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    I am wanting to build a library of books. I have quite a few but are limited to a couple of modern theologians. Could you assist me in who would be profitable to read? Who of the early church fathers are reliable? SHould I get to know Augustine? Iraneus? Martyr? Who were some great reformers to read other than Calvin,Knoxand Luther? Should I get into Puritan writings? I guess I need a good rundown of authors.

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    Re: Christian Authors

    Quote Originally Posted by Yoder
    I am wanting to build a library of books. I have quite a few but are limited to a couple of modern theologians. Could you assist me in who would be profitable to read? Who of the early church fathers are reliable? SHould I get to know Augustine? Iraneus? Martyr? Who were some great reformers to read other than Calvin,Knoxand Luther? Should I get into Puritan writings? I guess I need a good rundown of authors.

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    Go get all of John Gill's works
    Contact New Focus Mag and purchase all of their books by George Ella.
    Then go to Trinity Foundation and buy all their books.
    Then go to Don Fortner's website and buy all his books (especially the one on revelation)
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    Re: Christian Authors

    Quote Originally Posted by Yoder
    I am wanting to build a library of books. I have quite a few but are limited to a couple of modern theologians. Could you assist me in who would be profitable to read? Who of the early church fathers are reliable? SHould I get to know Augustine? Iraneus? Martyr? Who were some great reformers to read other than Calvin,Knoxand Luther? Should I get into Puritan writings? I guess I need a good rundown of authors.

    Dave
    Dave,

    I've been compiling a list of books that I believe are essential for a solid theological library. It is broken down by categories. If anyone has additional works that can be added let me know.

    Here is what I have so far:

    The Person and Work of Christ
    John Owen, The Glory of Chirst, Works, Volume 1
    Robert Reymond, Jesus: Divine Messiah
    John Brown, Christ: The Way, Truth & Life
    James Durham, Unsearchable Riches of Christ
    Arthur W. Pink, The Satisfaction of Christ: Studies in the Atonement
    Arthur W. Pink, Doctrine of Reconciliation
    James A. Haldane, Doctrine of the Atonement
    John Owen, The Death of Death in the Death of Christ
    George Smeaton, Christís Doctrine of the Atonement
    George Smeaton, The Apostleís Doctrine of the Atonement
    Philip Henry, Christ is All in All
    Thomas Goodwin, Christ our Mediator
    Isaac Ambrose, Looking Unto Jesus, Sprinkle

    The Holy Spirit
    John Owen, The Holy Spirit, Works, Volume 3
    George Smeaton, The Doctrine of the Holy Spirit

    Sovereignty of God and Calvinism
    Elisha Coles, Practical Discourse of Godís Sovereignty
    Arthur W. Pink, The Sovereign of God, Baker edition.
    Gordon Clark, God and Evil: The Problem Solved
    Gordon Clark, Predestination
    Ronald Cammenga and Ronald Hanko, Saved by Grace, RFPA
    Abraham Kuyper, Particular Grace, RFPA
    Herman Hoeksema, The Wonder of Grace, RFPA
    David Steele and Curtis Thomas, The Five Points of Calvinism, (first edition, not the new revised and updated one)

    The Gospel, Grace and Salvation
    Thomas Goodwin, Justifying Faith
    John Owen, The Doctrine of Justification by Faith, Works, Volume 5
    Thomas Goodwin, A Discourse of Election, Works, Volume 9
    James Buchanan, The Doctrine of Justification
    Solomon Stoddard, The Safety of Appearing in the Righteousness of Christ
    John Gill, The Cause of God and Truth
    William Romaine, Law and Gospel
    O. Palmer Robertson, The Current Justification Controversy
    Gordon Clark, What is Saving Faith?
    Abraham Booth, Reign of Grace
    John Colquhoun, True Repentance
    William Rushton, A Defense of Particular Redemption
    John Pedersen, Sincerity Meets the Truth

    Systematic Theology
    John Gill, A Complete Body of Doctrinal and Practical Divinity
    Robert Reymond, A New Systematic Theology of the Christian Faith
    Herman Hoeksema, Reformed Dogmatics, 2 Volumes, 2nd Edition
    G. Henry Kersten, Reformed Dogmatics, 2 Volumes
    John L. Dagg, Manual of Theology
    William Ames, Marrow of Theology

    Exposing Heresy
    John Owen, A Display of Arminianism

    Important Theological Works
    Gordon Clark, The Johannine Logos
    Gordon Clark, The Trinity
    Abraham Booth, Select Works, Volumes 1 & 3
    Tobias Crisp, Christ Alone Exalted, 4 Volumes
    Walter Marshall, Gospel Mystery of Sanctification
    William Romaine, The Life, Walk, and Triumph of Faith
    David Engelsma, Hyper-Calvinism and the Call of the Gospel, RFPA
    Herman Hoeksema and Henry Danhof, Sin and Grace, RFPA

    Bible Commentaries

    -Multi Volume Sets
    John Gill, Commentary on the Bible, 9 Volumes
    William Hendriksen & Simon Kistemaker, New Testament Commentary, 12 Vol.
    Robert Hawker, The Poor Manís Old Testament Commentary, 6 Volumes, SGCB
    Robert Hawker, The Poor Manís New Testament Commentary, 3 Volumes, SGCB

    -Old Testament
    Don Fortner, Discovering Christ in Genesis, EP
    Don Fortner, Discovering Christ in Ruth: The Kinsman Redeemer, EP
    Henry Mahan, With New Testament Eyes, Volume 1 (Genesis-Job), EP
    Henry Mahan, With New Testament Eyes, Volume 2 (Psalms-Malachi), EP

    -New Testament

    Romans
    Robert Haldane, Commentary on Romans
    Herman Hoeksema, Righteous by Faith Alone
    Douglas Moo, The Epistle to the Romans, Eerdmans

    Corinthians
    Gordon Clark, First Corinthians

    Galatians
    Edgar Andrews, Free in Christ: The Message of Galatians

    Ephesians
    Paul Bayne, Ephesians
    Thomas Goodwin, Ephesians, Works, Volumes 1 & 2
    Gordon Clark, Ephesians

    Philippians
    Gordon Clark, Philippian

    Colossians
    Gordon Clark, Colossians

    Thessalonians
    Gordon Clark, First and Second Thessalonians

    Hebrews
    John Owen, Hebrews, 7 Volumes
    Arthur W. Pink, An Exposition of Hebrews
    Edgar Andrews, A Glorious High Throne: Hebrews Simply Explained
    James A. Haldane, Hebrews

    Epistles of Peter
    Gordon Clark, New Heavens, New Earth: First and Second Peter

    Epistles of John
    Gordon Clark, First John

    Revelation
    Don Fortner, Discovering Christ in Revelation
    Herman Hoeksema, Behold He Cometh: An Exposition of the Book of Revelation

    Suggested commentaries for research
    The following commentaries are not in any way endorsed but are listed here because of the value they may have regarding original language studies, historical background, and alternative interpretations they may provide.

    Multi-volume series
    Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament (BECNT)
    New International Commentary on the New Testament (NICNT)
    New International Greek Testament Commentary (NIGTC)
    International Critical Commentary series on the New Testament (ICC)
    Pillar New Testament Commentary series
    New American Commentary on the New Testament (NAC)
    Geneva Commentary series
    Lenskiís New Testament Commentaries
    Word Biblical Commentaries on the New Testament
    The NIV Application Commentary on the New Testament

    Individual commentaries
    Craig S. Keener, A Commentary on the Gospel of Matthew
    Frederick Dale Bruner, Matthew: A Commentary, 2 Volumes
    Barclay Newman, A Handbook on the Gospel of Matthew
    Arthur W. Pink, The Gospel of John
    Herman Ridderbos, The Gospel of John: A Theological Commentary
    Craig S. Keener, The Gospel of John, 2 Volumes
    Harold W. Hoehner, Ephesians: An Exegetical Commentary
    John Murray, Romans
    John Piper, The Justification of God: An Exegetical & Theological Study of Rom. 9:1-23
    Jerome Quinn, The First and Second Letters to Timothy
    Markus Barth, The Letter to Philemon
    Arthur W. Pink, An Exposition of Hebrews
    Anthony Lawson, sinner saved by imputed righteousness

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    Re: Christian Authors

    Quote Originally Posted by Tobias Crisp
    Dave,

    I've been compiling a list of books that I believe are essential for a solid theological library. It is broken down by categories. If anyone has additional works that can be added let me know.

    Here is what I have so far:
    Wow Tobias, that is a most excellent list. How much would it cost to have such a trustworthy library? I have not even a quarter of this. A very good list indeed.
    Greetings and salutations, el rana

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    Proverbs chapter 19

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    Re: Christian Authors

    Quote Originally Posted by ray kikkert
    Wow Tobias, that is a most excellent list. How much would it cost to have such a trustworthy library? I have not even a quarter of this. A very good list indeed.
    The cost would be very great indeed and would take many years to accumlulate if the volumes were bought individually over a period of them. By God's grace many of these works are available in electronic format and many can be found on the Internet. I hope to digitize a few of the works and post them on my website within the next couple of years.
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    Re: Christian Authors

    Quote Originally Posted by Tobias Crisp
    The cost would be very great indeed and would take many years to accumlulate if the volumes were bought individually over a period of them. By God's grace many of these works are available in electronic format and many can be found on the Internet. I hope to digitize a few of the works and post them on my website within the next couple of years.
    Tobias, that would be nice of you to do so. Do you have the shortcuts to the works available on line as well?
    Also while I am at it , folks can contact the Reformed Free Publishing Association on some of the books mentioned , or let me know , and I will direct you to the books you would like. Thanks again Tobias.
    Greetings and salutations, el rana

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    Re: Christian Authors

    Quote Originally Posted by Darth Gill
    Go get all of John Gill's works
    Contact New Focus Mag and purchase all of their books by George Ella.
    Then go to Trinity Foundation and buy all their books.
    Then go to Don Fortner's website and buy all his books (especially the one on revelation)
    Darth , do you have access to the biographies of these men? I find it very beneficial to have known how some of these men grew up and the struggles they had to go through in their lives.
    Greetings and salutations, el rana

    21There are many devices in a man's heart; nevertheless the counsel of the LORD, that shall stand.

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    Re: Christian Authors

    Wow. Thank you both Brandon and Ray. I will most certainly get started on my collection.

    God Bless.

    Dave


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    Re: Christian Authors

    Here's my list of books I've found most helpful, there will be some overlap with Tobias Crisp:

    Christology

    ed. Richard Norris The Christological Controversy (many early primary text documents)

    Pneumatology

    Abraham Kuyper The Work of the Holy Spirit

    Systematic Theology

    Robert Reymond A New Systematic Theology (some disagreements but very Biblical)
    Herman Hoeksema Reformed Dogmatics
    Ron Hanko Doctrine According to Godliness (very concise)
    Turretin Institutes (heavy wading but I have found it more and more helpful)
    Calvin Institutes Beveridge translation
    Richard Muller Post-Reformation Reformed Dogmatics (this four volume set is incredible and provides an excellent source for discovering what those of the orthodox era taught on various topics)

    Eschatology

    Kim Riddlebarger A Case for Amillennialism
    Anthony Hoekema The Bible and the Future

    The Lord's Supper

    Keith Mathison Given For You (I disagree with his promotion of paedeocommunion but other than that this is the best book on the topic)

    Baptism

    Herman Hoekseam Believer's and Their Seed
    Herman Hanko We and Our Children
    Schenck The Presbyterian Doctrine of Children in the Covenant

    Calvinism

    A.W. Pink The Sovereignty of God Baker edition

    Creeds

    Herman Hoeksema The Triple Knowledge (Heidelberg Catechism)
    Ursinus Commentary on the Heidelberg Catechism
    Homer Hoeksema Voice of Our Fathers (Cannons of Dort, by far the best on the cannons)
    P.Y. DeJong The Church's Witness to the World (Belgic Confession)
    G.I. Williamson The Westminster Confession of Faith
    Johannes Vos The Westminster Longer Catechism
    Schaff Creeds of Christendom
    Beeke Reformed Confessions Harmonized
    Van Dellen and Monsma Church Order Commentary (if you go to a church with a dutch reformed background)

    Preaching

    Lloyd-Jones Preaching and Preachers (learn of the abomination of high curved ceilings in churches)
    Dabney Evangelical Eloquence
    Hughes Oliphant Old The Reading and Preaching of the Scriptures in the Worship of the Christian Church (5 volumes, volumes 1 and 4 should be owned by every minister)
    The Works of Tobias Crisp (excellent collection of sermons)

    Evangelism

    Will Metzger Tell the Truth

    Church History

    Schaff History of the Christian Church

    Bible Dictionaries

    ed. Jay P. Green The Classic Bible Dictionary (the only Bible dictionary written from a reformed perspective, excellent)
    The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (a standard and also excellent)

    Greek/Hebrew

    Thayer's (if you don't know Greek)
    BDAG (if you do)
    Brown-Driver-Briggs (classic standard and can be used by those who don't know Hebrew)

    Commentaries

    Keil & Delitzsch provide a good backbone for Old Testament Commentaries and are available for free from e-sword
    Hendriksen/Kistemaker are an excellent new testament set
    Gill and Calvin are both worth reading
    Spurgeon's Treasury of David is excellent
    As for modern individual commentaries:
    Unfolding Covenant History is currently on volume 5. The first four are done by Homer Hoeksema and the following are/will be done by David Engelsma and they are excellent. They cover the Old Testament focusing on the development of the covenant.
    Gordon J. Wenham on Genesis and Leviticus is good.
    Waltke on Proverbs is excellent.
    Block on Ezekiel is excellent.
    E.J. Young on Isaiah and Daniel are classics.
    Lloyd-Jones Studies on the Sermon on the Mount is excellent.
    Herman Hanko's Mysteries of the Kingdom is the best on the parables.
    F.F. Bruce on Acts is decent.
    Hoeksema Righteous by Faith Alone (Romans)
    G.C. Lubbers on Galatians and Hebrews(Galatians is no longer in print and hard to find)
    Anything you can find by Peter T. O'Brien is excellent (Ephesians, Philippians, Collosians/Philemon)
    George W. Knight III on the Pastoral Epistles
    William Hendriksen on Revelation (if you don't know Greek)
    G.K. Beale on Revelation (if you do)
    The volumes on Matthew, Acts, and Romans are excellent in the ICC series.

    Bible Surveys

    William Hendriksen Survey of the Bible

    Commentary Surveys

    Longman Old Testament Commentary Survey
    Carson New Testament Commentary Survey

    Cults

    Walter Martin The Kingdom of the Cults

    Marriage

    David Engelsma Marriage the Mystery of Christ and the Church
    Wenham and Heth Jesus and Divorce

    Parenting

    Tedd Tripp Shepherding a Child's Heart

    A book for your wife to read

    Martha Peace The Excellent Wife

    Periodicals

    The Blue Banner
    The Outlook
    Christian Renewal
    Ordained Servant
    The Standard Bearer
    Modern Reformation
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    Re: Christian Authors

    Quote Originally Posted by wildboar
    Here's my list of books I've found most helpful, there will be some overlap with Tobias Crisp:
    Again, WB excellent library brother How many years did it take to compile such a library? I know you may be at an advantage from some of us being at Baker, but that is an excellent list as well.

    A querry though, with all this talk of breaking wind by Luther against the pope and all, I am surprised "the bondage of the will" isn't on the list Apart from the works of AW Pink, this was one of the first books I read in depth.

    I consider it to be a must in one's library. Also I would heavily recommend Professor Herman Hanko's "Portraits of Faithful Saints". It is a concise retrace of the lives of some of the known and lesser known saints throughout history, from birth to death.

    Thanks brother boar, also are some of the works you mentioned available on line as well?
    Greetings and salutations, el rana

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    Luther's Bondage of the Will should certainly be on everyone's bookshelf and if you can afford it the Luther library on your computer. Hanko's work on the saints wouldn't be bad either and is available on-line.Thayer's and BDB are available for free for e-sword as well as Keil & Delitzsch and Gill and Spurgeon's Treasury of David. I'm sure Calvin's works are available on-line somewhere as well, the rest I don't believe they are. I accumulated my books within the past six years.
    For whatever strength of arm he may have who swims in the open sea, yet in time he is carried away and sunk, mastered by the greatness of its waves. Need then there is that we be in the ship, that is, that we be carried in the wood, that we may be able to cross this sea. Now this Wood in which our weakness is carried is the Cross of the Lord, by which we are signed, and delivered from the dangerous tempests of this world.--St. Augustine

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    Another couple of good books are The Promise of the Future by Cornelis Venema The Baker Topical Guide to the Bible by Elwell. The Baker Topical Guide is very unique. It's almost the size of Strong's Concorance and it is structured like a systematic theology but is basically verses dealing with the various topics in systematic theology. Unfortunately it uses the NIV but it's still very helpful. The eschatology section is set up in a premillennial format but the verses that are listed are still helpful and necessary for constructing any kind of eschatology.
    For whatever strength of arm he may have who swims in the open sea, yet in time he is carried away and sunk, mastered by the greatness of its waves. Need then there is that we be in the ship, that is, that we be carried in the wood, that we may be able to cross this sea. Now this Wood in which our weakness is carried is the Cross of the Lord, by which we are signed, and delivered from the dangerous tempests of this world.--St. Augustine

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