The Greek New Testament by Westcott & Hort

9781619702639oIn 1885, the Revised Version of the Bible was published and in 1901 its American counterpart was published. This caused quite a stir as many saw this an attack on the King James Version, the true words of God. At the foundation of this debate was the Greek New Testament by B.F. Westcott and F.J.A. Hort.

These two British professors sought to compile the best Greek New Testament from the best available manuscripts and to modernize the English Bible for the English-speaking peoples. This had not been done for almost 300 years as the King James Version was the predominate version in use. Thus, they set out to produce a Greek New Testament for use in the translation of a new Bible.

Hendrickson Publishers has produced a copy of this Greek New Testament for those studying Greek and who want to see the Greek Text that is the basis for almost every major English, Bible translation in the world today. Reading this Greek New Testament is not only reading a scholarly work it is also reading history.

One can read the Greek text and then notice the variants in the footnotes. Seeing the decisions by Westcott and Hort as to what enters the main text and what is brought down to the footnotes is an excellent resource for those studying textual criticism. It is also interesting to see what Westcott and Hort determined prior to the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Another feature of this book is the condensed lexicon by Mark A. House. This allows the reader to see the uses of a greek word and see how it has been translated. It also lists the location of the use so the reader can see the word contextually allowing for a better grasp of the Greek usage.

One surprise for me was the article by Westcott and Hort titled The Principals of Textual Criticism. This article lays the groundwork for those interested in how scholars determine what words enter the main text of work and the variants that are placed in the footnotes. It is also a nice primer for those who may desire to enter the field of textual criticism and potentially become Bible translator or defenders of the Bible against attacks.

One thing to note about this book is that it is not an updated work of Westcott and Hort’s New Testament adding the information with recent manuscript discoveries. Those having the UBS5 or NA28 will notice the differences and should be cautious using this text assuming it has the most current resources available.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

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The Lost Sermons of Charles Spurgeon, Volume 2, ed. Christian T. George

SpurgeonCharles Spurgeon has been called The Prince of preachers. His sermons and additional works have changed the lives of many people; possibly millions. Some of his earliest sermons were thought to be lost but recent discoveries have located them.

In the book The Lost sermons of Charles Spurgeon, Volume 2,  give some of his earliest sermons and outlines between the years 1851 and 1854. It is interesting to read these particular sermons because you actually see the development of Charles Spurgeon as he becomes a better preacher and Bible teacher.

One of the tools used in this book is a word count chart. This chart gives the word count of sermons throughout the early years. As one sees the graphics it is shows that Spurgeon started off with smaller sermons which gradually grew in content as he aged. His earlier sermons would average around 300 words while some of his sermons in this volume reached beyond 1,000 words.

This book also gives facsimiles of his outlines for his sermons and they puts them into a format that a person can read. Even his outlines showed growth and maturity as Spurgeon spoke more and studied more of God’s word.

For those who want a history of Spurgeon and receive some wonderful sermons to challenge and growth their faith I would highly recommend this book and its predecessor Volume 1. It will be well worth the purchase.

I receive a complimentary copy from the publisher of this book and exchange very honest review.

Know the Word Study Bible: KJV Edition

225_350_book-2357-coverMany would like to have a better understanding of Scripture for their own growth. The KJV: Know the Word Study Bible seeks to aid in this quest. This is done by three methods of study: verse by verse, book by book, and topic by topic.

The verse and book aids are similar to most other study bible with footnotes and book introductions. As such, I did not find these much of a standout. However, the topic aid was quite nice with 21 topics and accompanying articles to assist the reader on developing an understanding of each topic.

I would suggest this Bible for someone who is new to Christianity and wants to develop a good foundation before really digging deep in the depths of God’s Word.

*I received a complimentary copy of this Bible from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

CSB Apologetics Study Bible, Student Edition

9781433644108_csb_apologeticsstudybibleforstudents_jacket-300x400Defending the Bible and it’s teachings, called Apologetics, is a study that can benefit greatly. By solidifying the truths of Scriptures with potent arguments one can rest assured that Scripture is the Word of God. Also, one can believe that God knows best even when certain teachings go against current culture.

The CSB Apologetics Study Bible, Student Edition, seeks to arm students with information to defend their beliefs against arguments that seek to erode the foundation of Biblical doctrine. With information from archaeology, history, personal stories, and others, this Bible gives resources to those who find themselves being asked questions that at first glance seem to strike at the heart of Scripture.

However, once the information is presented it is abundantly clear that God’s Word stand the test of time and will never succumb to scrutiny of those trying to destroy it.

I really enjoyed this Bible and the articles presented. While most of this information is not new to me I can see how those seeing it for the first time would enjoy a Bible like this for personal study and defense of Christianity. College students would do well to have a Bible such as this should they be attending a college where Christianity is often attacked.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

Getting the Gospel Right by R. C. Sproul

9780801019692The Gospel. How important is it to get the good news of Jesus Christ right? What are the ramifications of such an undertaking? Some would say that Roman Catholics and Protestants are in agreement with what the Gospel is. Others would say that they are vastly different. Is it such a big deal?

In his book, Getting the Gospel Right, Dr. R.C. Sproul examines two documents: Evangelicals and Catholics and The Gift of Salvation. These documents were signed by Evangelicals and Catholics leaders in an effort to agree on the fundamental teachings of the Gospel. R.C. Sproul sets forth to show that, while the documents were signed, the doctrinal teachings of Roman Catholicism and Evangelicals are not the same.

By highlighting the two documents and breaking down each of the statements contained therein, Dr. Sproul demonstrates that what was written is not Scriptural. He carefully exposes some of the flaws of these documents and champions the mottos of the Reformation: sola gratia (grace alone), sola fide (faith alone), soli Christo (Christ alone).

This book is a great introduction into the variances within Christendom between Roman Catholics and Evangelicals. I encourage those want to know more to read additional titles by R.C. Sproul to get a viewpoint from a reformed theologian and contrast that with those from Roman Catholics.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publishers in exchange for my honest review.

The King James Study Bible, Full-Color Edition

225_350_book-2356-coverThis particular Bible is a unique Study Bible in that rather than focusing just solely on study notes it also as the dynamics of archaeological notes, personal profiles, as well as some cultural studies. I was rather surprised how helpful I found these additional notes and know that I will benefit greatly from using them.

I will say the difference in this Study Bible versus other Study Bible is that this particular Bible is really more trying to get the reader to understand Scripture. It’s not so much after trying to present a particular doctrine, although there are some that are obvious for those who know where to look, but rather it is trying to get the reader a full immersion on what it is stated in Scripture.

Often times we study Bible we have to be careful not to come at it with an American mindset. This can be very damaging because we will assume that our culture is similar to what was happening back then. This is not the case. As such we need to have a good understanding of the cultural historical context in which scripture was written..

This particular Bible does that very well so that the reader is given a sample of the mindset that would have happened back when the Bible was being written. However, we also need to be careful that we don’t so caught up in historical context we actually lose the presentation of scripture. Scripture does go against cultural things and this need to take into consideration.

*I received a complimentary copy of this Bible from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.