Karl Barth was one of the most influential theologians of last century. His Church Dogmatics is wordy and not easy reading, but I like the way he puts Jesus the centre of everything.
- Bibles: NIV, ESV, KJV, NASB, RSV, NRSV, The Message
- some good Bible dictionaries (A-Z on people, places, events, culture)
- a basic Bible commentary (Genesis – Revelation)
- Bible surveys, maps, theology, church history.
You’ll also want to grab the Free Book of the Month along with the other commentaries from Yale.
I’ve been using Logos for over a decade now, gradually building up a decent library. Seriously, Bible Software is the only efficient way to go. Read from your library anywhere on your tablet or phone (iOS or Android), and do serious research/searches on your computer (Mac or PC).
So now I can start trawling through every occurrence of “kingdom of God” OR “kingdom of heaven” in Church Dogmatics — 830 results. 🙂
Here’s a sample:
Karl Barth, Geoffrey William Bromiley, and Thomas F. Torrance, Church Dogmatics: The Doctrine of Reconciliation, Part 2, vol. 4 (London; New York: T&T Clark, 2004), 292:
In virtue of this humiliation of God, as He became mean and poor, as His eternal Word was made flesh, and took human essence and existed as a man among men, this man, Jesus of Nazareth, was and is elevated and exalted man, true man. He was and is this unique man among all others, this Sovereign. His human work runs parallel to the work of God. In His speech and action, in His person, there is actualised the kingdom of God drawn near. His majesty derives from the depth of the omnipotent mercy of God, in which God Himself in His Son really gives Himself to man as His creature, accepting and effecting solidarity with him even to the bitter end. This divine basis of the majesty of the man Jesus became a palpable and visible and quite unequivocal event in the fact that His majesty expressed itself in His clear and complete and consistent lowliness; that He was King and Lord in His death and passion, rejected and cast out and executed on the cross.