What I Read In 2011 – Part 2

Continuing from Part 1.

Sailhamer, John H. “Genesis” (Introduction). In The Expositor’s Bible Commentary, Volume 2. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1990. 30 pp.

He offers concise yet helpful authorial intention for Genesis in his introduction.

Boice, James Montgomery. Genesis 1-11, Volume 1. Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 2006. 464 pp.

Offers helpful biblical, theological, and homiletical treatments on Genesis 1 to 11. Always enjoy listening/reading his expositions.

Ross, Allen P. “Genesis” (Introduction). In The Bible Knowledge Commentary. Colorado Springs: Cook Communications, 2000. 27 pp.

Concise yet helpful introduction to Genesis, especially, his treatment on “the motifs of Genesis.”

Morris, Henry M. The Genesis Record (Introduction). Grand Rapids: Baker, 1992. 34 pp.

An advocate for the young earth theory, the author offers strong arguments for Mosaic authorship and warns against some of the hermeneutical practices for Genesis (e.g., allegorical interpretation). As the subtitle indicates this volume is “a scientific and devotional commentary on the book of beginnings.”

Howard, David M. “Introduction to Historical Narrative.” In An Introduction to the Old Testament Historical Books. Chicago: Moody, 1993. 58 pp.

This volume is very helpful in regards to the literary genre of Genesis and other historical narratives in the OT. For instance, according to the author, the term history has at least three general uses: 1) it refers to factual events, 2) factual record, and 3) the study of the facts. Hence, because Genesis is considered a historical book of the OT, it cannot be treated as a myth or legend but a collection of the factual events.

Benware, Paul N. Survey of the Old Testament (Introduction and Genesis). Everyman’s Bible Commentary. Chicago: Moody Press, 1993. 50 pp.

According to William Barrick, Professor of the Old Testament at The Master’s Seminary, this is what he recommends to use as a textbook to teach an overview of the OT to his adult Sunday School class. I, especially, enjoy the outlines of every OT books.

Merrill, Eugene H. “A Theology of the Pentateuch.” In A Biblical Theology of the Old Testament. Chicago: Moody Press, 1991. 30 pp.

In my preparation to preach Genesis I wanted to get a good glimpse (biblical theology) of the entire Pentateuch. And who is better qualified to help me than Dr. Merrill. I, especially, enjoyed reading “assumptions in a theology of the Pentateuch.” For instance, according to Dr. Merrill, the original author was not trying to prove God’s existence. Rather, it is largely assumed. What was also helpful is his treatment on “covenant purpose and soteriology.” Overall, concise and very helpful.

MacArthur, John. The Battle for the Beginning. N.p.: W. Publishing Group, 2001. 237 pp.

People often complain that John MacArthur doesn’t deal with the OT (at all). They obviously don’t know him well enough. This volume is the case in point. It is a compilation of his preaching series on the first few chapters of Genesis. I had the privilege of personally hearing some of the expositions. A must for all Christians.

Gundry, Stanley N. and C. Marvin Pate. Four Views on the Book of Revelation. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1998. 252 pp.

Have you ever wondered how you should understand the Book of Revelation? This volume offers four major eschatological views: 1) a preterist view, 2) an idealist view, 3) a progressive dispensationalist view, and 4) a classical dispensationalist view.

At the end of the day, the issue is over the method of hermeneutics.

Thomas, Robert L. Revelation 1-7: An Exegetical Commentary (Introduction). Chicago: Moody Press, 1992. 46 pp.

In the introduction, the author offers helpful historical background of the book and argues for the grammatical-historical method of exegesis. His 161 footnotes alone in the introduction shows his interactions with myriads of scholars and their writings. He is a classical dispensationalist and had the privilege of learning from him during my seminary days.

Beale, G. K. The Book of Revelation (Introduction). The New International Greek Testament Commentary. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1999. 177 pp.

The 177-page introduction alone is worth the book though it is very pricey (reg. $80). It is perhaps the most comprehensive introductory of the Book of Revelation. Two thumbs up.

Stay tune for Part 3

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