At the outset it must be said that The Last Adam (Baker, 2017) is an academic book. If you’re not fond of many footnotes then this may not be for you. But if you are into academic books on the New Testament, then I would recommend this book as a superb resource for sermons, papers, or just for your own personal study of the Bible.

In the first chapter  Brandon D. Crowe (associate professor of New Testament, Westminster Theological Seminary) touches on what recent scholarship has been saying about the concept of the obedience of Jesus in the gospels. He interacts briefly with Scot McKnight’s The King Jesus Gospel and Darrel Bock’s Recovering the Real Lost Gospel (both were published around the same time), noting that both have to do with the necessity of “understand[ing] the message pertaining to the work of Christ more holistically in a way that considers more than just the cross” (p. 4). Fast forward to chapter three where the author digs deep into the accounts of Jesus’ baptism and temptation, drawing parallels between these accounts and Deuteronomy 6-8 (I found this section very interesting).

Throughout its entirety The Last Adam exemplifies balance and good scholarship, as well as attentiveness to the conversation in modern scholarship.

Crowe writes that “I do think [Michael] Bird, Moltmann, Wright, McKnight, and others are correct that the life of Jesus is not always emphasized in theological discourse. Nevertheless, we can find wisdom from previous generations that will help us today understand and articulate the saving significance of Jesus’s life and ministry in the Gospels” (p. 5). He, like any good New Testament scholar, is anti-Marcionism, writing that “Israel’s story as we find it in Scripture must provide our framework for understanding Jesus’s actions, and those actions must be understood in the context of each Gospel’s narrative structure.”

*I received my copy for free from Baker in exchange for an honest review