Christmas is only a couple weeks away, which means it’s time once again for the best books in Bible and theology published this year. The list is inevitably subjective, and in many cases unsurprising, as certain books commend themselves by their self-evident quality and the scholarly stature of their authors. Needless to say, listing a book doesn’t mean I endorse all of its contents (in some cases, I haven’t even read the entire book yet!). With this in mind, then, are my top 10 books of 2013:
1. William Baird, History of New Testament Research, vol. 3: From C. H. Dodd to Hans Dieter... Read More
Recent events have made it more clear than ever that the whole world needs to rest on biblical foundations. The social fabric of our nation is rapidly unraveling, and nothing short of a return to biblical foundations and a major spiritual revival will stop the bleeding. In pursuit of the mission of Biblical Foundations - to help return the family, the church, and society to biblical foundations - Dr. Köstenberger published three major books in 2012:
The Lion & the Lamb: Essentials from The Cradle, the Cross, and the Crown (B&H Academic, co-authored with L. Scott Kellum and... Read More
In his influential address, “Discourse on the Proper Distinction between Biblical and Dogmatic Theology, and the Right Determination of the Aims of Each,” Johann Philipp Gabler (1753–1826) lodged the programmatic proposal that scholars ought to distinguish between biblical and systematic theology. In his lecture, delivered at the University of Altdorf in 1787 (the year the Constitutional Convention met in Philadelphia), Gabler urged his colleagues to place their theological edifice more overtly on a scriptural foundation: “There is truly a biblical theology, of historical origin,... Read More
“Comfort Your People” is a devotional from Isaiah 40:1–8.
“‘Comfort, comfort my people,’ says your God. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and cry to her that her warfare is ended, that her iniquity is pardoned, that she has received from the LORD’s hand double for all her sins.” We all love to be comforted. So this word of comfort is good news for a people hungry for comfort. But wait! How is it good news that Israel “has received from the LORD’s hand double for all her sins”? From the prophet’s vantage point prior to the exile, it was indeed good news for him to... Read More
Thanks again to all of you who participated in the Invitation to Biblical Interpretation (ITBI) book giveaway. First of all, we are humbled by the well over 100 entries from people all over the world who want to learn more about how to interpret the Bible and to teach it to others. A huge thanks to Kregel for sponsoring this giveaway. We wish everyone could have won! Overall, there are 3 different prizes for a total of 20 winners.
The 5 winners of a physical copy of ITBI are Corey, José Carlos Martínez, Nathan Ridlehoover, John Latham, and Marcus Collins (please email... Read More
This year has been a good year for Biblical Foundations™ pursuing its mission to strengthen marriage and the family in the home, the church, and society as we long to see all the world rest of biblical foundations. We are particularly grateful to Crossway for releasing Marriage and the Family: Biblical Essentials this year, an abridged version of God, Marriage, and the Family.
Here, then, are the top ten books in biblical studies from 2012, in terms of their potential influence and utility:
1. Darrell Bock, A Theology of Luke and Acts (Zondervan). This, the second volume in the Biblical... Read More
Biblical Foundations will be giving away some free copies of Dr. Kostenberger’s book, Invitation to Biblical Interpretation. To register for this book giveaway, simply use the comment field below to enter your name, email address, and a brief explanation of how you will use the book in ministry or otherwise. Whether you want this book for pleasure reading, need it for a class, or just want an extra book on the bookshelf, be sure to enter this giveaway! The retail price for this book is $46.99 and it costs around $30.00 on Amazon and its other competitors. “Like” our Facebook page,... Read More
In my presentation today, I’ll introduce you to a set of new hermeneutical lenses I call “the hermeneutical triad”—history, literature, and theology. This hermeneutical triad forms the backbone of Dick Patterson’s and my new hermeneutics text, Invitation to Biblical Interpretation. What is the “hermeneutical triad”? In short, our core proposal is this: for any passage of Scripture, regardless of genre, you’ll want to study the historical setting, the literary context, and the theological message. Thus the hermeneutical triad consists of history, literature, and theology. As... Read More
Thanks to everyone who participated in the Marriage and the Family Twitter book giveaway. We appreciate your dedication to God’s way of marriage and the family and your interest in reading this book. The winners were determined through a blind drawing. Congratulations to the recipients of a free copy of Marriage and the Family: Craig Hurst (@Bookworm555), Joel Ellis Jr., (@JMEllisjr), and Timothy Harris (@TimothyGHarri). Hopefully, those who didn’t win this time will still want to read the book and participate in future book giveaways.
Winners, please... Read More
John Piper is going to vote. His reasoning is as follows: “Barring catastrophe, Obama or Romney will be president (yes, I know you may see it as a catastrophe even if either does get elected). The likelihood that both presidencies will be identical in the good and evil they do is infinitesimal. One will very probably do more good amid the bad, even if only a little” (http://www.desiringgod.org/blog/posts/i-am-going-to-vote).
I agree. I believe this is a watershed election. While I have limited confidence in either candidate, I do believe that our nation is at an important juncture. Our... Read More
Biblical Foundations will be giving away some free copies of Dr. Kostenberger’s book, Marriage and the Family. To register for this book giveaway simply retweet the following tweet including a brief explanation of how you will use the book in ministry or otherwise. The deadline for all entries is November 3, 2012 at 3:00 p.m. EST; winners will be announced shortly after that. Questions? Please comment below or contact us.
#BiblicalFoundations #MarriageandtheFamily #freebookgiveaway! To enter retweet this with how you’d use the book. tinyurl.com/8n7572y
— Andreas Köstenberger... Read More
Trevin Wax with “The Gospel Coalition” recently interviewed Dr. Kostenberger on “Which Bible Translation Should I Choose?”. Here is the interview below.
Why is this book needed?
“Which Bible translation should I use?” is one of the most frequently questions we get asked. And, it’s true, choosing a Bible translation is a very important decision, because we need to be able to have confidence in the Bible we read and study and memorize.
In my experience, people often choose a Bible because, say, John Piper likes it, or because of tradition or emotional factors. In... Read More
The recent rulings on gay marriage and debates on family-related issues have placed the topics of marriage and family at the forefront of the public eye more so than at any point in history. Western civilization is confronted with the need to define the meaning of the terms marriage and family.
Professor Andreas Köstenberger and ethics expert David Jones have composed this popular-level book to speak to the issues at hand and point to the fundamental solution: a return to the biblical foundation of marriage and the family. Presenting a Christian theology of marriage and parenting, they... Read More
“It is refreshing to read a book that tries to wrestle with what the text is saying, without cleverly domesticating it. This substantially updated edition needs to be read by all sides in the current controversy.”
-D. A. Carson, Research Professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
A pivotal text behind a major problem deserves a major book. The pivotal text is 1 Timothy 2:915. The major problem is how men and women relate to each other in teaching and leading the Christian church. And the major book is Women in the Church. There is none more thorough or careful or... Read More