Recommended Reading List

This page is intended to be an ever-growing, ever-refining list of books on various topics that will, Lord willing, prove edifying to those who take up and read. I have either read these books myself, or list them here on the recommendation of someone I trust. It is also good to note that just because a book is listed here, it does not mean I agree with every jot and tittle of it. Many of these books are written from authors from different ecclesiastical and theological backgrounds than I, yet there is a wealth of good material to be found in their pages. I realize the bibliographic info on some books is far more complete than others, and I do plan on updating when I am able to, but I have at least provided enough info and keywords to point you in the right direction with a Google search. The categories, as well as many of the titles, are drawn from John W. Robbins’ essay, A Guide for Young Christians. If you have suggestions for additions (or removals), please email me. Finally, you will find more great titles and resources at,,,,, and www.ConfessingBaptist.comTolle legge!

Textus Receptus
Hodges & Farstad’s Greek New Testament According to the Majority Text
Robison & Pierpont
NASB (Old Testament)

J. Gresham Machen’s New Testament Greek for Beginners

Biblical Reference
Strong’s Concordance
Young’s Concordance
Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Zondervan Pictorial Encyclopedia of the Bible

Creeds, Confessions, and Catechisms
Second London Baptist Confession of Faith of 1689
Hercules Collins’ An Orthodox Catechism
True Confessions, James Renihan, ed.
Savoy Declaration
Westminster Confession
Westminster Larger Catechism
Westminster Smaller Catechism
Fesko, J. V. The Theology of the Westminster Standards: Historical Context & Theological Insights. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2014.
Muller, Richard A. Dictionary of Latin and Greek Theological Terms. Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1985.
Shaw, Robert. An Exposition of the Westminster Confession of Faith. Geanies House, Fearn, Ross-shire, Scotland, UK: Christian Focus Publications, 1998.
Waldron, Samuel E. A Modern Exposition of the 1689 Baptist Confession of Faith. Reprinted 2005; Darlington, England: Evangelical Press, 1989.
Clark, What Do Presbyterians Believe?
G.I. Williamson’s commentary on WCF
W. Gary Crampton’s Study Guide to the Westminster Confession

Systematic Theology
Berkhof, Louis. Systematic Theology. Reprinted, May 1986; Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1939, 1941.
Muller, Richard A. Dictionary of Latin and Greek Theological Terms. Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1985.
Murray, John. Redemption Accomplished and Applied. Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1955.
Calvin’s Institutes
Charles Hodge
A.A. Hodge

Doctrine of Scripture
Alexander, T. Desmond. From Eden to the New Jerusalem: An Introduction to Biblical Theology. Grand Rapids: Kregel Academic & Professional, 2008.
Hamilton, James M., Jr. What is Biblical Theology? A Guide to the Bible’s Story, Symbolism, and Patterns. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2014.
God’s Hammer: The Bible and Its Critics, by Dr. Gordon H. Clark
The Divine Inspiration of Scripture, by Louis Gaussen
The Battle for the Bible, by Harold Lindsell
Alleged Bible Contradictions Explained, by George DeHoff
Alleged Discrepancies of the Bible, by John Halley
Encyclopedia of Bible Difficulties, by Gleason Archer

Textual Criticism
The Future of the Bible, by Jakob van Bruggen
The Identity of the New Testament Text, by Wilbur Pickering
Logical Criticisms of Textual Criticism, by Gordon Clark
Theodore Letis

Introductions & Commentaries
The Five Books of Moses, by Oswald Allis
The New Testament: An Introduction to Its Literature and History, by J. Gresham Machen
An Old Testament History of Redemption, by Franz Delitzsch
A Survey of the Bible, by William Hendricksen
Commentaries on the New Testament, by William Hendricksen
Exposition of the Old Testament and New Testament, by John Gill
Calvin’s Commentaries, by John Calvin
Clark’s Commentaries, by Gordon Clark
Ephesians, Charles Hodge
First and Second Corinthians, Charles Hodge
Romans, Charles Hodge
Edward J. Young (several)
Martin Luther, Galatians

Doctrine of God
Steven Charnock’s The Existence and Attributes of God
Clark, Lord God of Truth
Clark, The Holy Spirit
Clark, The Trinity
God Without Passions, a Reader, Sam Renihan
J.I. Packer, Knowing God

The Sovereignty of God and God’s Decree
Absolute Predestination, by Jerome Zanchius
The Bondage of the Will, by Martin Luther
Calvin’s Calvinism, by John Calvin
Predestination, by Gordon Clark
The Reformed Doctrine of Predestination, by Loraine Boettner
Religion, Reason, and Revelation, by Gordon Clark

The Doctrines of Creation & Providence
Clark’s Predestination
Barcellos, Richard C. Better than the Beginning: Creation in Biblical Perspective. Palmdale, CA: RBAP, 2013.
Fesko, J. V. Last Things First: Unlocking Genesis 1-3 with the Christ of Eschatology. Geanies House, Fearn, Ross-shire, Scotland, UK: Christian Focus Publications, Mentor Imprint, 2007.

Covenant Theology
Nehemiah Coxe & John Owen, Covenant Theology: From Adam to Christ
Pascal Denault, The Distinctiveness of Baptist Covenant Theology
Recovering a Covenantal Heritage, Richard Barcellos, ed.
The Kingdom of God, Jeff Johnson

The Doctrine of Sin
Gordon Clark’s The Biblical Doctrine of Man

Jesus Christ
The Incarnation, Gordon Clark
The Johannine Logos, Gordon Clark
The Person and Work of Christ, by Benjamin Warfield

The Doctrine of the Atonement & Salvation
The Atonement, by Gordon Clark
The Doctrine of the Atonement According to the Apostles, by George Smeaton
The Doctrine of the Atonement According to Christ, by George Smeaton

The Doctrines of Justification & Faith
The Everlasting Righteousness, by Horatius Bonar
Faith and Saving Faith, by Gordon Clark
The Doctrine of Justification, by James Buchanan
Justification by Faith Alone, by Charles Hodge
Benjamin Keach, The Marrow of Justification
“The Gospel for Those Broken by the Church,” sermon by Rod Rosenbladt

Jerry Bridges’ The Pursuit of Holiness
Gordon Clark’s Sanctification
J.C. Ryle’s Holiness
Lion Slayer

The Doctrines of Worship & the Church
Carlos M. N. Eire, War Against the Idols: The Reformation of Worship from Erasmus to Calvin
The Church Effeminate and Other Essays, edited by John Robbins
A Reformed Baptist Manifesto, Sam Waldron with Richard Barcellos
What is the Mission of the Church? -Greg Gilbert & Kevin DeYoung
The Lord’s Day, Joseph Pipa
Celebrating the Sabbath, Bruce A. Ray
The Lord’s Supper as a Means of Grace: More than a Memory -Richard Barcellos
From Paedobaptism to Credobaptism, by W. Gary Crampton
Mark Dever, Nine Marks of a Healthy Church

Marriage & Family
Jay E. Adams, Competent to Counsel
Jay E. Adams, Christian Living in the Home
Each for the Other, Bryan Chapell

Civil Government & Society
E. C. Wines’ The Hebrew Republic
Ecclesiastical Megalomania: The Economic and Political Thought of the Roman Catholic Church, by Dr. John Robbins
Dr. Clark’s book, A Christian View of Men and Things
Clark, Essays on Ethics and Politics
Ron Paul

Jay E. Adams, The Time is at Hand

Church History
The Complete Book of Martyrs, by John Foxe
The History of the Christian Church, by Philip Schaff
The History of the Reformation in Europe in the Time of Calvin, J. H. Merle D’Aubigne
History of the Reformation in the Sixteenth Century, J. H. Merle D’Aubigne
Patrick of Ireland: His Life and Impact, Michael A.G. Haykin

Christian Philosophy
A Christian Philosophy of Education, by Gordon Clark.
A Christian View of Men and Things, by Gordon Clark.
Education, Christianity and the State, by J. Gresham Machen
Historiography: Secular and Religious, by Gordon Clark.
Language and Theology, by Gordon Clark.
Logic, by Gordon Clark.
Thales to Dewey: A History of Philosophy, by Gordon Clark

Clark, An Introduction to Christian Philosophy
Clark, The Philosophy of Science and Belief in God
Clark, Three Types of Religious Philosophy
Sye Ten Bruggencate, How to Answer the Fool

Cults & Pseudo-Christianity
Counterfeit Miracles, by Benjamin Warfield
Ecclesiastical Megalomania: The Economic and Political Thought of the Roman Catholic Church, by John Robbins
Graven Bread, by Timothy Kauffman
Quite Contrary, by Timothy Kauffman
Papal Power, by Henry T. Hudson
Roman Catholicism, by Loraine Boettner
The Charismatics and the Word of God, by Victor Budgen
A Theology of the Holy Spirit, by Frederick Dale Bruner
John Gill’s The Cause of God and Truth
The Theology of the Major Sects, by John Gerstner
The Changing World of Mormonism, by Gerald and Sandra Tanner
Berean Beacon
James White, What Every Christian Nees to Know about the Qur’an

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