Loosing the Lion: Proclaiming the Gospel of Mark began life as talks on Mark’s Gospel delivered to the clergy of the Dioceses of Bismarck and Sioux Falls as well as to parishioners of the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit in Bismarck. Part I deals with interpreting and proclaiming Mark’s Gospel in an age of moral therapeutic deism, while Part II storms through Mark’s Gospel as presented in the lectionary.

From the publicity: “Drama. Irony. Betrayal. Miracles. A holy war with the whole world at stake. And it’s all packed into the shortest of the four Gospels. Written in an engaging, lively, oral style, Loosing the Lion tells us how, despite being misunderstood and neglected throughout most of history, the Gospel of Mark has recently been experiencing a scholarly revival. Theologians are beginning to see how it is actually an intense, wild, impossible story told at a breakneck pace with twists and turns that shock and surprise those with eyes to see and ears to hear. Readers will be captivated by the Gospel’s literary brilliance, which brings us to the threshold of an encounter with the living Jesus, who reveals his mysteries, and ultimately himself, to those who approach him and dwell in his presence. And when we do encounter him, ‘The proper response is repentance, joining God’s army to be liberated, and once liberated, advancing the liberation of the whole cosmos, which, ultimately, is the content of the Gospel Jesus calls us to believe in. Liberation is coming. Join the resistance.'”

(Praise for Loosing the Lion may be found here.)


The New Isaac: Tradition and Intertextuality in the Gospel of Matthew began life as Dr. Huizenga’s dissertation at Duke University. Employing Umberto Eco’s theory of the Model Reader as a theoretical basis to ground the phenomenon of Matthean intertextuality, this work contends that when read rightly as a coherent narrative in its first-century setting, with proper attention to both biblical texts and extrabiblical traditions about Isaac, the Gospel of Matthew evinces a significant Isaac typology in service of presenting Jesus as new temple and decisive sacrifice. Purchase this title at Amazon.


Alkier Reality of the ResurrectionThe Reality of the Resurrection: The New Testament Witness is Dr. Huizenga’s translation of Dr. Stefan Alkier’s Die Realität der Auferweckung in, nach und mit den Schriften des Neuen Testaments, which employs the triadic semiotic concepts of Charles Sanders Peirce to understand what the New Testament writers might have meant and what we might mean today when discussion the “reality” of the resurrection of Jesus Christ and our own resurrection. Purchase this title at Amazon; available October 2013.


Reading the Bible Intertextually is a collection of essays on the Bible and its relation to itself and culture translated and edited by Dr. Huizenga (along with Richard Hays and Stefan Alkier). Originally published in German, contributors include many of Germany’s leading biblical scholars as well as Drs. Hays, Alkier, and Huizenga. Purchase this title at Amazon.


Daily Guideposts: Your First Year of Motherhood gave Dr. Huizenga the opportunity to engage in creative non-fiction as a contributor to this devotional volume. Dr. Huizenga wrote from a dad’s perspective about the travails, terrors, and joys of fatherhood, whether witnessing a C-section or crushing a Schwinn with a Sentra. Purchase this title at Amazon.