Ligonier Blog / Thursday / May 6 / 2021


  • Top 5 Commentaries on the Book of Numbers

    from Keith Mathison Jul 02, 2008 Category: Articles

    The book of Numbers narrates a key chapter in the story of Israel. It describes a period of transition from the exodus generation to the generation that would enter the Promised Land. The following are five of the most helpful commentaries on this neglected book of Scripture. Keep Reading
  • Top 5 Commentaries on The Gospel of Mark

    from Keith Mathison Jun 30, 2008 Category: Articles

    Although the Gospel of Matthew precedes the Gospel of Mark in the New Testament canon, there is strong evidence that Mark was the first of the four Gospels to be written. It is a fast-moving narrative that seeks to reveal who Jesus is. The following are five of the most generally helpful commentaries on this part of God's Word.  Keep Reading
  • Top 5 Commentaries on the Book of Leviticus

    from Keith Mathison Jun 25, 2008 Category: Articles

    We often find ourselves asking about Leviticus, "What does this mean, and how is it relevant today?" For those who have struggled to understand the meaning and relevance of Leviticus, a good commentary can shed a lot of light. The following are what I believe to be the five most helpful commentaries on the book of Leviticus. Keep Reading
  • Top 5 Commentaries on the Book of Exodus

    from Keith Mathison Jun 19, 2008 Category: Articles

    In a 1996 guide to the best commentaries, Derek Thomas wrote: "There is a famine of really good commentaries on Exodus." Thankfully, the situation has changed in the last twelve years, and there are a number of good commentaries on Exodus from which to choose. In fact, two of the best commentaries on this pivotal Old Testament book are very recent publications. Keep Reading
  • Top 5 Commentaries on the Book of Genesis

    from Keith Mathison Jun 18, 2008 Category: Articles

    The first book of the Pentateuch is one of the most well-known books of the Bible. Understanding this first book, the Book of Genesis, is crucial to understanding the Old Testament and the entire Bible. There are a wealth of commentaries on Genesis. In this post, I will briefly describe five of the most generally helpful commentaries available on the first book of the Bible. Keep Reading
  • Top 5 Commentaries on The Gospel of Matthew

    from Keith Mathison Jun 12, 2008 Category: Articles

    In this post, I will briefly describe five of the most generally helpful commentaries available on the Gospel of Matthew, and by "helpful" I mean works that explain to the reader the meaning of the text not only within the individual biblical book, but within Scripture as a whole. Subsequent posts will offer recommendations for commentaries on the remaining books of Scripture. Keep Reading
  • God’s Providence: A Two-edged Sword (pt. 3)

    from John Gerstner Jun 08, 2008 Category: Articles

    The "rough hew" needs explanation. If the poet means "sin as we please," if he suggests that a positive providence comes about irrespective of our behavior, if things are going to work out well although we always behave badly--then he errs in the opposite direction. Just as there is no destiny that shapes our ends rough, hew them how we may, neither is there any destiny which shapes our ends well, hew them how we may. The shaping and the hewing are integrally related. God shapes as we hew; we hew as God shapes. So, then, the definition of positive providence is: The divine appointment of good and beneficial events, but not apart from (rather, through) the willing determinations of men. Keep Reading
  • Book Review: The Holy Trinity by Robert Letham

    from Keith Mathison May 26, 2008 Category: Book Reviews

    As Robert Letham observes in his new book, "For the vast majority of Christians, including most ministers and theological students, the Trinity is still a mathematical conundrum, full of imposing philosophical jargon, relegated to an obscure alcove, remote from daily life" (p. 1). In 1967, the Roman Catholic theologian Karl Rahner made a now famous comment along similar lines, saying, "We must be willing to admit that, should the doctrine of the Trinity have to be dropped as false, the major part of religious literature could well remain virtually unchanged" (cited in Letham, p. 291). Keep Reading
  • The Courage to Be Protestant by David F. Wells

    from Keith Mathison Apr 23, 2008 Category: Articles

    It's been fifteen years since the publication of David Wells' No Place For Truth. This outstanding volume was followed by God in the Wasteland, Losing Our Virtue, and Above All Earthly Pow'rs. The fifth and final volume in this series was published on April 14, 2008 by Eerdmans Publishing Company. Titled The Courage to be Protestant: Truth Lovers, Marketers, and Emergents in the Postmodern World, this volume looks to be as beneficial as the preceding volumes. Keep Reading
  • When Pastors Get Discouraged

    from Chris Larson Apr 17, 2008 Category: Events

    Here are a few moments with the speakers and Dr. Sproul at yesterday's panel discussion. Keep Reading