Biblical Research Resources

Providing Commentaries and Other Materials

Written or Edited by

 

Roland H. Worth, Jr.

Richmond, Virginia

 

 

Background:  3-4 years full time-preaching and 20+ years various levels of part time or occasional preaching among the non-denominational churches of Christ until heart condition essentially ground it to a halt; over 15 books published on a variety of Biblical and historical themes by academic publishers.

 

 

Philosophy:  To present the truth of the scriptures as effectively and candidly as I can.  You will agree with much.  You will disagree with some.  No uninspired human being can write on so many themes without making unintentional errors—just like you would.

 

 

 

 

Latest addition:  Probing the Mystery of Judas

In Section VI:  “Biblical Studies and Workbooks”)

Schedule for adding new materials:  Late March, June, September, December

Schedule may be longer at times due to health or research delays.

 

21 books now available at this site (chapter links further below)

I.  “TORAH COMMENTARY” SERIES

            First Corinthians (4 volumes; 486,000 words)

            James (2 volumes; 279,000 words)
II.  “OVER 50 INTERPRETERS” COMMENTARY SERIES

            Mark (2 volumes; 245,000 words)

            Luke (4 volumes; 390,000  521,000 words)

III.  OTHER COMMENTARIES

            Ecclesiastes and the Perpetual Paradoxes

                        Of Life (60,000 words)

IV.  DEFENDING BIBLICAL FAITH

            Concise Handbook of Biblical Inspiration:  Almost 800

                        Internal Assertions of Accuracy and Revelation

(c. 60,000 words)

V.  HISTORICAL STUDIES           

            The Religious and Social Context of Sixteenth Century

Bible Translation (81,000 words)

VI.  BIBLICAL STUDIES AND WORKBOOKS

            Probing the Mystery of Judas (33,400 words)

Jesus’ Personal Prayer Life (37,000 words)

VII.  DOCTRINAL AND CONTROVERSIAL STUDIES

            Reinterpreting Revelation 20:  One “Millennium” or Two?

                        (77,000 words)

            Where Apocalyptic and History Merge:  Matthew  24

            (73,000 words)

            Theology’s Impact on Translation:  From the King James

Version to the New Revised Standard Version

(87,000 words)

            Worth’s Scriptural Handbook of Proof Texts:

Bible Doctrines and Their Denial (KJV)

(over 200 topics; 250,000+ words)

 

 

 

 

 

 

I.  “TORAH COMMENTARY” SERIES

 

A Torah Commentary on First  Corinthians 1-6:

Interpreting the Text in Light of Its Old Testament Roots

The four volumes in the Corinthians set include (a) an overview/detailed analysis of the “thought flow” of the arguments as they are developed in each chapter; (b) a detailed analysis of the Old Testament roots of the teachings presented; (c) an in-depth study of difficult texts and major controversies that arise out of the text.

Volume 1 of series:  110,000 words in length.

Contents and Preface

Introductory Matters:

The Writing and Intents of the Work

The Corinthian Church in its Historical and Social Context

Focuses for Conflict within the Congregation

The Epistle’s Doctrine of the Supernatural

Studies of the Text:

Chapter 1          Chapter 2          Chapter 3          Chapter 4

Chapter 5          Chapter 6

 

 

 

A Torah Commentary on First Corinthians 7-12:

Interpreting the Text in Light of Its Old Testament Roots

Volume 2 of series: c. 114,000 words in length.

Contents and Preface

Studies of the Text:

Chapter 7—Part 1                          Chapter 7—Part 2

Chapter 8          Chapter 9             Chapter 10

Chapter 11        Chapter 12

 

 

 

A Torah Commentary on 1 Corinthians 13-14 and 16:

Interpreting the Text in Light of Its Old Testament Roots

Volume 3 of series; c. 100,000 words in length (including Bibliography)

Contents and Preface

Studies of the Text:

Chapter 13—Part 1                Chapter 13—Part 2                Chapter 14—Part 1

Chapter 14—Part 2                Chapter 16                              Bibliography

 

 

 

A Torah Commentary on First Corinthians 15:

Interpreting the Text in Light of Its Old Testament Roots—

With Special Emphasis on

Full Preterism and Covenant Eschatology

Volume 4 of series; c. 162,000 words in length

Contents and Introduction

Development of Chapter Themes

Psalms 110:1              Psalms 8:6

Isaiah 22:13; Genesis 2

Isaiah 25:8                  Hosea 13:14

Old Testament Allusions

Problem Texts and Interpretive Issues  

Controversies over Jesus’ Personal Resurrection

Pauline Resurrection Teaching to Gentile Philosophers and Rulers

Socio-Religious Context of Corinthian Doubts about Individual Resurrection

If Not a Personal, Physical Resurrection—What Then?

Christian Historical Context:  What was Believed by Those who Lived through A.D. 70 . . . ?

Bibliography

 

 

 

A Torah Commentary on James, Chapter 1-2:

Interpreting the Text in Light of Its Old Testament Roots

Volume 1 of series; c. 142,000 words

Preface and Introductory Issues

Authorship                              Use of Teachings of Jesus

Chapter 1:

Development of Themes       OT Precedents                       Problem Texts

Chapter 2:

Development of Themes       OT Precedents                       Problem Texts  

  

 

 

 

A Torah Commentary on James, Chapter 3-5:

Interpreting the Text in Light of Its Old Testament Roots

Volume 1 of series; c. 137,000 words

Chapter 3:

Development of Themes       OT Precedents           Problem Texts

Chapter 4:

Development of Themes       OT Precedents           Problem Texts

Chapter 5:

Development of Themes       OT Precedents           Problem Texts Verses 1-10

                                                Bibliography               Problem Texts Verses 10-20

 

 

 

 

 

 

II.  “OVER 50 INTERPRETERS” COMMENTARY SERIES

 

 

 

Over 50 Interpeters Explain the Gospel of Mark:

Volume 1—Chapters 1-8

(c. 121,000 words)

Foreward        Chapter 1        Chapter 2        Chapter 3        Chapter 4

Chapter 5        Chapter 6        Chapter 7        Chapter 8

 

 

 

Over 50 Interpeters Explain the Gospel of Mark:

Volume 2—Chapters 9-16

(c. 124,000 words)

Chapter 9        Chapter 10      Chapter 11      Chapter 12      Chapter 13

Chapter 14:1-14:31                Chapter 14:32-72

Chapter 15                              Chapter 16

 

 

 

Over 50 Interpeters Explain the Gospel of Luke:

Volume 1—Chapters 1-6

(c. 166,000 words)

Introduction    Luke 1:1-38                Luke 1:39-80              Luke 2:1-24   

Luke 2:25-52              Luke 3:1-38                Luke 4:1-22                Luke 4:23-44

Luke 5:1-39                Luke 6:1-26                Luke 6:27-49

 

 

Over 50 Interpeters Explain the Gospel of Luke:

Volume 2—Chapters 7-12

(c. 132,000 words)

Luke 7:1-50                Luke 8:1-18                Luke 8:19-56              Luke 9:1-36

Luke 9:37-62              Luke 10:1-42              Luke 11:1-54              Luke 12:1-59 

 

 

Over 50 Interpeters Explain the Gospel of Luke:

Volume 3—Chapters 13-18

(c. 92,000 words)

Luke 13                      Luke 14                      Luke 15

Luke 16                      Luke 17                      Luke 18

 

 

Over 50 Interpeters Explain the Gospel of Luke:

Volume 4—Chapters 19-24

(c. 131,000 words)

Luke 19          Luke 20          Luke 21

Luke 22:1-38              Luke 22:39-71            Luke 23:1-25              Luke 23:26-56

Luke 24

 

 

 

 

III.  OTHER COMMENTARIES

 

 

Ecclesiastes and the Perpetual Paradoxes of Life

(c. 60,000 words)

Preface           Introduction           Bibliography

1:1-1:18          2:1-3:17          3:18-5:9          5:10-6:11        6:12-7:14       

7:15-8:9          8:10-9:12        9:13-10:20      11:1-12:14

 

 

 

 

 

IV.  DEFENDING BIBLICAL FAITH

 

 

Concise Handbook of Biblical Inspiration:

Almost 800 Internal Assertions of Accuracy and Revelation

(c. 49,000 words)

Introduction and Chapter 1:  Over-View Texts

Chapter 2:  The Old Testament:  Torah, Chronicles, Wisdom and Poetical Literature

Chapter 3:  The Old Testament:  Major Prophets, Related Literature, Minor Prophets

Chapter 4:  The New Testament and Notes

 

 

 

 

V.  HISTORICAL STUDIES

 

 

The Religious and Social Context of Sixteenth Century

Bible Translation

English Church           Immediate Motivations         Problems Left Unsolved

Bible Translation Controversy          Traditional Catholicism

Anglican Orthodoxy               Struggle to Control Anglicanism

Lutheranism               Zwingli and Other Radicals       Bibliography

 

 

 

VI.  BIBLICAL STUDIES AND WORKBOOKS

 

 

Probing the Mystery of Judas

(33,400 words)

Judas As Apostle       The Betrayal Process            Judas’ Death              Understanding Judas  

 

 

Jesus’ Personal Prayer Life

(37,000 words)

Part One:  Why Important, Persistence, Faith, Thankfulness, Sincerity, Respect for God

Part Two:  Forgiveness, Quest for Unity, Prayers Seen by Others, Irrelevancies of Prayer

 

 

 

 

VII.  DOCTRINAL AND CONTROVERSIAL STUDIES 

 

 

 

Reinterpreting Revelation 20:  One “Millennium” or Two?

(77.000 words)

Revelation 20:1-3                                          The Evidence Overview:  20:4-6

First Millennium of Martyrs:  20:4              

Second Millennium of All Triumphant Saints—Eternity:  20:5-6

Satan’s Final Defeat: 20:7-10                       Final Judgment and Consequences:  20:11-15

 

 

 

WHERE APOCALYPTIC AND HISTORY MERGE:  MATTHEW 24

 (73,000 words)

Introductions and Chronology of Fulfillment

24:1-8              24:9-15                        24:16-20

24:21-26          24:27-33                      24:34-36

24:37-44

Bibliography

 

 

 

 

Theology’s Impact on Translation:

From the King James Version

to the New Revised Standard Version

(87,000 words)

Introduction                Sectarian Fringe         Roman Catholic

Popular Protestant Theology             Calvinism

Modernism:  KJV, ERV, ASV?

In RSV & NRSV NT                                     . . . In Messianic Prophecy

Feminism in NRSV:  Justification                 . . . Implementation

Modern Speech, Simplified, Abridged          Paraphrases

Selected Issues in Translation

 

 

 

 

Worth’s Scriptural Handbook of Proof Texts:

Bible Doctrines and Their Denial (KJV)

 (over 250,000 words)

Over 200 topics analyzed in outline form with relevant passages quoted in detail.

Godhead and Related Topics (001-012)                   Roman Catholicism (013-024)

Protestantism (025-040)                                            Religious Fringe (041-052)

Sabbath & 10 Commandments (053-058)                 Supernatural Today?

 (059-066)

Premillennialism (067-074)   

Eschatology (075-084)

Miscellaneous (085-100)

Family (101-109)

Social Behavior (110-128)

Sexual Behavior (129-136)

Importance and Reliability of the Bible (137-146)

Establishing Bible Authority (147-157)

Plan of Salvation (158-175)

Other Salvation Related Issues (175A-189)

N.T. Church:  Work & Worship (190-207)

Inter-Congregational Co-operation (208-211)