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The following reviews are provided for Christians looking for biblically sound study books and DVDs. Book suggestions for study and gifts are included. These books will be beneficial for Christian pastors and laymen. Give them as gifts or buy them for your personal study of the Word of God.

The Messiah In the Old Testament – Risto Santala

Have you ever wondered how the ancient rabbis, before the birth of Christ, interpreted the Old Testament prophecies about the Messiah? For example, you will discover the ancient rabbis believed that Genesis 3:15, 49:10; Numbers 24:17; Isaiah 9:6; Daniel 9:24-26; Micah 5:2 all referred to the Messiah. This is an encouraging and meaningful book for Christians. The full title of the book is “The Messiah in the Old and in the New Testament in the Light of Rabbinical Writings.” At Messianic Specialties has offered the best price in the past.

Basic Bible Interpretation – Roy Zuck

Are you looking for a practical guide to discovering Biblical truth? Roy Zuck was Senior Professor Emeritus of the Bible Exposition Department at Dallas Theological Seminary. The book will help the serious Christian learn how to interpret the Bible. It is easy to understand.

Patterns of Evidence — Exodus (DVD) – Kino Lober

This documentary should be on the bookcase of every Christian. It provides archaeological evidence that supports the historicity of the Exodus. In addition, evidence is given for the existence of many biblical individuals. The 119 minute DVD is produced by Virgil Films.

Defining Deception – Costi W. Hinn & Anthony Wood

This book is recommended by a long list of highly-respected Christian pastors and leaders. The forward is written by John MacArthur. The book examines the raging deception of the Mystical-Miracle Movement. The reader will gain a biblical perspective on the movement.

God, Greed and The (Prosperity) Gospel – Costi W. Hinn

The author, Costi Hinn, is a nephew of the televangelist Benny Hinn. If you have wondered if the Prosperity Gospel was biblical or if Benny Hinn was blessed of God or a false teacher, then read this book. Costi exposes Benny Hinn and the entire Prosperity Gospel movement.

The Mighty Weakness of John Knox – Douglas Bond

This 138 page biography of John Knox paints an outstanding picture of this leader during the reformation. He was a Scottish minister, theologian and founder of the Presbyterian Church of Scotland. This book will humble the serious reader. The author at times exalts John Knox. But his purpose is to motivate us from our lethargy into action. What are you doing for Christ?

A Harmony of the Gospels – Thomas & Gundry

These two authors provide the most accurate chronological sequence of events recorded in the four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. The authors addressed critical points and provide a timetable for the events in Christ’s life. However, Harold Hoehner in his book Chronological Aspects of The Life of Christ convincingly demonstrates that Christ died in A.D. 33 and not A.D. 32.

The New Manners & Customs of Bible Times – Ralph Gower

If you desire to learn about the manners and customs in the Bible from the the latest archeological data, then this is a great book. It is heavily documented with illustrations and photographs. The author covers a wide range of topics.

The Knowledge of The Holy – A. W. Tozer

This is such a wonderful book. If you desire to walk near the burning bush and know God more, then this book is a must for your library. You will find new insights about God in this book. The chapters on the “Self-existence of God” and the “Self-sufficiency of God” are worth the price of the book alone.

Handbook of Evangelical Theology – Robert Lightner

This book is not designed for the new believer but for the Christian who desires a greater understanding of the Bible and God. The first chapter starts with a very brief historical sketch of past false doctrines about the Bible. Then the chapter presents the correct teaching about the Bible and concludes with some challenging issues to consider. Discussion questions and a brief bibliography are included. Each subsequent chapter in the book follows the same pattern. The book covers every major doctrine of systematic theology. This is a highly recommended book.  For more advanced studies, John MacArthur’s and Richard Mayhue’s book titled, “Biblical Doctrine: A Systematic Summary of Bible Truth” and Wayne Grudem’s “Systematic Theology” is recommended.

Paul, a Servant of Jesus Christ –  F. B. Meyer

F. B. Meyer is a biblical scholar of an era gone by. He wrote many outstanding books on the Christian faith. He also wrote a jewel of a book about the apostle Paul titled, “Paul, a Servant of Jesus Christ.” In the book he chronicles the life of the apostle Paul beginning with his childhood and continuing to his conversion. He provides insights into Paul’s ministry and concludes with his death. This is a great devotional book.

St. Paul – The Traveller and Roman Citizen – William M. Ramsay

This book was written by a man who was an atheist but became a Christian after tracing the steps of the Apostle Paul. Originally, he wanted to prove that the book of Acts was fiction. But after following the journey as recorded in the book of Acts and evaluating the evidence, he became a Christian. The book is similar to F. B. Meyer’s book about Paul, but it is more detailed and contains photographs. It traces Paul’s journey as given in Acts and is invaluable to the Bible student.

The Lost Shipwreck of Paul – Robert Cornuke

Are you looking for a detailed account about Paul’s shipwreck described in Acts 27? Robert Cornuke provides historic evidence that supports the biblical account. The book includes both photographs and maps and is wonderful for anyone interested in apologetics.

Biblical Doctrine: A Systematic Summary of Bible Truth – John MacArthur & Richard Mayhue

This is a masterpiece of over one thousand pages summarizing biblic  al truth. Biblical doctrine is the result of a lifetime of in-depth, verse-by-verse study. A seminary degree is not required in order to understand this single volume of systematic theology. The title of the book says it all. The purpose and goal of the book is to teach the doctrines of the Bible and not man’s bias. The topics covered include God’s Word, God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit, Man and Sin, Salvation, Angels, The Church and The Future. Interspersed throughout the book are sacred hymns exalting God. This is a valuable edition to the library of every pastor and laymen who desires to grow in the knowledge of God’s Word.

Commentaries For Biblical Expositors – Dr. Rosscup

Are you looking for help in choosing study books to help you understand the Bible? If so, this book reviews hundreds of available options for every book of the Bible. The book was written by Dr. Jim Rosscup, retired professor at The Master’s Seminary. You will not have to wonder if the authors of suggested works are liberal or do not believe in the Bible, for example. You can select a commentary with confidence. This is a valuable book to own and you can purchase it at Grace Books.

850 Books for Biblical Expositors – developed by Master’s Seminary

Are you seeking a recommended list of study books on the Bible? This list of 850 books covers commentaries, Bible dictionaries, language tools, Bibles, concordances, and much, much more.  You can download it for free from The 850 Books.

The Truth War – John MacArthur

This book is a must read. It speaks to the evolution of the emergent or the emerging church. The seeker movement is passing away. The author gives a serious, biblical warning about these movements. Every Christian should avoid churches that have adopted these views.

The Zondervan’s Pictorial Encyclopedia of the Bible – Merrill C. Tenny

Dr. Merrill C. Tenny is the general editor of this encyclopedia of the Bible. This is a set of five volumes covering a very wide range of biblical topics. If you want to know something about Pontius Pilate, Jerusalem, the cross or the magi, for example, this book will help you gain a greater understanding. This is a wonderful set to own.

Talk Thru the Bible – Bruce Wilkinson and Kenneth Boa

Looking for a quick and definitive summary of each book of the Bible? This book provides introductory information, outlines and summaries of each book of the Bible with charts. If you are planning to teach a book of the Bible, you may want to start here. It will make a great addition to your library.

Systematic Theology – Wayne Grudem

Wayne Grudem’s Systematic Theology is a solid book for the serious Christian who desires to understand the major themes of the Bible in a systematic manner. The book digs deeply, but its organization helps the reader grasp the important themes of scripture. If you are a serious student of the Bible, you will appreciate this book.

Protestant Biblical Interpretation – Bernard Ramm

Whether you are an experienced Bible teacher or just starting, this volume is highly recommended. It will give you solid principles for interpreting the Bible. The pillar of authors on the subject is Bernard Ramm. You will learn how to interpret the bible using principles that are often ignored.

The Life and Times of Jesus The Messiah – Alfred Edersheim

The noted preacher and author Dr. Wilbur M. Smith once said that this book is the most important general work on the life of Christ in the English language. The book was written by a born again Jew who provides wonderful insights into the life of Christ from a Jewish perspective.

Twelve Ordinary Men – John MacArthur

Looking to be challenged to walk as a disciple of Jesus Christ? Are you desiring to be God’s leader? If so, then this book is for you. The author reviews the life of the twelve apostles of Jesus Christ. In the process you will grow in your faith and relationship with God.

The Treasury of David – Spurgeon

This is a wonderful commentary on the book of Psalms by this famous preacher. It is an ideal gift for someone who loves the book of Psalms. The multi-volume set presents sermons that cover every chapter in Psalms. You will enjoy this gifted speaker.

David – Dr. J. Vernon McGee

The scriptures tell us that King David was a man after God’s own heart. That is not said of most kings or most men. He was very unusual. This book gives us a wonderful study in the life of King David in Dr. McGee’s folksy manner. You will enjoy this warm and encouraging book.

The New Evidence – Josh McDowell

This book was written by the well known author Josh McDowell. The book is a master piece of scholarly material that gives a “reason to believe” in Jesus Christ. This book provides real, credible evidence for the accuracy of the Bible and the life, miracles, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Darwin’s Proof: The Triumph of Religion Over Science – Cornelius G. Hunter

This is a challenging book for anyone who believes that evolution truly describes how the world was created. This outstanding volume has a great amount of valuable material for teachers and laymen that is supportive of the biblical accounts.

One Race One Blood – Ken Ham & A. Charles Ware

Ken Ham and A. Charles Ware have written a book that shows the tragic legacy of evolution on race relations in the United States and around the world. You may be surprised to discover that even medical science has discovered we are all of one race. This is an enlightening book.

From Forgiven to Forgiving – Jay E. Adams

Are you struggling with forgiving someone? Do you know of someone who is struggling with forgiveness? This is a wonderful book on forgiveness from a biblical perspective. Dr. Adams does not take a secular approach to counseling, but instead draws on principles from the Bible.

Perspectives on Election – Chad Owen Brand

Sadly one of the most controversial issues in the church today is does man have the free will to choose Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. This book demonstrates that five scholarly men can lovingly disagree while presenting their view without getting angry or emotional. The editor is Chad Owen Brand and is published by Broadman and Holman Publishers.

Strengthening Your Marriage – Wayne A. Mack

Wayne Mack has published two small books for couples who desire to have God’s blessing on their relationships. Strengthening Your Marriage is for couples who are already married and Preparing For Marriage is for couples who plan to get married. Both books are biblically based. The chapters on communication are worth the purchase of the book alone. He provides extensive scriptures that provide guidance for improving a couple’s comunication. This book is great for counselors who are looking for biblical guidance.

The King James Only Controversy – James R. White

There are some Christians who claim that the King James Version (KJV) Bible is superior to all other Bibles. If you want some incredible insight into this controversy, then read this book. The author reveals that the current KJV Bibles for sale in stores do not match the 1611 King James Bible. They are actually copies of a 1769 version of the KJV. If you have questions and are looking for answers, then get this book and read “Is The King James Bible The Best Bible?” It is highly recommended by D.A. Carson, John MacArthur, J. I. Packer and Hank Hanegraff.

Fabricating Jesus – Craig A. Evans

Are you looking for answers to rebut the erroneous arguments of Bart Erhman and others? Bart Erhman repeatedly claims that no should trust the Bible claiming that it contains countless and unreconcilable errors. Unfortunately, Erhman is intellectually dishonest. If you are wondering if the Bible can be trusted, then check out this book. It will answer most if not all of your questions.