Favorite Study books

Discussion in 'Book Reviews' started by Verifyveritas76, Feb 17, 2017.

  1. Verifyveritas76

    Verifyveritas76 Moderator Staff Member Male

    In my business, a man is known by the quality and type of tools he owns.
    Here's some of my favorite study tools:

    Obviously the Bible. Prefer KJV

    Strongs Concordance

    Josephus, the complete works translated by William Whiston A.M.

    A New Translation of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Published by Harper One
    Translated by Michael Wise, Martin Abegg, and Edward Cook

    Ancient Hebrew Lexicon of the Bible by Jeff A Benner
    New Testament Greek to Hebrew Dictionary by Jeff Benner

    The Other Bible. Published by Harper One
    The Lost Books of the Bible by Apocryphile Press (spelled correctly)
    Forbidden Books of the original New Testament by William Wake

    Several commentary type books by Ken Johnson including the Ancient Book of Gad the Seer, Seder Olam, The End Times by the Ancient Church Fathers, Ancient Post Flood History

    The Book of Jubilees
    The Book of Jasher
    The Book of Enoch

    Readings in Baptist History by Joseph Early

    America in Crimson Red by James Beuller
    Sacred Betrayal by James Beuller

    Charles Spurgeon, Lectures to my Students
    The Collected Sermons of George Whitfield

    The Gospel in the Stars by Joseph Augustus Seiss
    Ancient Knowledge by Curtis George

    Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream by David Platt

    Online/Tech tools:
    Bible Hub, E Sword/Power Sword, Touch Bible

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  2. rustywest4

    rustywest4 Well-Known Member Male

    :eek:my mind just exploded bro!

    Thanks for sharing! :):bible:
  3. Verifyveritas76

    Verifyveritas76 Moderator Staff Member Male

    Your welks. My hope for this thread is that it becomes a reference list of favorite study books. Pls feel free to list your own

    BTW. Some of the books listed above are great for exercising John 16:13 (He will guide you into all truth) between truth & pseudo truth
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  4. Mojo

    Mojo Esteemed Member Male

    Interesting one on Apocrypha. Seems like conservative (theologically) types are revisiting them as good history, and not downing them. Haven't read them in a while, but was fascinated years ago by them.
  5. aineo

    aineo Moderator Staff Member Male

    There are three books I often reference when studying the Bible. First is the notes in the NET version. I don't often read from the NET version itself, but the notes from the interpreters are nice. I also like the Jewish Net Testament Commentary by David Stern and the Complete Jewish Study Bible notes by David Stern. This helps me understand the Hebraic perspective on certain verses.
  6. FollowingHim

    FollowingHim Administrator Staff Member Male

    I do find the apocrypha fascinating. The OT apocrypha is basically the works that were rejected by the Pharisaical Jews when compiling the Tanakh, in some ways they appear more Christian than the remainder of the OT, there is a lot of value in them. I know that both Christian and Jewish scholars will have had reasons to reject each that I am not aware of, so I don't hold them to the same level of authority as the accepted texts. But they are certainly well worth reading. I'd consider them more authoritative than the writings of any modern commentator anyway.

    I recently found a New Testament apocrypha in a local second-hand Christian bookstore, and am gradually working my way through that. Published in 1820, it's the oldest book I own, the printing methods are almost as interesting as the content! Basically it's a collection of all the writings that still exist that were attributed by at least some church scholars in the first four centuries to the apostles or other prominent early church members, or Yeshua himself (there is a brief letter supposedly authored directly by Him), that were not placed in the canon of the New Testament. You have to read it with your discernment-glasses very firmly on, because there are reasons for each one being rejected, some obvious and others less so. But some are certainly profitable and interesting. It includes:

    "Gospels" that discuss the life of Mary, Yeshua's childhood, and such matters. Some of the accounts are rather fantastic, others clearly disagree with the character of Yeshua, there are reasons for their rejection. Nevertheless fascinating details can be gleaned from where they agree. For instance, Joseph is universally stated to be an older man, while Mary was 12-14 years old.

    A range of letters from various church fathers to other churches or general epistles. These I regard as valuable theological commentaries, to be examined carefully in the light of scripture. Many of these are fascinating. In particular, there are two letters written by Clement to the Corinthians, sometime after Paul's letters to them, by which time they had apparently dissolved into sectarian divisions. Clement strongly encourages them back towards unity, referring them back to Paul's letters and through his own further reasoning. Some of it is extremely relevant to the experiences of some of us being kicked out of churches:
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  7. Verifyveritas76

    Verifyveritas76 Moderator Staff Member Male

    I have much the same regard for these writings. VERY interesting and if nothing else it gives you a chance to exercise your God given discerner.

    I would love to get the name of that compilation of texts and its publisher. Have you ever compared it with the texts on earlychristianwritings.com to see if you have any extras? BTW for those of you looking for first/second century info on the church, that site is invaluable.
  8. FollowingHim

    FollowingHim Administrator Staff Member Male

    This is my edition. I haven't compared it much with other sources, except to note that the verse numbering of Clement is very different to anything online, and the translation differs slightly. Click the images for a larger version.
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  9. Verifyveritas76

    Verifyveritas76 Moderator Staff Member Male

    Wow! Impressive find. Any chance of getting a copy/photocopy? Maybe in PDF?
  10. FollowingHim

    FollowingHim Administrator Staff Member Male

    Not in the short term, that sounds a very time-consuming task! But a good idea, if we can't find it already online somewhere.
  11. Verifyveritas76

    Verifyveritas76 Moderator Staff Member Male

    I saw that it was published for a guy but not who published it. Could u send the publishers name pls
  12. Verifyveritas76

    Verifyveritas76 Moderator Staff Member Male

    Or even if you could send the names of the letters. Maybe I can find it on early Christian writings.com
  13. MrB

    MrB Active Member Male

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  14. Verifyveritas76

    Verifyveritas76 Moderator Staff Member Male

    A Compendium of Baptist History by J.A. Shackleford. Copyright 1892

    Temple by Robert Cornuke (Could History be so Stunningly Wrong)
    Golgotha by Robert Cornuke (Searching for the True Location of the Crucifixion)

    The Visions and Prophecies of Zechariah by David Baron 1918

    Willmington's Guide to the Bible by Dr. Harold L Willmington
  15. aineo

    aineo Moderator Staff Member Male

    One of the things I am always interested in when someone publishes a book on a presumed ancient text, such as Gad the Seer, is the story behind the text. Where did the text come from? What indicators are there that the text is legitimate. I ask this specifically with regards to the aforementioned Gad the Seer. Does Ken Johnson go into the history behind this text in his book?
  16. Verifyveritas76

    Verifyveritas76 Moderator Staff Member Male

    Yes. It's a pretty interesting saga dating back to Sennacherib and ending up in India
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