Blue Collar Theology 18: New Reference Works

It’s been about a month since my last BCT post, but I hope to resume regular posting on this series. One of the things a Blue Collar Theology believes in is equipping yourself theologically with good reference works. Over the past year, there have been some excellent reference works, and I thought I’d direct you to some of them. Here they are:

* Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament – edited by G.K. Beale and D.A. Carson (creative and helpful resource)

* New Testament Theology: Magnifying God in Christ – Tom Schreiner (excellent resource from top NT scholar)

* An Old Testament Theology: A Canonical and Thematic Approach by Bruce Waltke and Charles Yu (perhaps best resource on OT)

* Faith Comes by Hearing: A Response to Inclusivism – edited by Robert Peterson and Christopher Morgan (coming in March)

* The Works of Andrew Fuller – edited by Michael Haykin (one-volume edition)

* Perspectives on the Doctrine of God: Four Views – edited by Bruce Ware (four contributing authors are Paul Helm, Bruce Ware, John Sanders, and Roger Olson; coming in March)

* Dictionary of Major Biblical Interpreters edited by Donald McKim (great resource to see how various folks in church history interpreted the Bible)

* Reformed Dogmatics, Vol. 4: Holy Spirit, Church, New Creation by Herman Bavinck (4th volume in this excellent series)

* Understanding Four Views on the Lord’s Supper – edited by John Armstrong (four contributing authors are by Russell D. Moore, I. John Hesselink, David P. Scaer, and Thomas A. Baima)

* Koine Greek Reader: Selected Readings from the New Testament, Septuagint, and Early Christian Writers – by Rodney Decker (new reader for on various Greek texts; helpful to stay fresh on reading)

* The UBS Greek New Testament: Reader Edition

* The Expansion of Evangelicalism: The Age of Wilberforce, More, Chalmers, and Finney by John Wolffe (third volume in a series; good resource on church history)

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4 Comments on “Blue Collar Theology 18: New Reference Works”

  1. Jeff Says:

    Great list. One comment though. I think Dr. Fuller would disagree about Waltke’s text. (Disagree is putting it mildly.) For what it’s worth.

  2. Yeah, I guess that’s where the conditional “perhaps” comes in. Just curious, but what specifically does he disagree with?

  3. Jeff Says:

    To start with, his interpretaion of Genesis 1:1 and the implications drawn from that. (I have not read the text book myself, in the interest of full disclosure!) He also disagrees with the implications Waltke draws from the use of mytho-poetic language. There were many, many more areas of disagreement. In fact, he (Fuller) spent significant portions of class (Theology of the OT) going through sections of the book and explaining his points of disagreement; but without having my notes handy at the time I am writing this, it is rather difficult to give an exhaustive list. ( By the way, we used Merrill’s text for the class.) Anyway, the message I took away from all that was that Waltke’s text was not that great and so I have been hesitant to get it. But that’s me.

  4. That’s interesting because the book has received really high marks from many respected theologians. I have only browsed the book, so I cannot give much of a critique, and I am certainly no OT scholar! It would be great if Dr. Fuller wrote a book review on it, laying out his points of contention.

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