BASIC BIBLIOGRAPHY

FOR THEOLOGICAL STUDIES

 

OLD TESTAMENT

 

Achtemeier, Elizabeth Rice and Paul J.  The Old Testament Roots of Our Faith (revised edition).  Peabody, Mass:  Hendrickson, 1994.

 

Anderson, Bernhard W.; Darr, Katheryn Phisterer.  Understanding the Old Testament (4th edition). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 1998.

 

Bright, John.  A History of Israel (4th edition).  Louisville, Ky: Westminster J. Knox Press, 2000.

 

Bright, John.  The Kingdom of God: The Biblical Concept and its Meaning for the Church.  Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1981.

 

Childs, Brevard S.  Biblical Theology of the Old and New Testaments: Theological Reflection on the Christian Bible.  Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1993.

 

Eichrodt, Walther.  Theology of the Old Testament (in 2 volumes).  Philadelphia: Westminster Press, 1961.

 

Heschel, Abraham.  The Prophets (in 2 volumes).  New York: Harper & Row, 1975.

 

Levenson, Jon Douglas.  Sinai and Zion: An Entry Into the Jewish Bible.  San Francisco: Harper & Row, 1987.

 

Murphy, Roland Edmund.  The Tree of Life: An Exploration of Biblical Wisdom Literature (2nd edition). Grand Rapids, Mich: William B. Eerdmans Pub. 1996.

 

 

NEW TESTAMENT

 

Bauckham, Richard.  God Crucified: Monotheism and Christology in the New Testament.  Grand Rapids, Mich.: W.B. Eerdmans, 1999.  Easily read brief introduction to the central issue of how Jesus of Nazareth became an object of worship in the ancient church.

 

Bauckham, Richard. James: Wisdom of James, Disciple of Jesus the Sage.   London; New York: Routledge, 1999. An exemplary theological exegesis of one letter; which also includes an illuminating comparison of the ethics of James with Jesus' sayings, Paul, and 1 Peter (pp. 93-108, 113-57).

 

Bauckham, Richard. The Theology of the Book of Revelation.    Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1993.  An excellent overview of basic issues of the study of Revelation for an advanced reader.

 

Black, David A. and Beck, David R.  Rethinking the Synoptic Problem.  Grand Rapids, Mich.: Baker Academic, 2001.  Excellent overviews on major source theories on the origin of the Synoptic Gospels from a conservative perspective.

 

Dahl, Nils Alstrup. Jesus the Christ: The Historical Origins of Christological  Doctrine.  Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1991.

 

Ferguson, Everett. Backgrounds of Early Christianity.   Grand Rapids, Mich.:  William B. Eerdmans Pub, 2003. Encyclopedic guide to the first-century historical, cultural, and religious environment.

 

Ferguson, Everett. Early Christians Speak: Faith and Life in the First Three Centuries,  2 vols.  Abilene, TX: Abilene Christian University Press, 2002. Traces aspects of religious practice from the first Christian century into the second and third.

 

Johnson, Luke Timothy. The Writings of the New Testament: An Interpretation.  Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1999. Best one-stop introduction to the texture of the documents composing the NT.

 

Keck, Leander E.  Paul and His Letters.  Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1988.  Becoming a little dated; but still many excellent theological insights into Paul.

 

Klauck, Hans-Josef. The Religious Context of Early Christianity: A Guide to Graeco-Roman Religions.  Minneapolis, Minn.: Fortress Press, 2003. Most accessible introduction to the pagan milieu of the early church.

 

Lohfink, Gerhard.  Jesus and Community: The Social Dimension of Christian Faith.  Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1984.  In our view, one of the most penetrating and readable books on the mission of Jesus ever to come to light.

 

Lohfink, Gerhard.  Does God Need the Church? : Toward a Theology of the People of God. Collegeville, Minn.: Liturgical Press, 1999.  Places the whole of the biblical narrative within the context of the story of the people of God.

 

Malherbe, Abraham J.  The Letters to the Thessalonians: A New Translation with Introduction and Commentary, AB 32B. New York: Doubleday, 2000.  The most rigorous and outstanding example of exegetical research and commentary writing ever produced within the Restoration Movement.

 

McDonald, Lee Martin and Porter, Stanley E.  Early Christianity and Its Sacred Literature.  Peabody, Mass.: Hendrickson, 2001.  Evangelical in orientation; superior to Johnson in its consideration of historical Questions.

 

Metzger, Bruce M.  The Canon of the New Testament: Its Origin, Development, and Significance.  Oxford: New York: Clarendon Press: Oxford University Press, 1997.

 

Sanders, E.P.  Judaism: Practice and Belief, 63 bce-66 ce.  London: Philadelphia: SCM Press; Trinity Press International, 1994. Best and clearest account of Judaism at the time of Christian beginnings, especially in Palestine.

 

Skarsaune, Oskar.  In The Shadow of the Temple: Jewish Influences on Early Christianity.  Downer's Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity Press, 2002.  Excellent overview of the background, origin and development of early Christianity featuring strongly the important role of the Jewish people.

 

Turner, Max.  The Holy Spirit and Spiritual Gifts in the New Testament Church and Today.  Peabody, Mass.: Hendrickson Publishers, 1998.  A sympathetic but sensible analysis of issues in early Christianity that surround the doctrine of the Holy Spirit and its gifts.

 

Wright, N.T.  The New Testament and the People of God.  Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1992. The most important work from this prolific author, now the Anglican Bishop of Durham.

 

Wright, N.T.  What Saint Paul Really Said: Was Paul of Tarsus the Real Founder of Christianity?  Grand Rapids, Mich.: W.B. Eerdmans, 1997.  A lively and thoughtful read on the significance of Paul.  Strongly recommended for the beginner.

 

 

MINISTRY

 

Bonhoeffer, Dietrich. Spiritual Care. Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1985.

 

Hansen, David. The Art of Pastoring: Ministry Without All The Answers.  Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity Press, 1994.

 

Lischer, Richard.  Open Secrets.  New York: Broadway Books, 2002.

 

Neuhaus, Richard John. Freedom for Ministry.  Grand Rapids, Mich.: W.B. Eerdmans, 1992.

 

Niebuhr, Reinhold.  Leaves from the Notebook of a Tamed Cynic.  New York: Meridian Books, 1957.

 

Oden, Thomas.  Pastoral Theology: Essentials of Ministry.  San Francisco: Harper & Row, 1982.

 

Olson, Mark A.  Moving Beyond Church Growth: An Alternative Vision for Congregations.  Minneapolis: Fortress Publishers, 2002.

 

Peterson, Eugene H.  Working the Angles: The Shape of Pastoral Integrity.  Grand Rapids, Mich.: W.B. Eerdmans, 1987.

 

Richardson, Ronald W.  Creating a Healthier Church: Family Systems, Theory, Leadership and Congregational Life.  Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1996.

 

Willimon, William H.  Calling & Character: Virtues of the Ordained Life.  Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press, 2002.

 

Willimon, William H.  Pastor: The Theology and Practice of Ordained Ministry.  Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press, 2002.

 

 

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