Recommended Reading

This page is devoted to helping brothers and sisters narrow down their search for books that are biblical, evangelical, and contain good Christian scholarship that is God-centered and Christ-exalting. (Note: I am only making people aware of books my wife or I have read. This way, we know the contents of what we are recommending to people. As the days move along, the list will grow.)

Old Testament Commentaries (in order of canonical books)

  • Hess, Richard. Joshua: An Introduction and Commentary. Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries. Downers Grove: InterVarsity, 1996.
  • Howard, David M., Jr. Joshua. New American Commentary. Vol 5. Edited by E. Ray Clendenen, et al. Nashville: Broadman & Holman, 1998.
  • Block, Daniel I. Judges, Ruth. New American Commentary. Vol 6. Edited by E. Ray Clendenen, et al. Nashville: Broadman & Holman, 1999.

New Testament Commentaries (in order of canonical books)

  • Carson, D. A. The Gospel According to John. Pillar New Testament Commentary. Edited by D. A. Carson. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1991. 
  • Cranfield, C. E. B. Romans 1-8. International Critical Commentary. London: T & T Clark, 1975.
  • Cranfield, C. E. B. Romans 9-16. International Critical Commentary. London: T & T Clark, 1979.
  • Schreiner, Thomas R. Romans. Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament. Edited by Moises Silva. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 1998.
  • O’Brien, Peter T. The Letter to the Ephesians. Pillar New Testament Commentary. Edited by D. A. Carson. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1999.
  • Longenecker, Richard N. Galatians. Word Biblical Commentary, vol. 41. Edited by Bruce Metzger, et al. Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1990.
  • Mounce, William D. Pastoral Epistles. Word Biblical Commentary. Vol 46. Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 2000.

Old Testament Theology

  • Dumbrell, William J. The Faith of Israel: A Theological Survey of the Old Testament, 2nd ed. Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 2002.
  • Seitz, Christopher R. Prophecy and Hermeneutics: Toward a New Introduction to the Prophets. Studies in Theological Interpretation. Edited by Craig Bartholomew, et al. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2007.
  • Waltke, Bruce K. An Old Testament Theology: A Exegetical, Canonical, and Thematic Approach. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2007.

New Testament Theology

  • Bauckham, Richard. Jesus and the Eyewitnesses: The Gospels as Eyewitness Testimony. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2006.  
  • Bockmuehl, Markus. Seeing the Word: Refocusing New Testament Study. Studies in Theological Interpretation. Edited by Craig Bartholomew, et al. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2006. 
  • Ladd, George Eldon. A Theology of the New Testament, rev. ed. Edited by Donald A. Hagner. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1993. 
  • Thielman, Frank. Theology of the New Testament. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2005.

Biblical Theology & Interpretation

  • Bruce, F. F. Paul, Apostle of the Heart Set Free. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1977. 
  • Carson, D. A., Douglas Moo, and Leon Morris. An Introduction to the New Testament. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1992.
  • Kostenberger, Andreas J. and Peter T. O’Brien. Salvation to the Ends of the Earth: A Biblical Theology of Mission. New Studies in Biblical Theology. Edited by D. A. Carson. Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2001.
  • Piper, John. The Justification of God: An Exegetical and Theological Study of Romans 9:1-23. Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 1993.
  • Schreiner, Thomas R. Paul Apostle of God’s Glory in Christ: A Pauline Theology. Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2001. 
  • Seifrid, Mark. Christ, Our Righteousness: Paul’s Theology of Justification. New Studies in Biblical Theology. Edited by D. A. Carson. Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2000.
  • Wenham, David. Paul, Follower of Jesus or Founder of Christianity? Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1995.

Systematic Theology & Related Subjects

  • Bock, Darrell L, ed. [Craig Blaising, Kenneth L. Gentry Jr., and Robert Strimple]. Three Views on the Milliennium and Beyond. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1999.
  • Erickson, Millard J. Christian Theology, 2nd ed. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 1998.  
  • Frame, John M. The Doctrine of God: A Theology of Lordship. Philipsburg: Presbyterian & Reformed, 2002. 
  • Grudem, Wayne. Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Biblical Doctrine. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1994.
  • Hoekema, Anthony A. Created in God’s Image. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1986.
  • Morgan, Christopher W. and Robert A. Peterson, eds. Hell Under Fire: Modern Scholarship Reinvents Eternal Punishment. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2004.
  • Piper, John, Justin Taylor and Paul Kjoss Helseth. Beyond the Bounds: Open Theism and the Undermining of Biblical Christianity. Wheaton: Crossway Books, 2003.
  • Ware, Bruce A. God’s Greater Glory: The Exalted God of Scripture and the Christian Faith. Wheaton: Crossway Books, 2004.

Exegesis

  • Carson, D. A. Exegetical Fallacies. Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 1984. 
  • Chisholm, Robert B., Jr. Interpreting the Historical Books: An Exegetical Handbook. Handbooks for Old Testament Exegesis. Edited by David M. Howard, Jr. Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2006. 
  • Fee, Gordon. New Testament Exegesis: A Handbook for Students and Pastors, 3rd ed. Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2002.
  • Stuart, Douglas. Old Testament Exegesis: A Handbook for Students and Pastors, 3rd ed. Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2001. 

Christian Living & Spiritual Growth

  • Boice, James Montgomery. The Sovereign God. Foundations of the Christian Faith. vol. 1. Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 1978.
  • Mahaney, C. J. Humility: True Greatness. Sisters: Multnomah, 2005.
  • Murray, Andrew. Absolute Surrender: How to Walk in Perfect Peace. New Kensington: Whitaker House, 1982.
  • Murray, Andrew. Humility. Pure Gold Classic. Gainesville: Bridge-Logos, 2000.
  • Packer, J. I. Knowing God. Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 1973.
  • Piper, John. Desiring God: Meditations of a Christian Hedonist. Sisters: Multnomah, 1986 [1996, 2003].
  • Piper, John. Don’t Waste Your Life. Wheaton: Crossway Books, 2003.
  • Piper, John. God is the Gospel: Meditations on God’s Love as the Gift of Himself. Wheaton: Crossway Books, 2005.
  • Piper, John. The Pleasures of God: Meditations on God’s Delight in Being God. Sisters: Multnomah, 2000.
  • Piper, John. Seeing and Savoring Jesus Christ. Wheaton: Crossway Books, 2004.
  • Sproul, R. C. Pleasing God: Overcoming the Obstacles that Keep You from Honoring God. Wheaton: Tyndale House Publishers, 1988.
  • Tozer, A. W. The Knowledge of the Holy: The Attributes of God, Their Meaning in the Christian Life. New York: HarperCollins, 1961.
  • Welch, Edward T. When People are Big and God is Small: Overcoming Peer Pressure, Codependency, and the Fear of Man. Philipsburg: Presbyterian & Reformed, 1997. 

Christian History & Biography

  • Augustine, Saint. Confessions. Penguin Classics. Translated by R. S. Pine-Coffin. New York: Penguine Books, 1961. 
  • Bainton, Roland H. Here I Stand: A Life of Martin Luther. New York: Meridian, 1995.
  • Ferguson, Everett. Church History: From Christ to Pre-Reformation-The Rise and Growth of the Church in its Cultural, Intellectual, and Political Context. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2005.

Biblical Manhood & Womanhood

  • Duncan, J. Ligon and Susan Hunt. Women’s Ministry in the Local Church. Wheaton: Crossway Books, 2006.
  • Kostenburger, Andreas J. and David W. Jones. God, Marriage, and Family: Rebuilding the Biblical Foundation. Wheaton: Crossway Books, 2004. 
  • Piper, John and Wayne Grudem, eds. Recovering Biblical Manhood & Womanhood: A Response to Evangelical Feminism. Wheaton: Crossway Books, 1991.
  • Mahaney, Carolyn. Feminine Appeal: Seven Virtues of a Godly Wife and Mother. Wheaton: Crossway Books, 2004.
  • Mahaney, C. J. Sex, Romance, and the Glory of God: What Every Christian Husband Should Know. Wheaton: Crossway, 2004.
  • Wilson, Nancy. The Fruit of Her Hands: Respect and the Christian Woman. Moscow: Canon Press, 1997. 

Church Polity & Related Issues

  • Dever, Mark E. and Paul Alexander. The Deliberate Church: Building Your Ministry on the Gospel. Wheaton: Crossway Books, 2005.
  • Dever, Mark E., ed. Polity: Biblical Arguments on How to Conduct Church Life. Washington D. C.: Nine Marks Ministries, 2001.
  • Nettles, Tom. Ready for Reformation? Bringing Authentic Reform to Southern Baptist Churches. Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 2005.
  • Stott, John. Evangelical Truth: A Personal Plea for Unity, Integrity & Faithfulness. Downers Gorve: InterVarsity Press, 1999.
  • Wills, Gregory A. Democratic Religion: Freedom, Authority, and Church Discipline in the Baptist South 1785-1900. Oxford: University Press, 1997.

Missions & Evangelism

  • Coleman, Robert. The Master Plan of Evangelism. Grand Rapids: Fleming H. Revell, 1963 [1964, 1993].
  • Kostenberger, Andreas J. and Peter T. O’Brien. Salvation to the Ends of the Earth: A Biblical Theology of Mission. New Studies in Biblical Theology. Edited by D. A. Carson. Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2001.
  • Piper, John. Let the Nations Be Glad: The Supremacy of God in Missions, 2nd ed. Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 2003.

Prayer

  • Murray, Andrew. With Christ in the School of Prayer. Pure Gold Classic. Revised by Harold J. Chadwick. North Brunswick: Bridge-Logos Publishers, 1999.
  • Piper, John. A Hunger for God: Desiring God Through Fasting and Prayer. Wheaton: Crossway Books, 1997.

Devotional

  • Piper, John. Life as a Vapor: Thirty-One Meditations for Your Faith. Sisters: Multnomah, 2004.
  • Piper, John. Pierced by the Word: Thirty-One Meditations for Your Soul. Sisters: Multnomah, 2003.

Preaching & Pastoral Ministry

  • Doriani, Daniel M. Putting the Truth to Work: The Theory and Practice of Biblical Application. Phillipsburg: Presbyterian and Reformed, 2001. 
  • Piper, John. Brothers, We are NOT Professionals: A Plea to Pastors for Radical Ministry. Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 2002.
  • Piper, John. The Supremacy of God in Preaching. Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 1990.
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5 Responses to “Recommended Reading”

  1. Billy Marsh Says:

    How’s Frank Thielman’s NT Theology? I’ve been thinking about getting it along with the companion vol of Waltke’s OT Theology. Please respond!

  2. Bret Rogers Says:

    I appreciate Frank Thielman’s NT Theology, because he works with each book in the NT, but in each case maintains how they fit into their larger units (e.g. Gospels-Acts, Paul, General Epistles-Revelation), as well as within the testimony of the canon. He affirms that the very nature of the discipline of NT Theology demands that it be also canonically based, rather than a mere historical discipline. He is Presbyterian, and therefore this influences him some in the larger concepts of covenant theology. What I find most helpful is his persistent awareness of the unity even within the diversity of the NT writers’ testimony. What (or shall I say who) unifies their teaching? Indeed, Jesus Christ. I. H. Marshall has recently written a NT Theology, published by IVP. It has a very similar layout, but he is a Methodist, and therefore his soteriological conclusions will be vastly different than Thielmans. A forthecoming NT Theology, written by a Southern Baptist, that also might be of interest to you is Thomas Schreiner’s. Be watching for it.

  3. Billy Marsh Says:

    Thanks. Yeah, I saw that Schriener had one coming out in ’08. I’m surprised you didn’t tell me it was already available, leading me down another dead end road. But anyway, I’ve been wanting Waltke’s OT Theology, but noticed that Zondervan had put out Thielman’s NT Theology (A canonical approach, hmmm), but hadn’t heard anything about it. I need a good OT and NT theology.

  4. Matthew Wireman Says:

    Thanks for your comment. I saw that you have Dunbrell’s Faith of Israel. Have you read his Covenant and Creation? That has been a very formative book in my theology.

  5. Bret Rogers Says:

    Matthew,

    Thanks for stopping by. I did glean much from Dumbrell’s overarching theological conclusions. I have not read Covenant and Creation. I will keep my eye out for it.

    Bret

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