2019: Top 5 and Favorite Reads
This week's episode discusses some of my favorite reads from 2019, including my Top 5. Here are the titles discussed:
Genesis by Richard P. Belcher Jr.
Follow the Lamb by Rob Dalrymple
Family Shepherds by Vodie Bauchham Jr.
Deserting the King: The Book of Judges by David Beldman (Transformative Word Series)
Disciplines of a Godly Man by R. Kent Hughes
The Parables of Jesus by David Wenham
Tactics by Gregory Koukl
How To Teach The Tabernacle by David Gooding
Leviticus By Jay Sklar (TOTC)
ESV Expository Commentary on Daniel by Mitchell L. Chase
Love Your God With All Your Mind by J. P. Moreland (Re-read)
Living Life Backwards by David Gibson (Re-read)
Between the Cross and the Throne by Matthew Emerson (Re-Read)
Top 5 Books – 2019
1- According to Luke by David Gooding
2- Who Shall Ascend the Mt. of the Lord by L. Michael Morales
3- Why Expository Preaching? By David Jackman
4- Handbook on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament by G. K. Beale
5- Forsaken by Thomas H. McCall
Let's Talk Daniel
This week’s episode centers around a discussion of the Book of Daniel and six challenges to understanding it’s message. The six challenges include:
1. Unfamiliarity with Daniel 7-12
2. Predictive Prophecy vs. Pseudo Prophecy
3. The Identity of the Four Kingdoms of Daniel 2 &7
4. The 70 7’s of Daniel 9
5. The “shift” from Daniel 11:35 to 11:36
6. The Resurrection of Daniel 12:2&7
Authors discussed include:
Peter J. Gentry
Mitchell L. Chase
Paul R. House
James E. Smith
Christopher J. H. Wright
J. J. Collins
Family Shepherds by Vodie Baucham Jr.
Today's episode contains a review of Vodie Baucham Jr.'s book Family Shepherds. Baucham's book serves as a primer on parenting with a focus on the role, work, and influence of fathers. We discuss pros, cons, strengths, weaknesses, and overall content. Our review does not contain a full chapter-by-chapter breakdown, but it does discuss the major themes of the book. In our final assessment we give it a 6/10.
New Testament Surveys
New Testament Surveys
Today’s episode discusses New Testament Surveys on an introductory, intermediate, and advanced level. Titles and authors discussed include:
New Testament Books Made Simple by James E. Smith(Two other volumes in this series include Old Testament History Made Simple and Old Testament Books Made Simple)
Heart of the New Testament by H. I. Hester
The New Testament Book by Book by Roy Cogdill
Waldron Three Year Study Set
New Testament Commentary by Wayne Jackson
The Cradle, The Cross, and The Crown by Kostenberger, Kellum, and Quarrles
An Introduction to the New Testament by Carson and Moo
Survey of the New Testament by Robert Gundry
Popular Survey of the New Testament by Norman Geisler
Individual Book Surveys:
God With Us: An Introduction to Matthew by D. A. Carson
Between the Cross and the Throne by Matthew Emerson (An Introduction to Revelation)
Advanced Surveys: New Testament Theologies
A Theology of Matthew by Charles Quarrells
The Acts of the Risen Lord Jesus by Allan J. Thompson
Theology of the Book of Revelation by Richard Bauckham
Bad Guys: Raymond E. Brown and Bart Ehrman
Old Testament Surveys
Grasping the Big Picture of the Bible is crucial to sound exegesis. We want to challenge listeners to place yearly emphasis on reading a survey of the Bible (be it an Old Testament Survey, New Testament Survey, or Bible Survey) to not only aid in building their own knowledge of the Bible but to also help in teaching others the Bible's message. Today's episode focuses exclusively on Old Testament surveys and does so by addressing four categories of books: Introductory Surveys, Intermediate Surveys, Old Testament Theologies, and Theologies of Individual Books of the Old Testament. Here is the list of titles discussed in today's episode:
Introduction to Biblical Studies by James E. Smith
The Heart of Hebrew History by H. I. Hester
A Popular Survey of the Old Testament by Norman Geisler
From Creation to the Day of Eternity by Homer Hailey
Haley's Bible Handbook
What the Old Testament Authors Really Cared About by Jason DeRouchie
Old Testament Survey by Paul House
The Message of the Prophets by J. Daniel Hayes
The Faith of Israel by William J. Dumbrell
A Survey of the Old Testament - 5 Volume Set - by James E. Smith
Exploring the Old Testament Series by Various Authors (including Gordon J. Wenham)
Theology of the Old Testament:
Old Testament Theology by Bruce Waltke
Old Testament Theology by Paul House
Old Testament Theology by John Sailhamer
Theological Interpretation of the Old Testament by Kevin J. Vanhoozer
Old Testament Theology by John Goldingay
Old Testament Theology by Gerhard Von Rad
Theology of an Individual Book of the Old Testament:
Who Shall Ascend the Mountain of the Lord by Michael Morales (Theology of Leviticus)
Now Choose Life by J. Gary Millar (Theology of Deuteronomy)
Finding Favor in the Sight of God by Richard P. Belcher Jr. (Theology of Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, & Job)
Books Everyone Owns But Nobody Reads
Today we discuss how people build their libraries and wind up with a lot of books that they don't read. Beyond discussing individual books and sets found unused in most libraries we discuss issues of why the books were purchased and why they go unused. We hope this episode will provide listeners with some insights into how to avoid making mistakes in building their libraries, challenge them to read more, and motivate some to finally get around to reading books that they have put off reading for years.
Book Review: The Gospel According to Jonah: Salvation Through Judgment and Mercy by Bryan Estelle
Today’s episode provides a full length review of Bryan D. Estelle’s book Salvation Through Judgment and Mercy: The Gospel According to Jonah. Pick up a copy in our bookstore HERE. Along the way we discuss issues such as historical accuracy, structure, typology, parallelism, turning points, salvation, repentance, open theology, and regression. Estelle’s book brings a neglected gem into the light and causes the reader to marvel at it grandeur. Our hope is that our review will provoke our listeners to pick up a copy of this great resource and rediscover some forgotten truths in God’s Word.
Other Books Referenced include:
Jesus and Jonah by J. W. McGarvey
Handbook on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament by G. K. Beale
A Primer on Exodus Commentaries
Today's episode introduces listeners to some commentaries on the Book of Exodus. The list of commentaries discussed is by no means exhaustive, but there are some helpful points for those wishing to study this fascinating book of the Bible. We begin with a discussion of why it is important to study Exodus, and we conclude with a specific look a J. A. Motyer's commentary on Exodus.
Exodus: The Lord and His Pilgrims
Exodus by J. A. Motyer (Bible Speaks Today Series)
Exodus a Commentary by James E. Smith
More Critical Works:
Commentary on Exodus by Umberto Caussuto
A Commentary on Exodus by Duane Garrett (Kregel Exegetical Library)
New American Commentary on Exodus by Douglas Stuart
Exodus by T. Desmond Alexander (Apollos Old Testament Commentary Series)
Exodus: A Mentor Commentary by John L. MacKay
Exodus by Bevard Childs (Old Testament Library Series)
Zechariah 4 and the Two Olive Trees
In todays episode I discuss some of my recent findings within the books of Revelation and Zechariah. In Revelation 11:4 the Bible speaks of two witnesses who are represented as two olive trees and two lampstands. What is the meaning behind the symbolism of lampstands and olive trees? The olive tree symbolism of Revelation 11:4 is taken from Zechariah 4, but merely acknowledging the borrowing does not explain the symbolism. Join us as we discuss this fascinating piece of Biblical prophecy.
Zechariah: A Christian Interpretation by James E. Smith
ESV Expository Commentary on Zechariah by Anthony Peterson
To download George Battey's series on the Book of Revelation go to: www.IndyChurchofChrist.com
Commentary Sets: Pros, Cons, and Controversies
In today’s episode we discuss the pros, cons, and controversies surrounding the use of commentary sets. Should we even use commentaries? Should we only use commentaries from a church of Christ background? Are commentary sets more helpful that individual commentaries? These and other questions are address and hopefully the answers provided are helpful.
Books that receive honorable mention include:
Between the Cross and the Throne by Matthew Emmerson
God With Us by D. A. Carson
The Lamb, the Woman, and the Dragon by Albertus Pieters
Worthy is the Lamb by Ray Summers
Contending For the Faith: Matthew by John M. Criswell
New International Greek Testament Commentary on Revelation by G. K. Beale
New International Commentary of the New Testament on Matthew by R. T. France
Episode #19: Book Review with Jamie Thomson: Genesis by Richard P. Belcher Jr.
Jamie Thomson joins today’s episode to discuss Richard P. Belcher’s commentary on Genesis from the Focus on the Bible Commentary Series. We discuss Belcher’s background, the purpose and focus of his commentary, the benefits and hang-ups of his work, and much more in this round-table discussion.
Pick up a copy in our bookstore:
Other books mentioned in today’s episode include:
Finding Favor in the Sight of God by Richard P. Belcher Jr. (part of the New Studies in Biblical Theology Series)
Isaiah by Alan Harmon (part of the Focus on the Bible Commentary Series)
Joshua-2Kings by Dale Ralph Davis (part of the Focus on the Bible Commentary Series)
The New American Commentary on Genesis by Kenneth Mathews
Episode #18: Do YOu Know James E. Smith?
Today I want to introduce my listeners to one of my favorite authors: James E. Smith.
If you are not familiar with Smith's writings it's time to get acquainted. Smith is a prolific writer on the Old Testament who holds a high view of inspiration and conservative approach to Biblical interpretation.
Most of the books discussed in today's episode can be found in our bookstore at ChristianResearcher.com and include:
Introduction to Biblical Studies
A Christian View of the Old Testament
The Promised Messiah
Exploring Mt. Zion
Is There Any Word From The Lord?
Which Books Belong in the Bible?
God's Law Our Compass (This is the one book Smith has written that I do not recommend).
Episode #17: Reading WIth Aaron Battey
In Part 2 of my interview with Aaron Battey we discuss reading goals, Bible reading plans, books that have had the greatest impact on his thinking (outside the Bible), books he recommends, study helps, tips, tools, and more. If you haven’t checked out Aaron’s website be sure to take a look @ www.fiveminutebiblestudy.com .
Books discussed this week include:
I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist by Norman Geisler and Frank Turek
Drawing Water From The Wells of Salvation by Doug Edwards
Introduction to Biblical Studies by James E. Smith
The Origin of the Bible by Philip Comfort
The Unfolding Mystery by Edmond Clowney
The Man Who Gave God an English Voice by David Teems
Episode #16: Interview with Aaron Battey: Learning From the Greats
Young aspiring evangelist Aaron Battey (a.k.a my brother) stopped in the studio today to discuss the training he has recently undergone with two evangelists in preparation for going into the field full-time.. In particular, reading assignments and tools that he was introduced to along the way.
Episode #15: Love Your God With All Your Mind by J. P. Moreland - Reviewed
Love Your God With All Your Mind by J. P. Moreland is a fascinating book that challenges Christians to develop their intellectual mind for the glory of God. We provide an in-depth review of the Pros and Cons to both provoke listeners to read the book and help equip them to avoid a few pitfalls they will encounter along the way.
Other books referenced/recommended along the way include:
Love Your God With All Your Mind by J. P. Moreland (2nd edition)
The King Jesus Gospel by Scott McKnight
Debate Notes on Bible Classes by George F. Battey
A Weed in the Church by Scott T. Brown
God and Government by Lee M. Rogers
Civil Government by David Lipscomb
The Final Word by O. Palmer Robertson
Episode #14: Devotional vs. Intellectual Reading Strategies
What is the purpose of devotional reading? Is devotional reading a valid practice? Are there good materials to encourage devotional reading? What is the main difference between devotional reading and intellectual reading? What should be the main focus of intellectual reading? What are some good practices to follow when reading critically? What challenges should you present to yourself when reading critically? These and other great questions are discussed in today's episode.
Books Recommendation in This Episode: (Hyperlinks provided)
Granville Tyler Workbooks
New Testament Questions by E. M. Zerr
Mrs. Lee’s Bible Stories
Psalms by the Day by Alec Motyer
The Parables by Simon J. Kistemaker
The Miracles by Simon J. Kistemaker
Mark: DoubleDay Bible Commentary by R. T. France
Episode #13: Leviticus Research
Today’s episode of the Been There Read That Podcast centers around commentaries on the book of Leviticus. While searching for a good commentary to provide a sound structure, big picture, and thorough introduction to Leviticus, Nathan discovered both positive components and problematic pitfalls in a number of commentaries. His research ultimately lead him to what will hopefully be a worthwhile commentary to add to any library.
Commentaries discussed in this episode include:
New International Commentary on Leviticus by Gordon J. Wenham
Leviticus, A Commentary by James E. Smith
Mentor Commentary: Leviticus by Robert Vasholz
Holiness to the Lord: A Guide to the Exposition of the Book of Leviticus by Allen P. Ross
Bible Speaks Today Commentary: Leviticus by Derek Tidball
New American Commentary: Leviticus by Mark F. Rooker
Tablets of Stone by John Reisinger
Who Shall Ascend the Mountain of the Lord by L. Michael Morales
Tyndale Old Testament Commentary: Leviticus by R. K. Harrison
Tyndale Old Testament Commentary: Leviticus by Jay Sklar
Episode #12: Bad Guys: Authors to Avoid
In this week's episode we provide a list of a "dirty dozen" dangerous authors to avoid when building your library. Rather than merely naming the authors, we have also provided a brief discussion of the positions they hold that make them dangerous. Our list includes:
C. John Collins
Focus on the Bible Commentary: Genesis by Richard P. Belcher Jr.
The Gagging of God by D. A. Carson
Episode #11: Current Reads and More Reading Tips
In this week's episode we share a few more reading tips and discuss the following books that are on my current reading list:
The Spirit and the Word by J. C. Holloway
The Life of Christ by R. C. Foster
What the Old Testament Authors Really Cared About by Jason S. DeRouchie
Love Your God With All Your Mind by J. P. Moreland
Handbook to the New Testament Use of the Old Testament by G. K. Beale
From Paradise to the Promised Land by T. Desmond Alexander
1 & 2 Chronicles by Richard L. Pratt ( A Mentor Commentary)
2 Samuel by Dale Ralph Davis (Focus on the Bible Commentary Series)
Christ Centered Exposition: Exalting Jesus in 1+2 Samuel by Heath Thomas and J. D. Grear
Paul Through Mediterranean Eyes by Kenneth E. Bailey
Tyndale Commentary on 1 Corinthians by Thomas Schreiner
Episode #10: Kingdom Come by Sam Storms - A Book Review
This week’s episode contains a review of Sam Storm’s book Kingdom Come. We have attempted to present an unbiased view of the book while noting both its strengths and shortcomings.
Here are books that are recommended as alternative reads to particular areas of study presented within Storm’s work:
An Evening of Eschatology: Premillennialism, Amillennialism, and Postmillennialism (available on YouTube)
The Anti-Christ by George Battey (available on ChristianLandmark.com)
The Mark of the Beast by George Battey (available on ChristianLandmark.com)
Episode #9: An Interview WIth George Battey on the Book of Revelation - Part 2
This week's episode centers around a discussion of books to avoid and obtain in studying the Book of Revelation. Brother George Battey is in the process of writing his own commentary on the Book of Revelation and has done a ton of reading and research in the process. We are thankful for his willingness to sit down with us and share some of the materials that he has found helpful.
Bad Authors To Avoid:
The Woman the Lion and the Dragon by Albertus Pieters
The Returning King by Vern Poythress
Between the Cross and the Throne by Matthew Emerson
Kingdom Come by Sam Storms
A Case For Amillennialism by Kim Riddlebarger
The Triumph of the Lamb by Dennis Johnson
The Revelation of John a Narrative Commentary by James L. Resseguie
The Drama of Christianity by S. L. Morris
Behold the Revelation of Jesus Christ by James E. Smith
The Message of Revelation by Michael Wilcock
More Than Conquerors by William Hendriksen
ESV Expository Commentary on Revelation by Thomas R. Schreiner
The Expositor’s Bible on Revelation by William Milligan
Lectures of the Apocalypse by William Milligan
New International Greek Testament Commentary on Revelation by G. K. Beale
Revelation: A Shorter Commentary by G. K. Beale
A Theology of the Book of Revelation by Richard Bauckham
The Climax of Prophecy by Richard Bauckham
The Revelation of St. John by G. B. Caird
The Revelation of St. John by R. C. H. Lenski
The Pulpit Commentary on Revelation by Alfred Plummer
Episode #8: An Interview With George Battey on the Book of Revelation - Part 1
In today’s episode we have our first guest interview. Evangelist and author Brother George Battey (my father) joins us to discuss the Book of Revelation. Brother Battey is currently writing a commentary of the Book of Revelation and shares with us some helpful historical and theological information regarding this challenging book of the Bible. Topics discussed include:
Episode #7: Don't Waste Your Money
In this week's episode we discuss keys to building your library wisely on a budget. Tips include utilizing free books, selling books you don't use, knowing what a good price is for a book, how to assess a book you are not familiar with, how and where to find book reviews, and how to target/discover good books.
Books discussed in this episode includes:
The Preacher and His Work by Jack Meyer Sr.
Old Testament Commentary Survey by Tremper Longman III.
New Testament Commentary Survey by D. A. Carson
Episode #6: Reading Assignment, Sabbath,and Creation
Episode #6 discusses the pros and cons of the weekly reading assignment in T. Desmond Alexander’s book From Paradise to the Promised Land. Two issues that surfaced in the assignment were the concept of a corrupted creation through man’s fall and keeping the Sabbath ordinance of the Old Testament. Reading recommendations related to these two issues included:
Episode #5: Author Highlight: O. Palmer Robertson
Today’s episode shines the spotlight on author O. Palmer Robertson. Robertson’s major works are introduced and then a full review is given of his two best books.
- Christ of the Prophets
- The Genesis of Sex
- The Israel of God
- The Christ of Wisdom
- The Christ of the Covenants (not recommended)
- The Current Justification Controversy (not recommended)
- The Final Word
- God’s People in the Wilderness
Episode #4: The Pentateuch, THe Garden, The Kingdom, and More
Episode #4 begins with some helpful reading practices, discusses last week's assigned reading, introduces some books that arrived in the mail, and opens a discussion topic on Calvinism. The largest portion of the episode features a discussion of the high points from chapters 7 & 8 of T. Desmond Alexander's "From Paradise to the Promised Land". Alexander's book is currently featured in the weekly reading assignments. There are also brief reviews and introductions to "Kingdom Come" by Sam Storms, "Paul Through Mediterranean Eyes" by Kenneth E. Bailey, "Drawing Water From The Wells Of Salvation"Doug Edward, "Practicing Proverbs" by Richard Mayhue, "Jesus the Sage" by Ben Witherington, "Seriously Dangerous Religion" by Iain Provan, "Elect in the Son" by Robert Shank, and "The Gospel Plan of Salvation" by T. W. Brents. If you have a favorite book to recommend on the topic of Calvinism, please send us the title and author's name to ChristianResearcher@gmail.com.
Episode #3: Reading GOals and Reviews
Today's episode features a discussion of New Year's resolution reading goals, reading strategies, a few brief reviews of Nathan's current reading material, and an invitation to join in a reading study through the Pentateuch.
Episode #2: Where we are Going
In today's episode we will discuss all of the different types of content you can expect to find in upcoming episodes including reading programs, book reviews, study recommendations, interviews, and much more.
Episode #1: Intro And Goals of the Podcast
Join us for our first episode and get to know us, our website (www.ChristianResearcher.com), and the goals we hope to accomplish through our podcast. Our main goal is to promote Bible knowledge by offering encouragement pointing listeners toward helpful resources and techniques. We're excited about this new endeavor and hope you will join us in our weekly journey.