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If you were to walk into a book store of only academic books, it might be quite overwhelming (...and yet really great at the time same, right?). So where to begin? Might I make a few suggestions? As the academic editor, many books come my way: some classic and some new. Some step forward and stand out among the rest. Some show promise as critical additions to continuing conversations of academia. And some are little hidden gems that need just a little more attention.

If I could pick just 5 (okay, I cheated - there are 6) books off the shelves in that wonderful academic book store, these are the ones that I would suggest you consider today if you haven't already. And this time, I've thrown in a couple 'lighter' reads. Why? Because it's summer, that's why.

  1. Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels, Second Edition
    Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels, Second Edition
    Edited by Joel B. Green, Jeannine K. Brown & Nicholas Perrin
    IVP Academic / 2013 / Hardcover
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This second edition is a thoroughly reconstructed and revised version of the critically acclaimed 1992 first edition. Since that groundbreaking volume was published, a wave of Jesus and Gospel scholarship has crested and broken on the shores of a new century.

Here is a self-contained reference library of information and perspective essential to exploring Jesus and the Gospels. This volume bridges the gap between scholars and those pastors, teachers, students and interested readers who want thorough treatments of key topics in an accessible and summary format. Articles cover each Gospel, major themes in the Gospels, key episodes in the life of Jesus, significant background topics, as well as issues and methods of interpretation.

  1. God Dwells Among Us: Expanding Eden to the Ends of the Earth
    God Dwells Among Us: Expanding Eden to the Ends of the Earth
    G.K. Beale, Mitchell M. Kim
    InterVarsity Press / 2014 / Trade Paperback
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The temple has always been a source of rich scholarship, but what does it mean today? Tracing the theme of God's dwelling place from Genesis to Revelation, Beale and Kim demonstrate how the Lord has always desired to dwell among us; and challenge the church to bring God's presence to the ends of the earth.

  1. The Epistle to the Romans: New International Greek Testament Commentary [NIGTC]
    The Epistle to the Romans: New International Greek Testament Commentary [NIGTC]
    Richard Longenecker
    Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. / 2016 / Hardcover
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A long-awaited volume

Despite being difficult to interpret, Paul's letter to believers in Rome has played a central role in the formulation of Christian doctrine. Here Longenecker offers a clear analysis that builds on the work of past commentators while remaining informed by modern-day interpreters. His exposition is critical, exegetical, and constructive yet pastoral in its application.

  1. Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia: A Reader's Edition
    Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia: A Reader's Edition
    Donald R. Vance, George Athas, Yael Avrahami
    German Bible Society / 2015 / Hardcover
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A helpful language reference tool for students, pastors, and scholars. The BHS Reader's Edition is for those who have a basic understanding of Biblical Hebrew and desire to read and study the Hebrew Bible. With this book alone (and a year's study of Hebrew), students are able to read the Hebrew Bible in its entirety.

No other reference books on the market today have the same quality, grammatical information, or detail.

    This reader's edition of the UBS Greek New Testament is an essential resource for pastors, professors, and others who regularly work with the New Testament in its original language, as well as students and others learning Greek. Containing the complete UBS4 Greek New Testament text from the United Bible Society, this edition features a clean layout with the Greek text above notes on every page. These notes include parsings of difficult verb forms as well as translations of Greek words occurring 30 times or less in the New Testament. In addition, a dictionary in the back defines words occurring 30 times or more, serving as a helpful reference for all learning to read Greek.

    1. Great Doctrines of the Bible: God the Father, God the Son; God the Holy Spirit; The Church and the Last Things (3 Volumes in 1)
      Great Doctrines of the Bible: God the Father, God the Son; God the Holy Spirit; The Church and the Last Things (3 Volumes in 1)
      D. Martin Lloyd-Jones
      Crossway / 2012 / Trade Paperback
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    Great Doctrines of the Bible is a comprehensive, accessible, and systematic theology of the Christian faith by one of evangelicalism's most beloved figures. The late D. Martin Lloyd Jones expounded and defended the greatest doctrines of Christianity throughout his career. His writing is grounded in both Scripture and theological convictions of the Reformation and it is as powerful today as they ever were. The volume is a a refreshing read that puts aside heavier academic phraseology and speaks simply yet fully.

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