Book Review: The Book of Isaiah and God’s Kingdom by Andrew Abernethy

Book Review: The Book of Isaiah and God’s Kingdom Abernethy, Andrew T. The Book of Isaiah and God’s Kingdom: A Thematic-Theological Approach. New Studies in Biblical Theology. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 2016. Summary Abernethy’s book is an attempt to understand the theology of Isaiah. Isaiah is a huge book and so, to keep things simple,Continue reading “Book Review: The Book of Isaiah and God’s Kingdom by Andrew Abernethy”

The Preparation of the Gospel: A Contribution from Eusebius to Christian Theology Part 2

Book Eight: The Polity of the Jews According to Moses Eusebius moves to the establishment of the Hebrew nation my Moses. At first, he digresses to discuss the providence of God in the translation of the Hebrew oracles into Greek (p. 358).  After this digression, he argues that laws of Israel were written on twoContinue reading “The Preparation of the Gospel: A Contribution from Eusebius to Christian Theology Part 2”

The Preparation of the Gospel: A Contribution from Eusebius to Christian Theology Part 1

During the transition from paganism to Christianity in the Roman empire, Eusebius of Caesarea became a significant player in controversies at that time. He took part in the debate over the deity of Christ and engaged extensively with pagan philosophies during his life time.  Several of his works survive till modern time, displaying his meticulousContinue reading “The Preparation of the Gospel: A Contribution from Eusebius to Christian Theology Part 1”

Augustine’s On Christian Doctrine: Part 2

Book III: The Interpreter’s Approach to Metaphorical Language (Chpts. 1-4) Besides textual issues, the passage may be ambiguous because of incorrect punctuation or pronunciation. To determine which punctuation or pronunciation is correct, the interpreter must consult the rule of faith and the church. But if the passage is still ambiguous, he should consult the contextContinue reading “Augustine’s On Christian Doctrine: Part 2”

Augustine’s On Christian Doctrine: Part 1

Augustine wrote his book On Christian Doctrine (or better translated: On Christian Instruction) as a manual for a Christian teacher. As such, the English title may be a bit misleading, because it is not about the doctrines of the Christian faith. Rather, it is an overview of hermeneutics and homiletics (to use modern terminology). InContinue reading “Augustine’s On Christian Doctrine: Part 1”

Michael Bird’s How God Became Jesus

How God Became Jesus is Michael Bird’s response to Bart Ehrman’s book How Jesus Became God. Bird saw a prepublication advertisement at SBL and was struck by the need to respond quickly to Ehrman. He approached Zondervan about this idea and was given approval. He assembled a team of scholars (Craig A. Evans, Simon J.Continue reading “Michael Bird’s How God Became Jesus”

B. B. Warfield’s Lord of Glory

Non-Christians have denied the deity of Jesus from the beginning of his ministry to the present day. They attack the reliability of the New Testament, saying that Jesus never claimed to be God. Christians have responded over time by building the case for Jesus’s deity. B. B. Warfield added his case to the cause withContinue reading “B. B. Warfield’s Lord of Glory”

Self-Published: The Person of Christ by H. R. Mackintosh

H. R. Mackintosh, The Person of Christ Announcement: I’ve actually edited and self-published this book on Amazon. Unlike most other copies of this work, I’ve taken the time to edit it. I’ve modernized/Americanized  many of the spellings. I’ve broken up the paragraphs to a readable length. I’ve added subheadings in the text so that you canContinue reading “Self-Published: The Person of Christ by H. R. Mackintosh”

Stephen J. Wellum’s God the Son Incarnate: The Doctrine of Christ

Genre. Wellum’s book is a scholarly argument. While readable and understandable, it is comprised entirely of an analysis of both Christology proper and the history surrounding the doctrine. As such, it is suitable for people already familiar with the landscape of Christology and a general knowledge theological history. Organization. In the introduction, Wellum stated thatContinue reading “Stephen J. Wellum’s God the Son Incarnate: The Doctrine of Christ”

Leo Tolstoy’s What I Believe

Over spring break, I also read Leo Tolstoy’s What I Believe. In this book, he relates his personal journey from atheism to his version of Christianity. Earlier in his life, he had no use for religion. During these years he wrote his novels and other famous works. But then, finding something lacking in himself, heContinue reading “Leo Tolstoy’s What I Believe”