11 Facts about the Christian Book Award Finalists from Lexham Press

The ECPA just released its 2019 Christian Book Award finalists, and we’re excited to share that two Lexham Press titles are finalists!

Let’s meet our finalists:

The Lexham Geographic Commentary on the Gospels is a finalist in the Bible Reference Works category.

Here’s what else you should know about the Lexham Geographic Commentary on the Gospels:

  • It won Christianity Today’s 2019 book award for biblical studies.
  • Sixteen people contributed to the series, including Rev. Dr. Paul H. Wright, the current president of Jerusalem University College (formerly Institute of Holy Land Studies), and Gordon Franz, an archaeologist who led the team that discovered the oldest-known biblical texts.
  • The book has 48 chapters, and each chapter focuses on a particular pericope or location in the Gospels. If the story appears in multiple Gospels, the chapter explains the geographical reference without attempting to overly harmonize different passages.
  • The commentary has a robust index, featuring organization by subject, Scripture references (including the Septuagint and the Infancy Gospels), Josephus, and Rabbinic literature.
  • The late Dr. Grant Osborne praised it as “invaluable” and a “must-purchase,” saying it’s “equally essential on general background issues as on geography itself.”
  • This is Lexham’s first geographic commentary and the first in a planned five-volume series that will cover the entire Bible.  
  • The next volume, Lexham Geographic Commentary on Acts through Revelation, is coming out soon (a partial version already shipped with Logos 8).
  • Well-known cartographer and author of New Moody Atlas of the Bible Barry Beitzel is the general editor.
  • All digital versions of the Lexham Geographic Commentary are media-rich and deeply integrated with the Logos ecosystem, with links to hi-resolution images, videos, Factbook, Atlas, Bible Word Study, and more. 

The Apostles’ Creed: A Guide to the Ancient Catechism by Ben Myers is a finalist in the Faith and Culture category.

Here’s more about The Apostles’ Creed by Ben Myers:

  • The book has 25 short chapters, going clause by clause—and sometimes word by word—through the Apostles’ Creed.
  • The book is praised by James K.A. Smith, Gregg Allison, Oliver Crisp, and Michael Bird.
  • Myers cites widely from Church history, spanning from the Church Fathers to the Middle Ages, the pre-Reformation days, and today.
  • You can get a free downloadable poster of the Apostles’ Creed, formatted so you can easily see what the Church throughout history has affirmed about each person of the Trinity.
  • The Apostles’ Creed is the first book in Lexham’s Christian Essentials series. The next titles are The Lord’s Prayer by Wesley Hill and The Ten Commandments by Peter J. Leithart.

Stay tuned for more on these award-finalist Lexham Press titles!