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Carson, D.A. Exegetical Fallacies
This little volume is alone in its class. As the title implies, Carson very painfully yet enjoyably points out the many mistakes we are all too wont to make in our handling of the Scriptures. Chapter titles include "Word-Study Fallacies," Grammatical Fallacies," "Logical Fallacies," and "Presuppositional and Historical Fallacies." This is must reading for all interpreters - I wish it could be required of all preachers and teachers of the Bible everywhere!

Carson, D.A., ed. From Sabbath to Lord's Day: A Biblical, Historical, and Theological Investigation by Don Carson (Zondervan).
This is truly the classic, the standard work on the subject - there just is no other book like it. Whether you share Carson's non-Reformed stance or not, this is the book that must be consulted by anyone examining the Sabbath question; you just haven't finished studying the subject until you have. Carson - along with Harold Dressler, C. Rowland, Max Turner, D. R. de Lacey, Andrew Lincoln, and R. J. Bauckham - has put together an examination of virtually every aspect of this question. Their work is comprehensive, thorough, and honest. Absolutely the best on the subject. Must reading. Highly recommended.

Srickland, Wayne, ed. The Law, the Gospel, and the Modern Christian: Five Views
This is another of these "many views" books that have become so popular. In the main, these are helpful books in gaining a quick and clear grasp of the essentials and the differences of various views of Biblical subjects, and this one is no exception. Spend some time here, and you'll learn well the fundamental differences between the Reformed (Vangemeren), Theonomic (Bahnsen), Dispensational (Strickland), Modified Lutheran (Moo) perspectives - as well as whatever label it is you attach to Kaiser's view. (You will almost wonder why Kaiser was needed as a separate viewpoint - his own "criticism" of Bahsen nearly admits as much!) This book is a valuable contribution to this lively contemporary discussion, and in my humble opinion Doug Moo best handles the exegetical data - but since this is my web site, I may be excused for stating my bias in this objective review! For any of you looking into this issue of Divine Law, this book will quickly place you well on your way to an understanding of the various schools of thought. But again - be sure to give special attention to Moo!