Books from 2007

The first is the top five books I read in my opinion and the second consists of the rest of the books I completed in 2007. The final list consists of books that I began in 2007 and will finish in the next month or two.

Top Five Books of 2007:

You can’t even touch Schnabel with his breadth of knowledge regarding both the Old and New Testaments. I can’t wait to sink my teeth into Volume 2 on Paul.

This is probably the best written commentary I’ve ever read. France’s exegesis is focused and detailed, but he reads like a novel – not to mention his translation of the gospel is rendered with beautiful English style.

See my review on the Review page to understand why this is here.

Now this is how you do word studies.

Simple, concise, but accurate and up to date introduction to everything Paul.

Book I read and completed in 2007

  • Articulatory Phonetics: Tools for Analyzing the World’s Language by Anita Bickford
  • Analyzing Grammar: An Introduction by Paul Kroeger
  • Phonological Analysis: A Functional Approach by Donald Burquest
  • Linguistics and Biblical Interpretation by Peter Cotterell & Max Turner
  • Ephesians and Colossians (Paideia: Commentaries on the New Testament) By Charles Talbert
  • Getting to Know the Church Fathers: An Evangelical Introduction By Bryan M. Litfin
  • The Mission of God: Unlocking the Bible’s Grand Narrative by Christopher Wright
  • The Text of the New Testament in Contemporary Research Edited by Bart Ehrman & Michael Holmes
  • The Text of the New Testament: Its Transmission, Corruption and Restoration by Bruce Metzger, 3rd Edition
  • The First Epistle to the Corinthians (NICNT) by Gordon Fee
  • Orthodoxy by G. K. Chesterton
  • Studies in the Theory and Method of New Testament Textual Criticism by Eldon Jay and Gordon D. Fee Epp
  • Explorations in Exegetical Method: Galatians As a Test Case by Moises Silva
  • God, Revelation and Authority (God Who Speaks and Shows, Volume I) by Carl Ferdinand Howard Henry
  • The Epistle to the Romans (NICNT) by Douglas J. Moo
  • Multipurpose Tools for Bible Study by Frederick W. Danker
  • Biblical Words and Their Meaning by Dr. Moises Silva
  • Honor, Patronage, Kinship & Purity: Unlocking New Testament Culture by David Arthur deSilva
  • Adopted into God’s Family: Exploring a Pauline Metaphor (NSBT) by Trevor J. Burke
  • Interpreting the New Testament Text: Introduction to the Art and Science of Exegesis by Fanning and Bock
  • Song of Songs (NICOT) by Tremper Longman III
  • Book Of Proverbs: Chapters 1-15. (NICOT) by Bruce K. Waltke
  • The End of the Affair by Graham Greene
  • Paul, Apostle of the Heart Set Free by Frederick Fyvie Bruce
  • Power from on High: The Spirit in Israel’s Restoration and Witness in Luke-Acts by Max Turner
  • History and Interpretation in New Testament Perspective by E. Earle Ellis
  • Has the Church Misread the Bible? by Moises Silva
  • God, Language, & Scripture: Reading the Bible in light of General Linguistics by Moises Silva
  • Greek Grammar Beyond the Basics by Daniel B. Wallace

Books I read the majority of in 2007 (and will finish in the next two months):

  • Interpreting the Pauline Epistles (Guides to New Testament Exegesis) by Thomas R. Schreiner
  • Bible Studies: Contributions Chiefly from Papyri & Inscriptions to the New Testament by G. Adolf Deissmann
  • Rock Climbing: Mastering Basic Skills (Mountaineers Outdoor Expert) by Craig Luebben
  • Paul and First-Century Letter Writing: Secretaries, Composition and Collection by E. Randolph Richards
  • The Letters to Philemon, the Colossians, and the Ephesians: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary on the Captivity Epistles by Ben, III Witherington
  • The Writings of the New Testament: An Interpretation by Luke Timothy Johnson
  • The Book of Jeremiah (NICOT) by J. A. Thompson
  • A Discourse Analysis of Philippians: Method And Rhetoric in the Debate over Literary Integrity by Jeffrey T. Reed
  • Jesus and the Eyewitnesses: The Gospels as Eyewitness Testimony by Richard Bauckham
  • Letter to the Ephesians (PNTC) by Peter T. O’Brien
  • Ephesians (IVP New Testament Commentary Series) by Walter L. Liefeld
  • Ephesians 1-3 (Anchor Bible) by Markus Barth
  • Ephesians 4-6 (Anchor Bible) by Markus Barth
  • The Epistles to the Colossians, to Philemon, and to the Ephesians (NICNT) by F. F. Bruce
  • Ephesians: An Exegetical Commentary by Harold W. Hoehner
  • Idioms of the Greek New Testament (Biblical Languages: Greek) by Stanley E. Porter

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  1. Is Lexical Semantics of the Greek New Testament by Eugene Nida and Johannes Louw really worth reading? I’ve considered it (even bought it a while back) but I figured all of the basic aspects of it have already been pretty much covered in other books dealing semantics and the New Testament?

    Blessings,
    Bryan L

  2. How many other books do you know of that deal with semantics and the NT? The book length works can be counted on one hand. Other than that all that’s left is the very basic introductory essays found in Intro to Interpretation & exegesis books.

    In terms of actually books, I can think of Biblical Words and Their Meaning by Silva, Louw’s Semantics of New Testament Greek, A Classification of Semantic Case-Relations in the Pauline Epistles by Wong, and this one. Among those, Wong’s book doesn’t necessarily belong, since its a discussion of Case Grammar Theory applied to Pauline verbs. The only other books that comes close is Linguistics and Biblical Interpretation by Cotterell & Turnerand Barr’s classic The Semantics of Biblical Language.

    Barr is dated, Wong is a different (though related topic), and Cotterell & Turner focuses on numberous other issues.

    This leaves only Silva, Louw, and Louw & Nida that specialize on the topic. And these three books complement each other, rather than replace.

    If anything, we need more books on Greek semantics.

  3. I suggest you finish God, Revelation, and Authority some time. I read vols 1-4 in the summer of 1981 and nearly all the rest of vols 5-6 when they came out later.

  4. I was thinking about the Cotterell & Turner book specifically, but then there area number of other books that go into the semantics thing and discuss Barr and Louw & Nida like:
    1.) The Hermeneutical Spiral by Osborne
    2.) Linguistics for Students of New Testament Greek by Black
    3.) Exegetical Fallacies by Carson
    4.) even Introduction to Biblical Interpretation by Klein, Hubbard, and Blomberg

    I also have the Louw & Nida’s Lexicon so I’m wondering will I find that much more that hasn’t been covered or reviewed in the books I listed. If so I’d like to read it.

    Blessings,
    Bryan L

  5. Doug, yeah, its on my to do list. I read volume one during my final semester at MBI, which was more time consuming than I expected, but I loved it. Presently though, all six volumes are sitting in a box in my parents basement. I don’t think I’ll see them until June when my wife and I finish classes in Dallas.

    Bryan L,

    Yeah, those books do a good job, but they skim the surface more than Lexical Semantics does.

    Actually, its funny that you mentioned the lexicon because the goal of the book is to expand on the methodology described in the preface to the lexicon so that people can see in detail the process involved in making the lexicon.

    My advice? Since you already have it, pick it up and read the first two or three chapters and then decide.

  6. Brain??

    I don’t have it anymore. I returned it. at 30 something for 100+ pages I thought I could probably get something else instead. I’ll check it out from the library though. Thanks

    Bryan L

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