5 Books to Note (from Carl Laney)

Every week we highlight 5 recently published books that you might want to pay attention to. This week’s list comes from Carl Laney, Professor of Biblical Literature at Western Seminary. Carl has a deep passion for God’s Word, so here are 5 books that he thinks will really help you understand the Bible better.

Allen P. Ross, A Commentary on The Psalms Vol. 1 (Kregel, 2011). A Commentary on the Psalms is an essential and welcome resource for pastors looking to dive into the Psalms. Professor Allen P. Ross has spent years studying the Psalms, teaching the Psalms to pastors and teachers, and preaching from the Psalms. His exegesis demonstrates his fluency in both the language and the culture of the Old Testament.


Darrell L. Bock and Mitch Glaser, The Gospel According to Isaiah 53 (Kregel 2011). The Gospel According to Isaiah 53 presents the redemptive work of the Messiah to the Jewish community, exploring issues of atonement and redemption in light of Isaiah chapter 53. It is clear that Jesus fulfills the specifications of the suffering servant of Isaiah 53.


Craig L. Blomberg, Jesus and the Gospels: An Introduction and Survey (B & H. Academic, 2011/12).This second edition of Jesus and the Gospels prepares readers for an intensive study of Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, and the events they narrate. Craig Blomberg considers the historical context of the Gospels and sheds light on the confusing interpretations brought forth over the last two centuries.


Vang and Terry Carter, Telling God’s Story: The Biblical Narrative from Beginning to End  (B&H Academic 2006). Telling God’s Story looks closely at the Bible from its Genesis beginning to Revelation conclusion. By approaching Scripture as one purposefully flowing narrative, emphasizing the inter-connectedness of the text, veteran college professors Preben Vang and Terry Carter reinforce the Bible’s greatest teachings and help readers in their own ability to share God’s story with others.


C. John Collins, Did Adam and Eve Really Exist? Who They Were and Why You Should Care (Crossway, 2012). C. John Collins invites both doubts and scholarship to the table. Applying well-informed, critical thinking to questions raised by theologians and scientists alike, Collins examines the historicity and relevance of a real Adam and Eve, ultimately answering the questions: Did Adam and Eve really exist? And why should we care?

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2 thoughts on “5 Books to Note (from Carl Laney)

  1. Hi Marc,
    All these books look great. One clarification… there seems to be some confusion on the Telling God’s Story book. The blurb is on the one by Vang and Carter, but the link is to Pete Enns’ book by the same name. They both look interesting, but I’m not sure which you meant to link. Pete’s book is the one published this year. The other about five years ago. Like I said, I’m interested in both, but they look to be aimed at different audiences. Might be interesting to compare the two.

    1. Thanks for catching that. Carl did want me to highlight the Vang and Carter book, so I’ve corrected the link accordingly. But you’re right that the other books looks interesting too!

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