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Ten Theology Books to Watch For – April 2023

Here are some excellent new theology books * that will be released in April 2023

* broadly interpreted, including ethics, church history, biblical studies, and other areas that intersect with theology

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Theology Books April 2023

The Death of Omnipotence and Birth of Amipotence

Thomas Jay Oord

(SacraSage Press)

Omnipotence is dead.

At least it should be. It has no biblical support. And it dies a death of a thousand qualifications in philosophy.

Those harmed and hurting wonder why an omnipotent God doesn’t prevent their pointless pain. The problem of evil buries omnipotence six feet under.

But the death of omnipotence is not the death of God.

In this ground-breaking book, best-selling and award-winning author Thomas Jay Oord explains why omnipotence should be rejected. But Oord offers a replacement: amipotence, the power of uncontrolling love.

If we think love shapes and guides God’s power, we make better sense of life. And better sense of the Bible. Amipotence explains why God doesn’t prevent genuine evil and overcomes other obstacles to belief. An amipotent Spirit empowers all that is loving, true, beautiful, and good.

No book makes a bolder but more needed argument for why God is not all-powerful. Those who care about love, scripture, and logic find what they’ve been looking for.

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Dictionary of Paul and His Letters: A Compendium of Contemporary Biblical Scholarship 

Scot McKnight, Lynn Cohick and Nijay Gutpa, Editors.

(IVP Academic)

The Dictionary of Paul and His Letters is a one-of-a-kind reference work. No other resource presents as much information focused exclusively on Pauline theology, literature, background, and scholarship.

This second edition is a thoroughly revised and updated version of the acclaimed 1993 publication. Since that groundbreaking volume was published, developments in Pauline studies have continued at a rapid pace, with diverse new scholars entering the conversation, new ideas and methods gaining attention, and fresh expressions of old topics shaping the present discussion. Those who enjoyed and benefited from the wealth in the first edition will find this new edition an equally indispensable and freshly up-to-date companion to study and research.

Classic topics such as Christology, justification, hermeneutics, and book studies of individual epistles receive careful treatment by specialists in the field. Topics new to this edition―including Paul and politics, patronage, and interpretations from various historical and cultural perspectives―expand the volume’s breadth and usefulness. Over 95% of the articles have been written specifically for this edition.

This work bridges the gap between scholars and pastors, teachers and students, and all interested readers who want a thorough treatment of key topics in a summary format. In curating and compiling these articles, the editors have sought to make them comprehensive, accessible, and useful for those pursuing further research on particular subjects. Each article’s bibliography, in addition, will serve a new generation of readers for years to come.

The updated Dictionary of Paul and His Letters takes its place alongside the Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels, 2nd ed., and the other volumes in the IVP Bible Dictionary Series as a unique presentation of the fruit of biblical studies―committed to Scripture, using the best of critical methods, and maintaining dialogue with both contemporary scholarship and the challenges facing the church. The reference volumes in the series provide in-depth treatment of biblical and theological topics in an accessible encyclopedia format, including cross-sectional themes, methods of interpretation, significant historical or cultural background, and each Old and New Testament book as a whole.

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