As I continue to populate my list of books I most highly recommend, I move now to the New Testament commentaries. See What Books Do You Recommend Most Highly? (click on that title–it is a link that will take you to that first post) for the start of the list and the identification of the Old Testament commentaries. As there, I will list them in order of the biblical books. Each thumbnail is linked to Amazon or some other web site from which the volume can be obtained. When the Amazon link to the image is broken, I’ve had to substitute the marketing image–not what I prefer, since I prefer to see the image clearly and fully–I’ll periodically check to see if Amazon has fixed the image problem, so I can use the better images. Sometimes the link is in the heading, when the image could not be linked directly–or an image was not available.
For other lists of books, see Books I’ve Endorsed and Dr. Barrick’s Books.
For the full list, head to the Recommendations page.
A few weeks ago I began to list all of the books for Bible study that I most highly recommend. See What Books Do You Recommend Most Highly? As of today I have completed the list of my most highly recommended commentaries on the Old Testament. Be certain to keep checking on that post as it grows. I will be adding Bible Handbooks, Bible Atlases, and New Testament Commentaries in the days ahead. A few of my recommendations are unfortunately out of print, but ones you might watch for at used bookstores like Archives in the Los Angeles area. If you know of equivalent bookstores for used and out of print biblical studies volumes in other major cities across the U.S., please send me the link via email and I will compile a list of them to publish online in the New Year.
Everyone who loves books, selects certain books as their favorites. Through 54 years of Christian faith and over 50 years of ministry and study, I have come to appreciate a large number of authors and titles. A full listing remains outside the purpose of this post. Here I will highlight key books on a variety of topics. This list will fluctuate and grow over time as I expand the list in the weeks and months ahead. The arrangement will be by topic and the topics arranged alphabetically.
Each thumbnail is linked to Amazon or some other web site from which the volume can be obtained. Sometimes the link is in the heading, when the image could not be linked directly–or an image was not available.
See also What Books Do You Recommend Most Highly?–Part 2 and, Books I’ve Endorsed and
I’ve consolidated all my recommended resources on the Recommendations page.
Is the doctrine of creation a peripheral or secondary (or even tertiary) biblical doctrine? Some scholars opine that instantaneous, miraculous, divine creation as a doctrine should be exchanged for natural evolution. Others would soften the exchange and substitute theistic evolution–that at least keeps God in the picture, even if it removes the instantaneous and miraculous.
Let’s just try to look at the biblical testimony as objectively as possible, regardless of the position to which we might adhere. How does Scripture treat the topic of creation? Consider the following points:
- The Bible opens with creation–Genesis 1-2. That indicates significance of a high order.
- The Ten Commandments cite 6-day creation in support of the 4th commandment–Exodus 20:11.
- Many Old Testament texts refer to creation–e.g., Deuteronomy 4:32; Nehemiah 9:6; Job 9:8; 38:4; Psalms 8, 33, and 104; Isaiah 42:5; 45:12, 18; Jonah 1:9; Malachi 2:10–just to list a very few.
- The Gospel of John opens with creation–John 1:1-3. That demonstrates the importance of creation to the person of Christ.
- Many New Testament texts refer to creation–e.g., Mark 10:6; Acts 14:15; Romans 1:20, 25; 2 Corinthians 4:6; Colossians 1:13-16; 1 Timothy 2:13-14; Revelation 4:11–again, just to list a very few.
Thus it would appear that the doctrine of creation is central to both Old Testament and New Testament faith. The Scripture identifies God as the Creator and believers in both testaments adopt that as a foundational theological principle. This divine identification proves that Jesus Himself is God, because He can create–note His creation of wine out of water in John 2:1-11. Jesus changed water into a complex mixture of natural molecules including acids, proteins, sugars, minerals, etc. Wine is the product of plants–mature, ripened grapes, to be precise. Jesus did what only God can do–instantaneously and miraculously create mature life forms. In the case of wine the process of creation involved the product of mature grapes that did not exist–just like God instantly created mature plants, animals, and even man without the normal biological process of insemination or pollination, conception, gestation or germination, birth or sprouting, and maturation from parent plants, animals, or humans.
The doctrine of creation stands as the significant proof of Jesus Christ’s deity as well as God’s Godhood. The doctrine is primary, significant, and indispensable. In other words, what we believe about creation or about what the Bible says regarding creation, really does matter.