probably the best college textbook on the issue of the synoptic problem. Makes the argument for Markan priority and the 4-source hypothesis easy to comprehend for any reader, with many columns comparing the texts of the Synoptic Gospels.
- This is an excellent collection of books by one of the leading theologians in the Seventh-day Adventist church. Let me comment on each book. "Christ our Salvation: What God Does for Us and in Us" is a short but insightful book on soteriology from a Protestant-Armenian perspective. It argues against universalism, predestination and religous moralism/legalism, discusses the proper connection of baptism with santification (some food for thought there), and what the biblical view of "perfection" is (as LaRondelle sees it). "Deliverance in the Psalms: Messages of Hope for Today" examines selections from the Psalter, with a dual emphasis on the spiritual and the eschatological messages in those psalms. I took at class from LaRondelle myself in my undergraduate days, and he lamented that ministers too seldom preach from the Psalter - because they themselves are not sufficiently spiritual. Only spiritual people enjoy the Psalms, he claimed. "How to Understand the End-Time Prophecies of the Bible: A Biblical-Contextual Approach" is one of the best explanations of the book of Revelation from a Seventh-day Adventist perspective. I taught a graduate class in NT Eschatology this Summer (2013) and this was one of my textbooks (the other was N.T. Wright's Surprised by Hope). A student wrote in his book report: "Before reading this book I did not have a clear understanding of the prophecies of Revelation. This textbook has inspired me ... and has awakened in me a strong interest and passion for the study of the prophecies that I previously did not have." "Light for the Last Days" is a more popular-level and thinner version of the book above on Revelation and his well-known "Israel and the Church", so this book includes a discussion of the controversial topic of the relationship between the OT and the NT, and between Israel and the Church (basically arguing against dispensationalism). Four very readable and interesting books!