Learn to observe, interpret, and apply the Bible. That is one of the greatest goals of life.
Every November sees the release of some of the most anticipated books, monographs, commentaries, and more in the field of Biblical studies, and this year was no different! Below I highlight a few that I would recommend picking up and adding to your 2017 reading list….
The first step to keeping your Greek is to choose the right Greek Bible. Beyond this, there are many other ways to help keep your Greek, one of the most important being that you get the best resources. There are different types of resources, and it’s great to have a couple in each category within reach at your desk….
Learn about studying at Cambridge over the summer. Ministers and laypeople are encouraged to go, and it’s for two weeks (or you can just do one).
For those who were complaining about Mohr Siebeck’s price of God and the Faithfulness of Paul (the massive response to NT Wright’s Paul and the Faithfulness of God), Fortress Press is putting out a cheaper version…
The Meaning of the Pentateuch by John Sailhamer (IVP, 2009, 632 pp.) was the most stimulating and insightful book on the Bible that I read in the decade of 2000-2010. Sailhamer boldly went where most fear to tread in his proposal about the textual composition of the Pentateuch and the entire Hebrew Bible – as well as their implications for a theology of the OT. He argues for a two stage composition of the….
Lots of book sales today. I suggest reading any Nancy Pearcey writes (Finding Truth, below). Grief Undone is a wonderful book on grief and suffering by a godly woman who knows about it first-hand. And then B&H Academic has a good number of books for cheap. These two books below wouldn’t show up correct as images so they’re typed out….
There are definitely many reasons to learn Syriac from a Biblical Studies perspective, and I would encourage anyone interested in deepening their understanding of both the Bible and Church History to dive right in. Also, I think anyone with a background in Semitic languages (such as Biblical Hebrew or Biblical Aramaic) will find the language very interesting and easy to pick up….
As I worked on my dissertation on Ps 68 in Judaism and Paul’s epistles, I came across several articles that approached the problem of Ps 68:18 in Eph 4:8 from a text-tradition perspective. Paul changes Ps 68:18’s “you received” to “he gave” in Eph 4:8, so naturally an examination of early versions was a first step. But one of the early versions is the Peshitta, to which I had no linguistic access, but which was appealed to in several articles and commentaries. I quickly learned that Syriac was yet another language I needed to learn if I would study the New Testament….
Enjoy these cheap books centered on the gospel and ministry! Preach: Theology Meets Practice, by Dever and Gilbert, $2.99 Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart: How to Know for Sure You Are Saved, by J.D. Greear, $1.99 Cross: Unrivaled Christ, Unstoppable…
Skip the catalogs. Find all the new biblical studies books collected here.