Yes, I know, I know…Christmas is a time for giving! That’s why I only bought a few books this month. 🙂 Actually, I don’t know how much time I’m going to have through the holidays for extra reading, but just in case I bought several books that have been on my list for quite some time. Here’s a quick run down of the gems that are on their way from WTSBooks.com.
- Exodus – NIV Application Commentary
- Book of Exodus (Old Testament Library Commentary)
- Minor Prophets, The: An Exegetical and Expository Commentary
- Kingdom Prologue: Genesis Foundations for a Covenantal Worldview
- Covenant Theology: A Reformed and Baptistic Perspective on God’s Covenants
- Baptism in the Early Church: History, Theology, and Liturgy in the First Five Centuries
- A New Testament Biblical Theology: The Unfolding of the Old Testament in the New
A few thoughts about this collection of books:
First, I bought a couple commentaries on Exodus because I realized a couple months ago that out of the hundreds of commentaries I own, I did not have a single commentary on the book of Exodus. You have no idea how uneasy that makes me; it’s like I had this fear that someone was going to call and invite me to preach and request that I preach from Exodus! Well, out of the 5-6 I had in my wish list, I purchased these two to get me started. I feel much better, thank you.
Also, for the last few weeks I’ve had my eye on the massive (nearly 1,500 pages!) exegetical commentary on the Minor Prophets. WTSBooks has had it on clearance for only $28 (that’s 60% off!) for a while. I finally broke down and bought it. If you enjoy commentaries, I would snatch this one up while they still have some at this incredible price. Here’s quick snippet from the publisher’s description:
This edition, which now combines three volumes into one, offers an authoritative, evangelical treatment of the prophets. Here noted scholars–including Bruce Waltke, Tremper Longman III, F. F. Bruce, J. Alec Motyer, and Joyce Baldwin–provide meticulous exegesis of the Hebrew text and relate the message of the ancient prophets to contemporary life.
Also, I’ve had several additional books on Covenant Theology in my wishlist for some time. I’ve read a little of Meredith Kline and have greatly enjoyed what I’ve read. His book, Kingdom Prologue, is highly recommended; so I’m looking forward to digging into that one. And, as many of you know, Greg Nichols recently published his new book on a Reformed Baptist understanding of Covenant Theology. I’ve had his class notes in a spiral-bound format for years. Having read a great deal on the covenants, this will make an excellent addition to my library.
The book Baptism in the Early Church just looks interesting. After discussing baptism in the early church with several folks online, this book was one that kept coming up in discussions. The publisher’s description will help you see why:
This magisterial volume is a comprehensive survey of the doctrine and practice of baptism in the first five centuries of Christian history, arranged geographically within chronological periods. Baptism in the Early Church covers the antecedents to Christian baptism and traces the history of Christian doctrine and practice from the New Testament through the writings of the church fathers of the fourth and fifth centuries.
In this comprehensive exposition, a leading New Testament scholar explores the unfolding theological unity of the entire Bible from the vantage point of the New Testament. G. K. Beale, coeditor of the award-winning Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament, examines how the New Testament storyline relates to and develops the Old Testament storyline. Beale argues that every major concept of the New Testament is a development of a concept from the Old and is to be understood as a facet of the inauguration of the latter-day new creation and kingdom.