God has given me (J. Alexander Rutherford) a passion to write, and He frequently gives me ideas to write about. During the last eight years of studing I have begun several large writing projects. Prevenient Grace: An Investigation into Arminianism, my first project, was published in September, 2016. Since then I have been busy and am at various stages in the writing of the following books. Though I provide expected release dates below, these are tentative and depend on many factors. So, as God wills it, I will finish the following projects in the near future.
God’s Kingdom Through His Priest King: An Analysis of the Book of Samuel in Light of the Davidic Covenant
By J. Alexander Rutherford, originally under the name James Rutherford.
Available now at the John Richard Allison Library (Regent College) and through TREN. It will be available in hardcover and paperback options as of May 2019. You can pre-order it now many places where good books are sold (hardcover, softcover). See the book page here.
The Book of Habakkuk: An Exegetical-Theological Commentary on the Hebrew Text
By J. Alexander Rutherford
It has been my experience that most commentaries on the book of Habakkuk, a little known book of the Old Testament, get so caught up in the minutiae of scholarly controversies that they miss what God has to say for the church today through Habakkuk. This commentary is the author’s attempt to bring scholarly rigour and thoughtfulness together with faithful attention to the purpose and significance of this book for us today. It strikes a balance between technicality, working through the Hebrew text and its difficulties, and practicality, applying each major section of the text to contemporary needs. After an extensive introduction discussing the significant issues and laying the groundwork for interpreting Habakkuk, this commentary walks through the text paragraph by paragraph and verse by verse. With a balance of theological reflection and exegetical depth, a wide variety of readers will find something to take away from this commentary.
A first draft of this commentary now finished. I hope to have it edited and published by the end of 2019 or early 2020.
Series – The Gifts of God for the Christian Life
By J. Alexander Rutherford
God has not left His people without help in the day of trouble—or in the day of prosperity for that matter. The Bible is God’s gift to His people, revealing to them Jesus Christ and the salvation He has accomplished. But the gift of Scripture does not end in revealing our need for salvation and God’s provision for it; Scripture is sufficient for the entire Christian life (2 Tim. 3:16-17). In this series, J. Alexander Rutherford unpacks how God through the Bible has given what we need to live faithfully in this World. Each volume unpacks the Scriptural teaching against the background of contemporary culture and shows how the Bible provides a firm foundation for our lives. Each volume is intended to be short, 110-150 pages, and accessible to the interested reader. The primary audience is theologically interested lay-Christians (Christians who are not in paid ministry and have no formal theological training), students, and pastors. Three parts are planned, but only the first is in progress.
Part 1, the Christian Worldview, addresses the questions raised by philosophy and culture concerning the nature and possibility of knowledge and truth. In this first part, a biblically grounded theology of the Christian mind is presented, encompassing epistemology (the structure and nature of knowledge), metaphysics (the relationship between the human mind and the objects of thought), and Biblical hermeneutics (the way we interpret the Bible, our ultimate authority) will be presented.
Volume 1 — The Gift of Knowing: A Biblical Perspective on Knowing and Truth
The Gift of knowing is now available, as of February 2019. See here.
Volume 2.1 — The Gift of Reading — Part 1: Reading the Bible in Submission to God
If the Word of God is our anchor in the chaos of this world, if it is our assurance that we can knwo the world and God its Creator, we need confidence that we can understand this Word. Reading and applying the Bible is essential to every facet of Christian life and ministry, yet our ability to do so is under attack from a myriad of directions. In Postmodern philosophy, the possibility of communication is dismessed, let along communication from God. In Biblical studies, the amount of knowledge required to come to firm conclusions concerning the meaning and application of the Bible grows every day. However, the Bible is not so pessimistic about its accessibility. Instead, it presents itself as a clear word, sufficient to guide and encouarge Christians in every area of life.
Beginning with Scripture’s own claims to clarity and sufficiency, The Gift of Reading — Part 1 outlines the practice of reading the Bbile in order to understand and apply it. The Gift of Reading — Part 2 will go further into the theory that lies beneath the methodology unpacked in Part 1.
A first draft of The Gift of Reading — Part 1 is now completed and it will be published, God willing, late September 2019.
Volume 2.2 — The Gift of Reading — Part 2: A Biblical Perspective on Hermeneutics
In volume 1 of The Gift of Reading it is argued that the Bible is a covenant document given by God to His people. This leads to certain conclusions concerning how it is read. In fact, how one answers the question “What is the Bible” will determine ones answer to the question “How do we read the Bible?” In the second volume, other answers to the question “What is the Bible?” are addressed. These other answers include the view that the Bible is an authoritative historical document concerning God’s interaction with His people (associated with grammatical-historical exegesis), that it is a record of religious evolution (associated with historical-critical exegesis), and that it is a book God has chosen to function authoritatively in the lives of his people (associated with allegorical, liberal, and neo-orthodox methods). The volume will be more technical—though not overly so—than the rest of the works in this series.
A first draft of the The Gift of Reading — Part 2 is now funished and will be published, God willing, late September 2019.
Volume 3 — The Gift of Seeing: A Biblical (Meta)Metaphysic
Metaphysics, or ontology, is usually considered the study of “being” or “reality.” Yet even this definition presupposes a non-Christian view of reality. Beginning with the distinction between God the Creator and the universe, His creatures, the author addresses the key issues of metaphysics from a biblical perspective. Metaphysics has a significant impact on how we live, yet many today reject even the possibility of metaphysics, leaving their presuppositions about reality carefully buried in the background. It is shown that only the Bible can offer a coherent vision of reality and a way of appropriately understanding God, history, and the world around us.
A first draft of The Gift of Being is in progress, its completion is expected to be late 2019 into 2020.