Biblical Studies

Historian Mark Noll, in his book Scandal of the Evangelical Mind, reveals the phenomenal growth of evangelical Christianity despite it’s lack of intellectual scholarship. He argues that, relative to the rest of Christian history, evangelical believers have the least amount of theological and biblical training. This not only affects our own faith, but it hinders us from having the capacity to develop cross-cultural partnerships deeply informed by careful biblical interpretation. With this lack of knowledge, many American missions organizations pull their favorite Bible verses out of context and then apply a secular business model to achieving their goals. If took the Bible more seriously, a stronger biblical foundation could better inform our approach to missions and cross-cultural relationships.

Unfortunately, Western mission organizations have passed on our weaker knowledge of the Scriptures to missionized populations around the world. Organizations such as the Langham Partnership are helping to correct this by offering biblical and theological training to indigenous pastors and lay leaders. In order to lead well, we must study the Scriptures with proper training and awareness of available resources. As a result, books such as David Bosch’s Transforming Mission and Roland Allen’s Missionary Methods: St. Paul’s or Ours? will help challenge our current missional paradigms and place us on a path of missional living most rooted in proper biblical exegesis and hermeneutics.

 

Books:

Transforming Mission by David Bosch

Acts (Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament) by Darrell Bock
Acts: Witnesses to Him by Bruce Milne

IVP Bible Background Commentary

Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary

How to Read the Bible for All its Worth by Gordon Fee

How to Read the Bible Book by Book by Gordon Fee

Obeying the Truth: Paul’s Ethics in Galatians by John Barclay

A Beginner’s Guide to New Testament Exegesis: Taking the Fear Out of

Critical Method by Richard Erickson

A Beginner’s Guide to New Testament Exegesis: Taking the Fear Out of Critical Method by Richard Erickson

Old Testament Exegesis: A Handbook for Students and Pastors by Douglas Stuart

A Biblical History of Israel by Iain Provain, Phil Long, and Tremper Longmanhil Long, and Tremper Longman

The Art of Biblical History by Phil Long 

 

Videos:

Iain Provain - Old Testament Foundations