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Handbook of Basic Bible Texts Paperback – April 27, 1984
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This volume provides the complete text of key Scripture passages that form the basis for theological study. The text used is the highly readable and modern New International Version. The verses listed are grouped by the classical categories of systematic theology (e.g., God, Christ, Salvation); on disputed points, verses from which the major theological views derive are given. Footnotes provide clarification and brief commentary on verses as appropriate. This work is intended to assist the theological student who might not take the time to look up the verses cited in systematic theologies, but it will also be useful to anyone seeking to better understand the major themes of Scripture.
About the Author
John Jefferson Davis, PhD, is Associate Professor of Theology at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.
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Since the different views must rely only upon the scriptures to support them in this book, you begin to see which arguments are the strongest biblically and which ones seem to be stretching the truth. All of the comparative doctrinal texts are placed in close proximity for easy comparison. You will learn a lot of theology (hopefully not just your own) by simply reading this book.
Each chapter in the book includes a major subject of the Bible followed by a brief introduction; all the relevant verses on the topic in sequential order; brief theological comments on most of the verses; and recommended resources for each subject at the end of each chapter.
Here are the Subjects Covered in the Book:
1) Scripture - Verbal inspiration and Inerrancy.
2) God - His existence; Divine attributes - Metaphysical & Moral; The Trinity, and Election (verses supported by both Calvinists and Arminians).
4) Providence - Nature, World History, and Personal Circumstances.
5) Person of Christ - Humanity and Divinity; Divine Titles; Divine Attributes or Qualities; Divine Actions and Prerogatives; etc.
6) Man - Man's Original State; Aspects of Human Nature (Trichotomy and Dichotomy); Man in the State of Sin (Original Sin; Personal Sin, Manifestations and Consequences of Sin.
7) Work of Christ - Preaching, Teaching, Miracles; Obedience; Death; Resurrection; and Ascension.
8) Salvation and the Christian Life - Calling and Regeneration; Repentance and Faith; Justification; Sanctification (Wesleyan, Reformed, Pentecostal Distinctives); Perseverance (Reformed and Wesleyan/Arminian Views).
9) The Church - Nature of the Church; Government of the Church; Mission of the Church.
10) Sacraments - Baptism (General Texts; Believer's Baptism; Infant Baptism); Lord's Supper (General Texts, Lutheran, Reformed, and Zwinglian Views).
11) Individual Eschatology - Death and the Intermediate State
12) General Eschatology - The Second Coming of Christ; Millenial Views (all four major views); The General Resurrection; The Final Judgment; The Eternal State.
As a teacher, preacher, disciple maker, mentor, counselor, and life coach for Christ - I find myself coming to this book over and over again to provide just the right verse/s for my understanding and instruction on a particular topic. I like the fact that Davis allows you to formulate your doctrine based on the Biblical evidence. It is more helpful than a concordance in that theological truths are taught throughout the Bible without using theological words (e.g. "Trinity;" "pre-millennial"; etc.) I can't recommend this book highly enough.