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Do scholars read Philip Yancey?

Let alone Bibliobloggers?

Influential Books and Authors: 2
An Interview with Dr. Craig Blomberg

at Koinonia

This clip is only two minutes long.

This book helped me to have a minor breakthrough regarding forgiveness.

Writing Notes in Bibles and Books

If you want to be cool this week, you need to write a post about how you mark up your books. So because of my need for acceptance and a daily affirmation (therapists say this is a good thing and I’m OK), I will show you a couple of my own.

I don’t take many notes in books. In commentaries I do some highlighting. It’s sparse enough so that if I’m looking for something that’s important, I can usually page through it and find the quote I’m looking for. Lately I’ve been writing themes or subjects at the top of the page in commentaries. I need to now go through all of them and write down the subjects and what book and page they’re listed on. I think I will put these in my Wiki.

If anyone else has a system like this I’d like to hear about it.

Here is an example from Schreiner’s 1-2 Peter, Jude:

Book Markings
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Marking up the Bible is more complex. If you don’t have an advanced degree you might not understand it, although I don’t have any degree, but I’m probably smarter than all of you but I’m also probably the most humblest person you’ll ever meet.

Anyway, green is memorized Scripture. If it’s a long passage it will be vertical next to the passage. Yellow is regular highlighting. If there is a word within the highlighting to be emphasized that will be underlined in pencil (not shown). Orange is for a definition or further comment. An orange dot below will have the definition or further comment. Corresponding words or phrases will be underlined in pencil. In this picture I’ve used colored pencils as a special example because there were so many corresponding terms. Cross references will be in the margins which is a really tight fit (none on this page). Other notes are in pencil.

Bible Markings
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These are the cool bloggers I try to emulate:

Another (Hopefully Interesting) Book Post

I’ve been meaning to write more lately but stress, fatigue, doctor appointments and back pain have been slowing me down. I’ve been meaning to write a post on books not realizing that everyone and their brother (and sister) are doing year-end book posts. Mine is a little more eclectic.

The books I won this year were:

From Shaun Tabatt’s 12 Days of Christmas:

Thank you very much to Shaun and the publishers who contributed.

Regarding Greek, I’ve decided to go through A Primer of Biblical Greek by Clayton Croy for a number of reasons. Before I do that I’m learning English grammar. Hopefully the CD will be helpful if I can ignore the Erasmian pronunciation. When I get through the Primer, maybe I’ll go on with the Verbal Aspect book although I’m guessing Basics might not mean that it’s easy or the next step in the process.

Regarding the book on the Institutes, of course this means I will have to read the Institutes first which I’ve been wanting to do, although I don’t know when I’ll get to it. The Battles translation has been highly recommended and I will be going with that. If anyone has a used set with pages in good condition that you would like to sell please let me know.

Most life changing book read in 2008: Trusting God: Even When Life Hurts by Jerry Bridges

Most practical book read and used in 2008: New Testament Exegesis: A Handbook for Students and Pastors (3rd Edition) by Gordon Fee
This book was generously bought for me by Robert Jimenez. I didn’t mention that earlier because I didn’t know if he wanted to be anonymous and I felt to awkward in asking. I used this to exegete (to the best of my ability) 1 Corinthians 1:17-2:5 and am now starting on 1 Peter 1:3-12, after which I will be reading Schreiner’s commentary. This book is incredibly valuable and I would like to do this 3-4 times a year.

I also have D.A. Carson’s Exegetical Fallacies which I would like to read this year and of course will be using the above mentioned Introduction to Biblical Interpretation.

Some of my areas of interest are:

  1. Jesus
  2. Prayer
  3. God’s Sovereignty and Providence
  4. Suffering/Theodicy

Obviously the last two overlap.

The best book I’ve read on Jesus the Messiah in general is The Lord by Romano Guardini. Although I won’t be reading others until next year I’ve added quite a few to my wish list: Jesus Through Middle Eastern Eyes: Cultural Studies in the Gospels, Lord Jesus Christ: Devotion to Jesus in Earliest Christianity, Incarnation: The Person and Life of Christ, Four Portraits, One Jesus: An Introduction to Jesus and the Gospels, Studying the Historical Jesus: A Guide to Sources and Methods.

On prayer, Praying Backwards: Transform Your Prayer Life by Beginning in Jesus’ Name is an excellent book. I also plan on reading John Calvin, Of Prayer: A Perpetual Exercise of Faith (Forgotten Books), Call to Spiritual Reformation, A: Priorities from Paul and His Prayers and added Teach Us to Pray: Prayer in the Bible and the World to my wish list. The latter two are by D.A. Carson.

Regarding #3 the Institutes should cover than fairly well.

Regarding #4 I have and plan on reading Polishing God’s Monuments and have added Being Well When We’re Ill: Wholeness and Hope in Spite of Infirmity (Living Well) and How Long, O Lord?: Reflections on Suffering and Evil to my wish list. I’ve read many other books on the subject including Suffering and the Sovereignty of God and Cries of The Heart.

After the letters of John I’ll be going through The NIV Application Commentary: Revelation by Keener, then back to the Gospels alternating with OT with The Gospel of Matthew (New International Commentary on the New Testament) by France, Creation and Blessing: A Guide to the Study and Exposition of Genesis by Ross, Mark (Tyndale New Testament Commentaries) by Cole, Ecclesiastes: An Introduction and Commentary (Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries) by Eaton, The Gospel of Luke (New International Commentary on the New Testament) by Green, The Prophecy of Isaiah: An Introduction & Commentary by Motyer, The Gospel According to John: An Introduction and Commentary (Pillar New Testament Commentary) by Carson, a commentary on Daniel (suggestions?), and The Book of the Acts (New International Commentary on the New Testament) by Bruce.

After that I’ll have Old Testament Theology by von Rad and Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament.

That should take me well into 2010.

The Sermon on the Mount is another area of interest I may look into and I’d like to go back and do exegesis on all or nearly all of Colossians.

I’d like to then do a lot more book reviews.

So far my “library” is less than a 5′ x 3′ book case so compared to all of you book grubbing beggars I should be the grubbiest. I’m so thankful for the books that I procured for free this year to help increase my resources. The good thing about a small collection is that I read all of my books. Although my library is woefully lacking in reference books other than NT commentaries.

How do you like to keep track of books you read each year?

If you have any comments or suggestions please post them.

A few other blogs:

P & R Publishing Sample Chapters

P & R Publishing has a sample chapter for many of their books. When perusing the New Releases, most of the ones I looked at have a sample in PDF format.

Also see: Westminster Books Free Chapters

Book Review: The Truth of the Cross by R.C. Sproul

The Truth of the Cross by R.C. Sproul

In my first book review on this blog I’d like to start out with a passage of Scripture and a quote from the book.

“And I, brethren, when I came to you, did not come with excellence of speech or of wisdom declaring to you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified” (1 Cor. 2:1-2 NKJV).

he [Paul] told the Corinthians he had determined to know nothing except Christ crucified. Clearly Paul was determined to know all kinds of things besides the person and work of Jesus. He wanted to teach the Corinthians about the deep things of the character and nature of God the Father. He planned to instruct them about the person and work of the Holy Spirit, about Christian ethics, and about many other things that go beyond the immediate scope of Christ’s work on the cross. So why, then, did he say this? The answer is obvious. Paul was saying that in all of his teaching, in all of his preaching, in all of his missionary activity, the central point of importance was the cross.

Those are mentioned on pages 3 and 4 and serve as a good basis for the book.

Generous use of Scripture is utilized including exposition of longer passages like Genesis 18 and rules about slaves and marriage in Exodus, which to me is a bonus. We even get some lessons in history like learning a bit about Anselm of Canturbury and how limited atonement was first widely articulated by Augustine. Useful but short personal anecdotes are used sparingly with Scripture taking center stage.

The book serves a wide audience. He uses theological terms but always defines them for those who may not have a wide vocabulary in that area.

Some other interesting topics he goes into:

  • three distinct ways in which sin is described: debt, enmity, crime
  • expiation and propitiation
  • what blessed and cursed means in the OT (Gal 3:13)
  • the sacrificial lamb and the scapegoat and how Christ fulfilled both parts of the sacrifice
  • misunderstandings of limited atonement (a hot issue for some)

just to name a few of those that especially interested me.

I would like to have seen him go more into original sin. Maybe it wasn’t in the scope of this book.

This was the first book of R.C. Sproul’s that I’ve read. I thoroughly enjoyed his writing and teaching style and look forward to reading more of his books.


Other reviews:

Reasons to Read Christian Books

Reasons to Get Reading, Reloaded

This is a great list and I have experienced nearly every one of them.

This goes along with:
Reading Better with Richard Baxter

(I’m having computer problems and am doing some short posts.)

Why Read and Study the Bible?

Why Study The Bible?


Understand the priority the Bible gives to the Bible – especially reading it. The Kings of Israel were required to read the Law closely enough to make their own hand-written copy (Deut 17:18-20). This makes sense, after all how can one lead a people by something he has never read? Paul also writes to Timothy and tells him to think over what he writes (2 Tim 2:7). This implies he has read Paul’s words and should do so over and over again. If the Bible is God’s Word, then we should we make our life’s goal to know it inside and out. We should knows its every nook and cranny, the famous passages and the obscure ones. For to know well God’s Word is to know well the Author of the Word.

From: Are Christians Still a People of the Book?

1 Timothy 4:13
Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.


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