Outlines of Biblical Books


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Issues Concerning Translations of the Bible


"An Evaluation of the New King James Bible" (Spring 1980) highlights improvements in translation clarity and consistency of the New King James Bible: New Testament over the traditional King James Version, although the Greek textual basis adhered to, i.e., the textus receptus or so-called "Majority Text," represents a throughback to pre-Enlightenment days.

For a good argument in support of the Wycliffe-Tyndale-King James tradition for English translations of the Bible, from the perspective of an expert in English grammar and literature, see Leland Ryken, The English Standard Version and the English Bible Legacy (Crossway, 2011).

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"The Deity of Christ in the Psalms" (January 1979) is a short devotional study about the use of select Messianic passages in the Psalms by New Testament writers.

An excellent study tool, The Comparative Psalter: Hebrew-Greek-English, published by Oxford University Press (2007), has the Masoretic Text, the Revised Standard Version (1952), the New English Translation of the Septuagint (2000), and the Septuagint side by side in parallel columns.

A brief overview of the psalms - Gordon Wenhan's The Psalter Reclaimed: Praying and Praising with the Psalms (Crossway, 2013) - devotes chapters to Singing & Praying the Psalms, Reading the Psalms Canonically & Messianically, the Ethics of the Psalms, the Imprecatory Psalms, and the Nations in the Psalms.  

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"The Initial Conquest: Jericho" (Joshua 6:12-21) and "A King After God's Own Heart" (I Samuel 16:4-13) appeared in the 20th Century Christian Adult Bible Quarterly for the Fall of 1986.

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"The Perseverance of Job the Patriarch" (2001; revised 2018) briefly overviews the story of the suffering patriarch and highlights his persistent faith in Yahweh in light of the tragedy he experienced.

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"Amos 2.1-3, God's Judgment against Moab: The Prophet's Method, Message, and Theology" was presented at the 16th Annual Stone-Campbell Journal Conference at Johnson University (Knoxville, TN) on April 7, 2017.






The divinity of Jesus and its emphasis in John's gospel is examined in "The Deity of Christ in the Gospel of John," published in the Firm Foundation (March 1980) and revised in February 2011. 

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"Baptism in the New Testament" develops the theme that God uses Christian baptism, through the work of Christ and the Holy Spirit, to bring about a new beginning for believers individually and for his church collectively.  Based on New Testament texts, the study (revised slightly and reformatted June 2014) is Chapter 10 in Baptism and the Remission of Sins:  A History of Baptismal Thought in the American Restoration Movement, edited by David W Fletcher (1990; repr., Hester Publications, 2009).

For two good brief works that explain the work of the Holy Spirit in the church historically and by Protestants theologically, see William K. Kay's Pentecostalism: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford, 2011) and Edmund J. Rybarczyk's The Spirit Unfettered: Protestant Views on the Holy Spirit (Paraclete, 2010).


"The Life of Paul the Apostle" (June 1975; revised February 2011) gives the reader a quick summary of the life of Saul of Tarsus based on a basic, elementary reading of the New Testament book of Acts and a few, uncritical popular commentaries.

For two critical, excellent works on the Pauline Corpus, see Wayne A. Meeks and John T. Fitzgerald, eds., The Writings of St. Paul, 2nd ed., Norton Critical Editions in the History of Ideas (New York: W. W. Norton, 2007), and John Muddiman and John Barton, eds., The Pauline Epistles, The Oxford Bible Commentary (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010).

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The first paper below surveys biblical and extrabiblical evidence about beginnings of Christianity in the Imperial City.  The second paper, a brief "special introduction" to Paul's letter to Rome, relies on internal evidence and a few older works of the New Testament Introduction genre to answer basic questions such as authorship, origin, destination, occasion, purpose, and so forth.