Best New Testament Criticism & Interpretation Books

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1. Nobody Left Out: Jesus Meets the Messes: A 40-Day Devotional for Messy, Broken People (Like Me!)

Author: by Michael Murray
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English
124 pages

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When Jesus Walked This Earth, He Spent Time With the Messes…A lonely thief. An unwelcome dinner guest. A death-row criminal facing his final hours on earth. What do all of these people have in common? They all faced the messiness of life.

Some made the mess themselves. Some were thrown headfirst into a mess through no fault of their own. Then something changed. It wasn’t that they suddenly became unmessy. But they each came face to face with Jesus, and he invited them to be part of God’s story.

He didn’t leave them out. This 40-day devotional looks at eight encounters Jesus had with messy, broken people. In short, daily readings, you’ll explore each story and see how Jesus met each person in their mess. The eight stories we’ll be walking through together are:Jesus Meets The Lonely ThiefJesus Meets The Know-It-AllJesus Meets The Unwelcome Dinner GuestJesus Meets The Woman Who Was ExploitedJesus Meets The Sick Woman & The Dead GirlJesus Meets The Blind Man With Perfect VisionJesus Sees The Invisible WidowJesus Meets The Honest CriminalWhether you’ve been following Jesus your whole life or have never cracked open a Bible, Nobody Left Out: Jesus Meets the Messes will remind you that God’s love is big enough for everyone.


2. Evidence That Demands a Verdict: Life-Changing Truth for a Skeptical World

Author: by Josh McDowell
Thomas Nelson
English
880 pages

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Equip yourself to present and defend the claims of the Christian faith. The truth of the Bible doesn’t change, but its critics do. Now with his son Sean McDowell, Josh McDowell has updated and expanded the modern apologetics classic for a new generation.

Evidence That Demands a Verdict provides expansive defense of Christianity’s core truths and thoughtful responses to the Bible’s most difficult and extraordinary passages. It invites readers to bring their doubts and doesn’t shy away from the tough questions. Topics and questions are covered in four parts:Evidence for the BibleEvidence for JesusEvidence for the Old TestamentEvidence for TruthServing as a go-to reference for even the toughest questions, Evidence that Demands a Verdict continues to encourage and strengthen millions by providing Christians the answers they need to defend their faith against the harshest critics and skeptics.

Evidence That Demands a Verdict was the winner of the 2018 ECPA Christian Book award for Bible Reference Works.


3. The Prodigal God: Recovering the Heart of the Christian Faith

Author: by Timothy Keller
Penguin Books
English
192 pages

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The New York Times bestselling author of The Prodigal Prophet uncovers the essential message of Jesus, locked inside his most familiar parable. Newsweek called renowned minister Timothy Keller “a C.S. Lewis for the twenty-first century” in a feature on his first book, The Reason for God.

In that book, he offered a rational explanation of why we should believe in God. Now, in The Prodigal God, Keller takes his trademark intellectual approach to understanding Christianity and uses the parable of the prodigal son to reveal an unexpected message of hope and salvation.

Within that parable Jesus reveals God’s prodigal grace toward both the irreligious and the moralistic. This book will challenge both the devout and skeptics to see Christianity in a whole new way.


4. Galatians

Author: by N. T. Wright
Eerdmans (May 25, 2021)
English
440 pages

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The first major biblical commentary from the pen of N.T. Wright While full of theological import, Paul’s letter to the Galatians also captures and memorializes a significant moment in the early history of Christianity. This commentary from N.T.

Wrightthe inaugural volume of the CCF seriesoffers a theological interpretation of Galatians that never loses sight of the political concerns of its historical context. With these two elements of the letter in dialogue with each other, readers can understand both what Paul originally meant and how his writing might be faithfully used to respond to present questions.

Each section of verse-by-verse commentary in this volume is followed by Wright’s reflections on what the text says about Christian formation today, making this an excellent resource for individual readers and those preparing to teach or preach on Galatians. The focus on formation is especially appropriate for this biblical letter, in which Paul wrote to his fellow early Christians, My childrenI seem to be in labor with you all over again, until the Messiah is fully formed in you!


5. The Visual Word: Illustrated Outlines of The New Testament Books

Author: by Patrick Schreiner
Moody Publishers
English
192 pages

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The New Testament shouldn’t be complicated. So why are we often confused? Every Christian wants to love the Bible. But let’s face it: we sometimes get lost in all the names, places, and doctrines that we find in its pages.

Who wrote this epistle? Which book is about justification?Joy?Jesus? Aren’t they all about him? The New Testament contains complex ideas and multiple genres. Keeping it straight can be hard to do. Wouldn’t it be nice if somebody who understands the big picture would put it together for us in one place?

Biblical scholar and seminary professor Patrick Schreiner draws from his years of experience as a teacher to offer a simple and memorable way of understanding Scripture. And he doesn’t do it by throwing big words at you. The contours of the New Testament and its underlying structure are depicted in visual format along with Schreiner’s clear explanations.

In The Visual Word, the Bible comes alive because you can see it pictured before your eyes. By taking a graphic approach, you’ll notice connections you’ve never seen before. Gain insights you’ve missed all these years. And discover an overall pattern that makes each separate piece fall perfectly into place.


6. Seven Things I Wish Christians Knew about the Bible

Author: by Michael F. Bird
Zondervan (June 8, 2021)
English
240 pages

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Answers to the most common questions and misconceptions about the Bible Seven Things I Wish Christians Knew about the Bible is a short and readable introduction to the Bible-its origins, interpretation, truthfulness, and authority. Bible scholar, prolific author, and Anglican minister Michael Bird helps Christians understand seven important “things” about this unique book:how the Bible was put together;what “inspiration” means;how the Bible is true;why the Bible needs to be rooted in history;why literal interpretation is not always the best interpretation;how the Bible gives us knowledge, faith, love, and hope; andhow Jesus Christ is the center of the Bible.

Seven Things presents clear and understandable evangelical account of the Bible’s inspiration, canonization, significance, and relevance in a way that is irenic and compelling. It is a must read for any serious Bible reader who desires an informed and mature view of the Bible that will enrich their faith.


7. The New Testament in Its World: An Introduction to the History, Literature, and Theology of the First Christians

Author: by N. T. Wright
0310499305
Zondervan Academic
English

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Finally: an introduction that captures the excitement of the early Christians, helping today’s readers to think like a first-century believer while reading the text responsibly for today. The New Testament in Its World is your passageway from the twenty-first century to the era of Jesus and the first Christians.

A highly-readable, one-volume introduction placing the entire New Testament and early Christianity in its original context, it is the only such work by distinguished scholar and author N.T.(Tom) Wright. An ideal guide for students, The New Testament in Its World addresses the many difficult questions faced by those studying early Christianity.

Both large and small, these questions include:What is the purpose of the New Testament? What was the first-century understanding of the kingdom? What is the real meaning of the resurrection in its original context? What really were the Gospels?

Who was Paul and why are his letters so controversial? As twenty-first-century people, how do we recover the excitement of what it was like to live as Christians in the first or second centuries? In short, The New Testament in Its World brings together decades of ground-breaking research, writing, and teaching into one volume that will open readers’ eyes to the larger world of the New Testament.


8. NKJV Study Bible, Full-Color: The Complete Resource for Studying God’s Word

Author: by Thomas Nelson
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Thomas Nelson
English

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With more than 2 million copies sold, it’s no secret that the NKJV Study Bible is a reliable guide for your journey into God’s Word. This beautiful full-color Bible provides a complete resource for study, including thousands of notes, articles, extensive cross-references, and features contributed by top evangelical scholars.

These multilayered study tools, combined with the accuracy and clarity of the New King James Version, make this Bible a perfect choice to help you understand and deeply engage with Scripture. Features include:Over 15,000 verse-by-verse study notesBible times and culture notesWord studies with Strong’s numbersExtensive cross-reference systemIn-text maps and chartsBook introductions, outlines, and timelinesFull-length articles, a concordance, and color mapsClear and readable Thomas Nelson NKJV Comfort Print


9. Reversing Hermon: Enoch, the Watchers, and the Forgotten Mission of Jesus Christ

Author: by Michael S Heiser
Defender (March 24, 2017)
English
331 pages

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Reversing Hermon is a groundbreaking work. It unveils what most in the modern Church have never heard regarding how the story of the sin of the Watchers in 1 Enoch 6-16 helped frame the mission of Jesus, the messiah. Jews of the first century expected the messiah to reverse the impact of the Watchers transgression.

For Jews of Jesus day, the Watchers were part of the explanation for why the world was so profoundly depraved. The messiah would not just revoke the claim of Satan on human souls and estrangement from God, solving the predicament of the Fall.

He would also not only bring the nations back into relationship with the true God by defeating the principalities and powers that governed them. Jews also believed that the messiah would rescue humanity from self-destruction, the catalyst for which was the sin of the Watchers and the influence of what they had taught humankind.

The role of Enochs retelling of Genesis 6:1-4 in how New Testament writers wrote of Jesus and the cross has been largely lost to a modern audience. Reversing Hermon rectifies that situation. Topics include: understanding Genesis 6:1-4 and the Sin of the Watchers in Their Original Context; how the ancient Mesopotamian story of the apkallu aligns with Gen 6:1-4, was preserved in 1 Enoch, and sets the stage for the theme of reversing the evil of the Watchers; how the theme of reversing the transgression of the Watchers colors the gospel accounts of the birth of Jesus, his genealogy, and his ministry; how the writings of Peter and Paul allude to the sin of the Watchers and present Jesus as overturning the disastrous effects of their sins against humanity; and how the descriptions of the antichrist, the end-times Day of the Lord, and the final judgment connect to Genesis 6 and the nephilim.Though every topic

10. Grasping God's Word, Fourth Edition: A Hands-On Approach to Reading, Interpreting, and Applying the Bible

Author: by J. Scott Duvall
0310109175
Zondervan Academic
English

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A Proven Approach to Help You Interpret and Understand the BibleGrasping God’s Word has proven itself in classrooms across the country as an invaluable help to students who want to learn how to read, interpret, and apply the Bible for themselves.

This book will equip you with a five-step Interpretive Journey that will help you make sense of any passage in the Bible. It will also guide you through all the different genres found in the Bible to help you learn the specifics of how to best approach each one.

Filling the gap between approaches that are too simple and others that are too technical, this book starts by equipping readers with general principles of interpretation, then moves on to apply those principles to specific genres and contexts. Features include:Proven in classrooms across the countryHands-on exercises to guide students through the interpretation processEmphasis on real-life applicationSupplemented by a website for professors providing extensive teaching materialsAccompanying workbook, video lectures, laminated study guide (sold separately)This fourth edition includes revised chapters on word studies and Bible translations, updated illustrations, cultural references, bibliography, and assignments.

11. Breaking Free – Bible Study Book: The Journey, The Stories

Author: by Beth Moore
Lifeway Press
English
240 pages

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This in-depth women’s Bible study draws parallels between the captive Israelites of the Old Testament and New Testament believers in Jesus as the Promised Messiah. Beth looks at the Book of Isaiah through the lives of the kings who ruled during the prophet’s ministry.

These kings exemplify many of the obstacles to freedom with which we must deal. Using Scripture to help identify spiritual strongholds in your life, no matter how big or small, Beth explains that anything that hinders us from the benefits of knowing God is bondage.

Join Beth Moore on a Bible journey unlike any other. God intends for you to know and believe Him, glorify Him, experience His peace, and enjoy His presence. Breaking Free is Beth’s life message that she wants to share with you.

Taped live at Franklin Avenue Baptist Church in New Orleans, this study includes testimonies of how women like you have found freedom and have been delivered from personal captivity. Features:Leader helps to guide questions and discussions within small groupsPersonal study segments to complete between 11 weeks of group sessionsTeaching videos, approximately 60 minutes per session, available for purchase or rent10 Scripture memory cards Benefits:Discover the transforming power of freedom in Christ.

12. The Jewish Annotated New Testament

Author: by Amy-Jill Levine
Oxford University Press
English
856 pages

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First published in 2011, The Jewish Annotated New Testament was a groundbreaking work, bringing the New Testament’s Jewish background to the attention of students, clergy, and general readers. In this new edition, eighty Jewish scholars bring together unparalleled scholarship to shed newlight on the text.

This thoroughly revised and greatly expanded second edition brings even more helpful information and new insights to the study of the New Testament. Introductions to each New Testament book, containing guidance for reading and specific information about how the book relates to the Judaism of the period, have been revised and augmented, and in some cases newly written.

Annotations on the text-some revised, some new to this edition-provide verse-by-verse commentary. The thirty essays from the first edition are thoroughly updated, and there are twenty-four new essays, on topics such as “Mary in Jewish Tradition,” “Christology,” and “Messianic Judaism.” For Christian readers The Jewish Annotated New Testament offers a window into the first-century world of Judaism from which the New Testament springs.

13. Bible Doctrine: Essential Teachings of the Christian Faith

Author: by Wayne Grudem
0310222338
Zondervan Academic
English

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How do we know the Bible is God’s Word? What is sin and where did it come from? How is Jesus fully God and fully man? What are spiritual gifts? When and how will Christ return? If you’ve asked questions like these, then “systematic theology” is no abstract term.

It’s an approach to finding answers every Christian needs to know. Bible Doctrine takes a highly commended upper-level textbook on systematic theology and makes it accessible to the average reader. Abridged from Wayne Grudem’s award-winning Systematic Theology, Bible Doctrine covers the same essentials of the faith, giving you a firm grasp on seven key topics: The Doctrine of the Word of God The Doctrine of God The Doctrine of Man The Doctrine of Christ The Doctrine of the Application of Redemption The Doctrine of the Church The Doctrine of the Future Like Systematic Theology, this book is marked by its clarity, its strong scriptural emphasis, its thoroughness in scope and detail, and its treatment of such timely topics as spiritual warfare and the gifts of the Spirit.

14. How Jesus Became God: The Exaltation of a Jewish Preacher from Galilee

Author: by Bart D. Ehrman
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HarperOne
March 25, 2014

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New York Times bestselling author and Bible expert Bart Ehrman reveals how Jesus’s divinity became dogma in the first few centuries of the early church. The claim at the heart of the Christian faith is that Jesus of Nazareth was, and is, God.

But this is not what the original disciples believed during Jesus’s lifetimeand it is not what Jesus claimed about himself. How Jesus Became God tells the story of an idea that shaped Christianity, and of the evolution of a belief that looked very different in the fourth century than it did in the first.

A master explainer of Christian history, texts, and traditions, Ehrman reveals how an apocalyptic prophet from the backwaters of rural Galilee crucified for crimes against the state came to be thought of as equal with the one God Almighty, Creator of all things.

But how did he move from being a Jewish prophet to being God? In a book that took eight years to research and write, Ehrman sketches Jesus’s transformation from a human prophet to the Son of God exalted to divine status at his resurrection.

15. Writing In the Sand: Jesus, Spirituality, and the Soul of the Gospels

Author: by Thomas Moore
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May 1, 2009
English

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A groundbreaking reinterpretation of the Gospels that shines a new light on the profound teachings of Jesus, recasting him as a spiritual visionary with a radical vision for humanity (Deepak Chopra) This highly original take on the Gospels offers a fresh, new way of imagining human life and society.

It presents Jesus not as the founder of a religion but as a world reformer offering a spiritual path to everyone, from every background. It offers a personal spirituality fit for the twenty-first century, where the individual bears responsibility for meaning and for a creative, convivial way of life.

In his examination of the original Greek texts, author Thomas Moore dismisses the cautionary voice of tradition and explores the deeper significance of language, stressing the origins of words and the many levels of meaning in stories and imagery. Through his study, Moore shows that the teachings of Jesus are challenging in a far different way than the moralism often associated with them.

16. Miracles: The Credibility of the New Testament Accounts

Author: by Craig S Keener Ph.D.
Baker Academic
English
1248 pages

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Most modern prejudice against biblical miracle reports depends on David Hume’s argument that uniform human experience precluded miracles. Yet current research shows that human experience is far from uniform. In fact, hundreds of millions of people today claim to have experienced miracles.

New Testament scholar Craig Keener argues that it is time to rethink Hume’s argument in light of the contemporary evidence available to us. This wide-ranging and meticulously researched two-volume study presents the most thorough current defense of the credibility of the miracle reports in the Gospels and Acts.

Drawing on claims from a range of global cultures and taking a multidisciplinary approach to the topic, Keener suggests that many miracle accounts throughout history and from contemporary times are best explained as genuine divine acts, lending credence to the biblical miracle reports.