My book Abraham’s Silence: The Binding of Isaac, the Suffering of Job, and How to Talk Back to God (Baker Academic, 2021) has now received a number of reviews in journals, magazines, and blogs.
I’m heartened by the fact that most reviewers have been appreciative about my argument that God desires a vigorous dialogue partner, even if not everyone has been convinced fully by my interpretation of Genesis 22.
Interestingly, so far no-one has disputed my interpretation of Genesis 22 on exegetical grounds (by showing that I misconstrued or missed something in the text). The critiques (both in published reviews and in email responses) that I have received tend to be theological, based on a priori assumptions about what the text means, often derived from reading the New Testament.
I was planning on addressing the New Testament references to Genesis 22 in the book, but there wasn’t space (given the publisher’s guidelines). If there is a second, revised edition, I would try to include a section (perhaps an appendix) on this.
In the meantime, I am working on an article that would address all explicit references and possible allusions to Genesis 22 in the New Testament.
Here is a sampling of the reviews Abraham’s Silence has received.
Glenn Kreider (theologian) in Criswell Theological Review (19.2, 2022).
Carmen Imes (OT scholar) on Goodreads website (July 12, 2021).
David Neville (NT scholar) in St. Mark’s Review (June-July, 2022).
Holly Rossi (freelance writer) in Publisher’s Weekly (Nov 5, 2021).
Brian Walsh (theologian) in Christian Courier (April 27, 2022).
Andrew Arndt (blogger) on Mere Orthodoxy blog (February 2, 2022).
Anthony Philips (OT scholar) in Journal for the Study of the Old Testament (46.5, 2022).
Ben McFarland (professor of chemistry) in Christian Scholar’s Review (August 5, 2022).
David Lyle Taylor (blogger) on Nephy Style blog (November 18, 2021).
Travis Bott (OT scholar) on The Living Church website (April 29, 2022).
Byron Borger (blogger and bookstore owner) on Hearts and Minds website (November 23, 2021).
Randal Rauser (blogger) on The Tentative Apologist blog (May 15, 2022).
Jeremiah Rood (blogger) in Foreword Reviews (November/December 2021).
There will be a panel discussion on the book at the annual meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) in Denver, on November 21, 2022. For more information, see this blog post.