Top Ten Books of 2008

December 16, 2008 Leave a comment Go to comments

Its that time of year again.  Here are my top ten books of 2008.

ESV Study Bible, eds. Lane Dennis, Wayne Grudem, et al. I am sure this book is at the top of every list for 2008, but should we expect anything different?  It was the most highly anticipated Study Bible ever.  Great translation with great study notes and articles.

Because He Loves Me, by Elyse Fitzpatrick.  Fitzpatrick’s book is an easy, but excellent guide to understanding what it means to be in Christ.  Although the book is very “toned” down from other works on the subject, she does a fantastic job summarizing the New Testament teaching of the “indicative” and the “imperative.” 

Three Views NT Use of OT

Three Views on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament, eds., Stanley Gundry, et al.  A very basic introduction to the subject.  Although the book does not do justice to all the nuances in the debate; the book draws attention to how important this subject is among evangelicals.

New Testament Theology, by Tom Schreiner.  The new gold standard for New Testament theology.  Schreiner’s approach in the book is from a Salvation-Historical perspective.  The thing I love about Schreiner is his deep concern for pastors and the church.  The accessibility of this volume reflects his concern. 


We Become What We Worship, by G. K. Beale.  Pretty much anything Beale writes is gold and is worth buying.  In this new book Beale develops a biblical theology of idolatry. 

The Letters to the Colossians and the Philemon, by Doug Moo.  A less technical treatment than O’Brien’s, but just as good.  I think the only volume to rival Moo’s will be Beale’s forthcoming commentary from the Baker Exegetical Series.

The Doctrine of the Christian Life, by John Frame.   In this third volume of Frame’s Lordship Series he takes the ideas he’s discussed in The Doctrine of the Knowledge of God and The Doctrine of God and applies them to the Christian life.  There is a simplicity to what Frame says, but also a profound depth.

Resurrection and Eschatology, eds. Lane Tipton and Jeff Waddington.  A great collection of essays in honor of Richard Gaffin.  Some of the contributors include: Carson, Beale, Poythress, and Waltke.


Matthew, by David Turner.  Last year R. T. France had his commentary on Matthew published, which is simply excellent.  This year Turner gives us his take on Matthew.   Although Turner approaches the book from a Progressive-Dispensational perspective his commentary is still very helpful. 

Dictionary of the Old Testament Wisdom, Poetry, & Writings. eds., by Tremper Longman and Peter Enns.  Not necessarily a book you sit down and read through, but a book that is an invaluable resource.  Looking forward to the Dictionary of the Old Testament Prophets.

  1. December 16, 2008 at 9:43 pm

    I have a suggestion:

    Reformed Dogmatics, vol. 4 by Bavinck.

  2. Chad
    December 17, 2008 at 9:16 am

    I am sure that is a great book like the other three volumes, but I haven’t read it yet, so that’s why I didn’t put in on my list.

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