Resources – Books

This is a list of books I’ve read while doing research for this blog. Naturally, I’m reading books which I expect will be useful in my research, but not all of them are ones I’d necessarily recommend to other people. Most of these are available on Amazon, so if you’re interested in a book, please read the reviews there.

2019

  • Hixson, Elijah and Gurry, Peter J. Myths and Mistakes in New Testament Textual Criticism (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2019; Logos) Started 03-Dec-2019; Finished 01-Feb-2020. Rating ★★★★★1 (Amazon) (Logos) Category: Manuscripts, Textual Criticism
  • Black, David Alan. New Testament Textual Criticism: A Concise Guide (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Academic, 1994; Logos) Started 01-Dec-2019; Finished 02-Dec-2019. Rating ★★★★☆2(Amazon) (Logos)Category: Textual Criticism
  • Metzger, Bruce M. The New Testament: Its Background, Growth & Content, Third Edition (Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press, 2003) Started 02-Dec-2019. Rating ★★★★☆ (Amazon) Category: Apologetics
  • Geisler, Norman L. and Ronald M. Brooks. When Skeptics Ask: A Handbook on Christian Evidences (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 1996; Logos) Finished 28-Nov-2019. Rating ★★★★☆3 (Amazon) (Logos) Category: Apologetics
  • Wallace, Daniel B. (Editor) Revisiting the Corruption of the New Testament: Manuscript, Patristic, and Apocryphal Evidence (Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Publications, 2011) Started 31-Aug-2019; Finished 21-Nov-2019. Rating ★★★☆☆ (Amazon) (Logos) Category: Textual Criticism
  • Erhman, Bart D. Misquoting Jesus: The Story Behind Who Changed the Bible and Why (New York, NY: HarperCollins, 2005) Started: 08-Nov-2019; Finished 16-Nov-2019. Rating ★★☆☆☆4 Category: Textual Criticism
  • Wegner, Paul D. A Student’s Guide to Textual Criticism of the Bible: Its History, Methods and Results (Downers Grove, IL: IVP  Academic, 2006; Logos) Started 20-Oct-2019; Finished 04-Nov-2019. Rating ★★★★★ (Amazon) (Logos) Category: Manuscripts, Textual Criticism
  • Pelikan, Jaroslav. Whose Bible Is It? A History of the Scriptures Through the Ages (New York, NY: Penguin Group, 2005) Started 07-Oct-2019. Rating ★★★☆☆  (Amazon, different edition)
  • Wilkins, Don and Edward D. Andrews. The Text of the New Testament: The Science and Art of Textual Criticism (Cambridge, OH: Christian Publishing House, 2017; Kindle) Started 07-Sep-2019; Finished 13-Oct-2029. Rating ★★★★☆ (Amazon) Category: Manuscripts, Textual Criticism
  • York, Karen (General editor). The Bible Illuminated: How Art Brought the Bible to an Illiterate World (Franklin, TN: Worthy Publishing, 2017) Started 06-Sep-2019; Finished 04-Oct-2019. Rating ★★★★☆ (Amazon) (Museum of the Bible) Category: Illuminated Manuscripts
  • Findley, Michael J. and Mary C. Findley. Old Testament and New Testament Manuscript History, Second edition. (Findley Family Video Publications, 2015; Kindle) Started 05-Sep-2019, finished 05-Sep-2019. (Amazon) (OverDrive) Category: Manuscripts
  • Metzger, Bruce M. The Text of the Testament: Its Transmission, Corruption and Restoration, Third Enlarged Edition (New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 1992) Started 14-Aug-2019, finished 30-Aug-2019. Category: Textual Criticism
  • Funk Robert W. and Roy W. Hoover. The Five Gospels: The Search for the Authentic Words of Jesus: Introduction (New York, NY: Macmillan Publishing Company) Started 14-Aug-2019, finished 14-Aug-2019. Category: Canon
  • Robertson, Pat. Answers to 200 of Life’s Most Probing Questions (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1984) Started 09-Aug-2019, finished 05-Sep-2019. (Amazon)
  • Davidson, Samuel. The Canon of the Bible: Its Formation, History, And Fluctuations, 3rd edition (New York, NY: Peter Eckler Publishing Co., 1877; Kindle) (Amazon) (Category: Canon)
  • Waldron, Samuel. The Canon of Scripture (Monergism) Accessed 09-Jul-2019.Broocks, Rice. God’s Not Dead: Evidence for God in an Age of Uncertainty (Nashville, TN: W Publishing Group, 2013) (Amazon) (Category: Canon)
  • Bruce, F. F. The New Testament Documents: Are They Reliable? Sixth Edition (Nashville, TN: Kingsley Books, 1981; Kindle) (Amazon)
  • McDowell, Josh D. and Clay Jones. The Bibliographical Test (Equip.org, 2014; PDF) Started 30-Jun-2019, finished 30-Jun-2019. Category: Manuscripts
  • Beet, Joseph. The New Testament: Its Authorship, Date and, Worth (London, England: Robert Culley, 1908; Logos book) (Amazon) (Logos) (Category: Gospel)
  • Jukes, Andrew. THE Characteristic Differences OF THE FOUR GOSPELS Considered as Revealing Various Relations of the Lord Jesus Christ, 13th Edition (Pickering & Inglis, 1853) (ALampThatBurns.net) (Category: Gospel)
  • Paley, William. Natural Theology: or, Evidences of the Existence and Attributes of the Deity, Collected from the Appearances of Nature (Suzeteo Enterprise, 2012; Originally written in 1802)
  • Enns, Peter. When was Genesis Written and Why Does it Matter? A Brief Historical Study (The BioLogos Foundation)
  • Wallace, J. Warner. Cold-Case Christianity: A Homicide Detective Investigates the Claims of the Gospels (Colorado Springs, CO: David C. Cook, 2013) (Amazon)
  • Pink, Arthur W. Why For Gospels? (Swengel, PA: Bible Truth Dept, 1921; Wordsearch Book) (Logos) (Wordsearch)
  • Williams, Peter J. Can We Trust the Gospels? (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2018; Logos book) (Logos)
  • Witsius, Herman. The Question: Was Moses the Author of the Pentateuch? Answered in the affirmative. Translated by John Donaldson. (Edinburgh, Scotland: MacLaren & MacNiven, 1877) From: Witsius, Herman. A Treatise on Prophets and Prophecy, Book I Chapter XIV. (Logos)
  • Koukl, Gregory. The Story of Reality: How the World Began, How it Ends, and Everything Important that Happens in Between (Zondervan, 2017; Kindle e-book) (Amazon)
  • Kreeft, Peter and Ronald K. Tacelli. Handbook of Christian Apologetics: Hundreds of Answers to Critical Questions (Downers Grove, IL: Intervarsity Press, 1994; Logos e-book) (Logos)
  • Delius, Christopher, Matthias Gatzemeier, Deniz Sertcan and Kathleen Wünscher. The Story of Philosophy from Antiquity to the Present (Potsdam, Germany: h.f.ullmann, 2014)
  • Strobel, Lee. The Case for the Resurrection (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2009) (Amazon)
  • McDowell, Josh and McDowell, Sean. Evidence That Demands a Verdict: Life-Changing Truth for a Skeptical World (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, 2017) (Amazon)

2018

  • Ham, Ken (Editor), Bodie Hodge (Editor), and Tim Chaffey (Editor). Demolishing Supposed Bible Contradictions, Volume 2 (Green Forest, AR: Master Books, 2012) (AmazonAnswers in Genesis)
  • Craig, William Lane. On Guard: Defending Your Faith with Reason and Precision (Colorado Springs, CO: David C Cook, 2010) (Amazon)
  • Hudson, Christopher D. Inside the Mysteries of the Bible: New Perspectives on Ancient Truths (New York, NY: Time Inc. Home Entertainment, 2006) (Amazon)
  • Geisler, Norman and Shawn Nelson. Evidence of an Early New Testament Canon (Matthews, NC: Bastion Books, 2015; Kindle E-Book) (Amazon)
  • Mittelberg, Mark. The Questions Christians Hope No One Will Ask (Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 2010) (Amazon)
  • Strobel, Lee. The Case for Faith (Grand Rapids,MI: Zondervan, 2000) (Amazon)
  • Ham, Ken (General Editor) and Bodies Hodge (General Editor). How do We Know the Bible is True? Volume 1 (Green Forest, AR: Master Books, 2012) (Amazon, Answers in Genesis)
  • Geisler, Norman L. and Frank Turek. I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist (Wheaton, IL: Crosswsy Books, 2004) (Amazon.com)
  • DeYoung, Donald B. Astronomy and the Bible (Winona Lake, IN: BMH Books, 2010) (Amazon)
  • Keathley, Kenneth D. and Mark F. Rooker. 40 Questions About Creation and Evolution (Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Publications, 2014) (Amazon)
  • Ray, Stephen K. and R. Dennis Walters. Do You Believe?: The Basic Christian Creeds (San Diego, CA: Catholic Answers, 2005) (Logos Bible Software)
  • Blomberg, Craig L. The Historical Reliability of the Gospels, Second Edition. (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2007) (Amazon)

This is a partial list of the books I’ve read over the past few years, prior to starting a blog.

  • Anderson, James N. What’s Your Worldview?: An Interactive Approach to Life’s Big Questions (Crossway, 2014) (Amazon)
  • Craig, William Lane and Gorra, Joseph E. A Reasonable Response: Answers to Tough Questions on God, Christianity, and the Bible (Chicago, IL:Moody Publishers, 2013) (Amazon)
  • Craig, William Lane. Reasonable Faith: Christian Truth and Apologetics, Third Edition (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2008) (Amazon)
  • Green, Steve. The Bible In America (Oklahoma City, OK: Dust Jacket Press, 2013) (Amazon)
  • Keller, Timothy. The Reason for God (New York, NY: Penguin Random House, 2008) (Amazon)
  • Hodge, Boddie. The Fall of Satan: Rebels in the Garden (Green Forest, AR: Master Books, 2011) (Answers in Genesis)
  • Koukl, Gregory. Tactics: A Game Plan for Discussing Your Christian Convictions (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2009) (Amazon)
  • Landis, Don (General Editor) The Genius of Ancient Man: Evolution’s Nightmare (Green Forest, AR: Master Books 2012) (Amazon) (Answers in Genesis)
  • Landis, Don (General Editor) Secrets of Ancient Man: Revelations from the Ruins (Green Forest, AR: Master Books 2015) (Amazon) (Answers in Genesis)
  • Lisle, Jason. Taking Back Astronomy: The Heavens Declare Creation (Green Forest, AR: Master Books, 2006) (Amazon) (Answers in Genesis)
  • Mahoney, Timothy P. and Stephen Law. Patterns of Evidence: Exodus. A Filmmaker’s Journey (St. Louis Park, MN: Thinking Man Media, 2015) (Amazon)
  • McDowell, Sean. Apologetics for a New Generation: A Biblical and Culturally Relevant Approach to Talking About God (Eugene, OR: Harvest House Publishers, 2009) (Amazon)
  • Morris, Henry M. and Austin, Steven A. Footprints in the Ash: The Explosive Story of Mount St. Helens (Green Forest, AR: Master Books, 2009) (Amazon) (Answers in Genesis)
  • Morris, Henry M. Men of Science, Men of God: Great Scientists Who Believed the Bible (Green Forest, AR: Master Books, 2012) (Amazon)
  • Strobel, Lee. The Case for Christ: A Journalist’s Personal Investigation of the Evidence for Jesus (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1998) (Amazon)
  • Strobel, Lee and Mittelberg, Mark. The Unexpected Adventure: Taking Everyday Risks to Talk with People About Jesus (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2009) (Amazon)
  • Wallace, J. Warner. Cold-Case Christianity: A Homicide Detective Investigates the Claims of the Gospels (Colorado Springs, CO: David C. Cook, 2013) (Amazon)
  • Wallace, J. Warner. God’s Crime Scene: A Cold-Case Detective Examines the Evidence for a Divinely Created Universe (Colorado Springs, CO: David C. Cook, 2013) (Amazon)

Footnotes

  1. I’ll preface this review of Myths and Mistakes in New Testament Textual Criticism by stating I have no training in textual criticism, or even Greek. I write a blog about the Bible and I’m trying to learn a bit about textual criticism (and Biblical manuscripts in general) for a series of articles I’m working on. This is the eighth book I’ve read on textual criticism in the past six months. The book deserves 5 stars because it is very informative. I will state it didn’t hold my attention, but I suspect that has more to do with an overload of textual criticism studying on my part, rather than the quality of the writing. None of the myths presented were surprising to me, and quite a few of them I was at least vaguely aware of. The opinions presented seemed to be more consistent with other books I’ve read which were published recently. Where it conflicted with what I’d read previously, I believe it was with older books. I’m not surprised these areas are called myths, as some of the conflicting ideas have likely been taught for decades. I can recommend reading this book, but it’s not for everyone. I would not recommend it for someone who just wants some introductory knowledge in textual criticism (Wegner, Paul D. A Student’s Guide to Textual Criticism of the Bible: Its History, Methods and Results and Black, David Alan. New Testament Textual Criticism: A Concise Guide are good introductions). This book assumes the reader knows why TC is done, and how it’s done, so it’s for a more advanced audience who want to improve their understanding and skills.
  2. The book New Testament Textual Criticism: A Concise Guide is very short, but it contains a nice introduction to Textual Criticism. The last chapter in the book gives some specific examples of textual criticism, with a few pages devoted to John 3:23. New Testament Textual Criticism: A Concise Guide is a good introduction for someone casually interested in learning what Textual Criticism is. For people who want more than surface knowledge, I’d recommend: Wegner, Paul D. A Student’s Guide to Textual Criticism of the Bible: Its History, Methods and Results. Another good book is: Wilkins, Don and Edward D. Andrews. The Text of the New Testament: The Science and Art of Textual Criticism. For people serious about learning textual criticism, try: Metzger, Bruce M. The Text of the Testament: Its Transmission, Corruption and Restoration. I’d also recommend Hixson, Elijah and Gurry, Peter J. Myths and Mistakes in New Testament Textual Criticism
  3. When Skeptics Ask gives good, solid answers to serious questions about Christianity. The questions addressed are ones that are appropriate for any culture and any time; they’re not the latest meme on social media that can be answered quickly. Be prepared to spend time thinking about the answers. I really wanted to give this book 5 stars, but I decided on four because it didn’t hold my attention.
  4. Misquoting Jesus: The Story Behind Who Changed the Bible and Why was written from an agnostic point of view.