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Books for a Preacher Boy

Discussion in 'Books & Publications Forum' started by Dr. Bob, Oct 19, 2002.

  1. Dr. Bob

    Dr. Bob Administrator

    Jun 30, 2000
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    Say a young man was heading off to Bible College or seminary to train for full-time Christian ministry. What "gift" of books would you recommend?</font>
    • Bible Encyclopedia (ISBE is my pref)</font>
    • Bible Dictionary (along with a real dictionary)</font>
    • Concordance (strong my pref)</font>
    • Expository Dictionary of Gree/Hebrew (Vines is my pref)</font>
    • Bible - as many English translations as you can find</font>
    • Bible Handbook (Haleys is my pref)</font>
    • Bible Atlas (Reader's Digest is my pref)</font>
    • Commentary - McArthur Study Bible</font>
    • Commentary - Reformers (New Geneva) Study Bible</font>
    • Commentary - NIV Study Bible</font>
    I would not start Bible College or grad school without this list + some more. What a blessing it would be to have a local church give this package to each "preacher boy" heading off for schooling. It would cost $500 or so, a really good investment of the church mission budget.
  2. Joseph_Botwinick

    Joseph_Botwinick <img src=/532.jpg>Banned

    Nov 12, 2000
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    A good Bible College or Seminary will have all of these things plus some in their library and will get most of everything else they need in classes. I would probably invest in Hebrew dictionaries to get them BDB and TWOT. I really don't know much about Greek so I couldn't speak intelligently about that. If I were going to invest in good commentaries for them and had a lot of money (we are talking thousands probably), I would invest in the entire Word set and Hermeneia set.

    My favorite Bible Atlas would be the Holman Bible Atlas written by my former Biblical Backgrounds prof., Dr. Thomas V. Brisco.

    Joseph Botwinick
  3. WW2'er

    WW2'er New Member

    Sep 16, 2002
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    Dr. Griffin,

    You came up with a great list and I respect your opinion!

    I am a very computer oriented guy and wonder what the best Biblical software package is that would be purchased for the same young bible scholar headed off to college. I know many packages contain some of what you have included on your list. What one package includes the most translations, commentaries, etc?

    The books are great, but they take up a lot more space and have to be moved each time someone's office changes. The software, also helps in doing quick searches etc.

    God Bless [​IMG]
  4. Pastor_Bob

    Pastor_Bob Well-Known Member

    Jul 15, 2002
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    I would recommend John C. Maxwell's books on leadership. Another very informative book that is a must (IMO) for all prospective pastors is Shepherding God's Flock by Jay E. Adams.

    I personally enjoy commentaries by Oliver B. Greene, but they can be hard to find.

    Handfuls On Purpose by Smith-Lee has proven to be a great sermon resource and study aid.
  5. Rev. G

    Rev. G New Member

    Sep 16, 2002
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    I would add Spurgeon's LECTURES TO MY STUDENTS to your list.
  6. Jude

    Jude <img src=/scott3.jpg>

    Jan 11, 2001
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    For devotional/inspirational reading, anything by A.W. Tozer.
  7. Ransom

    Ransom Active Member

    Oct 3, 2000
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    In addition to the theological works already proposed:

    • The Elements of Style, Strunk and White</font>
    • Fowler's Modern English Usage</font>
    • The MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers or an equivalent style guide</font>
    • Informal Reasoning, Copi and Burgess-Jackson; Critical Thinking: An Introduction to the Basic Skills, Hughes; or some other reputable textbook in critical thinking</font>
    • good dictionary and thesaurus</font>
    If my experience over at the FFF is typical, communication and critical thinking skills are sadly lacking amongst many preacher boys.
  8. weeping prophet

    weeping prophet New Member

    Sep 25, 2002
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    A great study into the teachings of Jesus to His disciples is, "The training of the twelve." by F.B.Bruce. WP
  9. TomVols

    TomVols New Member

    Oct 30, 2000
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    I'd start with good Bible translations: KJV, NKJV, NASB, NIV, ESV.
    - Study Bibles: NIV Study Bible, Reformation Study Bible, Disciple's study Bible
    - Bible Dictionary: Holman Bible Dictionary (Especially the upcoming revised one), New Bible Dictionary (IVP)
    - Bible Handbook: Holman Bible Handbook
    - Bible Encyclopedia: International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
    - Concordance: Strong's, Young's
    - Language Helps: New International Dictionary of Old Testament Exegesis by VanGemeren, New International Dictionary of NT Theology by Brown, Thayer's Greek Lexicon, BDB Hebrew Lexicon
    - Bible software: Bibleworks, Logos, Online Bible
    - Basic Commentary sets: Expositor's Bible Commentary, Hendriksen NT set, Matthew Poole's 3 vol set, Matthew Henry's set, Tyndale set on OT and NT
    - Theological Works: Wayne Grudem's Systematic Theology. Milard T. Erickson's Christian Theology. A good guide to hermeneutics, such as Ramm or Stein's.
    - Ministry works: Spurgeon's Lectures to My Students , Martyn Lloyd Jones "Preaching and Preachers", Charles Bridges "Christian Ministry" Warren Wiesrbe's "Making Sense of the Ministry"

    I know I'm leaving some out!
  10. jcrowe

    jcrowe New Member

    Jan 28, 2002
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    Dito on this.
    I would think that this qould intrest a large majority of begining seminary students. Do any of you old school [​IMG] pastors use computer bible software?
  11. grace_proclaimed

    grace_proclaimed New Member

    Feb 17, 2001
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    I cannot recommend the Online Bible too highly. It is free for downloading and has many add ons plus ability to add your own stuff.
  12. Pastork

    Pastork New Member

    Jun 15, 2002
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    If you are looking for a good Bible study software program, I have two recommendations:

    1. For the advanced student only, I would recommend Bibleworks 5.0 . This program is expensive ($300.00) and requires a pretty advanced knowledge of Greek and Hebrew to be really useful.

    2. After trying many of the programs out there, it is my opinion that nothing comes close to E-sword for the average user. It is user friendly, works flawlessly, and is absolutely free. It makes word studies a breeze. I find myself using the program constantly and have made many copies for friends and those in my congregation. They all love it, saying it is the easiest to use that they have found. Check it out at http://www.e-sword.net/downloads.html and you won't regret it.


    [ November 04, 2002, 03:44 PM: Message edited by: Pastork ]