Critical Review of Books in Religion 1988 expands and enhances the existing book review sections of JAAR and JBL by offering serious critical reviews of those books which are important for a broad range of scholars in the field of religious studies. In addition to reviewing a larger number of books, this inaugural volume of Critical Review includes review articles on textbook literature. These include Hebrew Bible Textbooks, New Testament Textbooks, Teaching the History of Judaism, Introductions to Hinduism, and American Religious History Textbooks.
Beverly Roberts Gaventa, Princeton Theological Seminary’s Helen H.P. Manson Professor of New Testament Literature and Exegesis, specializes in the Pauline epistles and in Luke-Acts with an emphasis on theological interpretation. She holds an M.Div. from Union Theological Seminary in New York, a Ph.D. from Duke University, an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Kalamazoo College, and an honorary Doctor of Letters degree from Christian Theological Seminary. She also is an honorary professor of New Testament at Stellenbosch University in South Africa. She is an ordained elder in the Presbyterian Church. Her courses include Paul’s Letter to the Romans, The Acts of the Apostles, Sin and Salvation in the Old and New Testaments (co-taught with Professor Jacqueline Lapsley), Women and the Letters of Paul, and Paul and Karl (co-taught with Professor Bruce McCormack). She is currently working on a commentary on Romans for the New Testament Library.