Books published by Dr. Steven D. Anderson:
Darius the Mede: A Reappraisal
This book is a revision of my Ph.D. dissertation by the same title. It offers a solution to one of the most vexing problems in Old Testament scholarship, which is the identity of Darius the Mede. For a summary of the thesis of the book and major supporting arguments, see this blog post. Some arguments are also summarized in this article published in Bibliotheca Sacra.
Differences between the book and the dissertation: (1) The book is in a more readable format than the dissertation. (2) The book uses language that is, in places, clearer or easier to understand than the dissertation. For example, in the book I give an English translation of German and French language quotations. (3) The book is written explicitly from a biblical Christian point of view, whereas this is hidden in the dissertation. This is the biggest rewriting change. (4) The book contains numerous minor edits and corrections. (5) While both the book and the dissertation are written to a scholarly or academic-minded audience, the book is more specifically targeted to a Christian audience.
Psalm 23: A Photo Commentary
Of the many books published on Psalm 23, it is somewhat surprising that there has not been one which uses photographs to elucidate the historical and cultural setting of this ancient psalm. Psalm 23: A Photo Commentary fills this gap by illustrating Psalm 23 with more than 60 high-quality photographs. The photographs include traditional cultural scenes, modern landscapes, and museum artifacts. The accompanying text explains the visual information in the photographs and relates it to Psalm 23 through a verse-by-verse commentary. The book is available as both a print volume and a Kindle ebook. The Kindle edition is free with the purchase of the print book on Amazon through the Matchbook program. For more information on see this blog post.
Dr. Anderson's Interpretive Guide to the Bible
A unique alternative to commentaries and study Bibles, Dr. Anderson's Interpretive Guide to the Bible is an eight-volume series of interpretive guides for every book of the Bible that is published in print and electronic formats. More information can be found here.
The Bible's Teaching on Endless Punishment
Probably the most controversial of all the Bible's teachings is its claim that people who do not accept God's offer of salvation will spend eternity in conscious, sensory torment. What exactly does the Bible teach about hell? How could a loving God send people to hell forever? And why should I accept such an incomprehensibly disturbing idea as endless sensory torment? These are some of the questions asked and answered in this book, which consists of a short study of the Bible's teaching about hell, followed by a response to seven common objections to this teaching. For a few excerpts from the book, see this blog post.
This book is currently available only as a Kindle e-book. To see the book in the Amazon US Kindle store, click here. Alternatively, you can search for B00P13NFBC (the book's ASIN) or for The Bible's Teaching on Endless Punishment, and Objections to It. Don't have a Kindle? Free Kindle readers are available for computers, phones, and tablets.
The Historicity of the Book of Jonah
Most contemporary Bible scholars view the book of Jonah as a myth or legend, not as genuine history. This includes not only critical scholars, but also an increasing number of evangelical scholars. Yet nearly all Christian and Jewish scholars prior to modern times did regard the book of Jonah as a true history, and Jesus referred several times to the events in the book of Jonah as if they really happened. This book consists of a defense of the traditional view of the book of Jonah as a true history. Key subjects addressed include Jesus' statements in the Gospels, the role of the supernatural in history, the historical situation of the book of Jonah, and the relationship between the historicity of the Bible and the inerrancy of the Bible. The book concludes by giving an overview of the book of Jonah from the standpoint that it is historically true and accurate.
This book is currently available only as a Kindle e-book, for $2.99 in the United States. To see the book in the Amazon US Kindle store, click here. Alternatively, you can search for B00VB7R95U (the book's ASIN) or for The Historicity of the Book of Jonah, and Why It Still Matters.