SWJT names “A Theology of Paul and His Letters” its 2021 Book of the Year

Ashley Allen

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A Theology of Paul and His Letters by Douglas Moo has been named “Book of the Year” by the Southwestern Journal of Theology (SWJT), the theological academic journal of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Editor David S. Dockery announced today. 

“We congratulate well-known New Testament scholar Douglas Moo on this worthy selection,” said Dockery, who is also interim provost of the seminary. “This brilliant work, which is certainly Moo’s magnum opus, reflects decades of research in the Pauline materials. It will serve Southwestern students and graduates, as well as many others across the global evangelical world, for decades to come.”

Moo currently serves as the Kenneth T. Wessner Professor of New Testament at Wheaton College’s School of Biblical and Theological Studies. 

In addition to naming the Book of the Year, the recognitions, which began in 2020, honor the top books in 12 different categories as nominated by the faculties of Southwestern Seminary and Texas Baptist College (TBC). The 2021 selections represent 15 different publishers and include Southwestern Seminary and TBC faculty members who either authored, edited or contributed to publications. 

“We congratulate a number of our colleagues whose works have received such positive reviews from a wide range of readers,” Dockery commented of the Southwestern Seminary faculty authored books that were recognized. “Living God’s Word (Zondervan), recently revised by senior professors Daniel Hays and Scott Duvall, was selected in the Discipleship/Spiritual Formation category. A multi-authored new history of Southern Baptist international missions, edited by John Massey, Mike Morris, and Madison Grace II, was chosen in the Baptist Studies category. Joseph Crider’s fine work on Scripture-Guided Worship was recognized as an honorable mention in the worship category. We also appreciate the fine contributions from Matt Queen and Carl Bradford to the volume on A History of Evangelism in North America.”

Additionally, Southwestern Seminary alumni Scott N. Callaham, Daniel R. Bare, and Robin Hadaway received honorable mentions for their 2021 published works.

Dockery added he is “grateful for the wide-ranging participation from Southwestern faculty members in each of the five schools related to the second annual SWJT Book of the Year recognitions.”


A Theology of Paul and His Letters, by Douglas J. Moo (Zondervan)

Biblical Reference/Backgrounds/Languages

An Illustrated Guide to the Apostle Paul: His Life, Ministry, and Missionary Journey, by Alan S. Bandy (Baker)

Honorable Mention: 

Biblical Aramaic for Biblical Interpreters: A Parallel Hebrew-Aramaic Handbook, by Scott N. Callaham (Glossahouse)

Corpus Christologicum: Texts and Translations for the Study of Jewish Messianism and Early Christianity, by Gregory R. Lanier (Tyndale)

Biblical Studies

The Old Testament Use of the Old Testament: A Book-by-Book Guide, by Gary Edward Schnittjer (Zondervan)

Honorable Mention:

In All the Scriptures: The Three Contexts of Biblical Hermeneutics, by Nicholas G. Piotrowski (IVP)

Covenant: The Framework of God’s Grand Plan of Redemption, by Daniel I. Block (Baker)

Theological Studies

Contemplating God with the Great Tradition, by Craig A. Carter (Baker)

Honorable Mention:

Providence, by John Piper (Crossway)

Five Things Theologians Wish Biblical Scholars Knew, by Hans Boersma (IVP)

Church History/Biography

The Global Church: The First Eight Centuries, by Donald D. Fairbairn (Zondervan)

Honorable Mention:

Augustine and Tradition: Influences, Contexts, Legacy, by David G. Hunter and Jonathan P. Yates (Eerdmans)

Black Fundamentalists: Conservative Christianity and Racial Identity in the Segregation Era, by Daniel R. Bare (New York University Press)

Baptist Studies

Make Disciples of All Nations: A History of Southern Baptist International Missions, edited by John Massey, Mike Morris, and W. Madison Grace II (Kregel)

Honorable Mention:

Thoughtful Christianity: Alvah Hovey and the Problem of Authority, by Matthew C. Shrader (Pickwick)

Liberty for All: Defending Everyone’s Religious Freedom in a Pluralistic Age, by Andrew T. Walker (Brazos)

Christian Worldview/Apologetics

Surviving Religion 101: Letters to a Christian Student on Keeping the Faith in College, by Michael Kruger (Crossway)

Honorable Mention:

Why God Makes Sense in a World that Doesn’t, by Gavin Ortlund (Baker)

Risen Indeed: A Historical Investigation into the Resurrection of Jesus, by Gary Habermas (Lexham)

Discipleship/Spiritual Formation

Living God’s Word (Revised), by J. Scott Duvall and J. Daniel Hays (Zondervan)

Honorable Mention:

Know. Be. Live.: A 360-Degree Approach to Discipleship in a Post-Christian Era, edited by John D. Basie (Forefront)

The Wisdom Pyramid: Feeding Your Soul in a Post-Truth World, by Brett McCracken (Crossway)

Church Music/Worship

Send Out Your Light: The Illuminating Power of Scripture and Song, by Sandra McCracken (B&H)

Honorable Mention:

Scripture-Guided Worship, by Joseph R. Crider (Seminary Hill Press)

Corporate Worship: How the Church Gathers as God’s People, by Matt Merker (Crossway)

Applied Theology/Ethics

Embodied: Living as Whole People in a Fractured World, by Gregg R. Allison (Baker)

Honorable Mention:

A Call to Christian Formation: How Theology Makes Sense of Our World, by John C. Clark and Marcus P. Johnson (Baker)

Deeper: Real Change for Real Sinners, by Dane Ortlund (Crossway)


40 Questions on Pastoral Ministry, by Phil A. Newton (Kregel)

Honorable Mention:

Preaching to People in Pain: How Suffering Can Shape Your Sermons and Connect with Your Congregation, by Matthew D. Kim (Baker)

Art of Preaching Old Testament Narrative (Revised), by Steven Mathewson (Baker)

Evangelism/Missions/Global Church

Teaching and Learning Across Cultures: A Guide to Theory and Practice, by Craig Ott (Baker)

Honorable Mention:

A History of Evangelism in North America, by Thomas Johnston (Kregel)

The Muslim Majority: Folk Islam and the Seventy Percent, by Robin Hadaway (B&H)

Christian Education/Counseling/Youth and Children

10 Questions Every Teen Should Ask (and Answer) about Christianity, by Rebecca McLaughlin (Crossway)

Honorable Mention:

The Pastor as Counselor: The Call for Soul Care, by David Powlison (Crossway)

The Whole Woman: Ministering to Her Heart, Soul, Mind, and Strength, edited by Kristen L. Kellen and Julia B. Higgins (B&H)