An excellent study Bible with underlying Hebrew-Greek meaning to words. Just a pity this still has the NASB77 translation and not the updated NASB95 t...moreAn excellent study Bible with underlying Hebrew-Greek meaning to words. Just a pity this still has the NASB77 translation and not the updated NASB95 translation.(less)
I wrote a short blog post about The Constantine Codex before I finished the book, which can be read here.
I really enjoyed this "historical" novel brou...moreI wrote a short blog post about The Constantine Codex before I finished the book, which can be read here.
I really enjoyed this "historical" novel brought into the present about the discovery of a codex authorized by the Emperor Constantine himself. It has a good story line, and plays well into the imagination asking the question, "What if...?" What if the true ending of Mark or Second Acts were discovered? How would it ignite the Christian world?
It is fast paced, has intrigue and finally hope.
Paul Maier did an excellent job in crafting this book!(less)
Carson is here at his exegetical best. I believe every Christian should read this book. Carson handles word-study, grammatical, logical, presuppositio...moreCarson is here at his exegetical best. I believe every Christian should read this book. Carson handles word-study, grammatical, logical, presuppositional and historical fallacies.
Under the word-study fallacy he handles one of the great fallacies we have heard in the church for the past 30 years: the so-called differences between agape and phileo, and many more.
In his chapter on grammatical fallacies, Carson deals extensively with issues of Greek translation, where preachers and teachers would make comments based on the Greek. He explains how Greek is a very flexible language and that assumptions based on a little Greek knowledge could actually be very incorrect!
Next, Carson deals with logical fallacies. This is where many Christians get tripped up. There are many areas in which Christians make false assumptions when dealing with logic, especially while reading the Bible. in this chapter we learn how to read the Bible with our minds active and in thinking mode. Truth is propositional, and we need to know how to handle those propositions correctly.
In His chapter on presuppositional and historical fallacies, Carson explains how our own frame of reference can influence how we read the Bible, and how to read the Bible correctly, understanding what it means from the author's perspective. He also shows how our interpretation of history can be muddled up under the historical fallacies. How do we read history? How do we interpret it? Are we reconstructing historical events correctly, and what caused them?
In his concluding chapter, Carson quickly goes through several more fallacies in summary fashion, such as problems with literary genre, arguments from silence, statistical arguments and more.
In my opinion, every person who is serious about studying the Bible should read this book. It certainly helps in recognizing the pitfalls of interpreting the Bible, and teaches us to think more while we study the Bible. God, after all, is a thinking God!(less)
After many years of online debate, as an Arminian against Calvinists, I was challenged to read this book. This is the book that convinced me of the ve...moreAfter many years of online debate, as an Arminian against Calvinists, I was challenged to read this book. This is the book that convinced me of the veracity of the doctrines of grace found in what is commonly known as Calvinism.
Boettner goes from passage to passage in the Bible to show how the doctrines of predestination are thoroughly Biblical.(less)