1101: Recommended Reading

General Introduction

  • Aharoni, Y., Avi-Yonah, M.The Carta Bible Atlas (Jerusalem: Carta, 2002; 4th edn.)
  • Arnold, B. T. Introduction to the Old Testament (Cambridge: CUP, 2014)
  • Barton, John and Julia Bowden. 2005. The Original Story: God, Israel, and the World. Grand Rapids/Cambridge: Eerdmans.
  • * Brown, Raymond E. and Marion L. Soards. 2016. An Introduction to the New Testament: The Abridged Edition. New Haven: Yale University Press.
  • Berlin, Adele, Marc Brettler, and Michael Fishbane eds. 2014. The Jewish Study Bible. 2nd ed. New York: Oxford
  • University Press.
  • * Collins, John J., 2014. Introduction to the Hebrew Bible. 2nd ed. Minneapolis: Fortress Press.
  • Coogan, Michael David et al., eds. 2010. The New Oxford Annotated Bible: New Revised Standard Version. Fully rev. 4th edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • * Fishbane, Michael. 1985. Biblical Interpretation in Ancient Israel. Oxford: Clarendon.
  • Gertz, Jan Christian et al. eds. 2012. The T&T Clark Handbook of the Old Testament: An Introduction to the Literature, Religion and History of the Old Testament. London: T&T Clark.
  • * Johnson, Luke Timothy. 2010. The Writings of the New Testament, 3rd ed. Minneapolis: Fortress Press.
  • Kugel, James. 1999. The Bible as It Was. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.
  • Kugel, James. 2008. How to Read the Bible. New York: Free Press.
  • McDonald, L. M. The Origin of the Bible: A Guide for the Perplexed (London: T&T Clark, 2011)
  • Schmid, Konrad. 2012. The Old Testament: A Literary History. Minneapolis: Fortress Press.


  • Collins, J. J., Harlow, D. C. (eds.) The Eerdmans Dictionary of Early Judaism (Grand Rapids; Cambridge: Eerdmans, 2010)
  • Freedman, D. N. (ed.) Anchor Bible Dictionary, 6 vols. (New York: Doubleday, 1992)
  • Freedman, D. N. (ed.) Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2000)
  • Metzger, B. M., Coogan, M. D. (eds.) The Oxford Companion to the Bible (Oxford: OUP, 1993)
  • various (eds.) Dictionary of the Old Testament, 4 vols. (Downers Grove, IL; Leicester: IVP Academic, 2003-2012)


  • Arnold, Bill. 2008. Genesis. New Cambridge Bible Commentary. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Baden, Joel L. 2012. The Composition of the Pentateuch: Renewing the Documentary Hypothesis. The Anchor Yale Bible Reference Library. New Haven: Yale University Press.
  • Blenkinsopp, Joseph. 2015. Abraham: The Story of a Life. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans.
  • Blenkinsopp, Joseph. 1992. The Pentateuch: An Introduction to the First Five Books of the Bible. The Anchor Bible Reference Library. New York: Doubleday.
  • Clines, David J. A. 1997. The Theme of the Pentateuch. 2nd ed. Journal for the Study of the Old Testament Supplement Series 10. 2nd ed. Sheffield: JSOT Press.
  • Evans, Craig A., Joel N. Lohr, and David L. Petersen, eds. 2012. The Book of Genesis: Composition, Reception, and Interpretation. Supplements to Vetus Testamentum 152. Leiden/Boston: Brill.
  • * Hendel, Ronald. 2012. The Book of “Genesis”: A Biography. Lives of Great Religious Books. Princeton: Princeton University Press.
  • Jensen, Robin M. 1994. ‘The Offering of Isaac in Jewish and Christian Tradition: Image and Text.’ Biblical Interpretation 2: 85-110.
  • Kaminsky, Joel S. 2007. Yet I Loved Jacob: Reclaiming the Biblical Concept of Election. Nashville: Abingdon Press.
  • Levenson, Jon D. 2014. Inheriting Abraham: The Legacy of the Patriarch in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Library of Jewish Ideas. New Jersey: Princeton University Press.
  • Moberly, R. W. L. 2000. The Bible, Theology, and Faith: A Study of Abraham and Jesus. Cambridge Studies in Christian Doctrine 5. Cambridge/New York: Cambridge University Press.
  • Moberly, R. W. L. 2009. The Theology of the Book of Genesis. Old Testament Theology. Cambridge/New York: Cambridge University Press.
  • Sacks, Jonathan. 2009. Genesis, the Book of Beginnings. New Milford: Maggid Books/Orthodox Union.
  • Williamson, Paul R. 2000. Abraham, Israel and the Nations: The Patriarchal Promise and its Covenantal Development in Genesis. Journal for the Study of the Old Testament Supplement Series 315. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press.

Commentaries on Genesis

  • * Arnold, Bill T. 2009. Genesis. New Cambridge Bible Commentary. Cambridge/New York: Cambridge University Press.
  • Sarna, Nahum M. 1989. Genesis = Be-reshit. Philadelphia: Jewish Publication Society.
  • Wenham, Gordon J. 1994. Genesis 16-50. Dallas: Word Books.
  • Westermann, Claus. 1985. Genesis 12-36: A Commentary. Minneapolis: Augsburg.


  • Bock, Darrell L. 2012. A Theology of Luke and Acts. Grand Rapids: Zondervan.
  • * Green, Joel B. 1995. The Theology of the Gospel of Luke. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Henrichs Tarasenkova, Nina. 2016. Luke’s Christology of Divine Identity. Library of New Testament studies 542. London: Bloomsbury.
  • Levine, Amy-Jill. 2002. A Feminist Companion to Luke. London: Sheffield Academic Press.
  • * Parsons, Mikeal C. 2007. Luke: Storyteller, Interpreter, Evangelist. Peabody: Hendrickson.
  • Rowe, C. Kavin. 2006. Early Narrative Christology: The Lord in the Gospel of Luke. Berlin/New York: Walter de Gruyter.
  • Shillington, V. George. 2015. An Introduction to the Study of Luke-Acts. T & T Clark Approaches to Biblical Studies. 2nd edition. London: Bloomsbury T&T Clark.

Commentaries on Luke

  • Bovon, François. 2002. Luke: A Commentary on the Gospel of Luke. Minneapolis: Fortress Press.
  • Carroll, John T. 2012. Luke: A Commentary. Louisville: Westminster John Knox.
  • Edwards, James R. 2015. The Gospel According to Luke. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans.* Green, Joel B. 1997. The Gospel of Luke. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans.
  • * Jeffrey, David L. 2012. Luke. Brazos Theological Commentary. Grand Rapids: Brazos.
  • Johnson, Luke Timothy. 1991. The Gospel of Luke. Sacra Pagina 3. Collegeville: Liturgical Press.
  • * Parsons, Mikeal C. 2015. Luke. Paideia: Commentaries on the New Testament. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic.

The Bible: Scripture, Canon, Reception

  • Barton, John and Michael Wolter, eds. 2003. Die Einheit der Schrift und die Vielfalt des Kanons = The Unity of Scripture and the Diversity of the Canon. Beihefte zur Zeitschrift für die neutestamentliche Wissenschaft 118. Berlin/New York: de Gruyter.
  • Barton, John. 1998. Holy Writings, Sacred Text: The Canon in Early Christianity. Louisville: Westminster John Knox.
  • * Barton, John. 2013. ‘The Old Testament Canons.’ Pages 145-63 in The New Cambridge History of the Bible: From the Beginnings to 600. Edited by J. Carleton Paget and J. Schaper. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Brakke, David. 2012. ‘Scriptural Practices in Early Christianity: Towards a New History of the New Testament Canon’. Pages 263-80 in Invention, Rewriting, Usurpation: Discursive Fights over Religious Traditions in Antiquity. Edited by J. Ulrich, A.-C. Jacobsen, and D. Brakke. Frankfurt am Main: Lang.
  • * Brooke, George J. 2005. ‘Between Authority and Canon: The Significance of Reworking the Bible for Understanding the Canonical Process’. Pages 85-114 in Reworking the Bible: Apocryphal and Related Texts at Qumran: Proceedings of a Joint Symposium. Edited by E. G. Chazon, D. Dimant, and R. A. Clements. Studies on the Texts of the Desert of Judah 58; Leiden: Brill.
  • Carr, David M. 2005. Writing on the Tablet of the Heart: Origins of Scripture and Literature. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Collins, John J. 1995. ‘Before the Canon: Scriptures in Second Temple Judaism’. Pages 225-41 in Old Testament Interpretation: Past, Present and Future: Essays in Honor of Gene M. Tucker. Edited by J. L. Mays, D. L. Petersen, and K. H. Richards. Nashville: Abingdon.
  • Grant, Robert M. and David Tracy. 1984. A Short History of the Interpretation of the Bible, 2nd ed. Minneapolis: Fortress Press.
  • * Hengel, Martin. 2000. The Four Gospels and the One Gospel of Jesus Christ. Translated by J. Bowden. London: SCM Press.
  • * Kruger, Michael J. 2013. The Question of Canon: Challenging the Status Quo in the New Testament Debate. Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity.
  • Kugel, James L. 1986. ‘Early Interpretation: The Common Background of Later Forms of Biblical Exegesis’. Pages 9-106 in Early Biblical Interpretation. Edited by J. L. Kugel and R. A. Greer. Philadelphia: Westminster.
  • Law, Timothy Michael. 2013. When God Spoke Greek: The Septuagint and the Making of the Christian Bible. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Lim, Timothy H. 2013. The Formation of the Jewish Canon. The Anchor Yale Bible Reference Library. New Haven: Yale University Press.
  • * McDonald, L. M. 2006. The Biblical Canon: Its Original, Transmission and Authority Peabody, Mass.: Hendrickson.
  • McDonald, L. M. and J. A. Sanders, eds. 2002. The Canon Debate: The Origins and Formation of the Bible. Peabody, Mass.: Hendrickson.
  • Metso, Sarianna, Hindy Najman, and Eileen Schuller, eds. 2010. The Dead Sea Scrolls: Transmission of Traditions and Production of Texts. Studies on the Texts of the Desert of Judah 92. Leiden: Brill.
  • * Najman, Hindy. 2012. ‘Configuring the Text in Biblical Studies’. Pages 3-22 in A Teacher for All Generations: Essays in Honor of James C. VanderKam. Edited by E. F. Mason et al. Supplements to the Journal for the Study of Judaism 153; Leiden: Brill.
  • Najman, Hindy. 2012. ‘The Vitality of Scripture Within and Beyond the Canon’. Journal for the Study of Judaism 43: 497–518.
  • Satlow, Michael L. 2014. How the Bible Became Holy. New Haven: Yale University Press.
  • Schmid, Konrad. 2012. ‘The Canon and the Cult: The Emergence of Book Religion in Ancient Israel and the Gradual Sublimation of the Temple Cult’. Journal of Biblical Literature 131: 291-307.
  • Schröter, Jens. 2013. From Jesus to the New Testament: Early Christian Theology and the Origin of the New Testament Canon. Translated by W. Coppins. Baylor-Mohr Siebeck Studies in Early Christianity. Waco: Baylor University Press.
  • * Smith, Jonathan Z. 1982. ‘Sacred Persistence: Towards a Redescription of a Canon’. Pages 36-52 in Imagining Religion: From Babylon to Jonestown (Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
  • * Tigchelaar, Eibert. 2010. ‘Dead Sea Scrolls’. Pages 163-80 in The Eerdmans Dictionary of Early Judaism. Eds. by J. J. Collins and D. C. Harlow. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans,
  • Ulrich, Eugene. 1999. ‘The Bible in the Making: The Scriptures at Qumran’. Pages 17-33 in The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Origins of the Bible. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans.
  • Van der Toorn, Karl. 2009. Scribal Culture and the Making of the Hebrew Bible. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.
  • VanderKam, James C. 2012. The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Bible. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans.
  • * Verheyden, Joseph. 2013. ‘The New Testament Canon’. Pages 389-411 in The New Cambridge History of the Bible: From the Beginnings to 600. Edited by J. Carleton Paget and J. Schaper. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

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