Book Recommendations

The Bible

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N. T. Wright

In this definitive biography, renowned Bible scholar, Anglican bishop, and bestselling author N. T. Wright offers a radical look at the apostle Paul, illuminating the humanity and remarkable achievements of one of the most important thinkers in Christian theology and in the history of the Western world.

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Michael S. Heiser

Heiser examines the ancient context of Scripture, explaining how its supernatural worldview can help us grow in our understanding of God. He illuminates passages of the Bible that have been hiding in plain sight. Why wasn't Eve surprised when the serpent spoke to her? How did descendants of the Nephilim survive the flood? Why did Jacob fuse Yahweh and his Angel together in his prayer? Who are the assembly of divine beings that God presides over? In what way do those beings participate in God's decisions? Why do Peter and Jude promote belief in imprisoned spirits? Why does Paul describe evil spirits in terms of geographical rulership? Who are the glorious ones that even angels dare not rebuke? Heiser's answers to these questions provide much food for thought.

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Richard Hays

Hays maps the allusive ways the four Gospel writers interpreted Israel's Scripture to craft their literary witnesses to Jesus. The Gospels' scriptural imagination discovered inside the long tradition of a resilient Jewish monotheism a novel and revolutionary Christology.

Hays thus traces the reading strategies the Gospel writers employ to read backwards and to discover how the Old Testament figuratively discloses the astonishing paradoxical truth about Jesus' identity. Attention to Jewish and Old Testament roots of the Gospel narratives reveals that each of the four Evangelists, in their diverse portrayals, identify Jesus as the embodiment of the God of Israel.

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Richard Bauckham

Bauckham gathers both textual and historical evidence to build a compelling case that the gospels are exactly what they claim to be: eyewitness accounts of historical events.

 

Throughout his argument, Bauckham exposes flaws in the conclusions and presuppositions of contemporary New Testament criticism and provides answers for questions that have vexed the church for ages.

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Peter Leithart

Leithart reveals how, like the best stories, the Bible subtly weaves themes and characters and symbols into a stunning final tapestry. This Old Testament survey reveals the rich weave that makes Scripture the Story of stories.

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Alastair Roberts

The exodus stands as a pivotal event in the Old Testament—God delivering his people from slavery in Egypt. But if you listen closely to the overarching narrative of the Bible, you will hear echoes of this story of redemption across the pages of Scripture. After exploring the account of Israel's exodus from Egypt, the authors then look at precursors to the exodus in the book of Genesis, as well as echoes of the exodus throughout the rest of the Old Testament and in the New Testament—shedding light on Scripture's unified message of redemption from slavery to sin through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

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John Walton

Walton presents and defends twenty propositions supporting a literary and theological understanding of Genesis 1 within the context of the ancient Near Eastern world and unpacks its implications for our modern scientific understanding of origins.