May 8 was my birthday and I got an Amazon gift card. I also won the 1&2 Samuel commentary in the OTL set Jim West gave away the other week.
Here is what I decided to get with the gift card (1 new book and two others to very slowly replenish my lost books):
Art Glasser’s Announcing the Kingdom: The Story of God’s Mission in the Bible (Baker, 2003). Best book out there on a theology of the missio dei and the Kingdom in the Bible.
The late Robert Traina’s Methodical Bible Study (Zondervan, 2002). Traina was Eugene Peterson’s Bible teacher in Seminary. Want to know how to study the Bible (you’d be surprised how many of us don’t really know, even pastors and seminarians)?? Want to “study to show yourself approved” (2 Tim 2:15)? This is as good a place as any to start. Other translations of 2 15 say, “be diligent,.” To learn how to study the Bible following the Inductive or Methodical Method, well ask just that of you, that you “be diligent.” To get more into it all you can get this one too (that was written as a follow up), Inductive Bible Study: A Comprehensive Guide to the Practice of Hermeneutics (Baker 2011). Don’t get overwhelmed. Start with a small book, like Titus or Jude, even Philemon, and work your way up.
Finally, John Anderson talks about his friend and mentor Terence Frethiem and his work on the Old Testament quite a bit and I wanted to check it out for myself so I got Frethiem’s God and World in the Old Testament: A Relational Theology of Creation (Abingdon Press, 2005). Maybe it is my journey to becoming a liberal? 🙂 If I like this one, I am looking forward to checking out Creation Untamed: The Bible, God, and Natural Disasters (Theological Explorations for the Church Catholic)!
Finally, Jim West sent me a copy of First and Second Samuel: A Commentary (The Old Testament Library) by Graeme Auld (for which I am grateful as I would never have bought it given its price… I won it on his blog by saying “I think I should be blessed with Auld’s commentary because you have a chance to encourage a witless Pentecostal to get thinking right about 1&2 Samuel.” 🙂 So grateful for this book Dr Jim! Thanks again.