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10 Books Every Christian Should Own

Discussion in 'Books & Publications Forum' started by Deacon, Oct 24, 2017.

  1. Deacon

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    I've made a list of 10 basic categories of books that would be helpful for Christians to have
    (feel free to suggest others)

    What single book would you choose to fill each category?

    1. Bible (make this plural to cover many translations - a Christian should have more than one translation)
    2. A study bible
    3. A modern one-volume commentary
    4. An Introduction to the Hebrew Bible
    5. An Introduction to the New Testament
    6. A Bible Dictionary
    7. A Handbook of Theological terms
    8. A Systematic Theology
    9. An Introduction to Biblical Interpretation ('How to Study the Bible')
    10. A guidebook to your particular form of beliefs

    Rob
     
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    NKJV or EMTV or WEB. Or all three.
    NKJV MacArthur Study Bible.
    Expositor's Bible Commentary (2 volumes but it is worth it).
    The Theology of the Older Testament by J. Barton Payne.
    New Testament: An Introduction to Its History and Literature by J. Gresham Machen.
    Fausset's Bible Dictionary
    A Handbook of Theological Terms by Van A. Harvey.
    Christian Theology, Systematic and Biblical by Emery Bancroft.
    How to Read the Bible Like a Seminary Professor by Mark Yarbrough (VP, Dallas Theological Seminary).
    Handbook for Baptists: What Every Baptist Should Know by Bernard Spooner
     
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    What is the EMTV?

    DTS has a free 4 week course offered by Yarbrough under the same title as the book.
     
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    English Majority Text Version.

    Yes. They offer a lot of free courses. I highly recommend them. They are free. You advance at your own pace. You get a certificate of completion from Dallas Theological Seminary upon completion.

    Dallas Theological Seminary Online Courses
     
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    Thank you on the EMTV clarification. I'd never even heard of it. I prefer paper and ink, but I downloaded pocket sword for iPad to examine the EMTV. It looks interesting so far.

    I had signed up for the 'How to read the bible' course before posting. I'm not much interested in certificates but it is nice that it is offered. I will also purchase the book sometime in the future. Thanks for that lead as well.
     
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    ESV, NIV, CSB, NASB
    Faithlife Study Bible
    Expositor’s Bible Commentary (2 vol!)
    A Survey of the Old Testament. Andrew E. Hill and John H. Walton.
    An Introduction to the New Testament. D. A., Carson, and Douglas J. Moo.
    New Bible Dictionary. D. R. W Wood, and I. Howard Marshall.
    Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology. Walter A. Elwell,
    Systematic Theology: Biblical, Historical, and Evangelical. James Leo Garrett,Jr.

    Grasping God's Word: A Hands-On Approach to Reading, Interpreting, and Applying the Bible by J. Scott Duvall

    Rob
     
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    As many on this board tell me you should not be reading books, just read the bible!
     
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    They tell you that. That's because you have an inappropriate and unbalanced view of books over scripture. You are the only one people tell that to on this board. It doesn't apply to anyone else.
     
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    Thats because you misunderstand my value for books which is simply to help one understand scripture better as you have been told many many times.
     
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    I have no doubt you believe that. However, your other posts tell a much different story.
     
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    That’s because you misinterpret them.
     
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    A few of my favorites:

    1. How to Read A Book – Mortimer Adler
    2. The Hermeneutical Spiral – Grant Osborne
    3. God in the Wasteland – David Wells
    4. Nothing Greater, Nothing Better – Kevin Vanhoozer
    5. No One Like Him – John Feinberg
    6. The Death of Death in the Death of Christ – John Owen
    7. How Then Shall We Live – Francis Schaeffer
    8. Mere Christianity – C. S. Lewis
    9. All That Rises Must Converge – Flannery O’Connor
    10. Orthodoxy – G.K. Chesterton
     
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    When you post about books and some book is your go to answer for evidence of a position but rarely post scripture to support your positions then that is how your posts will always be understood. Since that describes your posts very accurately then there is no other interpretation to come to.
     
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    The books are loaded with scripture!!!!!
     
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    The Watchtower is loaded with Scripture.
     
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    As a bonus:

    11. Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
    12. Songs of Innocent and of Experience - William Blake
    13. The Old Man and the Sea - Ernest Hemingway
    14. Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
    15. 1984 - George Orwell
    :)
     
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    In my not entirely humble opinion one of the very best books ever written on the Death of Christ.

    As a Non-Conformist Puritan he was probably closest to what we would call a Congregationalist even though some suggest he more closely resembled an early Baptist.

    He was not only a brilliant man, an Oxford Don, but also the academic administrator at Oxford University.

    The book is available, free, from The Death of Death in the Death of Christ (eBook) | Monergism in .epub, .mobi, and .PDF
     
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    I agree, although some of those books are online for free now. Then... for #10 regarding my particular beliefs, I would not be without the book by Methodist minister J.H. Allen called "Judah's Sceptre/Joseph's Birthright". An oldie but goodie and written a century ago is now free from copyright. Anyone can distribute it now.
     
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    You do not quote scripture you quote books
     
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    1. KJV and ESV
    2. Reformation Study Bible
    3. John Gill’s Commentary on the Whole Bible
    4. Survey of the OT- Hill and Walton
    5. The Cradle, the Cross, and the Crown- Kostenberger
    6. ?
    7. ?
    8. Institutes of Elenctic Theology- Turretin
    9. ?
    10. 1689 Baptist Confession


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