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University & Denominational Resources
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Biblical Studies.org.uk. Making Biblical Scholarship Accessible Since 2001.
Universal Digital Library This site, launched by Carnegie-
A Personal Theological Library
These books will give you a powerful jumpstart on a personal journey to deeper biblical knowledge, theological understanding and spiritual growth. Whether you’re studying to go into full-
You can purchase many of these from Amazon and support OCC.
(An anthology is a collection of literary works chosen by the compiler.)
C.S. Lewis: This link takes you to a page dedicated to this insightful author.
Viktor Frankl: Man’s Search for Meaning
Carl Ketcherside: The Twisted Scriptures
Mortimer Adler: How to Read A Book
Cottrell: The History of Baptism
Miller: A Study on Baptism
Redick: Synecdoche and Salvation
Smith: 41 Reasons to be Baptisted
Survey of the Bible
John Haley: Alleged Discrepancies of the Bible -
Henry Hampton Halley: Halley's Bible Handbook
Joseph Hill: Whole Bible Study Course
J.Sidlow Baxter: Explore The Book
Halley’s Bible Handbook – illustrations, maps and diagrams bring information to light making it more easily understood.
A.T. Robertson: Word Pictures in the New Testament – English translation from Greek with nuances and meanings explained.
Old Testament Study Resources
Robert Lowth: Lectures on the sacred poetry of the Hebrews
Charles A. Briggs: General Introduction to the Study of Holy Scripture
George B. Gray: Forms of Hebrew Poetry
John T. Willis: The World and Literature of the Old Testament
John William McGarvey: Class Notes on Sacred History, Vol. I
John William McGarvey: Class Notes on Sacred History, Vol. II
New Testament study resources:
Bob Utley: New Testament Survey
Rupert C. Foster: The Life of Christ
William B. Gulick: What Christ Taught, a Study in the Life of Christ
Harry Rimmer: TheMagnificence of Jesus
Frederick Edward Marsh: The Resurrection of Christ: Fact or Fiction.
Alfred Edersheim: The Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah
Richard Halveson: The Timelessness of Jesus Christ
Seth Wilson: Learning from Jesus
John Foxe: Foxes Book of Martyrs – Worth reading.
Isaac Errett: Our Position
Marian M. Davis
Lancelot Oliver: New Testament Christianity
Frederick D. Kershner
Donald A. Nash: Why the churches of Christ/Christian Churches are not a denomination.
Lee Mason (Christian Restoration Association)
Roy Cogeill: The New Testament Church (ACappella polemic)
Don DeWelt: The Church in The Bible
W.L. Hayden: Church Polity
T.W. Phillips: The Church of Christ
R.B. Ryans: New Testament Names
John H. Waddey: Studies on the Restoration of New Testament Christianity
Why read debates? Since we have NO fear of truth, debates usually allow us to see both sides of a controversary. We then do our own study and research and reach our own conclussion.
J.J. Halley: Debates That Made History
Lee G. Tomlinson: Churches of Today in the Light of Scripture
Dictionaries & Encyclopedias
Young's Analytical Concordance to the Bible by Robert Young -
Strong’s Bible Concordance by James Strong. – necessary for your word study.
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary – because you need it!
James Hastings: A Dictionary of the Bible: Dealing With Its' Language, Literature, and Contents, Including the Biblical Theology
M.G. Easton: Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
James Hastings: A Dictionary of the Bible
James Orr: International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia
Jack Cottrell: The Faith Once for All: Bible Doctrine for Today. This is a fabulous systematic theology book. The WebMaster HIGHLY recommends keeping it at hand for daily study.
Brian Jones: Hell Is Real (But I Hate to Admit It) A theologian reluctantly comes to accept the Biblical understanding of life removed from God’s presence. Brother Jones was a student under Dr. Cottrell. Order via Amazon Smile.
Louis Berkhof: Systematic Theology
James P. Boyce: Abstract of Systematic Theology – the premier handbook for Southern Baptists. Boyce, a 19th century Baptist, [not to be confused with James Boice, the 20th century Presbyterian,] was an eminent Reformed Baptist theologian. His systematic theology is a standard for Baptist teaching in the Calvinistic tradition.
Benjamin Field: Handbook of Christian Theology (Benjamin Field, John C. Symons) -
Louis Gaussen: Theopneustia: The Plenary Inspiration of the Holy Scriptures -
Don’t let the name of this series throw you. It is not the modern “Fundamental” movement, but rather a reasoned, moderate and rational statement of the basic of faith. The Fundamentals is a set of ninety doctrinal articles. It is widely considered to be the foundation of modern Christian Evangelicalism. Evangelical Christians can read them 100 years later and will welcome their approach to truth. From 1910 to 1916 they were distributed free of charge to churches in the United States, due to a grant from Milton and Lyman Stewart of Union Oil Company. In 1917 the Bible Institute of Los Angeles reprinted the set in four volumes under the editorship of Professor Doctor Reuben Archer Torrey.
The Fundamentals -
Otis Gatewood: You Can do Personal Evangelism
Aniceto M. Sparagna: Practical and Doctrinal Suggestions of How to Win Catholics for Christ
Charles Baker: The Book of Bible Geography of the Old and New Testaments
Lyman Coleman: An Historical Text Book and Atlas of Biblical Geography
Charles Foster Kent: Biblical Geography and History
George A. Smith: The Historical Geography of the Holy Land
George H. Whitney: Hand-
William Hersey Davis: Beginner's Grammar of the Greek New Testament
J. Gresham Machen: New Testament Greek For Beginners
Eberhard Nestle -
Westcott & Hort -
Russell Cottrell: Start Learning Ancient Greek
A. E. Cowley: Gesenius' Hebrew Grammar
James Kennedy: Introduction to Biblical Hebrew
(Hermeneutics is the interpretation of biblical texts.)
John William McGarvey: A Guide to Bible Study
Bob Utley: Hermeneutics Textbook
Robert Young (1910): Young's Analytical Concordance to the Bible
Walter C. Kaiser Jr., Peter H. Davids, F.F. Bruce, Manfred T. Brauch: Hard Sayings of the Bible
Milton Terry: Biblical Hermeneutics
Clinton Lockhart (1915): Principles of Interpretation
Theological Position of Better Known Authors -
The Pagan Religions that Influenced Augustine
Scholars have identified the pagan religions that influenced Augustine as Stocism, Neoplatonism, and Gnostic Manichaeism, all of which are extremely deterministic philosophies, opposed to “free will.” He spent years personally involved with these three extremely deterministic philosophies.
Augustine was deeply impacted by the pagan religion of Stocism. Augustine’s first work, in 386 AD, On Providence teaches Stocism.
Hendrik F. Stander: STOICISM
What is Gnosticism? Gnosticism is the most pervasive and popular alternatives to Christianity and is a Major Problem Facing the Church today! It undergirded the later Augustine (after 412 AD).
Banner of Truth: Gnosticism
Douglas Groothuis: What is Gnosticism?
Dr. Richard John Neuhaus says: “Modern Day gnosticism is the natural religion of Americans, including American Christians…Feel-
Pheme Perkins: Gnosticism
Augustine was deeply impacted by the pagan religion of neoplatonism.
Robert Berchman: Neoplatonism
Augustine was deeply impacted by the pagan religion of Manichaeism. He was involved with it for some ten years, and studied it deeply. It was to Manichaeism that he formed his theology that changed the teaching of the previous four hundred years.
Pheme Perkins: Manichaeism
(Homiletics are the principles of public preaching.)
Daniel I. Block: Preaching Old Testament Apocalyptic to a New Testament Church
H.W. Beecher: Yale Lectures on Preaching
Andrew W. Blackwood: Preaching from the Bible
David R. Breed: Preparing to Preach
Philipps Brooks: Lectures on Preaching
Don DeWelt: If You Want To Preach
David Martyn Lloyd-
J. H. Jowett: The Preacher His Life and Work
Harold E. Knott: The Preparation of Sermons
F.B. Meyer: Jottings and Hints for Lay Preachers
T. H. Scambler: The Art of Sermon Construction
A. T. Robertson: The Glory of the Ministry
Wilder Smith: Extempore Preaching
C.H. Spurgeon:: Lectures to My Students
Many truths of Scripture are being distorted by a philosophy that places experience and emotions above the inerrant Word of God. This philosophy is called mysticism. Because mystics rely on subjective, private, spiritual experiences for guidance and wisdom, they diminish the authority of Scripture. Visions and spiritual encounters become more important than the truths found in God's Word. Unfortunately, this philosophy is having a profound impact on the Lord's church. Here are some excellent resources to counter this pernicious philosophy.
Arthur L Johnson: Faith misguided, Exposing Mysticism
Mike Atnip: Herbology and Christianity
(Pneumatology focuses on the study of the Holy Spirit.
Excellent resources on the speaking in tongues phenomenon are…
Nathan W. Bingham: The Ultimate Cessationism Resource
Nathan Busenitz: Pentecostalism Compared to Patristic Fathers
Thomas R. Edgar: The Cessation of the Sign Gifts
Archie Miller: Speaking in Tongues and Spiritual Gifts…What you need to know
Gareth Reese: Speaking in Tongues
B.B. Warfield: Miracles, Yesterday and Today: Counterfeit Miracles
Don DeWelt: The Power of the Holy Spirit (4 volumes)
H. Leo Boles: The Holy Spirit_His Personality, Nature, Works
We are in the fight of our lives, but watching Jeopardy or your favorite evening TV program, you might hardly feel in danger.
Ben Alexander: Exposing Satan’s Power is a Christian ministry dedicated to exposing the powers of Satan through the truth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. ESP is led by evangelist Ben Alexander, a former spiritualist medium. By exposing Satan's power and at the same time teaching the love of God, Ben has brought thousands into Christ with his message.
K. Neill Foster, PhD: Dangers in the Deliverance Ministry. Dr. Foster is a minister with The Christian and Missionary Alliance , with a Ph.D. From Fuller Theological Seminary. Widely known among the C.M.A. as a professor, evangelist, and minister.
C.S. Lewis’ classic work: The Screwtape Letters
Mortimer J. Adler: How to Read a Book -
Paul E. Cantrell: A Brief Study of Comparative Religions