Seminary Library Guessing Contest! Plus, 4th quarter books added in 2017!

Guessing Contest

It’s time we restored the annual PRC Seminary library guessing context! I believe I have been remiss for a least one year, maybe more.

So, on this Friday night, after giving my final 2017 library report to the Theological School Committee yesterday, we can throw the BIG QUESTION out to you: HOW MANY BOOKS were added to the Seminary library in 2017?

And, in the interests of having TWO contest winners this year, we add a bonus question: How many TOTAL RESOURCES do we now have in our library? That means books, pamphlets, and periodicals, cataloged in the library system.

ContestWinnerThink long, think hard, and guess right! The closest to the actual numbers – calculated by our infallible library program, Resourcemate – wins the prize!

Yes, the prize is …. a book – of your choice, from our seminary bookstore or from other collections we have on hand! If the winner happens to be long-distance, we will work that out. So don’t be afraid to guess away. Only once please. Using your real name. 🙂

Let’s give this contest one week – have your answer in by NEXT WEEK FRIDAY, please.

You may submit your guess either to my email address or in the comment section of the blog. Have fun! Be a good sport!


And now, that list of significant books added to the library in the 4th quarter of last year (October – December 2017). Remember, this is not an exhaustive list but only some of the books from various categories I highlighted for their significance. Maybe the list will give you an idea of what to read next. That would make your librarian very pleased. 🙂

Biblical studies/ Commentaries/ Biblical theology

  • Opening Up the Bible: Opening Up Proverbs / Jim Newheiser. Leominster, England: Day One Publications, 2008.
  • Teach the Text Commentary Series:
  • Reformation Commentary on Scripture, OT & NT (IVP) – Hebrews, James / T.George
  • Reformed Expository Commentaries: Revelation / Richard D. (Richard Davis) Phillips, 1960-. ; G. Ryken Phillips.; 1st-hc, Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R Publishing

Individual Titles

  • How We Got the New Testament: Text, Transmission, Translation / Stanley E. Porter — 1st-pb. — Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2013 (Acadia Studies in Bible and Theology)
  • Mighty to Save: A Study in Old Testament Soteriology / T. V. Farris — 1st-hc. — Nashville, TN: Broadman Press, c1993.
  • The Law and the Prophets: Old Testament Studies Prepared In Honor Of Oswald Thompson Allis / Oswald T. Allis, (Oswald Thompson) , 1880-1973; John H. Skilton; Milton C. Fisher — 1st-hc. — Nutley, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed Pub. Co., 1974.
  • Judges and Ruth / Robert A. Watson, 1845-1921; W. Robertson Nicoll. — 1st-hc. — London : Hodder and Stoughton, 1898 (The Expositor’s Bible)
  • Ruth : A New Translation With Introduction, Notes, And Commentary / Edward F. Campbell, (Edward Fay); William F. and Daniel N. Freedman Albright. — 1st-hc. — Garden City, NY : Doubleday, 1975.
  • The Book of Job: With Notes, Introduction and Appendix / A. B. Davidson, (Andrew Bruce), 1831-1902. ; J. J. Stewart (John James Stewart) Perowne, 1823-1904. — 1st-hc. — Cambridge [Eng.]: The University Press, 1889 (Letis collection)
  • As Rich as Job / C. Bijl — 1st Engl – pb. — Kampen : Van den Berg, 1989.
  • Malachi: A Prophet in Times of Despair / Baruch Maoz. — reprint-pb. — Cape Coral, FL: Founders Press, c2011, 2016 (Founders Study Guide Commentary)
  • Heirs of Paul : Paul’s Legacy in the New Testament and in the Church Today / Johan Christiaan Beker — 1st-reprint-pb. — Grand Rapids, MI; Cambridge, U.K. : William B. Eerdmans Pub., 1996, c1991.
  • 1 and 2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon, Hebrews, James / Leon Morris. — reprint-pb. — Grand Rapids, MI: Wm B Eerdmans, 1970 (Scripture Union Bible Study Books)
  • James: Bible Study Commentary / Curtis Vaughan. — 1st-pb. — Grand Rapds, MI : Zondervan, 1969.
  • The Overcomers: The Unveiling of Hope, Comfort, and Encouragement in the Book of Revelation / Chuck Colclasure; D. James (Dennis James) Kennedy, 1930-2007. — 1st-pb. — Nashville: T. Nelson Publishers, c1981.
  • The Apocalypse: A Reading of the Revelation of John / Charles H. Talbert — 1st-pb. — Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, c1994.

Church History/Biography

  • Twentieth-Century Dictionary of Christian Biography / James D. Douglas; A. Scott Moreau; Walter A. Elwell. — 1st-hc. — Carlisle, Cumbria, England/Grand Rapids, MI: Paternoster Press; Baker Books, c1995.
  • Salvation at Stake: Christian Martyrdom in Early Modern Europe / Brad S. (Brad Stephan) Gregory — 1st-pb. —  Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1999 (Harvard Historical Studies ; 134)
  • Martin Luther: The Man Who Rediscovered God and Changed the World / Eric. Metaxas. — 1st-hc. — New York: Viking, 2017.
  • Martin Luther: A Spiritual Biography / Herman J. Selderhuis, 1961-. — 1st-hc. — Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2017
  • Katie Luther, First Lady of the Reformation: The Unconventional Life of Katharina Von Bora / Ruth Tucker — 1st-pb. — Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2017.
  • George Wishart: Scholar, Saint, Reformer, Martyr / St. Mary’s College; John Knox, ca. 1514-1572. — 1st. — 1946 : University Press, St. Andrews (Letis collection)
  • Dictionary of Luther and the Lutheran Traditions / Timothy J. Wengert, ed.; Mark A. Granquist; Robert Kolb — 1st-hc. — Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2017.
  • Heralds of the Reformation: Thirty Biographies of Sheer Grace / Richard M. Hannula — 1st-pb. — Moscow, ID: Canon Press, 2016.
  • The Protestant Reformation and World Christianity: Global Perspectives / Dale T. Irvin, ed.; Charles Amjad-Ali; Joel M. Cruz; Norman A. Hjelm, Philip D. Krey, William G. Rusch. — 1st-pb. — Grand Rapids, MI : William B. Eerdmans, 2017 (Reformation Resources, 1517-2017)
  • Wittenberg Meets the World: Reimagining the Reformation at the Margins / Alberto L. Garcia; John Nunes. — 1st-pb. — Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans, 2017.
  • A Short Life of Martin Luther / Thomas. Kaufmann; Norman A. Hjelm, Philip D. Krey, William G. Rusch — 1st Engl-pb. — Grand Rapids: Eerdmans Publishing, 2016 (Reformation Resources, 1517-2017)
  • For Christ’s Crown: Sketches of Puritans and Covenanters / Richard M. Hannula. — 1st-pb. — Moscow, ID: Canon Press, 2014.
  • Galley Slave / Jean Marteilhe, 1684-1777; Vincent. McInerney. — abridged reprint-hc. — Barnsley: Seaforth, 2010 (a Huguenot story).
  • Dietrich Bonhoeffer: Theologian, Christian, Man for His Time; A Biography / Eberhard Bethge, 1909-2000; Victoria Barnett — Rev. ed.-pb. — Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, c2000
  • Cosmos in the Chaos: Philip Schaff’s Interpretation of Nineteenth-Century American Religion / Stephen Ray Graham; Martin E. Marty — 1st-pb. — Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans, c1995.

Creeds/Confessions/History of

  • Faith of Our Fathers: A Popular Study of the Nicene Creed / L. Charles. Jackson. — 1st-pb. — Moscow, ID: Canon Press, c2007.

Dogmatics/Theology/Historical Theology

  • Was the Reformation a Mistake? Why Catholic Doctrine Is Not Unbiblical / Matthew Levering; Kevin J. Vanhoozer — 1st-pb. — Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2017.
  • From the Protestant Reformation to the Southern Baptist Convention: What Hath Geneva to Do With Nashville? / Thomas K. Ascol; Roger Nicole — Revised-hc. — Cape Coral, FL: Founders Press, 2013.
  • Whatever Happened to the Reformation? / Gary L. W. Johnson; R. Fowler White; R. C. (Robert Charles) Sproul — 1st-pb. — Phillipsburg, NJ : P & R, c2001.
  • Martin Luther and the Seven Sacraments: A Contemporary Protestant Reappraisal / Brian C. Brewer. — 1st-pb. — Grand Rapids, MI : Baker Academic, 2017.
  • Roman But Not Catholic: What Remains at Stake 500 Years After the Reformation / Kenneth J. Collins. ; Jerry L. Walls. — 1st-pb. — Grand Rapids, MI : Baker Academic, 2017.
  • The Authoritative Inspiration of Holy Scripture: As Distinct from the Inspiration of Its Human Authors / C. H. Waller; J. C. (John Charles) Ryle, 1816-1900. — 1st-hc. —  London: Blackie & Son, 1887 (Letis collection)
  • God’s Inspiration of the Scriptures / William Kelly, 1821-1906. — 2nd-hc. — London : F. E. Race, 1908 (Letis collection)
  • The Inspiration and Accuracy of the Holy Scriptures. / John. Urquhart. — 1st-hc. — London : Marshall brothers, 1895 (Letis collection)
  • The Birth of Modern Critical Theology: Origins and Problems of Biblical Criticism in the Seventeenth Century / Klaus Scholder. — 1st-pb. — London – Philadelphia: SCM Press ; Trinity Press International, 1990 (Letis collection)
  • Studies in Reformed Theology and History: The Disputations of Baden, 1526 and Berne, 1528: Neutralizing the Early Church / Irena Backus; David Willis-Watkins. — Winter 1993-pb. — Princeton Theological Seminary.
  • Wrongly Dividing the Word of Truth: A Critique of Dispensationalism / John H. Gerstner; R. C. (Robert Charles) Sproul; Don Kistler — 3rd-pb. — Draper, VA: Apologetics Group, 2009.
  • The Gospel of Free Acceptance in Christ: An Assessment of the Reformation and ‘New Perspectives’ on Paul / Cornelis P. Venema — 1st-hc. — Edinburgh : Banner of Truth Trust, c2006.
  • Getting the Garden Right: Adam’s Work and God’s Rest in Light of Christ / Richard C. Barcellos; Thomas K. Ascol — 1st-pb. — Cape Coral, FL: Founders Press, 2017.
  • The Pathway of Holiness: A Guide for Sinners / John White, 1924 – 2002. — 1st-pb. — Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, c1996.
  • Gleanings in the Scriptures: Man’s Total Depravity / Arthur W. Pink, 1886-1952. — 1st-hc. — Chicago: Moody Press, 1969.
  • The Royal Priesthood of the Faithful: An Investigation of the Doctrine from Biblical Times to the Reformation. / C. Cyril (Charles Cyril) Eastwood — 1st-hc. — Minneapolis, MN: Augsburg Pub. House, 1963.
  • The Priesthood of All Believers: An Examination of the Doctrine from the Reformation to the Present Day / C. Cyril (Charles Cyril) Eastwood — 1st-hc. — Minneapolis, MN: Augsburg Pub. House, 1962.
  • Made in America: The Shaping of Modern American Evangelicalism / Michael Scott. Horton. — 1st-hc. — Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, c1991.


  • You Are What You Love: The Spiritual Power of Habit / James K. A. Smith — 1st-hc. — Grand Rapids, MI: Brazos Press, 2016.
  • Morality After Calvin: Theodore Beza’s Christian Censor and Reformed Ethics / Kirk M. Summers — 1st-hc. — New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2017 (Oxford Studies In Historical Theology)
  • Introducing Protestant Social Ethics: Foundations in Scripture, History, and Practice / Brian J. Matz. — 1st-pb. — Grand Rapids, MI : Baker Academic, 2017.

Practical Theology/Missions

  • Portraits of a Pastor: The 9 Essential Roles of a Church Leader / Jason K. Allen. ; Daniel L. Akin; Jared C. Wilson; Jason K. Allen — 1st-pb. — Chicago: Moody Publishers, 2017.
  • Counseling Under the Cross: How Martin Luther Applied the Gospel to Daily Life / Robert W. Kellemen — 1st-pb. — Greensboro, NC : New Growth Press, 2017.
  • The Whole Church Sings: Congregational Singing in Luther’s Wittenberg / Robin A. Leaver. ; John D. Witvliet — 1st-pb. — Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing, 2017  (Calvin Institute Of Christian Worship Liturgical Studies Series)
  • The Taste of Sabbath: How to Delight in God’s Rest / Stuart W. Bryan. Moscow, ID: Canon Press, c2009.
  • Let the Waters Roar: Evangelists in the Gulag / G. P. Vins, (Georgii Petrovich) — 1st-pb. — Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, c1989.
  • Race and Redemption: British Missionaries Encounter Pacific Peoples, 1790-1920 / Jane Samson; R.E. and Brian Stanley Frykenberg, eds. — 1st-pb. — Grand Rapids, Michigan : William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2017.
  • What Is Anglicanism? / Urban T. Holmes, III , 1930-1981. — 1st-pb. — Wilton, Conn. : Morehouse-Barlow Co., c1982.
  • Reaching Muslims for Christ / William J. Saal; Warren W. Wiersbe — 1st-pb. — Chicago : Moody Press, 1993, c1991.
  • The Mission of the Church: Five Views in Conversation / Craig Ott, editor. ; Stephen B. Bevans; Darrell L. Guder — 1st-pb. — Grand Rapids, MI : Baker Academic, 2016.
  • Thou Holdest My Right Hand: On Pastoral Care of the Dying / D. Los; Theodore Plantinga, Transl. — 1st-pb. — Neerlandia, AB; Pella, IA: Inheritance Publications, c1994 (Pastoral Perspectives II) vol. 2

Misc. (Culture, Education, Family, Marriage, Music, Politics, Science, etc.)

  • Engaging the Culture, Changing the World: The Christian University in a Post-Christian World / Philip W. Eaton — 1st-pb. — Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, c2011.
  • Good News of the Kingdom Coming: The Marriage Of Evangelism And Social Responsibility / J. Andrew. Kirk. — 1st-pb. — Downers Grove, Ill. : InterVarsity Press, c1983.
  • On Rebellion / John Knox, ca. 1514-1572; Roger A. Mason — 1st-reprint-pb. — Cambridge; New York: Cambridge University Press, c1994 (Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought)
  • My Only Comfort: Death, Deliverance, and Discipleship in the Music of Bach / Calvin Stapert; John D. Witvliet — 1st-pb. — Grand Rapids, MI: Wm.B. Eerdmans, c2000 (Calvin Institute of Christian Worship Liturgical Studies Series)
  • What Is Creation Science? / Henry M. Morris, 1918-2006. ; Gary. Parker. ; Dean H. Kenyon. — Rev. & expanded-pb. — El Cajon, CA: Master Books, c1987.
  • Refuting Evolution 2 / Jonathan D. Sarfati — 1st-pb. — Green Forest, AR : Master Books, c2002.
  • The Challenge of Our Age / Hendrik. Hart. — 1st-pb. — Toronto : Association for the Advancement of Christian Studies, 1968 (Christian Perspectives Series ; 1967/1968)
  • The Sacred Search: What If It’s Not About Who You Marry, But Why? / Gary Thomas. — 1st-pb. — Colorado Springs, CO : David C Cook, 2013.
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