Resources on the Nature, Character, and Origin of Scripture

This is a list of resources on the Nature, Character, and Origin of Scripture that I put together for the pastoral staff at James River Assembly and wanted to share with anyone else seeking to cultivate their own understanding of the Bible. I have listed and categorized the resources below. Please note that under each category I have ordered the books (and one article) from most accessible to most intellectually demanding. I hope you find this list helpful… be sure to let me know of any additional resources you have found beneficial in your study of this topic.

Systematic Theologies with Helpful Sections on Scripture:

Systematic Theology by Wayne Grudem

God Is Love: A Biblical and Systematic Theology by Gerald Bray

Reformed Dogmatics, Vol. 1: Prolegomena by Herman Bavinck

Church Dogmatics, Vol. 1.1-1.2 by Karl Barth

General Resources:

“Hermeneutics and Biblical Authority” by J. I Packer, available online here:

Understanding Scripture: An Overview of the Bible’s Origin, Reliability, and Meaning by Grudem, Collins, Schreiner and Packer

God Has Spoken: Revelation and the Bible by J. I. Packer

The Doctrine of the Word of God by John Frame

Collected Writings of Scripture by D. A. Carson

The Revelation of God by Peter Jensen (Personal Favorite)

The Canon of Scripture by F. F. Bruce

Reliability and Authority of Scripture Resources:

Canon Revisited: Establishing the Origins and Authority of the New Testament Books by Michael Kruger

Christ and the Bible by John Wenham

The Inspiration and Authority of Scripture by Rene Pache (Classic Position)

Scripture and the Authority of God by N. T. Wright

Do Historical Matters Matter to Faith?: A Critical Appraisal of Modern and Postmodern Approaches to Scripture by Bock, Hoffmeier and Magary


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David Lindell

David Lindell

David serves as the Campus Ministries Director and West Campus pastor at James River Church in Springfield, Missouri. He has theology degrees from Evangel University (BA) and Dallas Theological Seminary (ThM). David has written for Christianity Today and currently writes for James River Church’s blog. He is married to Becky and they have three children: Owen, Elliot, and Henley. You can follow him on Twitter @davidlindell