Category Archives: Books

Review of Biblical Literature – August 2008

Recently I joined the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL). I’ve seen other blogs mention the following type of book reviews, but now I’m actually getting the E-mails each month when the book reviews are released. So, I thought I would spread the word too and mention some of the book reviews that I found interesting from this months newsletter. Here they are. Enjoy!


Lester L. Grabbe
Ancient Israel: What Do We Know and How Do We Know It?
Reviewed by Brian B. Schmidt

Leslie Houlden, ed.
Decoding Early Christianity: Truth and Legend in the Early Church
Reviewed by Robert M. Bowman Jr.

Tom Thatcher, ed.
What We Have Heard from the Beginning: The Past, Present, and Future of Johannine Studies
Reviewed by Cornelis Bennema

Francis Watson
Paul, Judaism, and the Gentiles: Beyond the New Perspective
Reviewed by James D. G. Dunn

Confession of St. Augustine – Free Audiobook is giving away a great audio book this month. I encourage all of you to download it and listen to it. It will be one of the most edifying books you will have ever read (or listened to). 🙂

Here are the details:

Saint Augustine’s Confessions

Saint Augustine’s contributions to Christian theology are second to no other post-apostolic author in the whole sweep of church history. Yet along side his doctrinal treatises, Augustine tells a story of his life devoted to Christ as his only satisfaction. The Confessions is at once the autobiographical account of Augustine’s life of Christian faith and at the same time a compelling theology of Christian spirituality for everyone. Among the most important classics in Western literature, it continues to engage modern readers through Augustine’s timeless illustrations and beautiful prose. Augustine’s Confessions is a book to relish the first time through and then profoundly enjoy over a lifetime of revisiting.

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Select the Download format and add it to your cart.  Then use the coupon code AUG2008 during checkout to receive your free download.

Master Christian Apologist: Stephen Colbert

This is an awesome example of GOOD Christian Apologetics being applied against an agnostic scholar (Bart Ehrman). The best part about it is the fact that it is Stephen Colbert telling Bart Ehrman that an agnostic is just an atheist without balls! 🙂

Here it is… Enjoy! Please comment and share your thoughts and reactions.

Westminster Bookstore – New Arrivals

Hello Everyone,

I just wanted to point you all to some interesting and promising newly published books that are certainly worth reading if you find the time and interest in the subject. Please check them out and see what you think. Enjoy!

A Theological Guide to Calvin’s Institutes: Essays and Analysis

The Legacy of John Calvin: His Influence on the Modern World

New Testament Theology: Magnifying God in Christ

Theology of the New Testament: A Canonical and Synthetic Approach

An Old Testament Theology: A Canonical and Thematic Approach

Ancient Faith for the Church’s Future

The Reformed Faith: Exposition of the Westminster Confession of Faith

Engaging the Doctrine of God: Contemporary Protestant Perspectives

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A Reader’s Hebrew Bible

This is really good news! Zondervan has published A Reader’s Hebrew Bible, similar to their Reader’s Greek Bible. I just finished my three semesters of Hebrew at Reformed Theological Seminary and I’m so happy that they have come out with this so that I can bring it with me to Church and keep up my Hebrew skills as the years go by. Here is the information about it:

Ideal for Hebrew students and pastors, A Reader’s Hebrew Bible saves time and effort in studying the Hebrew Old Testament. By eliminating the need to look up definitions, the footnotes allow the user to read the Hebrew and Aramaic text more quickly, focusing on parsing and grammatical issues. A Reader’s Hebrew Bible offers the following features:

  • Complete text of the Hebrew and Aramaic Bible using the Leningrad Codex (minus critical apparatus)
  • Shaded Hebrew names that occur less than 100 times
  • Footnoted definitions of all Hebrew words occurring 100 times or less (twenty-five or less for Aramaic words)
  • Context-specific glosses
  • Stem-specific glossed definitions for verb forms (Qal, Piel, Hiphil, and so forth)
  • Ketib/Qere readings both noted in the text and differentiated appropriately
  • Marker ribbon

Featuring a handsome Italian Duo-Tone™ binding, A Reader’s Hebrew Bible is a practical, attractive, and surprisingly affordable resource.

Page Count: 1680

Size: 7.2 wide x 9.9 high x 2.1 deep in. | 183 wide x 251 high x deep 53 mm
Weight: 3.26 lb | 1477 gms

Available: March, 2008
Publisher: Zondervan

I hope to get one soon and I encourage anyone who is learning Hebrew to purchase one of these and bring it with them to Church on a regular basis when your pastor is preaching out of the Old Testament.

In Christ and In Defense of the Faith,

What Saint Paul Really Said – Podcast

Well, after several months of waiting, the new podcast is actually complete! 🙂

This third podcast is on the topic of What Saint Paul Really Said , a book by N.T. Wright. In the podcast we cover the first chapter of the book where Wright deals with the 5 most influential Pauline scholars of the 20th century. You will certainly learn something new in this podcast, so I encourage you to listen to all of it. Please let me know what you think and if you have any questions about the information I summarized. Next time I hope to push even further into Wright’s book.

What Saint Paul Really Said

The New Ministry Bookstore!!!

This is it! The day has finally arrived! 🙂

In Defense of the Faith Apologetic Ministry now has it’s very own book store, courtesy of I would like to invite everyone to visit it today and please consider making your future Amazon book purchases through my ministry web site. The books that are purchased through my web site will directly benefit this ministry and help fund the small about of money and time it takes to keep this ministry going. Best of all, you will be getting the same books for the same price that you would regularly be buying from!

Take a trip to the store now! And always look at the bottom of each post for a good book recommendation from my book store. Enjoy and let me know if you have any questions.