Thursday, January 13, 2011

The Bible Put Together and Explained in a Delightful Way

Want a book that explains the main storyline of the Bible in a concise, understandable way, and that shows how all the main sections of Scripture relate to that storyline? Have I got a book for you!

The God Who Is There is a perfect introduction to the Bible for those who have little Scriptural knowledge. Starting with Genesis 1-2, D. A. Carson explains key passages of Scripture, highlighting developments in the Bible’s message and history.

But this is not just for Bible novices; seasoned Scripture readers will find much treasure here, too. D. A. Carson is both a top-notch scholar and an articulate preacher, and his wisdom and insight delights the serious student of Scripture all throughout the book as he unpacks in fresh ways such familiar passages as Genesis 3, Psalm 1, John 3, Romans 3, and Revelation 21-22.

Some of my favorite expositions came in ch. 3, “The God Who Writes His Own Agreements,” where Carson unpacks Genesis 17, 15, and 22 in ways I had not considered. I also enjoyed his summary of the book of Job.

Other intriguing topics that arise throughout the book include hell, the love of God—why it’s both conditional and unconditional, the Gospel of Thomas—why it doesn’t belong in the Bible, the relationship between the old and new covenants, God’s anger, and the new heavens and new earth.

I can’t recommend this book enough. It fosters both understanding of God and love for him.

Fourteen chapters, 224 pages, ©2010 Baker Books

My rating (on a 5-point scale): 5

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