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Know How We Got Our Bible

Ryan M. Reeves and Charles E. Hill. Know How We Got Our Bible.  Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, August 7, 2018. 208 pp.

5 out of 5

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How did we get our Bible and what is the history of the transmission of the Christian Bible?  Christians who love God and the Bible should care about this question!  So here is a great resource for general readers by two authors that are qualified to teach us about this matter.  The first author is Ryan Reeves, an Associate Professor of Historical Theology at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and the second author is Charles E. Hill Professor Emeritus of New Testament and Early Christianity.  Charles Hill has also written and edited books related to text of Scripture and manuscripts.  Yet they wrote in a way that was accessible for the general Christian audience to understand all the while being informative and narrating the history and contexts of Bible editions.

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The Son of God and the New Creation

Graeme Goldsworthy. The Son of God and the New Creation.  Wheaton, IL: Crossway, October 31, 2016.  144 pp.

3 out of 5

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What is the significant of the theme of the son and the son of God in the Bible?  If you are interested with this theme this book is for you!  The author is Graeme Goldsworthy a retired Old Testament professor and Biblical Theology specialist.

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The Serpent and the Serpent Slayer

Andrew David Naselli. The Serpent and the Serpent Slayer.  Wheaton, IL: Crossway, November 3, 2020.  160 pp.

5 out of 5

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Looking for a book that will make you be enchanted with the beauty of the Bible?  This book might do it for you!  The author Andrew David Naselli is a professor of the New Testament at Bethlehem College & Seminary and he did a masterful job of showing how the Bible has the theme of a hero that fights a monster/dragon in a great epic that results in the rescue and deliverance of many people.  This isn’t just a minor theme; rather it is a subject that spans the entire Bible from Genesis to Revelation.  I believe this book makes a unique contribution in biblical theology and as the book progresses I am convinced that Nasellis is right of how serpent slaying stories found in many legends around the world echoes the greatest story ever told in the Greatest book of all namely the Bible.  It was not only educational but also a fun read!

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Divine Blessing and the Fullness of Life in the Presence of God

William R. Osborne. Divine Blessing and the Fullness of Life in the Presence of God.  Wheaton, IL: Crossway, October 20th 2020.  160 pp.

5 out of 5

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Do you have a biblical view of God’s blessing?  There are those today who get caught up with prosperity Gospel.  That’s one error.  But another error can arise that is born from over-reaction to the Prosperity Gospel in which God’s blessings are denies, downplayed or the subject is diverted.   A biblical theology of blessing is much needed and I believe this book makes a unique contribution since most works against prosperity Gospel engages the topic more in a fashion of “systematic theology” but here with this book the author uses biblical theology in his methodology in tackling the blessing of God.  This I think helps readers to see verses about blessing in its context and also in light of how God’s progressive revelation unfolded.  The author is William R. Osborne , a Professor of biblical and theological studies at College of the Ozarks and he is more than qualified to write a biblical theology of God’s blessing from Genesis to Revelation.

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G.K. Beale. Redemptive Reversals and the Ironic Overturning of Human Wisdom. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, October 17, 2019.  208 pp.

5 out of 5

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Do you appreciate irony?  I love ironies and if there’s one literature that really got me interested in this literary device it was the Bible.  In this book New Testament scholar G. K. Beale look at the various irony found throughout the Bible from Genesis to Revelation.  This is an excellent work on Biblical Theology and certainly I want to read more of Beale’s books.

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The Morality of God in the Old Testament

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NOTE: This book is provided to me free by P&R Publishing and Net Galley without any obligation for a positive review. All opinions offered above are mine unless otherwise stated or implied.

A work that is accessible for a lay audience on the problem of the righteousness of God as He is revealed in the Old Testament.  Although the author G.K. Beale focuses specifically on the genocide of the Canaanites and the imprecatory Psalms in this work, the principles Beale employ would apply to other similar dilemma people might have with the Old Testament.  Beale appeals to the fact that the Canaanite genocide was a specific redemptive historical event that cannot be repeated again, as a special suspension of the second table of the Ten Commandments that foreshadows the final Judgment Day.  While I agree with Beale that the imprecatory Psalms and elimination of the Canaanites points ahead to the final Judgment of God, I think Beale’s argument is rather weak when he said “such brief behavioral suspensions do not occur during the era of the church age because God has designed no events during this time as foreshadowings of the future” (Location 348 onwards).  There are I believe, New Testament events that foreshadow the future such as the Lord’s Supper which points towards a future return of Christ (1 Corinthians 11) where we will dine with Him one day, the Holy Spirit’s manifestation at Pentecost pointing forward to a future release of the Spirit, etc.  Beale’s stronger argument is the one in which he draws parallel between the ceasing of miracles after the New Testament era likewise there is a ceasing of the mandate for war against Canaanites and imprecatory Psalm for right now as well.  I think Beale’s position could have also benefited from noting the difference between the institutions of the Church versus that of the state of national Israel.  Ultimately, I think the best defense of the morality of God in the Old Testament is the Ex Lex approach as advocated by Gordon Clark and Jay Adams.  I see this approach employed in the pages of Scripture such as in Job 38-42, Habakkuk and Romans 9:  God is the source of morality; he has not many any laws forbidding Him to judge the wicked, so therefore there really is no rational ground to charge God for immoral conduct.  Beale does appeal to God being above the second table of the ten commandments but he could have capitalized on this more and made it the centerpiece of his thesis.  After all, the issue seems to be not whether it’s applicable today but the fact that God even allowed imprecatory Psalms, killing of Canaanites, etc.  I think appealing to Ex Lex goes to the heart of the issue.  What I most appreciated from this work is the excursus in the end by Beale which gives a solid exegetical argument for why we must take the Canaanite killings as literal and not just a hyperbole.  Here Beale does an excellent job interacting with Paul Copan’s position and the scholarship behind Copan’s arguments.  I definitely recommend this work but believe this can be supplemented by other works.

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