Top Ten Books of 2007
I know everyone out there has a “top ten” for anything and everything for 2007, so I thought I would create my own top ten list. Here are my top ten books for 2007. These books are in no particular order.
Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament, eds., G. K. Beale and D. A. Carson. There were some things I didn’t like about this commentary, but a whole lot I did like. This book was probably the most anticipated work in the last ten years.
Last Things First, by J. V. Fesko. Fesko touches on a subject few have, which is the Christological and Eschatological nature of Genesis. This book is very good and even though I had some minor disagreements, it is well worth reading.
A Commentary on Micah, by Bruce Waltke. This commentary is a “beefed up” version of his shorter commentary on Micah from the Tyndale Series. Waltke provides many excellent theological insights from the book of Micah.
An Old Testament Theology, by Bruce Waltke. I recently started reading this book and have consulted various parts for things I am writing. Much like Beale and Carson’s volume, this book was highly anticipated for some time. While I like what I’ve read so far, Waltke deals very little with the prophetic literature.
Central Themes in Biblical Theology, eds., Scott Hafemann and Paul House. This book is a collection of essays devoted to themes in biblical theology. Not all the essays are equal in their depth and presentation, but the volume is well worth the price for Schreiner’s essay alone.
How Jesus Transforms the Ten Commandments, but Edmund Clowney. This was the last book Clowney wrote before his death. Clowney’s book is really the first of its kind; however, John Frame’s forthcoming book, Doctrine of the Christian (Lordship Series) will probably address the Ten Commandments from a biblical-theological perspective (also see Waltke’s OT Theology). Frame’s book is available in WORD format here.
The Gospel of Matthew, by R. T. France. France’s commentary rivals Carson’s commentary on Matthew. It is a superb work. However, Turner’s forthcoming commentary (which is delayed until April 2008) should be a great contribution too.
The Literary Study Bible, eds., Leland Ryken and Phillip Ryken. Much like other books on this list a highly anticipated work. The Ryken’s do a great job introducing each book of the Bible, while offering many theological insights.
Acts, by Darrell Bock. Although Bock is a Progressive Dispensationalist, I found his commentary to be quite helpful. He does a good job balancing perspectives on traditionally disputed passages between dispensationalists and non-dispensationalists (e.g., Acts 2-3, 15). With so few good commentaries on Acts, Bock’s commentary stands out.