If you’ve been following Olive Tree news, you know that one of our biggest goals for 2009 is getting more of the 500+ title Olive Tree library converted for use with BibleReader 4.0–the BibleReader program that runs on iPhone and newer BlackBerry devices. There are currently over 160 titles available for BibleReader 4.0, and new ones are added almost daily.

Systematic Theology, by Wayne GrudemOne of our recent additions to the BibleReader 4.0 library was a particularly important work:  Systematic Theology, by Dr. Wayne Grudem.Throughout history, systematic theology has been organized around the “big” topics of Christian faith:  the Word of God, salvation and redemption, and Jesus Christ.

Building a systematic theology, then, must begin with collecting and understanding all the relevant passages in the Bible on various topics, and summarizing their teachings clearly.  Dr. Wayne Grudem, professor of Bible and theology at Phoenix Seminary, past president of the Evangelical Theological Society, and member of the Translation Oversight Committee for the English Standard Version of the Bible, does just that.

In Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Biblical Doctrine, Dr. Grudem offers a contemporary approach, clearly explaining the scriptural basis for important Christian doctrines, keeping specialized vocabulary and technical terms to a minimum, and addressing topics of current interest to the church.  He writes in a friendly tone that appeals to the emotions and the spirit–not just the intellect.  He also takes an approach that includes the whole life of faith, offering frequent applications to modern liviing and resources for worship with each theological topic.

Systematic Theology comes with the complete text of the ESV Bible—the Bible translation that Dr. Grudem himself helped to translate—as well as bibliographies with each chapter that cross-reference subjects to a wide range of other systematic theology texts.

It’s our pleasure to offer Systematic Theology, along with over 160 other titles, new for iPhone and BlackBerry! Check out the complete list on OliveTree.com.