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The Divine Christ

“When do we consider all the New Testament texts that quote the Old Testament and apply to Jesus what is said about Yahweh, the one and only God of creation? English readers don’t usually think of these passages, because we just see the word ‘Lord’ and move on. Capes leads us on a sleuthing exercise to discover and understand the significance of these passages. Readers will be astounded at how many there are and will be greatly encouraged by what their meanings add up to.”
Craig L. Blomberg, Denver Seminary

Rediscovering Paul

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“This is an exceptionally well-written introduction to the life, letters and theology of the apostle Paul, ideal for a survey class. The book is full of insights that help us understand Paul in his world and then guidance on how to bring those insights into our modern world. I’ve been using the first edition of this work with great success for seven years. The second edition is even better!” Mark L. Strauss, Bethel Seminary San Diego

Old Testament Yahweh Text in Paul’s Christology

Yahweh Texts

The earliest Christian communities engaged in bold and imaginative re-readings of their Scriptures―none more astounding and potentially inflammatory than of the passages that focus upon the name and nature of Israel’s God. In this volume, David B. Capes tracks the Apostle Paul’s use of Old Testament texts that directly invoke God’s name, Yahweh, for what they can disclose about the earliest Christian beliefs and practices.

Rediscovering Jesus

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“Making Jesus in our own image―a dangerous temptation. Capes, Reeves and Richards provide the antidote in this well-written and witty book that tackles two key questions: Who is the Jesus of the Bible, and how does he differ from claims made about him in other religions? Using down-to-earth examples and stories from around the globe, the authors help readers better understand Jesus’ life and teachings, and why this matters for our faith today. This book will be required reading in my NT survey course!” Lynn Cohick, Provost/Dean and Professor of New Testament, Denver Seminary

Slow to Judge

Slow to Judge

God invites us to judge and to help correct wrongs from a place of understanding. Sometimes we pre-judge a person based on our own biases and superficial experiences. We stifle dialog before the conversation even begins. If all we know is our own faith, and we never put it side-by-side with what others believe, our spiritual growth and commitments can be easily stunted. By truly listening and learning from those with different beliefs, we can broaden and deepen our kingdom commitments.

The Story of The Voice

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Step into the story behind “the story.” Discover the reasons behind and the vision for The Voice translation! In-depth interviews with key participants explain the translators’ motivations and visions for the project. Learn how the translators worked to bring a balance between scholarship, literary style, and forward thinking to meet the scripture needs for the church.

The Voice Bible

The Voice Bible

The Voice™ is a faithful dynamic equivalent translation that reads like a story with all the truth and wisdom of God’s Word. Through compelling narratives, poetry, and teaching, The Voice invites readers to enter into the whole story of God, enabling them to hear God speaking and to experience His presence in their lives. Through a collaboration of nearly 120 biblical scholars, pastors, writers, musicians, poets, and artists, The Voice recaptures the passion, grit, humor, and beauty that is often lost in the translation process. The result is a retelling of the story of the Bible in a form as fluid as modern literary works yet painstakingly true to the original manuscripts.

The Voice of Psalms 

Voice of Psalms

Readers will be inspired to praise and will find comfort, wisdom, and help for daily living through The Voice of Psalms.

  • the entire Book of Psalms in The Voice™ translation
  • 75 practical and insightful comments on selected scriptures, focusing the primary idea of each one addressed
  • devotional in tone
  • offering immediate application
  • 28 Advent readings with messianic quotes from other portions of Scripture
  • 40 Lenten readings with messianic quotes from other portions of Scripture
  • 40 Psalms readings for those seeking help from the Lord
  • 40 Psalms readings for those desiring to have a time of praise with the Lord

The Voice of Romans: The Gospel according to Paul 

This is maybe the most helpful rendering of Romans in the English language: at times as beautiful as a songbird in early spring; at times earthy and raw like our human frailty, but always honest.In a time when our society seems to be struggling and grasping for hope . . .

“You see, all have sinned, and all their futile attempts to reach God in His glory fail. Yet they are now saved and set right by His free gift of grace through the redemption available only in Jesus, the Liberating King.” (3:23-24)

The Voice of Hebrews: The Mystery of Melchizedek 

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This retelling of the Book of Hebrews is designed to help postmodern readers understand how Jesus completes the law and prophets. David Capes has written a compelling comparison of the unusual character from Genesis, Melchizedek, and the Liberator found in the New Testament, Jesus. His story is followed by the complete text of Hebrews retold by Greg Garrett. This is the first time the Book of Hebrews has been examined from a postmodern perspective.

Thriving in Babylon: Essays in Honor of A. J. Conyers

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This delightfully multifaceted volume, comprised of thoughtful essays by an esteemed array of cultural critics, probes the intersection of Christian faith and culture to honor the memory of A. J. “Chip” Conyers, a remarkably ecumenical Christian scholar and cultural “warrior” whose premature death in 2004 cut short a remarkable career in teaching and writing. As those who knew him can attest, Conyers lived his life at the intersection of Christian theology and cultural concern with a singular blend of astuteness, gracefulness, and Christian conviction.

Israel’s God and Rebecca’s Children

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Israel’s God and Rebecca’s Children is a collection of essays written as a tribute to the lasting scholarship and friendship of Larry Hurtado (University of Edinburgh) and Alan Segal (Barnard College), two scholars who have contributed significantly to the contemporary understanding of Second Temple and Rabbinic Judaism and early Christianity. Their colleagues and friends examine a wide range of topics that have been the focus of Hurtado and Segal’s research, including Christology, community, Jewish-Christian relations, soteriology and the development of early Christianity. Together these essays reconceptualize Christology and community in Judaism and Christianity and provide valuable insights into the issues of community and identity.

The Last Eyewitness: the Final Week

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A beautiful retelling of the last week in the life of Jesus Christ (from John 13-21), including 17 dramatic illustrations by Rob Pepper. This unique work captures the urgency of the last living disciple telling his students about the most significant event in history. It includes first person commentary told in John’s voice with comments from Matthew, Mark, and Luke. The compelling story gives the reader the sense of being around a campfire with first century believers, hearing the story directly from John. So come into the story, smell the mixture of the salty air and billows of smoke floating from the bonfire and hear the Last Eyewitness.

Rediscovering Paul

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“Many people who think they understand Paul actually misunderstand him. Professors Capes, Reeves and Richards have given the beginning student of Paul a much-needed, readable and insightful entrée into the apostle’s social world, ministry, letters, theology and legacy. The Paul they help us rediscover speaks the gospel of Christ crucified and raised not only to the first century, but also to the twenty-first.” (Michael J. Gorman, Dean, The Ecumenical Institute of Theology, and Professor of Sacred Scripture, St. Mary’s Seminary & University, Baltimore, Maryland)

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Books and Articles for Scholarly Research

  • Glory” and “Incarnation,” in The Encyclopedia of Reception History, ed. Dale Allison  deGruyter (2016)
  • “Christology,” Oxford Bibliography Online (2011-12)
  • “’Jerusalem’ in the Gabriel Revelation and Revelation of John,” in Hazon Gabriel: New Readings of the Gabriel Revelation, ed. Matthias Henze, pp. 173-186,  Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature (2011)
  • “1 Corinthians,” The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Books of the Bible, ed. Michael  Coogan, New York: Oxford University Press (2011)
  • “Early Christian Hymns,” “Honor and Shame,” and “Paul’s Co-Workers,” The Baker Illustrated Bible Handbook, ed. Scott Duvall and Daniel Hays, Baker Press (2011)
  • “Tolerance in the Thought and Theology of A. J. Conyers and Fethullah Gülen” Islam and Peacebuilding: Gülen Movement Initiatives, eds. John Esposito and Ihsan Yilmaz (2010)
  • Forward to The Light of Eden: A Christian Worldview by Harold C. Raley, James M
  • . Hardy Publishing (2008)
  • “Paul, Jesus Tradition in” and “Typology,” in Encyclopedia of the Historical Jesus,  ed. Craig A. Evans, Routledge (2008)
  • “Capernaum,” Biblical Illustrator (Summer 2007)
  • Review of Our Father Abraham: Jewish Roots of the Christian Faith, by Marvin R. Wilson (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1989) in Review and Expositor 103.1 (Winter 2006), 268-270
  • “Adoption in the New Testament,” Biblical Illustrator (Fall 2005)
  • “YHWH Texts and Monotheism in Paul’s Christology,” Early Jewish and Christian Monotheism, ed. Loren T. Stuckenbruck and Wendy E. S. North (JSNTS 263/ London: T. & T. Clark International, 2004), 120-137.
  • Review of Une approche juive du Nouveau Testament by Frederic Manns (Les Editions du Cerf, 1998) Review of Biblical Literature. On-line  (
  • Review of God Crucified: Monotheism and Christology in the New Testament by Richard Bauckham (Eerdmans, 1998) Review of Biblical Literature. On-line (
  • “The Lord’s Table: Divine or Human Remembrance?” Perspectives in Religious Studies 30.2 (2003), 199-209.
  • Imitatio Christi and the Gospel Genre,” Bulletin for Biblical Research 13.1 (2003), 1-19.
  • “The Eighth Day,” Christian Reflection: A Series in Faith and Ethics (July 2002), 17-24.
  • “Tongues Speaking in the Early Church,” Biblical Illustrator (Spring 2000), 45-48.
  • Imitatio Christi and the Early Worship of Jesus” The Jewish Roots of Christological Monotheism: Papers from the St. Andrews Conference on the Historical Origins of the Worship of Jesus, ed. Carey C. Newman, James R. Davila, and Gladys S. Lewis (Leiden: E. J. Brill; JSJsupp: 1999), 293-307.
  • “Intertextuality in the Matthean Baptismal Narrative” Bulletin for Biblical Research Volume 9 (1999) 37-49.

“Hours in a Day” Biblical Illustrator (Fall 1998), 36-38.

  • “Preexistence,” Dictionary of the Later New Testament and Its Developments.  Edited by Ralph Martin and Peter Davids (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1997), 955-961.
  • “Interpreting Ephesians 1-3: `God’s People in the Mystery of His Will'” The  Southwestern Journal of Theology (Fall 1996), 20-31.
  • “Yahweh and His Messiah: Pauline Exegesis and the Divine Christ” Horizons in    Biblical Theology 16.2 (December 1994), 121-143.
  • Review of Pauline Theology: Ministry and Society by E. Earle Ellis (Eerdmans, 1989) Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 35.4 (1992), 541-542.
  • Review of Philippians by F. F. Bruce (NIBC: Hendrickson, 1989) Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 35.4 (1992), 540-541.
Footsteps of Jesus

 The Footsteps of Jesus in the Holy Land.  Houston: Dror International, 1998. (co-author with Etty Boochny)

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