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It's that time of year. We are counting down the days until Christmas - and 2014 is nearly behind us.

Here at CBD this makes us wonder: What were the best Academic books of the year? So we decided to turn to you, our customers, to find the answer. Starting December 3, join us as we count down the Top Twelve Academic Books of 2014. Discover daily which new releases - or drastic updates and revisions - were the bestselling titles among you and your fellow CBD customers this year!

Number One

  1. New International Dictionary of New Testament Theology and Exegesis Set
    New International Dictionary of New Testament Theology and Exegesis Set
    Zondervan / 2014 / Hardcover
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A standard and widely-used reference work for nearly 40 years, the New International Dictionary of New Testament Theology and Exegesis has been thoroughly revised and updated to aid today's pastors, students, scholars, and teachers in their study of the New Testament.

Offering a wealth of background and information on the meaning of Greek words in the New Testament - as well as related usage in classical Greek sources, the Septuagint, Jewish literature, and more - this important tool offers an excellent array of helpful features.

Number Two

  1. The Book of Psalms [NICOT]
    The Book of Psalms [NICOT]
    Nancy deClaisse-Walford, Rolf Jacobson, Beth Tanner
    Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. / 2015 / Hardcover
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This work by Nancy deClaisse-Walford, Rolf Jacobson, and Beth Tanner is the most complete and detailed one-volume commentary available on the Psalms. Significantly, the volume reflects the combined insights of three superior biblical scholars.

The authors offer a succinct introduction to the Psalter, a new translation of all the psalms that takes special account of the Dead Sea Scrolls, and individual entries on each psalm unit. Throughout the book they draw on state-of-the-art research on the canonical shape and shaping of the Psalter and evidence a nuanced attention to the poetic nature of the psalms.

Number Three

  1. Reading Koine Greek: An Introduction and Integrated Workbook
    Reading Koine Greek: An Introduction and Integrated Workbook
    Rodney J. Decker
    Baker Academic / 2014 / Hardcover
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Lay a solid foundation for grammar while building exegetical skills with this student-friendly introduction to Koine Greek. Covering the New Testament, LXX, and other texts, Decker's study and integrated workbook emphasize comprehension rather than translation. Helpful reference tools and practical tips are supplemented by Web-based resources offering help for professors and study aids for students.

Number Four

  1. The Second Letter to the Corinthians
    The Second Letter to the Corinthians
    Mark Seifrid
    Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. / 2014 / Hardcover
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The question that Paul set before the ancient church in Corinth - Do you not recognize that Jesus Christ is in and among you? (2 Cor 13:5) - remains a critical question for the church today. This commentary by Mark Seifrid seeks to hear Paul's message afresh and communicate it to our time.

Seifrid offers a unified reading of 2 Corinthians, which has often been regarded as a composite of excerpts and fragments. He argues that Paul's message is directed at the "practical atheism" of the Corinthian church - the hidden heresy that assumes God's saving work in the world may be measured by outward standards of success and achievement.

Like all of the Pillar volumes, Seifrid's commentary on 2 Corinthians offers careful grammatical analysis and exegesis with clear pastoral application.

Number Five

  1. The First Epistle to the Corinthians, Second Edition
    The First Epistle to the Corinthians, Second Edition
    Gordon D. Fee
    Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. / 2014 / Hardcover
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Fully updated exegesis of 1 Corinthians

This award-winning commentary by Gordon Fee, originally published in 1987, has been lauded as the best study available of Paul's theologically rich first letter to the Corinthians.

Writing primarily for pastors, teachers, and students, Fee offers a readable exposition of 1 Corinthians that clearly describes the meaning of Paul's ideas and their larger theological relevance. More scholarly matters, including Fee's considerable interaction with other commentators, are found in the footnotes.

In this second edition, Fee has updated the text to make it even more accessible, including giving all biblical citations in full so that readers don't have to look up references. Fee also includes a full bibliography of everything written on 1 Corinthians up until 2011, providing a wide range of resources for further study.

Number Six

  1. Surprised by Scripture: Engaging Contemporary Issues
    Surprised by Scripture: Engaging Contemporary Issues
    N.T. Wright
    Harpercollins Publishing / 2014 / Hardcover
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An unusual combination of scholar, churchman, and leader, N.T. Wright - hailed by Newsweek as "the world's leading New Testament scholar" - is not only incredibly insightful, but he conveys his knowledge in terms that excite and inspire Christian leaders worldwide, allowing them to see the Bible from a fresh viewpoint. In this challenging and stimulating collection of popular essays, sermons, and talks, Wright provides a series of case studies which explore how the Bible can be applied to some of the most pressing contemporary issues facing us, including the Bible and evolution, ordination of women, politics, the environmental movement, and much more.

Helpful, practical, and wise, Surprised by Scripture invites readers to examine their own hearts and minds and presents new models for understanding how to affirm the Bible in today's world - as well as new ideas and renewed energy for deepening our faith and engaging with the world around us.

Number Seven

  1. Can We Still Believe the Bible? An Evangelical Engagement with Contemporary Questions
    Can We Still Believe the Bible? An Evangelical Engagement with Contemporary Questions
    Craig L. Blomberg
    Brazos Press / 2014 / Trade Paperback
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Challenges to the reliability of Scripture are perennial and have frequently been addressed. However, some of these challenges are noticeably more common today, and the topic is currently of particular interest among evangelicals.

In Can We Still Believe the Bible?, highly regarded biblical scholar Craig Blomberg offers an accessible and nuanced argument for the Bible's reliability in response to the extreme views about Scripture and its authority articulated by both sides of the debate. He believes that a careful analysis of the relevant evidence shows we have reason to be more confident in the Bible than ever before. As he traces his own academic and spiritual journey, Blomberg sketches out the case for confidence in the Bible in spite of various challenges to the trustworthiness of Scripture, offering a positive, informed, and defensible approach.

Number Eight

  1. A New Heaven and a New Earth: Reclaiming Biblical Eschatology
    A New Heaven and a New Earth: Reclaiming Biblical Eschatology
    J. Richard Middleton
    Baker Academic / 2013 / Trade Paperback
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Unpacking Old and New Testament texts, Middleton makes the case that a believer's ultimate hope is not an otherworldly eternity---but rather a participation in a new heaven and a new earth. He examines the ethical and ecclesial implications of a holistic eschatology, and explores the difference it can make for living in a broken world.

Number Nine

  1. Hidden But Now Revealed: A Biblical Theology of Mystery
    Hidden But Now Revealed: A Biblical Theology of Mystery
    G.K. Beale
    IVP Academic / 2014 / Trade Paperback
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When reading through the Bible, it is impossible to ignore the troubling fact that Israel and its leaders - and even Jesus' own disciples - seem unable to fully grasp the messianic identity and climactic mission of Jesus. If his true deity, his death and resurrection and his role in the establishment of God's eternal kingdom were predicted in the Old Testament and in his own teachings, how could the leading biblical scholars of their time miss it?

This book explores the biblical conception of mystery as an initial, partially hidden revelation that is subsequently more fully revealed, shedding light not only on the richness of the concept itself, but also on the broader relationship between the Old and New Testaments. Exploring all the occurrences of the term mystery in the New Testament and the topics found in conjunction with them, this work unpacks how the New Testament writers understood the issue of continuity and discontinuity. This investigation of the notion of mystery sharpens our understanding of how the Old Testament relates to the New and explores topics such as kingdom, crucifixion, the relationship between Jews and Gentiles and more. As such, it is a model for attentive and faithful biblical theology intended for students, scholars, pastors and lay people who wish to seriously engage the Scriptures.

Number Ten

  1. Acts: An Exegetical Commentary, Volume 3: 15:1-23:35
    Acts: An Exegetical Commentary, Volume 3: 15:1-23:35
    Craig S. Keener
    Baker Academic / 2014 / Hardcover
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Known for his meticulous, comprehensive research, respected scholar Keener draws on an unparalleled range of ancient sources to offer a wealth of fresh insights on the Book of Acts. Offering a close reading of Acts 15:1--23:35, the penultimate book in this acclaimed series explores issues related to Paul's diaspora missions and his journey to Rome via Jerusalem.

Number Eleven

  1. Prelude to Philosophy: An Introduction for Christians
    Prelude to Philosophy: An Introduction for Christians
    Mark W. Foreman
    IVP Academic / 2014 / Trade Paperback
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"The unexamined life is not worth living," according to Socrates, but pursuing the examined life strikes many as daunting, unappealing and even unnecessary. Is philosophy important? Why do I need philosophy if I have the Bible? Aren't philosophers simply engaged in meaningless disputes that are irrelevant to everyday life?

Mark Foreman addresses these and other questions in this "prelude" to the subject. Unlike a full introduction to philosophy, this book is a preliminary discussion that dispels misunderstandings and explains the rationale for engaging in philosophical reasoning.

Number Twelve

  1. Encyclopedia of Ancient Christianity, 3 Volumes
    Encyclopedia of Ancient Christianity, 3 Volumes
    A. Di Berardino, T.C. Oden, J.C. Elowsky & J. Hoover, eds.
    IVP Academic / 2014 / Hardcover
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This 3-volume encyclopedia, produced by the Institutum Patristicum Augustinianum, comprises 3,220 entries by a team of 266 scholars from 26 countries, covering 8 centuries of the Christian church and addressing such topics as archaeology, art and architecture, biography, culture, doctrine, ecclesiology, geography, history, philosophy, and theology.

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