Good Reads

Exegetical FallaciesExegetical Fallacies (2nd Ed.)

The primary purpose of this book is to help the exegete bring out what the biblical text is actually saying, as opposed to his/her own interpretations, by making him/her aware of common mistakes. D.A. Carson presents the reader with four primary categories of exegetical fallacies: Word-Study, Grammatical, Logical, and Presuppostional/Historical.



Redemptive History and the New Testament Scriptures

In this book Herman N. Ridderbos gives a defense for the Reformed view of scripture including a brief discussion of competing views, historical crticism and formation of the cannon. He concludes this short book (91 pages) with a description of Kerygma (Proclamation), Marturia (Witness), and Didache (Teaching).



The Doctrine of God

‘What is God?’ vs.’Who is the Trinity?’ Although dense, and probably best read in sets of 10 pages at a time, Gerald Bray presents evangelicals with a refreshed understanding of the doctrine of God, or shall I say, the Trinity. Bray looks at how Christians got to where they are today in their doctrine, and advocates a restored view of God as a person with whom Christians actually have a personal relationship, not a distant impersonal being to be analyzed. Yet, “to do so will demand an understanding of God’s unity which is not dependent on the traditional concept of his essence” (196).



Theology in the context of World Christianity

Timothy C. Tennet presents a well rounded overview on how to think about theology from a non-Western perspective. For example, what does ecclesiology look like for followers of Jesus in Islamic Mosques? Or bibliology, how do Hindu sacred texts in the pre-Christian past affect how we can build bridges into the Hindu culture? After all, “Christ does not arrive in any culture as a [complete] strange” (69).