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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 a seasoned preaching minister, studying to go into ministry, or eager to deepen your discipleship, this collection of biblical books would be a powerful asset to your library.

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Anthology

(An anthology is a collection of literary works chosen by the webmaster.)

C.S. Lewis: This link takes you to a page dedicated to this insightful author.

Viktor Frankl: Man’s Search for Meaning

Carl Ketcherside: Dedicated his latter life to the unity of the Restoration Movement.

Mortimer Adler: How to Read A Book

Lloyd C. Douglas: His books brought thousands to a life in Christ.


Archaeology

Charles W. Bennett: Christian Archaeology


Baptism

Cottrell: Baptism: What Does the Bible Say, and Does It Really Matter?

Cottrell: The History of Baptism

Miller: A Study on Baptism

Redick: Synecdoche and Salvation

Smith: 41 Reasons to be Baptised


Bibles

Bible Study

Commentaries

Halley’s Bible Handbook , 25th Edition. Numerous maps and diagrams bring information to light making the bible more easily understood.

A.T. Robertson: Word Pictures in the New Testament – English translation from Greek with nuances and meanings explained. These six volumes were published between 1947 and 1955, and took nearly a decade to complete.

   Vol 1 Matthew-Mark                 Vol 2 Luke                            Vol 3 Acts

  Vol 4 Epistles of Paul                  Vol 5 John and Hebrews      Vol 6 General Epistles and Revelation

 E.M. Zerr:  Bible Commentaries.  Edward Michael Zerr’s commentaries were considered so worth while, that Carl Ketcherside at his own expense paid to have them published. Zerr comments in the preface “The only book which we recommend without reservation is the Bible! But Bible commentaries, when viewed merely as the results of many years of study by scholarly men, can be very helpful to one.”

                        Vol 1 Genesis - Ruth                Vol 2 1 Samuel - Job          Vol 3 Psalms - Isaiah

                        Vol 4 Jeremiah - Malachi        Vol 5 Matthew - Revelation


Old Testament Study Resources

Charles A. Briggs: General Introduction to the Study of Holy Scripture

George B. Gray: Forms of Hebrew Poetry

Isaac Leeser: Leeser's 1853 Jewish Translation. Isaac Leeser’s translation of the Jewish scriptures from the Massoretic tradition served as the definitive translation for half a century. Translated by the nineteenth century’s preeminent Jewish scholar, this 1853 edition of the Jewish Scriptures was the first to be published in English. The culmination of a lifetime of scholarly work in the Hebrew Scriptures, Leeser’s work is a highly valuable historical and scholarly resource for serious Bible students.

Robert Lowth: Lectures on the sacred poetry of the Hebrews

John William McGarvey: Class Notes on Sacred History, Vol. I

                                        : Class Notes on Sacred History, Vol. II

John T. Willis: The World and Literature of the Old Testament


New Testament study resources:

Samuel Davidson: An Introduction to the Study of the New Testament

Gareth L. Reese, D.Min.

Who is Joseph of Armiathea

Bethlehem College & Seminary: New Testament Survey

Bob Utley:  New Testament Survey


Biblical Typology

Patrick Fairbairn: The Typology of Scripture


Survey of the Bible

John W. Haley: Alleged Discrepancies of the Bible - Addresses questions surrounding common misunderstandings of Scripture.  This book is essential for your personal library because it explains questionable passages, and helps answer skeptics' questions.

Henry H. Halley:  Halley's Bible Handbook– see also under Bible Study.

Joseph Hill:  Whole Bible Study Course

J.Sidlow Baxter: Explore The Book

                 Vol. 1 Genesis to Joshua            Vol. 2 Judges to Esther          Vol. 3 Job to Lamentations

                 Vol. 4 Ezekiel to Malachi           Vol. 5 The Gospels                  Vol. 6 Acts to Revelation


Biography


Christology

Jack Cottrell: The Divinity of Jesus the Christ

Rupert C. Foster: The Life of Christ

                        : The Destruction of Jerusalem [Matthew 24]

William B. Gulick: What Christ Taught, a Study in the Life of Christ

Jessee R Kellems: The Deity 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


Christian Evidence

See under Apologetics


Christian Living

A.W. Tozer: Knowledge of The Holy

                    : Pursuit of God

Corrie ten Boom: The Hiding Place-35th edition


Church

John Foxe: Foxes Book of Martyrs  – Worth reading.

Isaac Errett: Our Position

Marian M. Davis

               How then Disciples Began and Grew

               The Restoration Movement of the 19th century

               First Principles

Lancelot Oliver: New Testament Christianity

Charles Dailey          

                            1. Small American Movements.         2. The Campbells in Ireland.     

                            3. The Campbells in America.            4. Four Great Lieutenants.     

                            5. Stone-Campbell Connections.    

Frederick D. Kershner

          How to Promote Christian Union

                  Vol. 01 - The Restoration Handbook         Vol. 02 - The Restoration Handbook

                  Vol. 03 - The Restoration Handbook         Vol. 04 - The Restoration Handbook

Donald A. Nash: Why the churches of Christ/Christian Churches are not a denomination.

Z.T. Sweeney

                  New Testament Christianity - Vol. 1         New Testament Christianity - Vol. 2

                                                    New Testament Christianity - Vol. 3

Lee Mason (Christian Restoration Association)

Don DeWelt:  The Church in The Bible

W.L. Hayden:  Church Polity

T.W. Phillips:  The Church of Christ

James Bannerman:  (Free church of Scotland)

                      The Church of Christ vol 1

                     The Church of Christ vol 2

Roy Cogeill:  The New Testament Church (ACappella)

Edward Arthur Litton: The church of Christ (Anglican)

R.B. Ryans:  New Testament Names

John H. Waddey:  Studies on the Restoration of New Testament Christianity

Lesslie Newbigin:  Household of God (Anglican)

                            :  Sin and Salvation


Debates

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

Russell-White Debate - If you are interesting in deepening your understanding of Jehovahs Witnesses, this is a must read. Charles Taze Russel debated the terms of salvation with Christian minister L.S. White.  The debate took place in Cincinnati in 1908. Some of the topics discusssed were the chance of repentance and salvation after death, whether the dead are conscious or unconscious, punishment of the wicked, the first resurrection, baptism for the remission of sins, and the second coming preceding the millennium.  

George M. Elliott and N.W.Kauble: Debate on Seventh Day

Alexander Campbell and John Walker:  Debate on Christian Baptism  (1820)

Alexander Campbell and Robert Owen:  The Evidences of Christianity, A Debate  (1829)

Alexander Campbell and John B. Purcell:  A Debate on the Roman Catholic Religion  (1837)

Alexander Campbell and D. Skinner:  Discussion on Universalism  (1837-1839)

Alexander Campbell and W. L. MacCalla:  Christian Baptism  (1842)

Alexander Campbell and N. L. Rice:  Design and administrator of baptism (1857)

James D. Bales and Woolsey Teller:  The Existence of God (1947)

Otis Gatewood and Kenneth Farnsworth: Debate on "Mormonism"  (1942)

Perry B. Cotham and Peter John: Debate on Miracles Today (1989)

John Crawford-John Sweeny: Debate on Calvinism and Baptism.  Dr. Crawford is Baptist.  Elder John Sweeny is Christian Church.

J. R. Bradley and Archie Brown: Can the Sinner do Anything to be Saved  (1903)

Benjamin Franklin and Joe Hume: Total Hereditary Depravity (1853)

Benjamin Franklin and James Matthews:  Predestination and the Foreknowledge of God   (1852)


Denominations

Lee G. Tomlinson: Churches of Today in the Light of Scripture


Dictionaries & Encyclopedias

Young's Analytical Concordance to the Bible by Robert Young - helps the reader to analyze more accurately the various uses of the original Hebrew and Greek words.

Strong’s Bible Concordance by James Strong. – necessary for your word study.

The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary – because you need it!

Wycliffe Dictionary of Theology

James Hastings:  A Dictionary of the Bible: Dealing With Its Language, Literature, and Contents, Including the Biblical Theology     

                          : Dictionary of the Apostolic Church

M.G. Easton: Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary

James Hastings: A Dictionary of the Bible

James Orr: International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia

W.E. Vine: Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary of OT and NT Words


Doctrinal Study

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) - An Armenian counterpart of Boyce from the same time period.

Louis Gaussen: Theopneustia: The Plenary Inspiration of the Holy Scriptures - This is Professor Gaussen’s brilliant discussion of God’s inspiring our Bible.

Edgar Young Mullens: The Christian Religion in Its Doctrinal Expression. Mullins was one of the most influential Baptist theologians of the twentieth century

The Fundamentals - a testimony to the truth

   Don’t let the name of this series throw you.  It is not the modern “Fundamentalistic” 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 (BIOLA) reprinted the set in four volumes under the editorship of Professor Reuben Archer Torrey.

                                                             Vol. 1          Vol. 2

                                                             Vol. 3          Vol. 4


Ethics


Evangelism

Horatius Bonar: Words to Winners of Souls

Otis Gatewood: You Can do Personal Evangelism

Aniceto M. Sparagna: Practical and Doctrinal Suggestions of How to Win Catholics for Christ

Jesse R. Kellems: New Testament Evangelism

Paul Chitwood:Dissertation - The Sinner's Prayer: A Historical and Theological Analysis


Geography

Charles Baker:  The Book of Bible Geography of the Old and New Testaments

Lyman Coleman:  An Historical Text Book and Atlas of Biblical Geography

F. A. Cox:  The geography, topography, and natural history of Palestine

Thomas Hartwell Horne:  Introduction to the Critical Study and Knowledge of the Holy Scriptures:  Summary of Biblical Geography and Antiquities

Charles Foster Kent:  Biblical Geography and History

George A. Smith: The Historical Geography of the Holy Land

George H. Whitney:  Hand-Book of Bible Geography


Hermeneutics

(Hermeneutics is the interpretation of biblical texts.)

Mark Moore: Principles of Interpretation

Rick Warren: Bible Study Methods - Twelve approaches are carefully and helpfully given ... an excellent introduction to personal Bible study.  

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  

Thomas Tailor (1816): Christ Revealed: Or the Types and Shadows of Our Saviour in the Old Testament Opened and Explained

Milton Terry:  Biblical Hermeneutics

Clinton Lockhart (1915): Principles of Interpretation

Theological Position of Better Known Authors - (compiled by The Master’s Seminary)

Dallas Burdette: Old Texts Through New Eyes


History

The Pilgrimage of Etheria: Etheria or Aetheria was a woman, widely regarded to be the author of a detailed account of a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. This fourth century (A.D.) narrative of a Christian pilgrimage is the earliest such text which survives to us. It is an important source of information about early Christian practices.


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 changed the previous 400 years of church hermeneutics.

Stocism

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

Gnosticism

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).

Definition of Gnosticism

Roger Chamers, Ph.D.: Christianity and the Cults

Irenaeus: Against Heresies Complete - Irenaeus was a missionary, church planter, and bishop of Lyons, in the south of France  He lived from 130-200 A,D. This remarkable document is an excellent apologetic for the Christian faith from “The New Age” of that time, the ancient heresy we call Gnosticism.  There are very many parallels between the heresy he was refuting and what we today call “New Age Spirituality.”

Voddie Bacham: Ethnic Gnosticism

Peter Jones: The Gnostic Empire Strikes Back: An Old Heresy for the New Age

Banner of Truth: Gnosticism

Douglas Groothuis: What is Gnosticism?

Craig Carter:   The New Gender Gnostics

Dr. Richard John Neuhaus says: “Modern Day gnosticism is the natural religion of Americans, including American Christians…Feel-good religion and spiritual pills to elevate our consciousness and enhance our sense of comfort with our presumably ‘real selves - these are American specialities of long standing.” [Quoted from Fleming Rutledge: The Crucifixion: Understanding the Death of Jesus Christ]

Pheme Perkins: Gnosticism

James W. Sire:  Scripture Twisting.  How often have you encountered some bizarre doctrine only to be stunned to hear a Bible verse quoted to support it? Dr. Sire gives  20 ways cults distort Scripute

                         : The Universe Next Door.  As is stated in the preface: “I am convinced that for any of us to be fully conscious intellectually we should not only be able to detect the worldviews of others but be aware of our own – why it is ours and why, in light of so many options, we think it is true.”

                         : Naming the Elephant. The Universe Next Door has always lacked a complete definition of “worldview” and a thorough study of that concept itself. Sire writes Naming the Elephant, in an effort to fill this gap.


Neoplatonism

Augustine was deeply impacted by the pagan religion of neoplatonism.

Robert Berchman: Neoplatonism

Manichaeism

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 Manichaeism that formed his theology that changed the teaching of the previous four hundred years.

Pheme Perkins: Manichaeism


Homiletics

(Homiletics Is that branch of theology which treats of homilies or sermons.)

Irenaeus: Proof Of The Apostolic Preaching.  2nd century defense of the Gospel

Alexander Campbell as a Preacher

H.W. Beecher: Yale Lectures on Preaching

Daniel I. Block: Preaching Old Testament Apocalyptic to a New Testament Church

Emil Brunner

      Sowing and Reaping

      Faith, Hope and Love

      I Believe in the Living God

Benjamin Keach

     An Exposition of the Parables

    Troplogia, or, Preaching from the Types and Metaphors of the Bible

Andrew W. Blackwood: Preaching from the Bible  

John Broadus:

         On The Preparation and Delivery of Sermons

         Lectures on the History of Preaching

David R. Breed: Preparing to Preach

Philipps Brooks:  Lectures on Preaching

Don DeWelt: If You Want To Preach

David Martyn Lloyd-Jones:  Preaching and Preachers

J. H. Jowett:  The Preacher His Life and Work

Harold E. Knott:  The Preparation of Sermons    

John W. McGarvey: Broadway Church Sermons

Archibald McLean: Alexander Campbell as a Preacher_A Study

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

Floyd D. Shafer: And Preach As You Go

Wilder Smith: Extempore Preaching

C.H. Spurgeon:: Lectures to My Students

Ely V. Zollars: The Great Salvation


Mysticism & Mythology

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

William S. Fox: Greek and Roman [Mythology]

Conyers Middleton: Free Inquiry into Miraculous Powers


Prayer and Personal Devotions

Thomas aKempis: of the Imitation of Christ

E.M. Bounds. Edward McKendree Bounds, (August 15, 1835 – August 24,1913),  was an American author, attorney, and minister of the Methodist Episcopal Church South. He is known for writing 11 books, nine of which focused on the subject of prayer. E.M. Bounds did not support slavery. But, because he was a pastor at a congregation in the recently formed Methodist Episcopal Church South, his name was included in a list of 250 names who were to take an oath of allegiance and post a $500 bond. Edward saw no reason for a U.S. Citizen to take such an oath, he was morally opposed to the Union raising funds in this way, and he didn't have the $500.  Bounds and the others on the list were arrested in 1861 by Union troops, and Bounds was charged as a onfederate sympathizer. He was held with other non-combatants in a Federal prison in St. Louis for a year and a half. He was then transferred to Memphis and released in a prisoner exchange between the Union and the Confederacy.  He became a chaplain in the Confederate States Army.  During the Second Battle of Franklin (TN), 11/30/1864, Bounds suffered a severe forehead injury from a Union saber, and he was taken prisoner. On June 28, 1865, Bounds was among Confederate prisoners who were released upon the taking of an oath of loyalty to the United States.

                       Power Through Prayer          Essentials of Prayer          Purpose of Prayer

                      Reality of Prayer                   Weapon of Prayer              Prayer and Praying Men

Kent D. Berghuis, Ph. D. (Dissertation) - Christian Fasting: A Theological Approach

https://prayerfoundation.net/

J.H. Garrison: Alone With God.  Subtitled “A Manal for Devotions.”  He entered Abingdon College in 1865. Took the four years' course in three years and graduated in 1868. One week after graduation he married Judith Elizabeth Garrett, who graduated in the same class with him. At college he identified himself with the Disciples having been a member of the Baptist church since early boyhood.  In 1869 he began his editorial career with J. C. Reynolds, on "The Gospel Echo"--afterwards "The Christian"--which he began publishing in St. Louis in 1874. At the same time he formed the Christian Publishing Company. Later the name of the paper was changed from "The Christian" to "The Christian-Evangelist."

J. Gilcrist Lawson: Deeper Experiences of Famous Christians

Warren Wiersbe: 50 People Every Christian Should Know.  Learning from spiritual giants.  It pleases me that there is still an interest in Christian biography. One of the goals in my writing ministry has been to encourage Christians—especially pastors—to “dig again the old wells” (see Gen. 26:18) and get acquainted with the godly leaders of the past who kept the light shining long before we were ever on the scene. I have heard from people in different parts of the world who have read these studies and been helped by them. Many of my readers have especially appreciated the bibliographical information and have searched for these forgotten books. I hope they found them!


Pneumatology

(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

A.L. 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)

                              Volume 1          Volume 2          Volume 3         Volume 4

H. Leo Boles: The Holy Spirit_His Personality, Nature, Works

R.A. Torrey: Is the Present “Tongues Movement of God?”


Spiritual Warfare

We are in the fight of our lives, but watching Jeopardy or your favorite evening TV program, you don’t 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: The Screwtape Letters  his classic work. A MUST read!

Luis Lopez: Victory: Spiritual Warfare for the Last Generation. A personal account of being attacked.

Gary North: Unholy Spirits.  Documented research on the occult invasion.


Study Methods

Mortimer J. Adler: How to Read a Book - 1972 Edition


World Religions

Paul E. Cantrell:  A Brief Study of Comparative Religions




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