New Titles Added to the PRC Seminary Library: July – September 2018

I recently completed the next list of “significant additions to the PRC Seminary library” for this year 2018. This one covers the third quarter, July to September. You may recall that I started to put this together a few years ago for the benefit of the faculty and students as well as for the Theological School Committee that oversees the seminary.

You will notice that title says “significant additions.” The list I produce is not a complete list of everything added to the library in the last quarter, for there are actually many more (including small pamphlets and articles to the vertical files). But this list is designed to highlight some of the more significant titles in various categories, so that these titles are representative of what we obtain for and add to our library.

You will note that there are many older (and slightly used) titles added to our collection each time. Some of these I pick up from area thrift stores, but I would also like to acknowledge the help of Dr. Tom Reid, the registrar and librarian at the Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Pittsburgh, PA. Tom is a dear friend of the PRC seminary (he lectured here two years on the French Reformed Church, which lectures you may find on the seminary’s YouTube channel) and he has a wonderful book service he provides. He browses our online catalog, sees what we are lacking, and then regularly sends me boxes of books to peruse and purchase as needed (through the regular travelers between Grand Rapids and Pittsburgh). While I do send a few back, I end up buying most of his books. This list especially reflects his contributions. Because his suggested titles reflect a Reformed emphasis and are pre-sorted, they are greatly appreciated! Thank you, brother Tom!

By the way, these lists are now being published in our PR Theological Journal, (or here)although our last issue (Spring 2018) was too full and we had to leave the last few quarters out. Hopefully, we can catch up in the fall 2018 issue.

I hope this list not only gives you a feel for the quality of resources we are adding to our library, but also inspires you to find one to read and perhaps even add to your personal or family library. Maybe during this Reformation remembrance month, you will find something of interest. And, yes, our library is open to our members and friends!


Other Commentaries (Individual)
The Life of Moses: God’s First Deliverer of Israel / James M. Boice, 1938-2000. ; Philip G. Ryken. Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R Publishing, 2018.
An Exposition of Ruth and Esther / George Lawson, 1749-1820; Alexander Carson. MacDill AFB, FL: Tyndale Bible Society, n.d.
A Passion for Faithfulness: Wisdom from the Book of Nehemiah / J. I. (James Innell) Packer. Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, c1995.
Be Worshipful: Glorifying God for Who He Is: OT Commentary, Psalms 1 – 89 / Warren W. Wiersbe. Colorado Springs, CO: David C. Cook, 2009.
Be Exultant: Praising God for His Mighty Works: OT Commentary, Psalms 90-150 / Warren W. Wiersbe. Colorado Springs, CO: David C. Cook, 2009.
Counsel from Psalm 119 / Jay E. Adams. Woodruff, SC: Timeless Texts, 1998.
Life Under the Son: Counsel from the Book of Ecclesiastes / Jay E. Adams. Woodruff, SC: Timeless Texts, 1999.
Hearing the Message of Daniel: Sustaining Faith in Today’s World / Christopher J. H. Wright. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2017.
The Death of the Messiah: From Gethsemane to the Grave: A Commentary on the Passion Narratives in the Four Gospels / Raymond E. (Raymond Edward) Brown, 1928-1998. New York: Doubleday, c1994, 1998 (Anchor Bible Reference Library) vols. 1, 2
Matthew Twenty-Four: An Exposition. / Jacob Marcellus Kik. Swengel, PA: Bible Truth Depot, 1948
Commentary on Romans / Anders Nygren, 1890-1978; Carl C. Rasmussen, Transl. Philadelphia: Muhlenberg Press, 1949.
Studies in Ephesians / H. C. G. Moule, (Handley Carr Glyn), 1841-1920. Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Publications, 1977 (Kregel Popular Commentary Series)
A Commentary on the Epistle to the Philippians / Francis W. Beare, 1902-1986. London: Adam & Charles Black, c1973, 1976.
The Church in God: Expository Values in Thessalonians / Harold John Ockenga, 1905-1985. Westwood, NJ: Revell, 1956.
The Epistle to the Hebrews: An Exposition. Adolph Saphir, 1831-1891; Arno C. Gaebelein. New York: Gospel Publishing (and Forgotten Books, reprint), 1902. vols. 1,2
A Commentary on the Johannine Epistles / J. L. (James Leslie) Houlden; Henry Chadwick. New York : Harper & Row, c1973


Individual Biblical Studies Titles
Basics of Biblical Hebrew Grammar / Gary D. Pratico; Miles V. Van Pelt. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, c2007.
The Effect of Textual Criticism on Some Recent English Translations of the New Testament / Robert Fulton Hull (bound thesis). Princeton, NJ: Princeton Theological Seminary, 1977 – Letis collection
Confident: Why We Can Trust the Bible / Michael Ovey. ; Daniel Strange. Fearn, Ross-shire, GB: Christian Focus, 2015.
The Divine Unity of Scripture / Adolph Saphir. Delaware : Forgotten Books, 2017 (Classic Reprint)
The Bible Among the Nations: A Study of the Great Translations / John W. (John Walter) Beardslee, 1837-1921. Chicago, New York: Fleming H. Revell, 1899.
Bible Study: A Student’s Guide / Jon Nielson. Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R Publishing, 2013.
Biblical Interpretation: An Integrated Approach / W. Randolph. Tate. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, c2008, 2011.
Studies of the Old Testament / Austin Phelps, 1820-1890. Birmingham, AL: Solid Ground, 2015.
The Lost World of the Flood: Mythology, Theology, and the Deluge Debate / Tremper Longman; John H. Walton. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2018.
Jerusalem: The Biography / Simon S. Montefiore. New York: Vintage Books, 2011.
A Beginner’s Guide to New Testament Exegesis: Taking the Fear Out of Critical Method / Richard J. Erickson. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, c2005.
Rose Guide to the Temple / Randall Price, Torrance, CA: Rose Publishing, c2012.


Church History, General and Biography
Tried By Fire: The Story of Christianity’s First Thousand Years / William J. Bennett. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, 2018.
A History of the Early Church: Vol.1: The Beginnings of the Christian Church; Vol.2: The Founding of the Church Universal; Vol.3: From Constantine to Julian; Vol.4: The Era of the Church Fathers / Hans Lietzmann, 1875-1942. ; Bertram L. Woolf, Transl. London: Lutherworth Press, 1961.
Luther’s Works: Companion Volume – Sixteenth-Century Biographies of Martin Luther / Justus Jonas, 1493-1555. ; Philipp Melanchthon, 1497-1560. ; Johann. Mathesius; Brown. Christopher B. St. Louis, MO: Concordia Publishing, 2018.
• Luther’s Wittenberg World: The Reformer’s Family, Friends, Followers, and Foes / Robert Kolb. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 2018.
Prophet, Pastor, Protestant: The Work of Huldrych Zwingli After Five Hundred Years / Edward J. Furcha; H. Wayne. Pipkin; Timothy George. Allison Park, PA : Pickwick Publications, 1984.
Papers Commemorating Quater-Centenary of the Scottish Reformation / Robert R. Sinclair; Fraser Macdonald; Alexander Murray. Glasgow: Free Presbyterian Church of Scotland, 1960.
• The Jesuits, A History / Christopher Hollis. New York : Barnes & Noble, 1992.
The Synod of Dordtrecht 1618-1619 / Fred A. van Lieburg; Dick Swier, Transl.; Herman A. van Duinen. Dordtrecht: Stichting Historish Platform Dordtrecht, 2017. (Verhalen van Dordtrecht 1a) vol. 49
Through Many Dangers: The Story of John Newton / Brian H. Edwards. Darlington: Evangelical Press, c2001, 2005.
John Owen: Prince of the Puritans / Andrew Thomson. Great Britain: Christian Focus, 1996.
Struggles and Blessings: The Pilgrimage of Henry R. De Bolster / Henry R. De Bolster, 1926-; Harry Van Dyke. Canada: Henry R. De Bolster, 2003 (was member of 1st PRC-GR and attended our seminary in 1950).
The Doctors of the Church: Thirty-Three Men and Women Who Shaped Christianity / Bernard McGinn. New York: Crossroad Pub. Co., c2010.
The Great Catholic Reformers: From Gregory the Great to Dorothy Day / C. Colt. Anderson. New York: Paulist Press, c2007.
A Commentary on the Minutes of the Classis of Holland, 1848-1876: A Detailed Record of Persons and Issues, Civil and Religious, in the Dutch Colony of Holland, Michigan / Earl William. Kennedy. Holland, MI: Van Raalte Press, 2018. (Historical Series of the Reformed Church in America) vol. 94 – 3 vols.
The Last Illusion: Letters from Dutch Immigrants in the “Land of Opportunity,” 1924-1930 / Herman Ganzevoort; Janice Dickin. Calgary: University of Calgary Press, c1999.
Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory: A Journey into the Evangelical Subculture in America / Randall Herbert. Balmer. New York: Oxford University Press, 1989.
For the Union of Evangelical Christendom: The Irony of the Reformed Episcopalians / Allen C. Guelzo. University Park, PA: Pennsylvania State University Press, 1994.


Creeds, Confessions, History of
Know the Creeds and Councils / Justin S. Holcomb, Grand Rapids, MI : Zondervan, 2014 (Know Series)
The Catechism of Pierre Viret. Pierre Viret; R. A. Sheats, Transl.(1st Engl.) Tallahassee, FL: Zurich Publishing, 2017.
Christ and the Law: Antinomianism at the Westminster Assembly / Whitney G. Gamble. Grand Rapids, MI: Reformation Heritage Books, 2018 (Studies on the Westminster Assembly)
Anthony Tuckney (1599-1670): Theologian of the Westminster Assembly / Youngchun Cho. ; Robert Letham; John (John R.) & Chad Dixhoorn Bower. Grand Rapids, MI: Reformation Heritage Books, 2017. (Studies on the Westminster Assembly)
Grace and Assurance: The Message of the Canons of Dordt / Martyn. McGeown. Jenison, MI: Reformed Free Pub. Association, 2018.


Dogmatics, Theology, Historical Theology
The Reception of the Church Fathers in the West: From the Carolingians to the Maurists. Irena Dorota Backus. Leiden; New York: E.J. Brill, 1997. (vol.1)
On Difficulties in Sacred Scripture: The Responses to Thalassios / Confessor Maximus, Saint, approx. 580-662; Maximos Constas, translator. Washington, D.C.: The Catholic University of America Press, 2018 (The Fathers of the Church, A New Translation), vol. 136
Still Protesting: Why The Reformation Matters / D. G. (Darryl G.) Hart; John R. Muether. Grand Rapids, MI: Reformation Heritage Books, 2018.
A History of Puritanism, Pietism, and Mysticism and Their Influences on the Reformed Church / Heinrich Heppe; Arie Blok, Transl. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, c1997, 2015.
The Reconciling Wisdom of God: Reframing the Doctrine of the Atonement / Adam J. Johnson. ; Michael F. Bird, series. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press, 2016.
Beyond Foundationalism: Shaping Theology in a Postmodern Context / Stanley J. (Stanley James) Grenz, 1950-2005; John R. Franke. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, c2001.
Two Views on the Doctrine of the Trinity / Stephen R. Holmes; Paul D. Molnar; Thomas H. McCall. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2014 (Counterpoints : Bible & Theology)
The Covenant Connection: From Federal Theology to Modern Federalism / Daniel Judah. Elazar; John. Kincaid; J. Wayne Baker. Lanham, Md. : Lexington Books, 2000.
The Word Became Flesh: A Contemporary Incarnational Christology / Millard J. Erickson. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 1991.
Christ and His Benefits: Christology and Redemption in the New Testament / Arland J. Hultgren. Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1987.
The Cross of Jesus / Leon Morris, 1914-2006. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans, 1988.
Observations Doctrinal and Practical on Saving Faith. / Archibald Mason, 1753-1831. York, PA: The Covenanted Reformed Presbyterian Church, 2002.
A Discourse of the True and Visible Marks of the Catholic Church / Theodore Beza, 1519-1605. Pottstown PA: Covenanted Reformed Presbyterian, 2014.
The Growth of the True Church: An Analysis of the Ecclesiology of Church Growth Theory / Charles E. Van Engen. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 1981 (Amsterdam Studies In Theology), vol. 3
An Inquiry into the Principles of Church Fellowship / John T. Pressly, 1795-1870. Pottstown PA: Covenanted Reformed Presbyterian, 2014.
Imago Dei: The Byzantine Apologia for Icons. Jaroslav Pelikan, 1923-2006. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1990.
Abraham Kuyper’s Commentatio (1860): The Young Kuyper About Calvin, A Lasco, and the Church: I – Introduction, Annotations, Bibliography, and Indices / II – Commentatio [Latin text] Jasper Vree; Johan. Zwaan; Abraham Kuyper, 1837-1920. Leiden/ Boston: Brill, 2005 (Brill’s Series in Church History) vol. 24
Theoretical-Practical Theology: Prolegomena / Peter van Mastricht, 1630-1706; Todd M. Rester, Transl.; Joel R. Beeke, Ed. Grand Rapids, MI: Reformation Heritage Books, 2018.
Biblical Doctrine: A Systematic Summary of Bible Truth / John MacArthur; Richard Mayhue. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2017.
Lloyd-Jones on the Christian Life: Doctrine and Life as Fuel and Fire / Jason C. (Jason Curtis) Meyer; Sinclair B. Ferguson; Stephen J. and Justin Taylor Nichols. Wheaton, IL : Crossway, 2018 (Theologians on the Christian Life)
No Other Name: An Investigation into the Destiny of the Unevangelized / John Sanders, 1956-. ; Clark H. Pinnock. Grand Rapids, MI: W.B. Eerdmans, 1992.
Resurrection and Eschatology: Theology in Service of the Church: Essays in Honor of Richard B. Gaffin, Jr. / Richard B. Gaffin; Lane G. Tipton; Jeffrey C. Waddington. Phillipsburg, NJ: P & R Pub., 2008.
Behold I Come Quickly: The Reformed, Biblical Truth of the End / David J. Engelsma; Andrew Lanning; Angus Stewart. UK: British Reformed Fellowship, 2018.
The Lamb’s Supper: The Mass as Heaven on Earth / Scott Hahn. New York: Image, 1999.
• A Bibliography of Calviniana 1959-1974 / Dion. Kempff. Potchefstroom Instituut vir Bevordering van Calvinisme, 1975.
Contemporary World Theology: A Layman’s Guidebook / Harvie M. Conn. Nutley, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed Pub. Co., 1974.
Between the Times: The Travail of the Protestant Establishment in America, 1900-1960 / William R. Hutchison; Edwin S. Gaustad; Dennis Voskuil; William R. Hutchison. Cambridge; New York: Cambridge University Press, 1990. (Cambridge Studies In Religion And American Public Life)

Philosophy, Logic, Ethics
Christian Ethics: An Introduction to Biblical Moral Reasoning / Wayne Grudem. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2018.


Practical Theology – Christian Living, Church government, Counseling, Family, Marriage, Missions, Prayer, Preaching, Sermons, Worship
In Christ Alone: Living the Gospel-Centered Life / Sinclair B. Ferguson. Lake Mary, FL: Reformation Trust Pub., 2007.
Letters of Francis A. Schaeffer: Spiritual Reality in the Personal Christian Life / Francis A. Schaeffer; Lane T. Dennis. Westchester, IL: Crossway Books, 1985.
The Company We Keep: In Search of Biblical Friendship / Jonathan Holmes; Ed Welch. Minneapolis, MN: Cruciform Press, 2014.
• The Children for Christ / Andrew Murray, 1828-1917. Chicago, IL : Moody Press, 1952.
When the Darkness Will Not Lift: Doing What We Can While We Wait for God and Joy / John Piper. Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, c2006.
Depression Through a Biblical Lens: A Whole-Person Approach / Jim Halla. Greenville, S.C./Belfast, N.Ireland: Ambassador International, 2014.
Handbook of Church Discipline / Jay E. Adams. Grand Rapids, MI: Ministry Resources Library, c1986.
Spousal Abuse in the Reformed Community / David J. Engelsma; Jeff Doll. Byron Center, MI: Byron Center Protestant Reformed Church, 2018.
The Man of God: His Calling and Godly Life / Albert N. Martin. ; Joel R. Beeke. Montville, NJ : Trinity Pulpit Press, 2018 (Pastoral Theology – Volume 1)
Equipping Preachers, Pastors, and Churchmen: Selected Articles by the Faculty of Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary / Joseph Pipa; Ian Hamilton; Michael Morales; Zachary. Groff. Taylors, SC: Presbyterian Press, 2017.
Called?: Pastoral Guidance for the Divine Call to Gospel Ministry / Michael A. (Michael Anthony) Milton. Ross-shire, Scotland: Christian Focus Publications, 2018.
On Being a Pastor: Understanding Our Calling and Work / Derek. Prime; Alistair Begg. Chicago: Moody Publishers, c2004.
The Ministry in Historical Perspectives / H. Richard Niebuhr, 1894-1962 , ed. ; Daniel Day Williams, 1910-1973 , joint ed. ; John Knox. New York: Harper, 1956.
Pastoral Work: A Source Book for Ministers / Andrew W. Blackwood. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books House, c1945, 1971.
Pastors in Pain: How to Grow In Times of Conflict / Gary D. Preston. Grand Rapids, MI : Baker Books, 2005 (The Pastor’s Soul Series) vol. 6
Practical Wisdom for Pastors: Words of Encouragement and Counsel for a Lifetime of Ministry / Curtis C. Thomas, 1937-. Wheaton, Ill. : Crossway Books, 2001.
The Preacher’s Catechism / Lewis Allen, 1971-. ; Sinclair B. Ferguson. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2018.
Preaching According to the Holy Spirit / Jay E. Adams. Woodruff, SC: Timeless Texts, 2000.
Biblical Preaching For Today’s World / Lloyd M. Perry; Gilbert A. Peterson. Chicago: Moody Press, 1990.
For Christ and Country: Radio Messages Broadcast in the Ninth Lutheran Hour / Walter Arthur Maier, 1893-1950. St. Louis, bMO: Concordia Pub. House, 1942.
For Better, For Worse: Stories of the Wives of Early Pastors of the Christian Reformed Church / Janet Sjaarda Sheeres. Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2017 (The Historical Series of the Reformed Church In America ; 91)
Apostle to Islam: A Biography of Samuel M. Zwemer.  J. Christy Wilson, 1891-1973. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1952.
What Is Your Answer?: A Survey of the worship service, liturgical forms and form prayers / Meindert H. Sliggers; R Koat, Transl. Chatham, ON: Inter League Publication Board, 2004 [companion to Canadian Reformed Church’s Book of Praise]
The Biblical Foundations of Christian Worship [and other titles in series] Robert E. Webber; Robert E. Webber. Nashville, TN: Star Song, c1993 (The Complete Library Of Christian Worship) – Vols.1-4, 6,7
The Covenant Family / Gerard van Groningen; Harriet van Groningen. Sao Paulo, Brazil: Editora Cultura Crista, c1997.
Acts of Synod of the Christian Reformed Church: 2018 / Christian Reformed Church in North America. Steven R. Timmermans, Executive Director. Grand Rapids, MI: Board of Publications of the Christian Reformed Church, 2018.
Verbond En Zending [Covenant and Missions: Een Verbondsmatige Benadering Van Zending [A Covenantal Approach to Missions] / Barend. Wielenga. Kampen: Mondiss, 1998.
You Can Change: God’s Transforming Power for Our Sinful Behavior and Negative Emotions / Tim. Chester. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, c2010.
To God All Praise and Glory: Under God: Celebrating the Past, Claiming the Future, The Presbyterian Church in America / Paul Settle. ; William S. Barker. United States: PCA Christian Education Bookstore, 1998.


Misc. (Apologetics, Culture, Education, Music, Politics, Science, Work, World Religions, etc.)
Where in the World Is the Church?: A Christian View of Culture and Your Role in It / Michael Scott. Horton. Phillipsburg, NJ: P & R Publishing, c2002.
Let Children Come: A Durable Vision of Christian Schooling / N. H. (Nicholas Henry) Beversluis; Gertrude. Beversluis. Grand Rapids, MI: Christian Schools International, c2001.
Christian Scholarship– For What? / Susan M. Felch; Richard J. Mouw; Joel A. Carpenter. Grand Rapids, MI: Calvin College, c2003.
Teaching and Learning: An Integrated Approach to Christian Education / Ronald P. Chadwick; Kenneth O. Gangel; Roy W. Lowrie, Jr. Old Tappan, NJ: Revell, c1982.
The Gospel & Gender Identity: Gender as Calling / Synod of the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America. Pittsburgh, PA: Crown & Covenant Publications, 2017.
Encyclopedia of American Religious History. Edward L. Queen; Stephen R. Prothero; Gardiner H. Shattuck. New York: Facts on File, 2001 (Facts on File Library of American History) 2 vols.
The Concise Encyclopedia of Islam / Cyril Glassâe. San Francisco, CA : Harper & Row, 1989.
Mormon America: The Power and the Promise / Richard N. Ostling; Joan K. Ostling. — San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco, 1999.
Labor Problems in Christian Perspective / T. C. Douglas; Harry W. Flannery; W. Maxey Jarman; John Harold Redekop, ed. Grand Rapids, Mich., : Eerdmans, 1972.

Periodicals (Old & New)
The Burning Bush: Theological Journal of the Far Eastern Bible College (Singapore) / Timothy Tow. ; Jeffrey Khoo. Singapore: Far Eastern Bible College, 2000-2018.