In a previous article I talked about building an apologetic library. In this article, we’ll be building a “Theocratic Library”, a Jehovah’s Witness library consisting of some of their most revealing books. By no means is this an exhaustive list –they literally have thousands of publications stemming back to the late 1800’s- but in my opinion, many of these listed will be most beneficial. The best ways to get a hold of these are from Ebay (as I have often done, accumulating over a 100 hard copy) or go to your local Kingdom Hall and ask for some. There are also online libraries that have the older books available free for download. A fair share of the ones I own are from my various studies with JW’s through the years, they would come to my house each time with a new book that I asked for. Little did they know that those books would be used later in my defense.
There are people that would prefer to just cite the Bible when talking to JW’s, which is fine, but sometimes that leads to the ever frustrating Bible ping pong. I prefer the two prong approach using their publications and citing scripture to reach them. In my experience, I’ve witnessed that they usually won’t listen to one’s Bible hermeneutics until they have a level of doubt about their society, and have been shown how their own literature is inconsistent and contrary to what the Bible actually says. With knowing some of their core doctrines and their taboo topics etc, it is helpful to see where they’re coming from. Contrary to popular belief, incessantly debating the Trinity is not usually a good place to start such a dialogue. We’ll discuss that one in the future and we’ll suggest some doctrines/issues to share with them, using both the Bible and their publications from the list below.
· 1918 The Finished Mystery – Contains many peculiar teachings (many that are no longer taught) and contains a false prophecy of the end of the world in 1918. This is Volume 7 in the Study Of The Scriptures series.
· 1919 Convention Report – In this little booklet it contains the evidence that Charles Taze Russell (the Watchtower’s first president) requested to have a pyramid erected next to his grave marker. He was very fond of pyramidology and this monument at his gravesite is a reminder of that.
· 1920 Millions Now Living Will Never Die – In this book is the mention of the false prophecy by JF Rutherford (The Watchtower’s second president) that the world would end in 1925 and that patriarchs like Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob etc would be resurrected to help govern the world from San Diego California. He had a mansion (Beth Sarim) built for them to live in. Later a second mansion (Beth Shan) was built also.
· 1945 WTBTS Charter – Though the Watchtower Society no longer teaches that Jesus is to be worshipped, this charter of theirs –that is still valid today- states that they should in fact worship him. Most JW’s do not know of this document.
· 1961 Let Your Name Be Sanctified – Jehovah’s Witnesses insist that God should be called Jehovah, but even in this book it plainly states that the name Jehovah is a formulated and made up name.
· 1969 Kingdom Interlinear Translation – This is their first published -they previously used the 1942 Emphatic Diglot- Greek interlinear Bible. There are many places in it where you can see that they changed the Greek/English to fit their theology.
· 1971 The Nations Shall Know That I Am Jehovah – Proclaims that the preaching work of Paul i.e. the church age would be completed before the year 2000 and that Armageddon would ensue.
· 1972 The Bible In Living English – This Bible states in the preface that the name “Jehovah” is a blunder.
· 1984 New World Translation – This Bible is their latest translation. It’s been poorly translated (by non scholars) to fit Watchtower theology. Subsequently, it’s helpful to know this when conversing with them about the Trinity, Hell, Immortal Soul etc since their Bible has been altered to deny these teachings.
· 1984 The Divine Name That Will Endure Forever – A booklet that explains their use of the name Jehovah.
· 1985 Kingdom Interlinear Translation – Their updated Greek Interlinear. Compare this one to their 1969 version to see some peculiar renderings/changes of words.
· 1988 Insight On The Scriptures – This two volume series is their dictionary of Bible words and meanings used in the Bible from A-Z.
· 1989 Reasoning From The Scriptures – This book is their main answer book –of various doctrines/teachings- that they use while in Field Service. If you have a question that they can’t answer, you likely will see them pull out this book to look for one.
· 1989 Should You Believe In The Trinity? – This little booklet is their attempted refutation of the Trinity. It curiously quotes many works while leaving out the references to them. The reason why, is that many of the works and people cited were misquoted.
· 1990 All Scripture Is Inspired Of God And Beneficial – This book is a summary of all the books of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation.
· 1991 Pay Attention To Yourselves And To All The Flock – This is their Elder’s manual that states the rules and regulations on how to “shepherd the flock” of Jehovah’s Witnesses. You have to be an Elder to get this one, but there is a PDF of it online.
· 1992 Family Care And Medical Management For Jehovah’s Witnesses – This book is on their beliefs of medical care. Some of these policies are no longer valid but revealing nevertheless. They refuse blood transfusions, which has led to the death of thousands of JW’s worldwide.
· 1993 Jehovah’s Witnesses Proclaimers Of God’s Kingdom – Their latest history book but it conveniently leaves out their many failed prophecies and former curious “old light” teachings. They interestingly even misquote some of their own publications from decades past.
· 1999 Pay Attention To Daniel’s Prophecy – A book dealing with the end times.
· 2005 What Does the Bible Really Teach? – One of their Field Service books that they go through with prospective converts.
· 2006 Our Kingdom Ministry November – A publication of detailed information concerning what parts of blood (fractions) they can now take.
· 2006 Revelation Its Grand Climax At Hand! – Their eschatological book on the end times and their hermeneutics on the book of Revelation.
· 2009 Bearing Thorough Witness About God’s Kingdom – Their newest Field Service book.
· Index 1930-1985 – An index book on their various publications through the years.
· Reference Bible –Their latest reference Bible with extensive information.
· Watchtower CD Library – This is their CD Rom produced every year, and only for Jehovah’s Witnesses. If you could get only one resource from them, this is the one to get. It contains many of their publications such as the Watchtowers, Awakes, and other works well back to the 1950’s. It’s not likely (but not impossible) that a JW will give you one, these CD’s do show up on Ebay time to time. I got mine from a JW friend that is inactive and “undercover”.