Spring 2002
Volume 6 Number 3




On the Shelves

On the Shelves features book recommendations from Princeton Seminary faculty and staff to help alumni/ae choose books that contribute to their personal and professional growth.

Dennis T. Olson, Professor of Old Testament

Isaiah, Old Testament Library, by Brevard S. ChildsDennis T. Olson (Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2001). This commentary on the important book of Isaiah is the product of long years of labor by a scholar who seeks to hold together rigorous critical study of the Bible with attention to the literary shape and theological message of biblical texts.

1 and 2 Kings, Smith and Helwys Bible Commentary, by Walter Brueggemann (Macon, GA: Smith & Helwys, 2000). This is the first installment of a new commentary series that features a host of user-friendly features: scholarly but highly readable commentary; connections to the contemporary world; samples from the history of interpretation in commentaries, art, literature, and theatre; and sidebar discussions of moral, political, or theological themes raised in a given text—a true feast of many courses, supplemented by a searchable CD-ROM.

Abigail Rian Evans, Charlotte W. Newcombe Professor of Practical Theology

Physician-Assisted Suicide, by Robert Weir (Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 1997). A comprehensive treatment of physician-assisted suicide presenting historical, legal, sociological, and moral perspectives on this difficult subject.

Beleaguered Rulers: The Public Obligation of the Professional, by William F. May (Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2001). A trenchant analysis of the current pressures on professionals, i.e., doctors, lawyers, clergy, engineers, corporate executives, et al., who have lost their sense of vocation and public service and operate within an adversarial system.