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Book Log: March 2014

 

  1. Captivated: Beholding the Mystery of Jesus’ Death and Resurrection – Thabiti Anyabwile. Comprised of five short chapters adapted from five sermons preached leading up to Easter, this book was written out of a conviction that the Scriptures exhort us to take long looks at God and to contemplate His ways, especially in connection to the cross and resurrection of Christ – to “look beneath the surface to find more of the never-ending treasures of Christ,” to “stare at Jesus and be captivated by Him.” This book is saturated with Scripture and Anyabwile is a faithful and skilled expositor of the Word; I can recommend the it without reservation in terms of biblical faithfulness and orthodoxy. However, it’s just not extremely meaty and the one who has read a lot on the cross will not likely learn anything new. Full review here.
  2.  From God to Us: How We Got Our Bible – Norman Geisler and William Nix. Full review here. I think this is a book every Christian should own, especially if you’re passionate about apologetics and/or you want to know more about the Bible’s origin, history, and development. This one book covers several topics that are usually only addressed in separate books – doctrine of Scripture, apologetics issues, textual criticism, history of translation, etc. Full review here.
  3. From Bondage to Liberty: The Gospel According to Moses – Anthony Selvaggio. Part of the “Gospel According to the Old Testament” series from P&R, this volume takes us on a whirlwind guided tour through the book of Exodus to show us how God worked in Moses to change him, how God used him to deliver His people and reveal His glory, and how Moses and the events surrounding the exodus foreshadow Christ and the way He would ultimately deliver His people from spiritual bondage to liberty. Full review here.
  4. From Jesus to the Church: The First Christian Generation – Craig Evans. This book is a fascinating treatment of an important aspect of church history (specifically, the history of the first Christian generation) that has not really been investigated: ““the clash between the family of high priest Annas and the family of Jesus of Nazareth, a clash inaugurated by a Jeremiah-related prophecy of the temple’s doom, uttered by another man named Jesus. ” Through masterful investigation of both canonical and noncanonical texts, Evans helps us see the importance of this prophecy, what motivated it, and the effects it had on both the followers of Jesus and on the followers of Annas. Full review here.
  5. Old Testament Today: A Journey From Ancient Context to Contemporary Relevance, 2nd Edition – John Walton and Andrew Hill. This second edition adds an introduction to each book of the Bible, making it an even more valuable resource both for Old Testament introduction/survey courses, as well as laypeople looking for a guide to studying, understanding, and applying the Old Testament. Full review here.
  6. Did Adam Exist? – Vern Poythress. This latest booklet in the Christian Answers to Hard Questions series offers a theologically informed evaluation of claims that genetic analysis proves that an historical Adam did not exist. Much of the booklet is devoted to showing the flaws behind the argument of 99% genetic identity between human and chimpanzee DNA as well as interpreting the significance of the genetic similarity. Ultimately, Poythress asserts that “the essential character of human nature is not to be found in quantitative comparisons in the chemistry of DNA,” that “if persons are significant, because God made them, it matters little what is their exact chemical make-up. What matters is that they are persons who can relate to God who is personal.” Full review here.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received the above books for free from the publishers for review. I was not obligated to to write positive reviews, and the opinions I have expressed are honest.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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