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7 Books That Will Give You Unparalleled Confidence in the Bible

by Silverio Gonzalez posted September 15, 2017

1. Andreas J. Kostenberger and Michael J. Kruger, The Heresy of Orthodoxy

Written in ordinary language, Andreas J. Kostenberger and Michael J. Kruger in The Heresy of Orthodoxy explain the origins of early Christianity and what we have come to know as orthodoxy. Contrary to Bart Ehrman, the authors reveal that the Bible and orthodoxy are not the results of the “winners” imposing their doctrine upon a church of diverse voices and doctrines. Instead, the Bible and historic Christianity reflect the message God gave to the apostles. Any development in thought was not imposed upon the Bible or the church but developed from the apostolic testimony to Jesus Christ recorded in Scripture.

2. Benjamin Breckinridge Warfield, Inspiration and Authority of the Bible

What does it mean to say that the Bible is inspired and authoritative? In this classic treatment, B.B. Warfield argues that the Bible, written by human authors from diverse experiences and backgrounds, reflecting their own thoughts and words, is the Word of God.

3. Craig L. Blomberg, The Historical Reliability of the Gospels

Here Craig Blomberg deals with all sorts of questions about the Gospel accounts. He explains that the Gospel accounts that we have both accurately reflect what the writers themselves wrote and are historically accurate testimonies to the gospel of Jesus Christ.

4. Gary R. Habermas and Michael Licona, The Case for the Resurrection of Jesus

In The Case for the Resurrection of Jesus, Gary R. Habermas and Michael Licona introduce readers to an argument that demonstrates that belief in the historical resurrection of Jesus Christ is the most reasonable conviction to explain the facts of Jesus’ life, death, burial, the empty tomb, and the faith of the early church.

5. Leland Ryken, How to Read the Bible as Literature

Leland Ryken in How to Read the Bible as Literature introduces us to a way of reading the Bible that appreciates its literary forms and helps us to better grasp the message of its pages. This is a great book for people who are new to reading the Bible or people who need a good introduction in how to read it.

6. Michael J. Kruger, Canon Revisited: Establishing the Origins and Authority of the New Testament Books

In Canon Revisited, Michael J. Kruger explains how the New Testament became authoritative for the Christian faith. He explains that the early Church had a particular criterion for the books they chose to include and that their intention was to include those books that bare the marks of the Word of God.

7. Timothy Ward, Words of Life: Scripture as the Living and Active Word of God

In Words of Life, Timothy Ward gives us an introduction to a theology of the Bible. His intent is to cover all the basics and explain how Christians should read it. His point is to show the connection God has to his Word so that Christians might have confidence that God himself speaks through the Bible.


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Silverio Gonzalez

Silverio Gonzalez is a husband and father. He earned his B.A. in Philosophy from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and his Master of Divinity from Westminster Seminary California.

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