This page is an index of books I have reviewed on Reading Acts. If you are a publisher and would like your books reviewed, please contact me via email (plong at (Updated May 26, 2015)


Alexander, T. Desmond and David W. Baker. Dictionary of the Old Testament: Pentateuch. Downers Grove, Ill..: InterVarsity, 2002

Arnold, Bill T. and Bryan E. Beyer, Encountering the Old Testament: A Christian Survey.  Encountering Biblical Studies. Third Edition. Grand Rapids, Mich. Baker, 2008.

Arnold Bill T. and H. G. M. Williamson. Dictionary of the Old Testament: Historical Books. Downers Grove, Ill..: InterVarsity, 2005.

Beale, Gregory K., Daniel J. Brendsel, and William A. Ross. An Interpretive Lexicon of New Testament Greek: Analysis of Prepositions, Adverbs, Particles, Relative Pronouns, and Conjunctions. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Zondervan, 2014.

Beale, G. K. with David H. Campbell. Revelation: A Shorter Commentary. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans, 2014.

Bateman, IV, Herbert W. Charts on the Book of Hebrews. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Kregel, 2012.

Bateman IV, Herbert W., Darrell L. Bock and Gordon H. Johnston.  Jesus the Messiah: Tracing the Promises, Expectations, and Coming of Israel’s King.  Grand Rapids, Mich. Kregel, 2012.

Bateman IV.  Herbert W. Interpreting the General Letters: An Exegetical HandbookHandbooks for New Testament Exegesis. Grand Rapids, Mich. Kregel, 2013.

Bessenecker Scott A. Overturning Tables: Freeing Missions from the Christian-Industrial Complex. Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity, 2014.

Beitzel, Barry J.  The New Moody Atlas of the Bible.  Chicago: Moody, 2009.

Bird, Michael F. Are You the One Who Is To Come? Grand Rapids, Mich.: Baker, 2009.

Bird, Michael F. The Gospel of the Lord: How the Early Church Wrote the Story of Jesus. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans, 2014.

Blomberg, Craig. L. Can We Still Believe the Bible? An Evangelical Engagement with Contemporary Questions. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Brazos, 2014.

Boccaccini, Gabriele  and Jason M. Zurawski, ed. Interpreting 4 Ezra and 2 Baruch: International Studies. Library of Second Temple Studies 87; London: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2014.

Bock, Darrell L. Jesus according to Scripture: Restoring the Portrait from the Gospels. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Baker, 2002.

Bock, Darrell L. and Mitch Glaser, eds. The People, the Land, and the Future of Israel: Israel and the Jewish People in the Plan of God. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Kregel, 2014.

Brooks, Christopher W. Urban Apologetics: Why the Gospel is Good News for the City. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Kregel, 2014.

Burge, Gary M. A Week in the Life of a Roman Centurion. Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity, 2015.

Burke, Tony. Secret Scriptures Revealed: A New Introduction to the Christian Apocrypha. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans, 2014.

Chambers, Andy. Exemplary Life: A Theology of Church Life in Acts. Nashville: B&H, 2012.

Chisholm, Robert B. A Commentary on Judges and Ruth.  Kregel Exegetical Library; Grand Rapids, Mich. Kregel, 2014.

Chung-Kim, Esther and Todd R. Hains, editors. Acts. Reformation Commentary on Scripture: New Testament Downers Grover, Ill.: InterVarsity, 2014.

Campbell, Constantine R. Keep Your Greek: Strategies for Busy People.  Grand Rapids, Mich.: Zondervan, 2011.

Chandler, Matt and Michael Snetzer. Recovering Redemption: A Gospel Saturated Perspective on How to Change. Nashville: B&H Publishing Group, 2014.

Collins, John J. Beyond the Qumran Community: The Sectarian Movement of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans, 2010.

Collins, John J. and Daniel C. Harlow, eds. Early Judaism: A Comprehensive Guide. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans, 2012

Currid, John D. and David P. Barrett.  Crossway ESV Bible Atlas.  Wheaton:  Crossway, 2010.

DeClaissé-Walford, Nancy J., Rolf A. Jacobson, and Beth LaNeel Tanner. Psalms. NICOT; Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans, 2014.

DeRouchie, Jason S., editor. What the Old Testament Authors Really Cared About: A Survey of Jesus’ Bible. Grand Rapids, Mich. Kregel, 2013.

Dickson, John.  Life of Jesus: Who He Is And Why He Matters. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Zondervan, 2010.  206 p. pb.$12.99.

Dinkler, Michal Beth. Silent Statements: Narrative Representations of Speech and Silence in the Gospel of Luke. BZNW 191; Berlin: De Gruyter, 2013.

Douglas, J. D. Merrill C. Tenney,  Moises Silva, ed. Zondervan Illustrated Bible Dictionary.  Grand Rapids, Mich.: Zondervan, 2011.

Dunn, James. The Oral Gospel Tradition. Grand Rapids, Mich. Eerdmans, 2013.

Elwell, Walter A. and Robert W. Yarbrough, Encountering the New Testament: A Christian Survey.  Encountering Biblical Studies. Second Edition. Grand Rapids, Mich. Baker, 2013.

Evans, Craig A. Jesus and His World: The Archaeological Evidence. Minneapolis: Westminster John Knox, 2012.

Fant, Clyde E. and Mitchell G. Reddish. Lost Treasures of the Bible: Understanding the Bible Through Archaeological Artifacts in World Museums. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans, 2008.

Fee, Gordon D. Revelation. New Covenant Commentaries 18. Eugene, Ore.: Cascade, 2011.

Fee, Gordon. 1 Corinthians, Revised Edition. NICNT Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans, 2014.

Fisk. Bruce N. A Hitchhiker’s Guide to Jesus: Reading the Gospels on the Ground. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Baker, 2011.

Forbes, Greg. Exegetical Guide to the Greek New Testament: 1 Peter. Nashville: B&H, 2014.

Freyne, Sean. The Jesus Movement and Its Expansion: Meaning and Mission. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans, 2014.

Garrett, Duane A. A Commentary on Exodus. Grand Rapids, Mich. Kregel, 2014.

González, Justo. The Story Luke Tells: Luke’s Unique Witness to the Gospel. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans, 2015.

Graves, Michael. The Inspiration and Interpretation of Scripture: What the Early Church Can Teach Us. Grand Rapids, Mich. Eerdmans, 2014.

Hamilton, James M. With the Clouds of Heaven: The Book of Daniel in Biblical Theology. NSBT 32; Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity, 2014.

Harding, Mark and Alanna Nobbs. All Things to All Cultures: Paul among Jews, Greeks, and Romans. Grand Rapids, Mich. Eerdmans, 2013.

Harvey, John D. Interpreting the Pauline Letters. An Exegetical Handbook (Handbooks for New Testament Exegesis). Grand Rapids, Mich.: Kregel, 2012.

Hays, J. Daniel , J. Scott Duvall, and C. Marvin Pate.  Dictionary of Biblical Prophecy and End Times.  Grand Rapids, Mich.: Zondervan, 2007.

Hellerman, Joseph H. Embracing Shared Ministry: Power and Status in the Early Church and Why it Matters Today. Grand Rapids, Mich. Kregel, 2013.

Horsley, Richard, and Tom Thatcher. John, Jesus and the Renewal of Israel. Grand Rapids, Mich. Eerdmans, 2013.

Horsley, Richard. The Prophet Jesus and the Renewal of Israel: Moving Beyond a Diversionary Debate.  Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans, 2012.

Huffman, Douglas SThe Handy Guide to New Testament Greek. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Kregel, 2012.

Joy, Trevor and Spence Shelton, The People of God: Empowering the Church to Make Disciples. Nashville: B&H, 2014.

Keathley, Kenneth and Mark F. Rooker, eds.40 Questions about Creation and Evolution40 Questions and Answers Series. Grand Rapids, Mich. Kregel, 2015.

Keith, Chris and Larry W. Hurtado. Jesus among Friends and Enemies: A Historical and Literary Introduction to Jesus in the GospelGrand Rapids, Mich.: Baker, 2011.

Klink III, Edward W. and Darian R. Lockett. Understanding Biblical Theology. Grand Rapids, Mich. Zondervan, 2012.

Kruse, Colin G. Romans. Pillar New Testament Commentary. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans, 2012.

Kuyper, Abraham. Wisdom and Wonder: Common Grace in Sciences and Art. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Christian’s Library Press, 2011.

Lawrence, Paul.   The IVP Atlas of Bible History.  Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity Press, 2006.

Lightfoot, J. B. The Acts of the Apostles: A Newly Discovered Commentary. Edited by Ben Witherington III and Todd D. Still. The Lightfoot Legacy Set 1; Downers Grove, Ill..: InterVarsity, 2014.

Lincoln, Andrew T. Born of a Virgin? Reconceiving Jesus in the Bible, Tradition, and Theology. Grand Rapids, Mich. Eerdmans, 2013.

Llewelyn, S. R.  and J. R. Harrison, with E. J. Bridge, ed. New Documents Illustrating Early Christianity Volume 10Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans, 2013.  (Part Two of this Review)

Longman, III, Tremper.  Introducing the Old Testament. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Zondervan, 2012.

Magness, Jodi.  Stone and Dung, Oil and Spit: Jewish Daily Life in the Time of Jesus. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans, 2011.

Martin, Ralph P. 2 Corinthians. Second Edition. Word Biblical Commentary 40; Grand Rapids, Mich.: Zondervan, 2014.

Merkle, Benjamin L. and Thomas R. Schreiner, eds. Shepherding God’s Flock: Biblical Leadership in the New Testament and Beyond. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Kregel, 2015.

Moo, Douglas J. Encountering the Book of Romans: A Theological Survey. Encountering Biblical Studies. Grand Rapids, Mich. Baker, 2002.

Mounce, William D. Biblical Greek: A Compact Guide.  Grand Rapids, Mich.: Zondervan, 2011.

Murphy-O’Connor, Jerome.  The Holy Land: An Oxford Archaeological Guide.  Fifth Edition; Oxford, 2008.

Newton, Phil A. and Matt Schmucker. Elders in the Life of the Church: Rediscovering the Biblical Model for Church Leadership. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Kregel, 2014.

Nienhuis, David R. Robert W. Wall. Reading the Epistles of James, Peter, John & Jude as Scripture: The Shaping and Shape of a Canonical Collection. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans, 2013. 314 pp.

O’Brien, Peter T. Hebrews. PNTC; Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans, 2010.

O’Donnell, Douglas Sean. The Beginning and End of Wisdom: Preaching Christ from the First and Last Chapters of Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Job. Wheaton: Crossway, 2011.

Pagels, Elaine. Revelations: Visions, Prophecy, and Politics in the Book of Revelation. New York: Viking, 2012.

Pelton, Randal E. Preaching with Accuracy. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Kregel Ministry, 2015.

Pettit, Paul and R.Todd Mangum. Blessed Are the Balanced: A Seminarian’s Guide to Following Jesus in the Academy.  Grand Rapids, Mich. Kregel, 2014.

Piper, John and D. A. Carson.  The Pastor as Scholar and the Scholar as Pastor: Reflections on Life and Ministry. Edited by David Mathis, Owen Strachan.  Wheaton: Crossway, 2011.

Rasmussen, Carl G.  Zondervan Atlas of the Bible.  Revised Edition.  Grand Rapids, Mich.: Zondervan, 2010.

Rainer, Thom S. Autopsy of a Deceased Church. Nashville: B&H Publishing Group, 2014.

Ross, Allen P. A Commentary on the Psalms. Volume 2 (42-89). Grand Rapids, Mich. Kregel, 2013.

Schmitt, John W. and J. Carl Laney. Messiah’s Coming Temple. Updated Edition. Grand Rapids, Mich. Kregel, 2014.

Schnabel, Ekhard. Early Christian Mission.  Downer’s Grove: Inter-Varsity Press, 2004.

Shively,  Elizabeth, Apocalyptic Imagination in the Gospel of Mark: The Literary and Theological Role of Mark 3:22- 30. BNZW 189. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2012.

Seevers, Boyd. Warfare in the Old Testament: The Organization, Weapons and Tactics of Ancient Near Eastern Armies. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Kregel, 2013.

Stein, Robert H. Jesus, the Temple and the Coming Son of Man: A Commentary on Mark 13. Downers Grover, Ill.: InterVarsity, 2014.

Turner, Jim. So-Called Christians: Healing Spiritual Wounds Left By The Church. Greenville, South Carolina: Ambassador International, 2014.

Walker, Peter.  In the Steps of Paul: An Illustrated Guide to the Apostle’s Life and Journeys. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2008.

Wall, Robert W., with Richard B. Steele. 1 & 2 Timothy, Titus. The Two Horizons New Testament Commentary Series. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans, 2012.

Wallace, Daniel B. Senior Editor, Brittany C. Burnette and Terri Darby Moore, Editors.  A Reader’s Lexicon of the Apostolic Fathers.  Grand Rapids, Mich. Kregel, 2013.

Walton, Steve, Thomas E. Phillips, Lloyd Keith Pietersen, F. Scott Spencer, eds. Reading Acts Today. FS Loveday C. A. Alexander. LNTS 427; London: T&T Clark, 2011.

Warrington, Keith. Discovering the Jesus in the New Testament. Peabody, Mass.: Hendrickson, 2009.

Watson, Francis. Gospel Writing: A Canonical PerspectiveGrand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans, 2013.

Witherington III, Ben.  Is There a Doctor in the House? An Insider’s Story and Advice on Becoming a Biblical Scholar. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Zondervan, 2011.

Top Five Commentary Series

Introduction to Series on Commentaries

On Using Commentaries 

Matthew        Mark        Luke        John        Acts
Romans        1 Corinthians         2 Corinthians
Galatians         Ephesians        Philippians        Colossians
1-2 Thessalonians        Pastoral Epistles         Philemon
Hebrews        James         1 Peter         2 Peter & Jude 
Letters of John         Revelation

Bible Software / Apps:

*The Logos “Second Temple Judaism Studies” Collection

Accordance 1.6 for iPad (Updated)

Logos 3.0 for iOS (iPad, iPhone)

Logos 2.0 for iPad (Updated)

Logos 4.3 and the Duke Papyri Collection (Part 1) and Logos and the Duke Papyri Collection (Part 2)

Logos 4.3 – Liddell and Scott Upgrade

Logos 4.3 and the Perseus Collection – Exploring Plutarch

Logos 4.3 and the The Perseus Collection – First Look

Top iPad Apps for Bible Study Part 1: Overview 

Top iPad Apps for Bible Study Part 2:  Bible Atlases on the iPad

Top iPad Apps for Bible Study Part 3: Biblical Languages on the iPad

Top iPad Apps for Bible Study Part 4: Word Studies on the iPad

Top iPad Apps for Bible Study Part 5: Free Books for the iPad!

Vyrso and Logos for the iPad