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Volume 13, Issue 06

February 2015

Towers | February 2015

Featured book review: ‘A Commentary on Exodus’

A Commentary on Exodus Duane A. Garrett Before the 21st century, major Hollywood movies like The Ten Commandments (1954) and The Prince of Egypt (1998) celebrated the redemptive power of the Exodus narrative. Yet in the past decade, films, TV documentaries, and scholarly writings have questioned the historicity of the Exodus account.  A new commentary from Duane A. Garrett, John…

Reviews: ‘Letters to a Birmingham Jail,’ ‘On Preaching,’ ‘New Morning Mercies,’ and ‘Heaven’

Letters to a Birmingham Jail: A Response to the Words and Dream of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Bryan Loritts, ed. Review by Andrew J.W. Smith Taking up Martin Luther King Jr.’s seminal “Letter from Birmingham Jail” during contemporary events like the Ferguson shooting and the Eric Garner case, one is immediately struck by how…

The ‘fountainhead’ of OT theology Garrett discusses Exodus commentary

EDITOR’S NOTE: In what follows, Duane A. Garrett, John R. Sampey Professor of Old Testament Interpretation and professor of biblical theology, discusses his new book, A Commentary on Exodus, with Towers editor S. Craig Sanders. CS: With the new movie Exodus: Gods and Kings and classics like The Ten Commandments, why do you think our culture is so fascinated with the…

‘Render unto Caesar’: The Kelly Blanton Numismatic Collection

New on display in the James P. Boyce Centennial Library is a numismatic collection featuring actual coins used throughout the Ancient Near East and Roman Empire over a 900-year period. This collection —  256 coins in total — is a recent donation from Kelly E. Blanton Jr., a private collector who wants to share his appreciation…

Bryan Baise: On philosophy and loving your neighbor

As an undergraduate student, Bryan Baise was filled with many unanswered questions about Christianity until a friend suggested he read C.S. Lewis’ Mere Christianity. His belief in the Bible had been challenged by liberal college professors and he needed a voice of wisdom to bolster his confidence in the truth. “I knew this [Christianity] was real,…