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Köstenberger, Andreas. Excellence: The Character of God and the Pursuit of Scholarly VirtueWheaton: Crossway, 2011.

This work by Andreas J. Köstenberger (professor at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary) is a rich resource for pastors, seminary professors, and all budding theology students who desire to serve the church in a scholarly context.

Nathan Finn offers this brief recommendation:

“At a time when many evangelical scholars are writing helpful books about the nature of Christian scholarship, this book makes a unique contribution. Andreas argues that our own pursuit of scholarly excellence flows from the perfections of God. He is the source of all we do and, as our creator and Lord, his standards should be reflected, however imperfectly, in our own work. Following a biographical introduction that recounts the author’s own spiritual and scholarly pilgrimage, the rest of Excellence is organized around God’s character and those virtues that Christian scholars should cultivate as they pursue their vocation for God’s glory.”

  It’s eminently practical, convicting, and encouraging.