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Common Law and Natural Law in America

Andrew Forsyth. Common Law and Natural Law in America: From the Puritans to the Legal Realists.  New York, NY: Cambridge University Press, May 23, 2019. 168 pp.

5 out of 5

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What is the relationship of Christianity, Natural Law and Common Law in American Legal history?  This book answers the question.  The author Andrew Forsyth has his PhD from Yale on this topic.  This book itself is part of the Cambridge University Press’ Law and Christianity Series, an academic series that has ecumenical contributors.  Forsyth in this volume tracks the shift with the understanding of what is the relationship of Natural Law and English Common Law (and also of course the relationship of Christianity as the background), where it becomes secular in the end.  Forsyth did a good job in the book of the historical work.

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Samuel Renihan. God without Passions: A Primer.  Palmdale, CA: Reformed Baptist Academic Press, July 21, 2015. 107 pp.

5 out of 5

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What does it mean when Christians say that God is immutable and that God is without Passions?  This book answers this question concerning this attribute of God in a way that is biblical and historically rooted in the sound teaching of historical theology.  I got this book and read it since I was impressed reading the author’s other book Deity and Decree.  This particular book also impressed me with Samuel Renihan’s ability to be biblical, clear, simple and yet deeply profound with regards to who God is.  This book is meant for the layperson and was originally from his Sunday School series on this topic.  Overall the book was worshipful and edifying and it lifted my soul reading this on vacation.

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Nahum ZECOT

Daniel Timmer.  Nahum.  Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, August 4, 2020. 208 pp.

5 out of 5

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Are you looking for an exegetical commentary on the book of Nahum in the Minor Prophet?  This is a very good technical commentary on the book of Nahum I would recommend.  By technical I mean it’s a commentary that examine the Hebrew text of Nahum and also employ discourse analysis to point out exegetical insight of the book of Nahum.  The commentary has good grammatical and syntactical observations along with the exploration of a passage’s intertextuality.  I have previously enjoyed other volumes in the Zondervan Old Testament Exegetical Commentary Series and I consider this as another fine example in this series of how commentaries should be like.

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Simply Trinity

Matthew Barrett. Simply Trinity: The Unmanipulated Father, Son, and SpiritGrand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, March 16, 2021. 368 pp.

5 out of 5

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There’s been a lot of discussion about controversies about the Trinity among Evangelical circles the last few years and do you want to not only be informed about these discussions but also see a defense of the historic view?  Specifically the book examines Social Trinitarianism across the theological spectrum and also the doctrine of the Eternal Functional Subordination (EFS). The author Matthew Barrett who is the Associate Professor of Christian Theology at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary has given us a great resource for not only Baptists but the greater Reformed world and Evangelicals and Protestants.  I found the book engaging, biblical, informative, fair to those whom he disagree with and at times funny and witty yet also God exalting and worshipful.

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Living in the Light of Inextinguishable Hope

Iain M. Duguid. Living in the Light of Inextinguishable Hope.  Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing, June 10, 2013. 224 pp.

5 out of 5

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Are you reading the Genesis narrative about the life of Joseph in the Bible specifically in the book of Genesis 37-Genesis 50?  Are you looking for a good devotional commentary that focused on the literary details on these passages that also having an awareness of the unfolding of redemptive history?  I was tremendously blessed by this book.  This would be a great resource for both pastors, teachers and general Christian Bible readers.

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Iain M. Duguid. Living in the Grip of Relentless Grace.  Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing, Mar 24, 2015. 192 pp.

4 out of 5

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Are you reading the Genesis narrative about the life of Isaac and Jacob in the Bible (Genesis 25:19-Genesis 35)?  Are you looking for a good devotional commentary that focused on the literary details on these passages that also having an awareness of the unfolding of redemptive history?  This would be a great resource for both pastors, teachers and general Christian Bible readers.

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Samuel Reinhan. Deity and Decree.  Coppell, TX: Kindle Direct Publishing, December 1, 2020. 161 pp.

5 out of 5

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Are you looking for a book that goes pretty deep with the difficult doctrines of God while also within the range of under two hundred pages?  This book would be suitable for you.  Originally a class syllabus for his lectures in a Spanish seminary this book is by Reformed Baptist (1689) Samuel Reinhan.  I felt I grew a lot reading this book in terms of my theology proper and though it was 161 pages I read this very slowly and took notes to really understand it.  Immensely rewarding and edifying!

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Gregory D. Cook. Living in the Gap Between Promise and Reality: The Gospel According to Abraham.  Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing, January 16, 2015. 208 pp.

4 out of 5

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Are you reading the narratives in Genesis about the life of Abraham?  Also are you looking for a good devotional commentary that also have a redemptive historical awareness and also conscious of biblical theology?  This would be a resource in understanding the portion of the book of Genesis.

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Gregory D. Cook. Severe Compassion: The Gospel According to Nahum.  Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing, April 29th 2016. 288 pp.

5 out of 5

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How many people have read the book of Nahum in the Bible?  For believers we can’t just dismiss it as an irrelevant book from the past since it is God’s Word for us today.  Yet readers will no doubt have questions since we are quite removed from the historical context.  A good help in understanding the book of Nahum would be this Bible commentary.

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First Christian book finished for 2020!  And finished it yesterday while waiting at the Courthouse pending for Jury Duty.

Daniel Block.  Ruth.  Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, December 15th 2015. 308 pp.

5 out of 5

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This is the best technical commentary on the book of Ruth I would recommend.  If you read the book of Ruth in the Bible it is only four chapters and yet this commentary is 271 pages long (308 pages if you go by what the publishers say), filled with insights properly extrapolated from God’s Word that is exegetical in nature; that is, it is filled with grammatical and syntactical observation from the Hebrew text along with word study and exploration of a passage’s intertextuality.  An aspect of this commentary that makes it unique is the author’s use of discourse analysis.  There are many things readers will learn from God’s Word here and I was blown away with what I discover in this book that led me to worship God and Christ more!  While I have in the past enjoyed other titles in the Zondervan Old Testament Exegetical Commentary Series this one would be one that I would highly recommend.

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Dale Ralph Davis. Slogging Along in the Paths of Righteousness: Psalms 13-24.  Ross-Shire, UK: Christian Focus Publications, March 20, 2016. 192 pp.

4 out of 5

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Are you looking for a devotional commentary on selected Psalms?  Here is a work covering Psalm 13 through 24 written by Dale Ralph Davis, a Pastor and Professor of the Old Testament with Reformed Theological Seminary at Jackson, Mississippi.  The book is under two hundred pages covering twelves Psalms which makes it manageable in size in terms of one chapter per Psalm that can be read in one sitting.

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Brad Brandt and Eric Kress. God in Everday Life: The Book of Ruth for Expositors and Biblical Counselors.  Woodlands, TX: Kress Christian Publications, September 27th 2007. 187 pp.

4 out of 5

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Are you looking for a commentary on the book of Ruth that helps you not only with exegetical insight into the text but also connect to application for daily life?  This commentary is one you must have in your library!  The subtitle of the book says this is “for Expositors and Biblical Counselors.”  Reading this I can definitely see the authors’ attempt to gear this for expository preachers and Biblical counselors.  This is my first time reading a commentary that is expositional in nature that is also designed for biblical counseling.  I used this book as a resource for my preaching through the book of Ruth and after finishing this book I must say I was impressed.

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Steven Teske. Christ in Genesis.  North Charleston, SC: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, March 6, 2017. 120 pp.

5 out of 5

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Does the book of Genesis, the first book of the Bible point us towards Christ?  Here in this book the author Steven Teske shows us how in the very first book of the Bible the Savior of sinners can be found in its pages.

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Note: I was working on a book review late last night but one of my daughter was really sick so I couldn’t finish the review.  I thought I share these helpful videos by Christian apologist Anthony Rogers.

The Doctrine of the Trinity is foundational to Christian thought.  Christian Anthony Rogers begins his series on the Trinity in Jewish and Christian Scripture with an introduction, then discusses the Trinitarian implication of Genesis 1:26, followed by a response to two objections.  These two objections are: (1) The text is using the “plural of majesty”; and (2) the text is including angels as co-creators with God.  After that Roger discusses the Trinitarian implications of Genesis 19:24 which teaches there are Two Divine Persons.  Finally there’s a discussion of the divine “Angel” of the Lord in the book of Genesis.  All of this is just from the book of Genesis!  This is a well done series.

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H.H. Hardy II. Exegetical Gems from Biblical Hebrew. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, July 16th 2019. 224 pp.

4 out of 5

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The publisher have said of this book that it is “perfect for students looking to apply their Hebrew and for past students who wish to review the essentials of Hebrew grammar.”   But before you dismiss that this book is something you can overlook because you don’t know Biblical Hebrew consider the possibility that this makes a great gift (Birthday, graduation, Christmas, etc) for someone you know in seminary, ministry and those who teach God’s Word and want to learn Hebrew or do use Hebrew regularly for teaching and preaching!

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