Welcome to the EVS Book Store
The following resources include books and articles that grow from twenty years studying at Westminster, Biblical, and Concordia Theological Seminaries. They also grow from decades of independent research.
You may download and use these resources free of charge. If the Lord provides the resources, these books will eventually be printed and made available. If you download and use these books, please consider giving a gift to the author to help us keep the seminary on the net. To date, no one has supported the work of the seminary, and that will very greatly limit the ways that the program can be developed in the future.
BOOKS BY RODGER DALMAN
YAHWEH'S SONG: A HANDBOOK FOR UNDERSTANDING OLD TESTAMENT HISTORICAL THEOLOGY
Yahweh's Song is a quiet and gentle revolution. It grows from a deep recognition of the problems and limitations of contemporary Biblical scholarship. It is an attempt to start over from the beginning and to build a new kind of Biblical scholarship on a stronger foundation. It is very much a "right brained" approach both to the Biblical text and to ancient Near Eastern history. Yahweh's Song applies evidence from a number of academic disciplines to the Biblical text in ways that have not been done in the past. Yahweh's Song is a handbook for understanding the relationship between the Biblical text and the culture in which it was written. It is a detailed academic study, but it is also easy to read. The book uses material from over 800 books and articles. The text includes over 2,000 extended footnotes. Yet it puts the evidence together in a way that is often completely new. Hundreds of people have told me that it is one of the most useful studies that they have seen. The purpose of the book is to expose you to new kinds of evidence, suggest new ways of looking at the Bible's historical account, understand the attacks that are being leveled at the Bible today, and learn how to defend the faith against those attacks. This book is all about having faith in the truth of Scripture but also thinking about it in new ways.
This book is not currently available in printed form. To download the complete manuscript, use this link. To download individual chapters, use the Yahweh's Song link on the side of this page.
THE CREATION WARS
The study tries to look honestly at the evidence for both young earth and old earth positions. Today about half of the conservative Evangelical world defends young earth views and half defends old earth views. Blessings and peace be on you which ever option you choose.
To download the complete manuscript, use this link. To download individual chapters, use the Creation Wars link on the side of this page
GENESIS AND THE WILDERNESS
COMMUNITY: MOSES' LESSONS
This study is a brief introduction to some of the more important ideas found in the Genesis section of Yahweh's Song. It omits most of the academic discussion and footnotes, and it is a quick and easy read.
OUT OF EGYPT: ISRAEL'S HISTORY IN EXODUS, DEUTERONOMY AND JUDGES
Out of Egypt is a brief version of the Exodus material in Yahweh's Song. It has only limited academic discussion and footnotes. It is an easier read than Yahweh's Song.
WHEN THE RAINS FAILED: STUDIES IN CLIMATOLOGY AND THE BIBLICAL TEXT
When the Rains Failed is a rather brief study drawn completely from the material in Yahweh's Song. It is a convenient way to access the material in Yahweh's Song that relates to climate change evidence. It is an easy way to read some of the more interesting suggestions in Yahweh's Song.
This book is not currently available in printed form. You may read it online or download it to your computer. To download the complete manuscript, use this link. To download individual chapters, use the Climate link on the side of this page.
BITTER HONEY: THE REVELATION
Bitter Honey: The Revelation is a book that I finished in 1976. It is not a scholarly or academic study. There has been a world full of academic discussion about Revelation in the past fifty years. This study does not reflect any of that discussion. Between 1974 and 76, I was working as a security guard in a factory. The position allowed me to bring in my Bible and study it on the job. I spent a year working on John's Revelation for 40 hours a week. I spent all of that time trying to understand how the symbols in the Revelation grew out of the rest of the Biblical text. After a whole year of study, I became convinced that I was the only person in the world who really understood the Revelation. Since then, I've met about 200 other people who are also the only person in the world who understands John's Revelation. There is something about the book that grabs people. It sinks deeply into their souls and will not let them go. More than 30 years later, I still look at the world with an apocalyptic eye. At the same time, people who are grabbed by the book usually have little interest in reading the interpretations of other people. Their own wrestling with the book makes other perspectives irrelevant.
This study is not offered in some vain hope that many people will suddenly discover that it is the right way to interpret John's prophecy. It is offered instead as an example of how to begin to study the Bible. If you have limited exposure to the Word, do not begin by reading mainstream liberal books. Start by reading a couple of conservative overviews of the Bible like Gleason Archer's book A Survey of Old Testament Introduction, Horace Hummel's book The Word Becoming Flesh, or Martin Franzmann's study The Word of the Lord Grows. That will give you an introduction to when, how, and why the Biblical books were written. Then choose a topic that interests you like the Bible's view of marriage. Read through the whole Bible and take notes every time the topic appeared. When you finish the Bible, organize your notes and see what's really there. Then with those insights, read through the Bible again. Look for all of the important ideas that you missed on your first reading. You will be surprised by what you find. When you have finished that study, do the same thing on two or three other topics. Study the Word until it sinks into your soul. That's the kind of process that produced Bitter Honey. It is a vast summary of everything that the Bible says that is related to John's Revelation. Always let the Bible interpret itself first. Then after the Word has sunk deep in your soul, turn to the academic debate. The Word in your spirit will become a searchlight that shines on the academic material. In the context of the Word, you will see that some of the academic discussion has great value. Some has limited value and represents a distortion of the Word's true teaching. You will also see in the spotlight of the Word that much of the academic discussion is simply vain and empty. It will eventually be dust blowing away on the winds of history no matter how important it may be perceived to be today. Nothing that challenges the truth of God's Word will last. Arguments that would have once sounded compelling will loose their luster when seen in the spotlight of God's Word.
This book is not currently available in printed form. You may read it online or download it to your computer. To download the complete manuscript, use this link. To download individual chapters, use the Bitter Honey link on the side of this page
ARTICLES BY RODGER DALMAN
The Antiquity of the Treaty Motif: Treaty Concepts and Technical Treaty Vocabulary in the Book of Genesis
The following brief articles are drawn from the material contained in my longer study Yahweh's Song. They present important ideas in a clear and relatively brief fashion. The first article is about the international treaty pattern that Evangelical authors like K. A. Kitchen and Meredith Kline have used in a powerful way to defend a conservative view of Scripture. This article extends the discussion about the treaty motifs in ways that are not generally understood in the Evangelical orbit. This study has significant implications for how a large number of passages should be understood throughout the Biblical text. This article can be found at the Treaty link on this page.
Two Egyptian Lessons in the Exodus Account
The second paper uses Egyptian religion and culture to explain two unusual passages in the Pentateuch. It discusses why God appeared to Moses in a burning bush and why Moses asked to see God's face on Mount Sinai. This perspective adds depth and richness to the Exodus account by showing what two events in the Exodus narrative would have meant to Moses' generation. This article can found at the Two Lessons link on the left of this page.
Copyright © 2009 Dr. Rodger Dalman