Review: Biblical Doctrine: A Systematic Summary of Bible Truth

As a member of Crossway’s Blog Review Program, I was given a digital copy of Biblical Doctrine: A Systematic Summary of Bible Truth. Let me begin by saying that it was a privilege and to review this book and be given an electronic copy.

    To begin, as a seminary student, I have read three theology texts and Biblical Doctrine is by far superior in my estimation. The book is thoroughly grounded in Scripture. Firmly, the book holds to Creationism, Premillenialism, male eldership and the Trinity. Few theology books take a firm stance on Creation, Premillennialism (that Jesus will return before He establishes His Kingdom on earth for 1000 years, see Rev 21 and Rev 22), and male eldership, instead spending the bulk of their space simply describing all the views without critiquing them by the Scripture. Yet, Biblical Doctrine upholds Scripture as their authoritative evaluation criterion.

     An encouraging feature was the prayers and hymns within the book and that quotes were used to compliment Scripture, not to argue its interpretation. In other theology texts, I have seen perhaps an overemphasis of what theologians have said and not a fair treatment of Scripture.

      The book is not just information. No, it is a thoroughly devotional work as well. One comes face to face with the Scripture and the tone balances between thorough study and devotional encouragement of Christ’s sacrifice for you. The book is not overly academic in tone yet maintains scholarship. What a rare masterpiece!

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Which Bible Translation Should I Use?

     I can only speak to readers of English regarding translations. While I took two years of Spanish in High School and am working on teaching myself a working knowledge of Latin, Greek and Hebrew, English is the only language I have studied translations in depth on. If you don’t speak English, I would recommend that you check out these to find a Bible translation in your language:

Bible.is         BibleGateway.com       Bible.com (YouVersion)

To start, it is important to know that their are three types of “translations”: literal (which try to translate word-for-word from the original language of the Bible into another language), dynamic equivalent (endeavor to translate overall thought-for-thought not getting caught up in the details) and paraphrase (putting into your own words a summary of what the Bible says).

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