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The Christian Warfare Against Satan
The Christian Warfare Against Satan
by John Downame
Edition: Paperback
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Downame's "The Christian Warfare Against Satan", November 16, 2012
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This Puritan work on the subject of spiritual conflict is an impressive and important complement to the Christian's puritan library. Although not as exhaustive as Gurnall, as penetrating as Owen, or as illustrative as Brooks, Downame is noteworthy for arriving at his deep insights into the human heart and into the devices of Satan earlier than these pillars of puritan ministry. Having read those three other great authorities on this subject before having discovered Downame, I cannot help but believe that each of them had read Downame before picking up their own pens. Downame went first down this path, it seems, and he is due the credit for laying the foundation on which those giants were to build their own impressive spiritual edifices.

If one can get used to the old typeface and the (late?) middle English (and one can do so with a small effort), one will profit greatly for the investment in time and pains.

There are also wide margins in this publication for those who care to scribble (additional) Scripture citations or make notes.

So far I've worked Downame into at least two sermons, and that trend is likely to continue.

The church militant owes a debt of gratitude first to Downame and then to the publisher for making this priceless volume available to the modern church, starved as it is for solid, biblical instruction in an area too often occupied by the literary equivalent of 'empty calories.'


Basics of Biblical Hebrew Grammar: Second Edition
Basics of Biblical Hebrew Grammar: Second Edition
by Gary Davis Pratico
Edition: Hardcover
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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Van Pelt's Grammar of Biblical Hebrew, February 23, 2010
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I purchased this grammar and the accompanying workbook, flashcards, "charts," and the "Get an A" summary sheet for my Hebrew I & II courses under Miles Van Pelt. It was a treat to be taught from this grammar by the co-author himself. But for those of you who are considering buying this grammar for a course under another professor, or for independent study, I definitely recommend these items, except for the "charts" which you don't need at all. Of course, if you're a student who is going to study under another professor than either of the co-authors, be sure they approve of your relying on this text, even if in part.

Now for the self-studier (or, autodidact), I strongly encourage you to get the four items I list above. This grammar (w/ other goodies) is the simplest way to learn Biblical Hebrew, in my opinion, and that is because it is the most scientific. By this I mean that the authors have painstakingly eliminated all the gruelling paradigm memorization as was possible and caught instead upon all the ways the morphology (how verbs change and why) can give you the same information and make it possible for you to parse the verb(al).

We covered two chapters per week for Hebrew I (and in the compressed winter term, Hebrew II one chapter per day), so it is possible to cruise through this system in six months. I can actually read the Hebrew text after having studied all the chapters, but that was with the benefit of constant instruction by a professional. For autodidacts, plan on one year of disciplined study, without rushing too fast past things you're not sure about. The workbook (and CD ROM from the back of the grammar to grade it) are great! Be sure to do all the exercises, except perhaps the English to Hebrew, which isn't really necessary, but could be a useful added drill if you are struggling. Also, for self-study's, be sure to review review review. Don't be ashamed to start over from the beginning once you have finished. Then you might want to obtain a Hebrew Reader. Zondervan has a nice one. Now learn you some Hebrew ya bums!

Please consult my review of William Mounce's Basics of Biblical Greek, because the same strategy and paedagogical method was adopted for Hebrew with this grammar as was adopted by Mounce for Greek.
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SmartFrench: Beginner Level - Learn French from Real French People
SmartFrench: Beginner Level - Learn French from Real French People
by Christian J. Aubert
Edition: Audio CD
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good finishing touches on accent, July 28, 2008
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In my opinion, the lessons contained in both the intermediate AND the beginner levels are not well suited for the person who is not familiar with French already.

That being said, if you have a good amount of French training behind you, such as in college, or independent study, that is, book-learnin', in my opinion this is a good series for putting finishing touches upon your pronunciation and accent. You're not going to learn HOW to speak French with this series (you should already know how, for the most part, before buying this one). But for the person who does have some skill in spoken French, imho, these CDs or tapes are a great way to polish up for conducting conversations with natives. You're going to be exposed to the much more messy version of spoken French than your fancy book-learning taught you, which is good, so that you don't come off sounding like either an American French student or someone who just stepped out of a time machine from back in the day when people paid more attention to the rules.


Overcoming Sin and Temptation
Overcoming Sin and Temptation
by John Piper
Edition: Paperback
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Owen has the Old Man's home address!, July 23, 2008
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I just finished this book, for the second time, and my title says it all...well, almost--

Owen has you nailed. Your Old Man has certain strategies for interfering with your communion with our Holy God. Your Old Man wants to flee from His presence, and he will prompt you to sin, forcing you to grieve the Holy Spirit in order to give himself a breather from your fellowship with the One whose holiness he desires to avoid. Your Old Man is you--- the old law, the old principle within you---with all your imagination and creativity, and pet sins that your new man can't seem to shake. Owen will teach you how to recognize, track, and thwart your Old Man's stratagems by prayer and watchfulness.

One noteworthy lesson from Owen will prove familiar to all spiritual warriors, and that is the Old Man's line, "This far and no farther." Sound familiar? "I'll just look at this one thing on the web, but go no farther." "I'll just have dinner with her, no more." May I add here that I've noticed how prominent the word "just" is in the Old Man's lexicon. When you hear it echo in your mind, drop to your knees and start praying, because "it's on!"

Think of this book as critical intelligence on enemy movements and dispositions stolen from enemy headquarters by a stalwart agent of proven worth. You might win without it, but you'll suffer a number of defeats along the way that could easily have been avoided. Our final victory is indeed assured, for He Who has begun a good work in us will finish it unto the day of Christ Jesus Our Lord, but whether you start beating the guts our of your Old Man now or only much later depends largely on how well you now "know thy self," for to know thy self is to "know thine enemy." (See Romans 7)

To wage war while despising critical intelligence is the height of folly, for it is to give your enemy victories that might easily have been yours and is to prolong the suffering needlessly. Sure you have an enemy army without your walls, the Evil One and his minions, seeking to sift and devour you, but you have a tireless enemy within as well, who desperately wants to cooperate with him and throw open your gates to let him in. You must identify this spy, track, pursue, seize and bind him in chains and cast him into your deepest dungeon; but keep watch, for he fights furiously to free himself and turn the tables on you. Owen will show you how to put his neck under your boot, and through prayer and watchfulness keep him there, but it is up to you both to read this book and yet also manage to remember its lessons once the fog of battle descends on your mind in the heat of temptation and obscures your love of Christ.

If you read this work prayerfully, perhaps in conjunction with "Precious Remedies Against Satan's Devices," by Brooks (ISBN: 0851510027), and "The Christian in Complete Armour," by Gurnall (the full 1244-page version, ISBN: 0851511961), you'll find yourself promoted to officer in His army in no time. Officers enjoy many privileges along with their increased responsibilities, including greater proximity to the Leader and being made privy to more of His counsels.

See J.C. Ryle's "Holiness," too (ISBN: 0967760356), but this one by Owen is the clear winner for crucifying the flesh with its passions and desires.

If you're a purist and desire to read only undistilled versions of Owen and others, insisting on the Complete Works of..., or whatever, be at peace and buy this. It's by no means distilled, and though it is still a little bit of work it is by no means as hard to get through as Death of Death. I too prefer the works in the original, and that is indeed what you're going to get here, but with footnotes to explain archaisms and a few corrections to Owen's errant citations, etc. You can tell the editors love Owen in the original, too. I guarantee you won't regret this purchase.

Stop reading and start buying! For the Christian is from moment to moment, day to day, either advancing or retreating, conquering or being conquered, enslaving his Old Man or being enslaved by him. Put on the whole armor of God, read this intelligence on the ploys of your traitor within, and get on with your conquest!

But be advised, Christian, much is expected from him to whom much has been given. If you study this prayerfully and apply it diligently, by God's grace you will find yourself granted closer communion with God, but the closer you get to Him the less tolerant He will be of your indwelling sins, for their reek will only be that much stronger in His nostrils the closer you get. An ounce of sanctification calls for two, two for a pound, and on until carelessness or unwatchfulness in your daily temptations will result in grieving the Holy Spirit more quickly and more sharply, and more profound setbacks will accrue than before, since to fall from a height hurts more. Therefore be prayerful, be watchful, be precise, dear Christian, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfil its passions and desires, for we are commanded to be holy as He is holy, and we are advised that He will be regarded as holy by all who would draw nigh to Him. Attempt this on your own strength and wits, however, and you will fail. You need to learn how, you need to read Owen's work. Studying Owen will indeed require dedication and focus, but the labor is not in vain, for,

"In a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver but also of wood and earthenware, and some for noble use and some for ignoble. If any one purifies himself from what is ignoble, then he will be a vessel for noble use, consecrated and useful to the master of the house, ready for any good work." 2 Ti. 2:20f.


The UBS Greek New Testament: A Reader's Edition (Greek and English Edition)
The UBS Greek New Testament: A Reader's Edition (Greek and English Edition)
by Barclay M. Newman
Edition: Hardcover
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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars UBS Greek New Testament: A Reader's Edition, February 7, 2008
This hardcover Greek NT reader is ideal for the first and second year student (and beyond?) of NT Greek. It has the Greek NT text at the top of every page, and words occurring 30x or fewer in the NT are footnoted at the bottom of the page, including definition (in that context), parsing of verbs and participles, and a rare addition of an explanation about an idiomatic expression.

It surpasses the Zondervan Reader in terms of its clearer, larger text font, and the more easy to consult footnotes, which are instantly visible. Moreover, this UBS version, unlike the Zondervan, is the reliable "GNT," and it even has a lexicon at the back of the book for all NT words that occur 30x or more (just in case you've forgotten).

This edition is therefore superior to the Zondervan edition for all the foregoing reasons, but there are two drawbacks relative to Zondervan's: this UBS edition costs twice as much and is twice as big. Nevertheless, owning both, I now use only the UBS version. I keep this by my bed for my nightly readings in the New Testment, relying on my Nestle Aland 27th, Graece et Latine, for when I am sitting down to study. If you have the money, go with this UBS. If you're on a budget, don't feel too bad about opting for the Zondervan--it's a good deal.

One criticism I have for both this UBS edition and the Zondervan's edition, is that the footnotes do not indicate the number of times a given word appears in the NT, they just list all under 30x. So, looking to the bottom of the page for a definition will help you at that moment, but these Readers leave you in ignorance about whether the word whose definition you just consulted occurs one time in the NT, or 30 times in the NT, which information would be helpful in deciding whether to commit the word to memory.

Apart from this minor criticism (for no Reader seems to want to include this information), I offer my thanks to UBS for coming out with this reader. It's perfect for those times--like when you're about to turn in, or when you're on a road trip, or in a plane--when you're just itching to read some Greek but aren't up for using a lexicon for one reason or another. I use mine every night.
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New Testament Greek for Beginners (2nd Edition)
New Testament Greek for Beginners (2nd Edition)
by J. Gresham Machen
Edition: Hardcover
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thanks, professor Machen!, January 17, 2008
I highly recommend this introductory grammar of New Testament Greek.

I began my study of Greek with William Mounce's Basics of Biblical Greek, and I really think Mounce has the best system around. However, I also firmly believe that anyone who studies Machen in addition to Mounce, say, after completing Mounce, will greatly profit by it. ~ I have!

I also believe that if someone is inclined to learn Greek solely by the traditional method, they would probably do best if they went with Machen.

The exercises in the book are a real help, especially the English to Greek, which tends to force the student to think in Greek in a way the Mounce system does not.

I don't think that I, nor anyone else, can find anything bad to say about the Machen grammar. It's the old school method, but as learner-friendly as the old school method can get, and as I mentioned, a great "second opinion" to one's studies in Mounce's introductory grammar.

I myself purchased a used, out of print edition (really cheap!), on ebay, but other used outlets or private sellers are circulating them as well(Amazon Marketplace, for instance). So, I cannot really speak to this new (very pricey!) edition. My older edition had no answer key for its exercises, though, and I had to scavenge around for one. Perhaps this new edition has an answer key.


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New Testament Greek for Beginners, January 17, 2008
I highly recommend this introductory grammar of New Testament Greek.

I began my study of Greek with William Mounce's Basics of Biblical Greek, and I really think Mounce has the best system around. However, I also firmly believe that anyone who studies Machen in addition to Mounce, say, after completing Mounce, will greatly profit by it. I am!

I also believe that if someone is inclined to learn Greek solely by the traditional method, they would probably do best if they went with Machen.

The exercises in the book are a real help, especially the English to Greek, which tends to force the student to think in Greek in a way the Mounce system does not. The only problem is that you have to find an answer key somewhere else, for it is not in these old hardcover editions. If there is a seminary nearby, pay them a visit and see if their librarian can dig you out a copy to use to grade your work, or I think you can buy the key on the web. It is put out by a guy named David L. Thompson.

I don't think that I, nor anyone else, can find anything bad to say about the Machen grammar. It's the old school method, but as learner-friendly as the old school method can get, and as I mentioned, a great "second opinion" to one's studies in Mounce's introductory grammar.


Roman society and Roman law in the New Testament (The Sarum lectures)
Roman society and Roman law in the New Testament (The Sarum lectures)
by A.N Sherwin-White
Edition: Hardcover
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Roman Sociey and Roman Law in the NT, January 16, 2008
It IS in publication...

Amazon search this ISBN: 019825153X

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4.0 out of 5 stars Roman Society and Roman Law in the NT, January 16, 2008
It IS in publication...

Amazon search this ISBN: 019825153X

Read my review there.


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