Thursday, October 11, 2007

Bookamania # x + 1

Yeah ... I went to Sufes again! And this time I had to tell Noel about it, since he chided me for not telling him the last time I went to Canaanland. He couldn't help it but to want to come along and so I went to pick him up from his office in the university. Well ... I still got scolding for making him spend: there is no winning, I will get scolding both ways.

I spent quite a bit too - but very pleased with what I found.

Continuity and Discontinuity, edited by John S. Feinberg, (Illinois: Crossway, 1998)
Noel picked this one up. I sat down and browsed through it and decided I needed one too. I was convinced after reading the back cover: Evangelicals agree that the Bible is God's inerrant word. But we sometimes differ on how to relate the messages of the Old and New Testaments. Without a basic understanding of this crucial matter, it is difficult to know how to use the Testaments to formulate either doctrine or practice. For example, was Israel the OT Church - are OT promises to God's national people fulfilled in the church today? Or, is Mosaic Law binding on believers now - are twentieth century Christians to obey the Ten Commandments, including sabbath observations? In this book, thirteen noted evangelical theologians discuss, fairly but clearly, the continuity/discontinuity debate in regard to six basic categories: theological systems, hermeneutics, salvation, the Law of God, the people of God, and kingdom promises. Covering much more that the differences between Covenant Theology and Dispensationalism, this work of distinguished evangelical scholarship will fuel much profitable study and discussion. (Pastor Chris, if you are reading this, I had wanted to get you a copy too but they only had two and we picked up one each. I shall get Daniel to get another one!)

Pharisees, Scribes and Sadducees in Palestinian Society by Anthony J. Saldarini (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2001)
This should be an interesting read. I am currently working on an assignment and several test questions based on the Gospel of Mark and this should provide some good background information and understanding.

Studying the Synoptic Gospels, by Robert H. Stein (Grand Rapids: Baker, 2001)
While browsing through all the books in the upper storey of Sufes, I decided I must get one on the Synoptic Gospels since I have not really delved into the topic. I was about to purchase Two Gospels from One by Matthew C. Williams but changed my mind and got Stein's instead, since I first need to study it more generally before going into the synoptic problem of Matthean and Markan priority in detail.

Again ... so many books, so little time. But no doubt about it, I am a very happy bibliomaniac today!



  1. o wow...continuity and discontinuity one sounds interesting to me!! Is there a membership subscription to your library ? I would like to be one...hee hee..

  2. Chee Keat,
    hmmm ... i might think about it ... and earn some extra income ... hahaha

  3. "Of making many books there is no end, and much study wearies the body." - Ecclesiastes 12:12

    If you need a rest, let me know... ;)

  4. Hey. it almost borders on inexcusable when I am called Julie :)

  5. Ooops ... haha ... yup, no excuse!
    Julia, Julia, Julia ... you see, i am at the moment working with a Julie and have been sending her countless emails yesterday, but still no excuse, Julia, Julia, Julia, Julia ;)

  6. hi Pearlie. the book,"Continuity and Discontiuity" sounds very interesting. Remember, we talked briefly abt the relationship between the Old and New Testament. Thanks for the thought of getting a copy for me. May be you can "pinjam" me or photocopy parts that you think might be useful to me. Thanks sister, you are really a blessing. Rhema and Yohanen are not too well. Yohanen has high fever and Rhema is not too good herself. Please pray for them, especially in the light of me being away from home to attend our church planning meeting on sunday and monday. God bless.

  7. bk,
    haha ... that Ecclesiastes verse escapes me - I do enjoy studying but of course only subjects I like though!

  8. Pastor,
    I pray and hope that Rhema and Yohanen will get well soon. I hope Rhema is getting some help at the moment. Let me know if I can do anything. And you will all be in my prayers.