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Book Review - Discovering the City of Sodom

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Any book with the title Discovering the City of Sodom: The Fascinating, True Account of the Discovery of the Old Testament’s Most Infamous City promises to be a sensational read. But a book about discovering the biblical city of Sodom must surely be just another crackpot’s wild theory, right? Wrong. Dr. Steven Collins is a veteran archeologist and he has plenty to say against the crackpots and misguided adventurers whose escapades in the Middle East pose as archeological discoveries. And while his claim that Sodom has been found is controversial, he does his best not to be overly sensational and claim more than the evidence warrants. Collins is not without his skeptics, but the case he builds, I believe, is painstakingly thorough, and in the end convincing. Read more about Book Review - Discovering the City of Sodom

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Free Kindle Books at SharperIron

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From time to time, Sharperiron has provided links to free e-book resources via the Filings sidebar. One of the issues that the site ran into was that Filing links tended to get buried quickly as new stories were aggregated and that it became difficult to maintain a centralized location of all the available resources. Several site readers asked if there was a better way to keep track.

Well, your requests were heard.

Starting today, the “Featured Discussion” forum will have a new, stickified thread titled “Free E-book resources.” We decided that the best way to manage the flow of information in regards to the free ebook resources was to segregate all the data into a specific forum and then make it so that a few SI users would be able to administer that thread, rather than having a large, ongoing thread with discussion of what resources are available, when they’re available, the merits of each resource, and other issues.

So, please send your free ebook resource links to me via PM, and I’ll post them as they become available. There are a few guidelines to keep in mind: Read more about Free Kindle Books at SharperIron

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Book Review - Biblical Essays

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Image of Biblical Essays (1904)
by J. B. Lightfoot
Book Jungle 2006
Paperback 480

Reprinted with permission from As I See It, which is available free by writing to the editor at dkutilek@juno.com

Joseph Barber Lightfoot (1828-1889) was the pre-eminent authority on the writings of Paul in the 19th-century English-speaking world and has few equals and no superior in any age on this subject matter.  He was a staunchly conservative and orthodox member of the Church of England, Hulsean Professor of Divinity at Cambridge University (where his lectures became the basis for his published commentaries on Paul’s letters), later Lady Margaret Professor of Divinity (also at Cambridge), and ultimately Bishop of Durham.  Lightfoot was well-versed in classical literature, both Greek and Latin, as well as Christian patristic literature (he was the recognized world-expert on the Apostolic Fathers).  Read more about Book Review - Biblical Essays

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Book Review - Slave of Christ by Murray Harris

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Paul begins his letter to the Romans by identifying himself: “Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ”—at least, this is how it is translated in the King James, English Standard, American Standard, Revised Standard, and New International versions. The New King James Version translates it this way, “Paul, a bondservant of Jesus Christ,” while the Holman Christian Standard Bible and New Living Translation say, “Paul, a slave of Christ Jesus.” This translation difference can be seen in most instances of the English translation of the Greek word doulos, used 126 times in the Greek New Testament. Read more about Book Review - Slave of Christ by Murray Harris

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Book Review - Kingdom through Covenant

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Image of Kingdom through Covenant: A Biblical-Theological Understanding of the Covenants
by Peter J. Gentry, Stephen J. Wellum
Crossway 2012
Hardcover 848

Peter Gentry & Stephen Wellum are seeking a middle way between covenant theology and dispensational theology. As a covenant theology loving Christian I found their critiques even-handed and thoughtful. Anyone interested in developing a theology that fits within the big picture narrative of Scripture would benefit from Kingdom through Covenant.

They first define biblical theology as:

…concerned with the overall message of the whole Bible. It seeks to understand the parts in relation to the whole. As an exegetical method, it is sensitive to literary, historical, and theological dimensions of various corpora, as well as to the interrelationships between earlier and later texts in Scripture. Furthermore, biblical theology is interested not merely in words and word studies but also in concepts and themes as it traces out the Bible’s own story line, on the Bible’s own terms, as the plot line reaches its culmination in Christ. (p. 33)

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Book Review - The Doctrine of Scripture

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Image of The Doctrine of Scripture: As it relates to the transmission and preservation of the text
by Jason Harris
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform 2013
Paperback 182

The Doctrine of Scripture: As It Relates to the Transmission and Preservation of the Text by Jason Harris is published by InFocus Ministries in Australia. I’m excited to recommend this new book to our readers here in the United States as I believe this book can go a long way toward helping those confused or entangled by King James Onlyism. Jason is a long-time SI member, and that is one reason why I am enthusiastic about this book. Another reason is more selfish: I was privileged to write the foreword to this book.

For the record, I am even more pleased with the final product than the pre-published copy I first read several months ago. I stand by my statements in the foreword (included below) and share additional thoughts on the book in the review below.  Read more about Book Review - The Doctrine of Scripture

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