The Beginning and the End

Over at Wipf and Stock there’s a great new book you should know about.

Michael Pahl has written, The Beginning and the End: Rereading Genesis’s Stories and Revelation’s Visions.

His first Wipf and Stock production was also outstanding, From Resurrection to New Creation, which should be a staple in your “introducing people to the Christian story” type settings.

In this new work, Michael revisits the stories of Genesis and the visions of Revelation–crucial components of the story for us to understand if we want to get our story straight. The great thing about the book is his ability to use historical critical scholarship to nourish the church’s faith.

Here’s what the blurbers are saying:

“Can my students and other thoughtful believers be delivered from misguided misunderstandings of absolutely key texts in Genesis and Revelation? They can, if they are presented with a crystal clear, compelling, faithful alternative. That’s what Michael Pahl gives us here. This little book will become a core text in my Theology of Creation course, and I hope also a core text for bible study in many, many churches.”
-Douglas Harink
Professor of Theology
The King’s University College, Edmonton

And this from one ne’er do well Fuller prof:

“The beginning and ending of the Christian story are perhaps the most hotly contested parts of our canon. Michael Pahl cuts through the morass of distracting debate, laying out an accessible approach to the narratives of creation and consummation. In doing so he also demonstrates how historically sensitive readings can feed the faith of God’s people. The church needs this book.”

Take and read.

I’m not sure what the federal guidelines are on this. They say I have to tell you when I review something I got for free, but I’m not sure if I’ve gotten anything for free yet. I read a digital file, which I got for free, but have yet to receive a free copy of the hardcopy of the book. Do I have anything to disclose? Should I tell you that I’m cahoots with Wipf and Stock? I promise that I don’t ever promise to give good reviews or even to read the manuscripts I’m sometimes sent. I’m at a loss… But just so long as you know that I fully anticipate reaping the benefit of a $15 dollar book at some point in the next couple weeks, I feel that I’ve done my due diligence to comply with federal law. Does this all make my suggestion that you read the book look like a sham? I hope not. I’m so confused, and I dearly, dearly hope that you still love me. Please say you do.

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