Mar 10, 2014

Books by David E. Graves

For Journal articles and papers see  Follow me on Academia.edu or Selected Works

My Thirteenth book will be The ECM Handbook to the Bible: An Essential Companion for Understanding God's Word. This will be an introduction to each book of the Bible and include the outline, date, author and background to each book. It will be due sometime in 2018.


My twelfth book is Jesus Speaks to Seven of His Churches: A Historical and Exegetical Commentary on the Messages to the Seven Churches in Revelation. May 2017. This book is a first of its kind: an innovative exegetical commentary on the messages (letters) to the Seven Churches in Revelation (Rev 2–3). It examines the Graeco-Roman local references from the first century, in the tradition of William Ramsay and Colin Hemer, but also considers the Hebraic-Semitic covenant lawsuit influences and deals with the material set out in Graves’ PhD dissertation “The Influence of Ancient Near Eastern Vassal Treaties on the Seven Prophetic Messages in Revelation with Special Reference to the Message to Smyrna” at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland (2008).
     All of the seven cities are considered under a chapter on the historical setting of the city and a theological commentary of the text (illustrated with 175 photographs). It is the first commentary of the seven messages arranged after the ancient Near Eastern vassal treaty structure of preamble, historical prologue, stipulations, blessing and cursing, witness, and deposit/public reading. A scholarly/academic commentary, yet accessible for students, pastors, scholars, teachers, seminarians, and interested laypeople.


SCHOLARLY PRAISE
“Dr. Graves seeks to shed light on the problem of the structure of thought in Revelation by placing the work as a whole and the messages to the seven churches in particular firmly in the context of the ancient near eastern vassal treaties that have also influenced the shape of covenantal theology in the Old Testament. This carefully researched thesis brings a new contribution to the interpretation of the apocalypse and deserves close examination.”
           — I. Howard Marshall, Emeritus Professor of New Testament Exegesis, University of Aberdeen.
The Online Jesus Speaks to Seven of His Churches Companion website is free for everyone and accessible through this LINK. The website does not provide the material of the book but does provide photos from the book, enlarged and in color, external web links, and an extended bibliography for research, along with additional bonus material that could not be put into the book due to space limitations. The Online Companion should be completed by the fall of 2017.
 
7X10 format, 686 pages (175 photographs). Available soon from Amazon and CreateSpace.

My eleventh book is titled The Acts of the Apostles: An Exposition. Updated and Revised Edition. Electronic Christian Media. 2016. 
Through the years there have been many Commentaries on the Book of Acts published, but few have endured in popularity and readability as this work. Gaebelein, a noted Methodist pastor, has carefully crafted a doctrinally sound and reliable commentary on the book of Acts, that will provide invaluable insight into the life and work of Peter, and Paul. It was first published in 1912, and translated into many foreign languages, but has now been updated and revised, leaving the majority of the original material intact. It is easy to see why this work has seen continued success.
     Photocopies of this work have been published in the past, but this work has included a completely new typeface and page layout that makes it easier to read. The language and format was updated for modern readers, and the English Standard Version (ESV) has been used for a modern translation of scripture. Maps, timelines, and many photographs have been added to provide the most recent scholarly research. An updated bibliography and index of subjects is also provided to assist the user in accessing the material.
 

7X10 format, 285 Pages. Available soon from CreateSpace estore, Amazon and others.

My tenth book is titled The Life of  Jesus Christ: Updated and Revised Edition. Electronic Christian Media, 2016.ISBN–13: 978-0-9948060-6-2 ISBN–10: 099480606X.
Through the years there have been many biographies of Christ published but none has endured in popularity and demand as this work. It was first published in 1884, and translated into many foreign languages, but now for the first-time it is updated and revised, leaving the majority of the original material intact. It is easy to see why this work has seen continued success.  The details of Christ’s life are presented in a vibrant and cohesive style that brings alive the life of Christ. Stalker, a noted Scottish theologian, has carefully crafted a doctrinally sound and accurate masterpiece on the life of Jesus Christ that will long outlast the modern attempts at portraying his life.
     The language and format were updated for modern readers, and the English Standard Version (ESV) has been used for a modern translation of scripture. Maps and timelines have been added to provide the most recent scholarly research. An updated bibliography and index of subjects is also provided to assist the user in accessing the material.
     The chapter includes: The Birth, Infancy, and Youth of Jesus; The Nation and the Time; The Final Stages of His Preparation; The Year of Obscurity; The Year of Public Favor; The Year of Opposition; The End;  and  Hints for Teachers and Questions for Pupils, conclude this work.

A suitable resource intended for laypeople who want to know more about Jesus Christ, whether in seminary courses, college classrooms, homeschooling (grade 8 and up), church groups or personal study.

“Mr. Stalker gives a masterly miniature and thousands will see more of Jesus in it than in the life-sized portraits.” — Charles H. Spurgeon, “Prince of Preachers.”
“It is remarkable for its originality of method, clearness of style, comprehensiveness of view, and suggestiveness of matter.”— William M. Taylor, D.D. 
6X9 format, 147 Pages. Available from CreateSpace eStore, Amazon, and others.


My ninth book is titled The Life of Saint Paul: Updated and Revised Edition. Electronic Christian Media, 2016.ISBN–13: 978-0-9948060-5-5 ISBN–10: 0994806051. 

This updated and revised edition of Stalker’s classic work, first published in 1884,  has left the majority of the original material intact. The language and format was updated for modern readers, and the English Standard Version (ESV) has been used for a modern translation of scripture. Maps and timelines have been added to provide the most recent scholarly research. An updated bibliography and index of subjects is also provided to assist the user in accessing the material. Includes a new Chronology of Paul's Life by Graves in Appendix A.
“Mr. Stalker gives a masterly miniature and thousands will see more of Paul in it than in the life-sized portraits.”  — Charles H. Spurgeon, “Prince of Preachers.”
“It is the best brief life of Paul of which I know.” — Wilbert W. White, D.D.
“It is remarkable for its originality of method, clearness of style, comprehensiveness of view and suggestiveness of matter.” — William M. Taylor, D.D.
"Should be in the hands of every student of Paul; it is brief, clear, and concise; it traces the growth of Paul’s gospel, and reveals the mind and heart of the great Apostle to the Gentiles.”  — Arthur G. Leacock.
“Dr. Stalker writes clearly because he sees clearly. . . . His book is a miracle of condensation, a miniature masterpiece.” — George Jackson, PhD.
6X9 format, 135 Pages. Available from CreateSpace eStore, Amazon, and others.
 

My eighth book is titled The New Easton Bible Dictionary: Updated and Revised Edition. Electronic Christian Media, 2016. ISBN-13: 978-0-9948060-4-8 ISBN-10: 0994806043. This updated and revised edition of Easton’s classic work, first published in 1897,  has left the majority of the original material intact. The language and font was updated for modern readers, and the English Standard Version (ESV) has been used for modern translations of scripture where necessary. The maps, charts and timelines have been updated to include recent sites based on the most recent archaeological evidence. An updated bibliography is provided whenever possible for many of the articles. This updated edition retains nearly 4,000 entries relating to the history, geography, theology, and literature of the Bible available  as long ago as the 19th-century. Recent discoveries from archaeology have been referenced in the articles to reflect modern research.

     As one of the world’s most trusted classic Bible dictionaries, this encyclopedic updated edition is sure to provide reliable background information for the study of the Bible for scholars and students.

8.5 X 11 format, 612 pages. Available from Amazon, Createspace eStore, and others.

My seventh book is titled The Location of Sodom: Key Facts for Navigating the Maze of Arguments for the Location of the Cities of the Plain. Electronic Christian Media, 2016. ISBN 13:978-0-9948060-3-1 ISBN 10:0994806035.

The Bible describes the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah in Genesis 19 in terms of fire and brimstone falling from heaven. But what actually happened to these cities? Where are they today? Did they survive the cataclysmic destruction? Two archaeological sites have recently been identified as Sodom, but which is the best candidate for the location of Sodom: Tall el-Hammâm, at the northern end of the Dead Sea in the Jordan Valley, or Bâb edh-Dhrâ, at the southern end of the Dead Sea in the Ghor? Trying to navigate the maze of arguments can be a daunting task. 

Graves provides a useful tool for readers in their quest for the location of this illusive biblical city. This work provides sixty-two helpful facts grouped together in methodological, hermeneutical, geographical, chronological, archaeological, cataclysmal, and geological chapters, which set the stage for further research and consideration. This work includes the material from the Key Facts for the Location of Sodom Student Edition: Navigating the Maze of Arguments and additional information, including a chapter of the material presented in an article titled “My Journey to Locate the Genesis Pentapolis North of the Dead Sea," additional primary source quotations, and testimonial quotes for both sites.

The advantage of such a book is that it provides a collective source of material for readers that would otherwise take a long time to assemble or otherwise be inaccessible. Numerous detailed maps, charts, tables, and photographs are included which will help facilitate understanding of the unfamiliar terrain of the Dead Sea and Jordan Valley. A glossary defines technical terms, and extensive footnotes, a bibliography, and reference to a large index of subjects and authors provides an invaluable resource to readers for future study.
7X10 format, 245 Pages. Available at CreateSpace eStore, Amazon, Barnes and Nobles.

 My sixth book is titled Biblical Archaeology Vol. 2: Famous Discoveries that Support the Reliability of the Bible. Electronic Christian Media, Toronto, Ont., 2015. ISBN-13: 978-0-9948060-2-4.

Thousands of artifacts have been discovered that relate to the Bible, but few of them make the news headlines. Revisionist scholars often seek to undermine and downplay the relevance of many of the discoveries, believing that Sodom never existed, the Exodus never happened, Jericho never fell to the Israelites, and David was never a great king. Volume one presented the recent finds from the last 20 years, while this work also challenges the minimalist views by bringing together many of the famous discoveries from the last 100 years highlighting the notable finds that are relevant to the claims of the Bible. Experienced archaeologist David Graves has again assembled a helpful collection of discoveries that will take you on a journey to confirm the historicity of the biblical events and people of the past. Graves will explore the full range of famous archaeological discoveries, from pottery, inscriptions, seals, ossuaries, through to coins, manuscripts, and other artifacts.

This insightful book will: 

  • Illustrate archaeological finds with more than 160 pertinent photographs
  • Provide numerous detailed maps, and carefully crafted charts
  • Include a glossary defining technical archaeological terms
  • Provide extensive footnotes and bibliography for future study
  • Include a helpful subject and important author index
This invaluable resource provides an interesting and informative understanding of the cultural and historical background of the Bible illustrated from archaeology. This is an accessible resource intended for laypeople who want to know more about archaeology and the Bible, whether in seminary courses, college classrooms, church groups or personal study.

7X10 format, 317 Pages. Available at CreateSpace estore, Amazon, Barnes and Nobles
 


My fifth volume is titled Biblical Archaeology Vol. 1: An Introduction with Recent Discoveries that Support the Reliability of the Bible. 2014. ISBN-10: 1502467070; ISBN-13: 978-1502467072. 

The Online Biblical Archaeology Companion website is free for everyone and accessible through this LINK. The website does not provide the material of the book but does provide photos from the book, enlarged and in color, external web links, and an extended bibliography for research, along with additional bonus material that could not be put into the book due to space limitations.

Each year archaeologists discover many new finds at sites throughout the lands of the Bible, but few of them make the news headlines. Revisionist scholars often seek to undermine and downplay the relevance of many of the discoveries, believing that Sodom never existed, the Exodus never happened, Jericho never fell to the Israelites, and David was never a great king. This work challenges the minimalist views by bringing together many of the new discoveries from the last 20 years highlighting the recent finds that are relevant to the claims of the Bible. Experienced archaeologist David Graves has assembled a helpful collection of discoveries that will take you on a journey to:
  • Confirm the historicity of the biblical events and people of the past
  • Explore the full range of new archaeological discoveries, from pottery, inscriptions, seals, ossuaries, through to coins, manuscripts, and other artifacts
  • Present a short history of archaeology, outlining its characteristics and role in Christian apologetics
  • Lay out the limitations of archaeology and its methodological fallacies
  • Explain the meticulous method of excavation
  • Explore the significance of manuscripts for the transmission of the Bible
  • Navigate the maze of arguments between the minimalists and maximalists controversy
 This insightful book will: 
  • Illustrate archaeological finds with more than 140 pertinent photographs
  • Provide numerous detailed maps, carefully crafted charts and tables of previous discoveries
  • Include helpful breakout panes, dealing with “Quotes from Antiquity,” and “Moments in History”
  • Include a glossary defining technical archaeological terms
  • Provide extensive footnotes and bibliography for future study
This invaluable resource provides an interesting and informative understanding of the cultural and historical background of the Bible illustrated from archaeology. This is an accessible resource intended for laypeople who want to know more about archaeology and the Bible, whether in seminary courses, college classrooms, church groups or personal study.
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7X10 format, 375 Pages. Available at CreateSpace estore, Amazon, Barnes and Nobles



The fourth volume is the Key Facts for the Location of Sodom Student Edition: Navigating the Maze of Arguments. 2014. ISBN-13: 978-1499660241 ISBN-10: 1499660243. 

Have you ever wondered where Sodom was located? The Bible describes the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah in Genesis 19 in terms of fire and brimstone falling from heaven. But what actually happened to these cities? Where are they today? Did they survive the cataclysmic destruction? Two archaeological sites have recently been identified as Sodom, but which is the best candidate for the location of Sodom: Tall el-Hammâm, at the northern end of the Dead Sea in the Jordan Valley, or Bâb edh-Dhrâ, at the southern end of the Dead Sea in the Ghor? Trying to navigate the maze of arguments can be a daunting task.

Graves provides a useful tool for students and other researchers in their quest for the location of this illusive biblical city. This work provides sixty-two helpful facts grouped together in methodological, hermeneutical, geographical, chronological, archaeological, cataclysmal, and geological chapters, which set the stage for further research and consideration.

The advantage of such a book is that it provides a collective source of material for students that would otherwise take a long time to assemble or otherwise be inaccessible. Numerous detailed maps, charts, tables, and photographs are included which will help facilitate understanding of the unfamiliar terrain of the Dead Sea and Jordan Valley. A glossary defines technical terms, and extensive footnotes, a bibliography, and reference to a large index of subjects and authors provides an invaluable resource to students for future study. 


7X10 format, 210 Pages. Available at Liberty Bookstore, CreateSpace eStore, Amazon.com, Barnes and Nobles


 
The third book is The Key Themes of the New Testament 2014. ISBN-10: 1490922741; ISBN-13: 978-1490922744.

Themes covered include the kinds of biblical literature, birth and early years of Jesus, the ministry of Jesus, the death of Jesus, the resurrection and ascension of Jesus, and the founding, development, formation and future of the Church. At over 440 pages and over 100 photos, maps and charts this book will complete the Biblical Themes series. 
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7X10 format, 441 Pages. Available at Createspace eStoreAmazon. com and Barnes and Nobles.


The second volume came out in 2013 and is published by ECM under the title of The Key Themes of the Old Testament: A Survey of Major Theological Themes. 2013. ISBN-13: 978-1478122692; ISBN-10: 1478122692.

Ever wonder what the Bible was all about but were nervous about reading such an intimidating book?
Graves provides an informative and accessible read that explores the Bible, not as a survey of history, but by examining twelve interconnecting themes, provides an overview of what the Bible is all about and how it relates to the New Testament. Learn how the covenant is connected to the law and the law related to the Old Testament sacrificial system. What has Genesis 3:15 to do with the rest of the Bible? Graves answers the kinds of questions that the average reader of the Bible wants answered and not simply the answers that scholars think they should hear.


Numerous detailed maps, charts, tables, and more than 100 photographs illustrate the Old Testament context. Helpful breakout panes, dealing with Quotes from Antiquity, Moments in History, and Facts from Archaeology, provide an interesting and informative understanding of the cultural and historical background of the Bible. A glossary defines technical terms, and extensive footnotes and the hundreds of books listed in the For Further Study breakout panes and bibliography provide an invaluable resource to students for future study.


Surveys 12 Old Testament themes written for the undergraduate audience from a themes perspective. The themes include history of the English Bible, biblical revelation, inspiration, transmission of the text, creation context, sovereignty of God, sin and the human condition, protoevangelium, covenant, biblical law, Israelite worship, and prophets. 

7X10 format, 366 Pages. Available at CreateSpace eStore, Amazon.com and Barnes and Nobles.


This is the paperback Edition of my dissertation titled The Seven Messages of Revelation and Vassal Treaties: Literary Genre, Structure, and Function. Gorgias Dissertations Biblical Studies series 41, 2014. ISBN-10: 1463203780; ISBN-13: 978-1463203788. This paperback edition is considerably less expensive than the hardcover edition

8.9 x 5.8 format. 477 pages. Available at Amazon.com



The first was the publication of my PhD dissertation by Gorgias Press in 2009 under the title The Seven Messages of Revelation and Vassal Treaties: Literary Genre, Structure, and Function in their Gorgias Dissertations Biblical Studies series 41. ISBN-10: 160724568X; ISBN-13: 978-1607245681. This is the hardcover edition.

I provide an interdisciplinary approach arguing that the genre of the seven messages in Revelation 2–3 is hybrid prophetic oracle, influenced by the Torah. To support this I deliver a thorough and balanced treatment of the ancient Near Eastern vassal treaty structure and its influence on the messages to the seven churches of Asia Minor. I carefully trace the influence of the vassal treaty structure from the ancient Near East to the first-century, leaving no stone unturned in the process. This study also examines the function of the seven messages of Revelation within the context of the first-century church of Asia Minor. Why were these messages given to the churches and what was going through John’s mind in using the covenant structure?

This work is sure to interest those fascinated with the literary genre, structure, and function of the messages to the seven churches. Written in a readable format, this work is both an excellent introduction to the book of Revelation and a resource for the apocalyptic specialist.

“Dr. Graves seeks to shed light on the problem of the structure of thought in Revelation by placing the work as a whole and the messages to the seven churches in particular firmly in the context of the ancient near eastern vassal treaties that have also influenced the shape of covenantal theology in the Old Testament. This carefully researched thesis brings a new contribution to the interpretation of the apocalypse and deserves close examination.” — I. Howard Marshall, Emeritus Professor of New Testament Exegesis, University of Aberdeen.

6X9 format, 449 Pages. Available at Amazon.com, Gorgias Press.

 
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