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Top Books According to Kostenberger

December 18, 2012, 0 Comments

Andreas Köstenberger is Senior Research Professor of New Testament and Biblical Theology and Director of Ph.D. Studies at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the founder and president of Biblical Foundations, an organization devoted to encouraging a return to the biblical foundations in the home, the church, and society.

I was honored to read that he included one of my works in his “Best of 2012” list. I hope to dive into several of the other books on this list in new year.

Here are Dr. Kostenberger’s top ten book in biblical studies for 2012.

1. Darrell Bock, A Theology of Luke and Acts (Zondervan). This, the second volume in the Biblical Theology of the New Testament series, features a magisterial treatment of the theology of Luke-Acts by the leading evangelical Lucan scholar of our day.

2. Stanley Porter and Andrew Pitts, eds. Christian Origins and Greco-Roman Culture (Brill). Cutting-edge scholarship by a stellar cast of contributors including Craig Keener, Paul Maier, and E. Randolph Richards. Pricey but essential for scholars.

3. Mike Barnett, ed. Discovering the Mission of God (InterVarsity). An amazing, comprehensive treatment of the mission of God by an authoritative lineup including Christopher Wright, John Piper, and Ed Stetzer.

4. Peter Gentry and Stephen Wellum, Kingdom through Covenant (Crossway). Not a biblical theology, but a detailed monograph on the biblical covenants, the product of collaboration between a biblical scholar and a systematician. Controversial but important.

5. Ed Stetzer and Philip Nation, eds. The Mission of God Study Bible (Holman). With contributions from Matt Chandler, Tullian Tchividjian, and many more, also including letters by Billy Graham, Erwin Lutzer, Calvin Miller, and others.

6. Jonathan Pennington, Reading the Gospels Wisely (Baker). As Tom Schreiner says, “While I don’t agree with everything Pennington says, his arguments must be reckoned with.” Pennington makes a case for reading the Gospels literarily and theologically.

7. G. K. Beale, Handbook on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament (Baker). From the co-editor of the landmark Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament, this is helpful introduction to the many issues confronting the student of the NT use of the OT.

8. Chris Vlachos, James (B&H Academic). This is the second volume in the Exegetical Guide to the Greek New Testament series, following Murray Harris’s Colossians & Philemon volume years ago. The entire series will comprise 20 volumes (co-editors Yarbrough & Köstenberger).

9. Murray Harris, Prepositions and Theology (Zondervan). This product of meticulous scholarship will serve as the most comprehensive treatment of Greek prepositions and as an essential reference guide for exegesis for years to come.

10. The Greek-English New Testament (Nestle-Aland, 28th Edition; English Standard Version) (Crossway). This very helpful study tool features on facing pages the new Nestle-Aland 28th edition and the English Standard Version. Hard cover and large print. Outstanding!

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