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Posted on June 21, 2017

In the time of Nicholas Copernicus, the heavens and all that was in them revolved around the earth. This was not a belief that needed to be argued, it was simply an observable fact. People could see it with their own eyes. Scientists, mathematicians, and philosophers affirmed it. Religious doctrine did too. There was, however, one small problem. The planets, though insignificant in size, moved in continual defiance of the enshrined system. By challenging the system and finding the true center, Copernicus began a revolution that transformed life on earth. This book is about a similar...

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Posted on June 21, 2017

Modern assumptions about the apostle Paul is that he abandoned aspects of Jewish living after his discovery of Jesus as the Messiah. This has led to much anti-Semitism and a rift between Judaism and "Christianity", something that Paul never intended. This collection of essays from well-respected contributors explore the implications of reading Paul’s instructions in his letters as aimed at Christ-following non-Jews, teaching them how to live in ways consistent with Judaism while remaining non-Jews.

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Posted on January 23, 2016

Back in 2010 I had the opportunity to hear some recordings of a class taught by the author of this book. As I listened and searched out the Scriptures, the Holy Spirit strengthened my faith in Jesus, stirred greater eagerness for His return, revealed my deep sinfulness and exalted the mercy of the Cross.

I don't say this lightly, but if you only read one book this year, let The Gospel of Christ Crucified be the one you read.

This book gives a clear, systematic, holistic presentation of the Gospel similar to a biblical theology, but arranged thematically to...

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Posted on April 2, 2013

Over the past several hundred years, the testimony of the four Gospels have been criticized, scrutinized, and undermined by liberal scholarship. In this book, Richard Bauckham argues that the Gospels are not anonymous oral traditions passed down and recorded in writing, but rather testimonies of eyewitnesses who had actually been with Jesus.

Bauckham forcefully refutes the long-standing idea of "form criticism" and draws on internal evidence in the Gospels themselves to support his argument.

I would highly recommend this book for any reader of the Gospels and those...

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Posted on April 2, 2013

The central theological distinctive of Christianity--that Jesus is God incarnate--has repeatedly come under fire from adherents to other religions and scholars who interpret Jesus as a prophet, angel, or guru. Putting Jesus in His Place is designed to introduce Christians to the wealth of biblical teaching on the deity of Christ. Using evidence from the New Testament, this book helps readers appreciate the significance of Christ's deity in a personal relationship with Him, and gives them the confidence to share the truth about Jesus with others.

Along with this book, I highly...

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Posted on September 30, 2009

One of the greatest claims of the New Testament is that Jesus of Nazareth is fully divine. Understanding what the New Testament reveals about Jesus is one of the most important things a Christian should understand. In this book, Richard Bauckham develops a "Christology of divine identity" that brings clarity to Second Temple Judaism's understanding of monotheism and includes Jesus in the unique identity of Israel's God.

I highly recommend this resource for all Christians and any serious student of Christology.

For a less scholarly, easier approach to Christology, I'd...