Suggested Reading

We have created a considerable list of secondary sources to help you deepen your knowledge about various aspects of the Bible. As you continue to read God’s Word each day, these books will help to enhance your understanding of Scripture.

Meditations, Questions and Prayers to Accompany The Bible Challenge

The Bible Challenge: Read the Bible in a Year, edited by Marek P. Zabriskie, published by Forward Movement, Cincinnati, Ohio, 2012

Basic Introduction to the Bible

An Introduction to the Bible by Robert Kugler and Patrick Hartin, published by William R. Eerdmans Publishing Company, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 2009.

Testing Scripture: A Scientist Explores the Bible by John Polkinghorne, Brazos Press, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 2010. Published in the United Kingdom by the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge under the title of Encountering Scripture.

The Good Book: Reading the Bible with Mind and Heart by Peter J. Gomes, published by William Morrow and Company, Inc., New York, 1996.

Opening the Bible: The New Churches Teaching Series, Volume 2 by Roger Ferlo, published by Cowley Publications, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1997.

What is the Bible? by John Barton, published by the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, London, 2009.

Don’t Know Much about the Bible: Everything You Need to Know about the Good Book but Never Learned by Kenneth C. Davis, published by Eagle Brook Publishers, New York, 1998.

The Bible for Everyday Life by the Archbishop of Canterbury George Carey, William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1988.

A Walk through the Bible by Lesslie Newbigin, the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, London, 2011.

The Bible: A User’s Guide by Nick Page, published by HarpersCollins Pubishlers, London, 2002.

The Church’s Teaching Series: The Bible for Today’s Church by Robert A. Bennett and O.C. Edwards, published by The Seabury Press, New York, 1979.

The Bible Makes Sense by Walter Brueggemann, published by St. Anthony Messenger Press, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1989.

History of the Bible

Whose Bible is It?: A Short History of the Scriptures by Jaroslav Pelikan, published by Penguin Books, London, 2005.

How the Bible Came to Be: Exploring the Narrative and the Message by John W. Miller, Paulist Press, New York, 2004.

The Bible through the Ages published by the Readers Digest Association, Pleasantsville, New York, 1996.

Guides on Reading Holy Scripture

Scripture and the Authority of God: How to Read the Bible Today by N.T. Wright, published by Harper and Row, New York, 2005.

Transforming Scripture by Frank Wade, published by Church Publishing, New York, 2008.

Engaging the Word: The New Church’s Teaching Series: Volume 3 by Michael Johnston, published by Cowley Publications, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1998.

The Bible Make Sense by Walter Brueggemann, published by Westminster John Knox Press, Louisville, Kentucky 2001.

A Beginners Guide to Reading the Bible by Craig R. Koester, Augsburg Press, Minneapolis, 1991.

Read the Bible Again for the First Time: Taking the Bible Seriously but Not Literally by Marcus J. Borg, HarperCollins, New York, 2001.

Sensing God: Reading Scripture with All Our Senses by Roger Ferlo, published by Cowley Publications, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 2002.

Relating Biblical Teachings to Contemporary Issues

Ancient Laws and Contemporary Controversies: The Need for Inclusive Biblical Interpretation by Cheryl B. Anderson, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2009.

Making Wise the Simple: The Torah in Christian Faith and Practice by Johanna W. H. Van Wijk-Bos, published by William B. Eerdmans Publishers, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 2005.

The Peoples’ Companion to the Bible by Curtis Paul DeYoung, Fortress Press, Minneapolis, 2010.

Global Bible Commentary by Daniel Patte, published by Abington Press, Nashville, 2004.

Introductions to the Old Testament

An Introduction to the Old Testament: The Canon and Christian Imagination by Walter Brueggemann, Westminster John Knox Press, Louisville and London, 2003.

A Pathway of Interpretation: Old Testament for Pastors and Students by Walter Brueggemann, Cascade Books, Eugene, Oregon, 2008.

The Meaning of the Bible: What the Jewish Scriptures and Christian Old Testament Can Teach Us by Douglass A. Knight and Amy-Jill Levine, published by HaperOne, New York, 1989.

How to Read the Bible: a Guide to Scripture Then and Now by James L. Kugel, Free Press, New York, 2007.

Understanding the Old Testament by Bernard W. Anderson, published by Prentice-Hall, Inc., Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, 1957.

The Bible as It Was by James L. Kugel, published by The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1997.

Introductions to the New Testament

A Beginners Guide to the New Testament by William Barclay, published by Westminster John Knox Press, Louisville, Kentucky, 1995.

Reading the New Testament for the First Time by Ronald J. Allen, published by William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 2012.

The Bible from Scratch: The New Testament for Beginners by Donald L. Griggs, Westminster John Knox Press, Louisville, Kentucky, 2003.

The New Testament: a Very Short Introduction by Luke Timothy Johnson, published by Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2010

The Writings of the New Testament: An Interpretation by Luke T. Johnson, Fortress Press, Philadelphia, 1986.

The New Testament and the People of God by N.T. Wright, published by Fortress Press, Minneapolis, 1992.

An Introduction to the New Testament by Raymond E. Brown, published by Yale University Press, New Haven, Connecticut, 1997.

Reading the New Testament: An Introduction by Pheme Perkins, published by Paulist Press, New York, 1988.

 

New Testament History

New Testament History by F.F. Bruce, published by Doubleday (A Galilee Book), New York, 1969.

Reliability of Biblical Documents

The Old Testament Documents: Are They Reliable and Relevant by Walter C. Kaiser, Jr., published by InterVarsity Press, Downers Grove, Illinois, 2001.

The New Testament Documents: Are They Reliable? by F.F. Bruce, published by InterVarsity Press, Downers Grove, Illinois,1981.

Praying with Scripture and Lectio Divina

Sacred Reading: The Ancient Art of Lectio Divina by Michael Casey, published by Liguori/Triumph Publishers, Liguori, Missouri, 1996.

Praying the Words: An Introduction to Lectio Divina by Enzo Bianchi, published by Cistercian Publications, Kalamazoo, Michigan, 1998.

Praying the Bible: An Introduction to Lectio Divina by Mriano Magrassi, O.S.B., translated by Edward Hagman, O.F.M., published by the Liturgical Press, Collegeville, Minnesota, 1998.

Bible Reading for Spiritual Growth by Norvene Vest, published by HarperSanFrancisco, 1993.

Praying the Bible: A Parish Life Sourcebook by Elizabeth Canham, published by Cowley Publications, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1987.

The Word is Very Near You by Martin L. Smith, published by Cowley Publications, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1989.

Genesis

Talking about Genesis: A Resource Guide with introduction by Bill Moyers, Doubleday, New York, 1996.

Reading the Psalms

Praying the Psalms: Engaging Scripture and the Life of the Spirit by Walter Brueggemann, published by Cascade Books, Eugene, Oregon, 2007.

The Message of the Psalms: A Theological Commentary by Walter Brueggemann, Augsburg Publishing House, 1984.

Answering God: the Psalms as Tools for Prayer, by Eugene H. Petersen, published by Harper San Francisco, 1989.

Conversations with Scripture: The Psalms by L. William Countryman, published by Church Publishing, New York, New York.

Where Your Treasure Is: Psalms that Summon You from Self to Community by Eugene H. Petersen, published by William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1985.

The Psalms: SCM Studyguide by Stephen Dawes, published by SCM Press, London, 2010.

A Story of the Psalms: Conversation, Canon and Congregation by V. Steven Parrish, Liturgical Press, Collegeville, Minnesota, 2003.

A Liturgy of Grief: a Pastoral Commentary on Lamentations, by Leslie C. Allen, published by Baker Academic, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 2011.

Reflections on the Psalms by C.S. Lewis, Harvest HBJ Books, 1964.

Bringing the Psalms to Life: How to Understand and Use the Book of Psalms by Daniel F. Polish, Jewish Lights Publishing, Woodstock, Vermont, 2000.

The Psalms: Structure, Content and Message by Claus Westermann, published by Augsburg Publishing House, Minneapolis, 1980.

Prophecy in the Old Testament

The Prophetic Imagination by Walter Brueggemann, published by Fortress Press, Minneapolis, 2001.

Old Testament Prophets for Today by Carolyn J. Sharp, Westminster John Knox, Louisville, Kentucky, 2009.

The Prophets by Abraham J. Heschel, published by HarperCollins, New York, 1965

A History of Prophecy in Israel: From the Settlement in the Land to the Hellenistic Period by Joseph Blenkinsopp, Westminster Press, Philadelphia, 1983.

Hopeful Imagination: Prophetic Voices in Exile by Walter Brueggemann, Fortress Press, Philadelphia, 1986.

Unbound by Time: Isaiah still Speaks by William Holladay, published by Cowley Publications, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 2002.

Old Testament Studies

Old Testament Wisdom: An Introduction by James L. Crenshaw, John Knox Press, Atlanta, 1973.

Jesus

Jesus: Then and Now by Richard A Burridge and Graham Gould, published by the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, London, 2004

Simply Jesus: a New Vision of Who He was, What He Did, and Why He Matters by N.T. Wright, published by HarperOne Publishers, New York, 2011.

Who is Jesus?: History in the Prefect Tense by Leander E. Keck, published by Fortress Press, Minneapolis, 2001.

The Hard Sayings of Jesus by F.F. Bruce, published by Inter Varsity Press, Downers Grove, Illinois, 1983.

The Real Jesus: The Misguided Quest for the Historical Jesus and the Truth of the Traditional Gospels by Luke Timothy Johnson, published by HarperSanFrancisco, 1996.

Jesus Christ in Matthew, Mark and Luke: Proclamation Commentaries by Jack Dean Kingsbury, Fortress Press, Philadelphia, 1973.

The Meaning of Jesus: Two Visions by Marcus J. Borg and N.T. Wright, published by HarperSanFrancisco, 1999.

Jesus and Peter

Jesus and Peter: Growing in Friendship with God by Michael Perham, published by the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, London, 2012.

Jesus and the Bible

The Bible Jesus Read by Philip Yancey, published by Zondervan Publishing House, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1998.

Reading the Gospels

Four Gospels, One Jesus: A Symbolic Reading by Richard A. Burridge, published by the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, London, 1994.

The Four Witnesses: the Rebel, the Rabbi, the Chronicler and the Mystic by Robin Griffith-Jones, published by HarperSanFrancisco, 2000.

Proclamation Commentaries: Mark by Paul J. Achtemeier, published by Fortress Press, Philadelphia, 1986.

The Gospel of Luke by William Barclay, Westminster John Knox Press, Louisville, Kentucky, 2001.

Proclamation Commentaries: Luke by Frederick W. Danker, published by Fortress Press, Philadelphia, 1987.

Conversations with Scripture: The Gospel of John by Cynthia Briggs Kittredge, Morehouse Publishing, New York, 2007.

The People’s Bible Commentary: John by Richard Burridge, published by The Bible Reading Fellowship, Abington, England, 2008.

Conversations with Scripture: The Gospel of John by Cynthia Kittridge, published by Church Publishing, New York, New York.

Reading the Synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark and Luke) Side by Side

Common English Bible Gospel Parallels, edited by Joel B. Green and W. Gil Shin, Common English Bible, Nashville, Tennessee, 2012.

Gospel Parallels: a Synopsis of the First Three Gospels, edited by Burton H. Throckmorton, Jr., published by Thomas Nelson Publishers, Nashville, 1979.

Records of the Life of Jesus: Revised Standard Version, edited by Henry Burton Sharman, Guild for Psychological Studies Publishing House, San Francisco, 2009.

The Book of Acts

Conversations with Scripture: Acts of the Apostles by C.K. Robertson, published by Church Publishing, New York, New York.

The Book of Revelation

Conversations with Scripture: Revelation by Frederick W. Schmidt, published by Church Publishing, New York, New York.

Revelations: Visions, Prophecy, and Politics in the Book of Revelation by Elaine Pagels, Viking Press, New York, New York, 2012.

Understanding the Parables

The Parables of Jesus by William Barclay, Westminster John Knox Press, Louisville, Kentucky, 1970

Tell Me Your Story: the Parables of Jesus by Arthur E. Zannoni, published by the Archdiocese of Chicago Liturgical Training Publications, 2002.

Many Things in Parables: Jesus and His Modern Critics by Charles W. Hedrick, Westminster John Knox Press, Louisville, Kentucky, 2004.

Rediscovering the Parables by Joachim Jeremias, published by Charles Scribner’s Sons, New York, 1966.

Parables of Grace by Robert Farrar Capon, William B. Eerdmans Publishing, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1988.

Parables of Kingdom by Robert Farrar Capon, William B. Eerdmans Publishing, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1985.

An Introduction the St. Paul

Paul: Least of the Apostles by Alan Decaux, published by Pauline Books and Media, Boston, Massachusetts, 2006.

Paul: A Very Short Introduction by E.P. Sanders, published by Oxford University Press, Oxford, England, 2001.

What St. Paul Really Said: Was Paul of Tarsus the Real Founder of Christianity? by N.T. Wright, William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1997.

Proclamation Commentaries: Paul and His Letters by Leander E. Keck, published by Fortress Press, Philadelphia, 1979.

Paul: Portrait of a Revolutionary by the former Archbishop of Canterbury Donald Coggan, Crossroad Publishing, New York, 1984.

The Mind of St. Paul by William Barclay, Harper San Francisco, 1958.

The Gospel According to Paul: The Creative Genius Who Brought Jesus to the World by Robin Griffith-Jones, published by HarperSanFrancisco, 2004.

Paul: A Critical Life by Jerome Murphy-O’Connor, O.P., published by Clarendon Press, Oxford, England, 1996.

The Cambridge Companion to Paul edited by James D. G. Dunn, Cambridge University Press, 2003.

Paul: Apostle of the Heart Set Free by F.F. Bruce, published by William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1977.

The Hard Sayings of Paul by Manfred T. Brauch, published by Intervarsity Press, Downers Grove, Illinois, 1989.

Saint Saul: a Skeleton Key to the History Jesus by Donald Harman Akenson, published by Oxford University Press, Oxford, England, 2000.

Rabbi Paul: An Intellectual Biography by Bruce Chilton, published by Doubleday Publishing Company, New York, 2004.

Paul: His Life and Teaching by John McRay, published by Baker Academic, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 2003.

The Theology of Paul the Apostle by James D.G. Dunn, published by William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1998.

Prayer in the New Testament

New Testament Prayer for Everyone by N.T. Wright, published by the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, London, 2012.

Into God’s Presence: Prayer in the New Testament edited by Richard N. Longenecker, published by William B. Eerdmans, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 2001.

New Testament Studies

The Story of Romans: a Narrative Defense of God’s Righteousness by A. Katherine Grief, published by Westminster John Knox Press, Louisville, Kentucky, 2002.

The Gospel and Epistles of John: A Concise Commentary by Raymond E. Brown, The Liturgical Press, Collegeville, Minnesota, 1986.

Bible Study and Reading Scripture with Others

Approaching the Gospels Together: A Leadership Guide for Group Gospels Study by Mary C. Morrison, published by Pendle Hill Publications, Wallingford, Pennsylvania, 1986.

Transforming Bible Study by Walter Wink, published by Abington Press, Nashville.

Conversations with Scripture and with Each Other by M. Thomas Shaw, SSJE, published by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Lanham, Maryland, 2008

Rick Warren’s Bible Study Methods: Twelve Ways You Can Unlock God’s Word by Rick Warren, published by Zondervan, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 2006.

Six Ways to Study the Bible: Textual, Literary, Exegetical, Historical, Theological, Devotional by Trent C. Butler, Chalice Press, St. Louis, Missouri, 2010.

The Development and Importance of the Bible

How the Bible Came to Be: Exploring the Narrative and Message by John W. Miller, Paulist Press, New York, 2004.

Captive to the Word of God: Engaging the Scriptures for Contemporary Theological Reflection by Miroslav Volf, published by William B. Eerdman Publishing Company, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 2010

Understanding Violence in Scripture

Divine Presence Amid Violence by Walter Brueggemann, published by Cascade Books, Eugene, Oregon, 2009

Moses

The Life of Moses: The Servant of God by F.B. Meyer, published by Emerald Books, Lynnwood, Washington, 1996.

Ruth

Abington Old Testament Commentaries: Ruth by Judy Fentress-Williams, published by Abingdon Press Nashville, 2012.

David’s Truth: in Israel’s Imagination and Memory, by Walter Brueggemann, published by Fortress Press, Minneapolis, 2002.

David and His Theologian: Literary, Social and Theological Investigations of the Early Monarchy by Walter Brueggemann, Cascade Books, Eugene, Oregon, 2011.

Women in the Bible

Women in the Old Testament by Irene Nowell, O.S.B., published by The Liturgical Press, Collegeville, Minnesota, 2010.

Women’s Bible Commentary edited by Carol A. Newsom, Sharon H. Ringe and Jacquiline E. Lapsley, published by Westminster John Knox Press, Louisville, Kentucky, 2012.

All the Women of the Bible by M.L. del Mastro, published by Castle Books, New York, 2004.

People of the Bible

Who’s Who in the Bible by Joan Comay and Ronald Brownrigg, published by Wing Books, New York, 1971.

Who’s Who in the Bible published by The Readers Digest Association, Inc., Plesantsville, New York, 1994.

The Bible and Ethics

The Moral Vision of the New Testament by Richard B. Hays, published by HarperSanFrancisco, 1996.

New Testament Ethics: The Legacies of Jesus and Paul by Frank J. Matera, Westminster John Knox Press, Louisville, Kentucky, 1996.

The New Church’s Teaching Series: Ethics After Easter by Stephen Holmgren, published by Cowley Publications, Lanham, Maryland, 2000.

The Re-Enchantment of Morality: Wisdom for a Troubled World by Richard Harries, The Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 2008.

New Testament Foundations for Christian Ethics by Willi Marxsen, translated by O.C. Dean, Jr. published by Fortress Press, Minneapolis, 1989.

Early Judaism: The Ancient Culture and Writings

An Introduction to Early Judaism by James C. VanderKam, published by William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 2001.

Archeology and the World of the Ancient Near East

The Oxford History of the Biblical World edited by Michael D. Coogan, published by Oxford University Press, Oxford, England, 1998.

Excavating Jesus: Beneath the Stones, Behind the Texts by John Dominic Crossan and Jonathan L. Reed, published by HarperSanFrancisco, 2001.

Bible Unearthed: Archaeology’s New Vision of Ancient Israel and the Origin of Sacred Texts by Israel Finkelstein and Neil Asher Silberman, published by Touchstone Press, New York, 2001.

Archeological Study Bible: an Illustrated Walk through Biblical History and Culture published by the Zondervan Corporation, 2005.

The Temple: It’s Ministry and Services by Alfred Edersheim, published by Hendrickson Publishers, 1994.

Ordinary Life, Culture, Customs and Manners in the Ancient Near East

The Lives of Ordinary People in Ancient Israel: Where Archeology and the Bible Intersect by William G. Dever, published by William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 2012.

Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Manners and Customs: How the People of the Bible Really Lived by Howard F. Vos, published by Thomas Nelson Publishers, Nashville, 1999.

The Essential Companion to the Life in Bible Times by Moises Silva, published Zondervan, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 2011.

Daily Life in the Time of Jesus by Miriam Feinberg Vamosh, published by Abingdon Press, Nashville, 2001

Manners and Customs in the Bible by Victor H. Matthews, published by Hendrickson Publishers Peabody, Massachusetts, 1991.

The Bible and Art

How to Read Bibles Stories and Myths in Art: Decoding the Old Masters from Giotto to Goya by Patrick de Rynck, Abrams Publishing, New York, 2008.

Anglicanism and the Bible

Anglicanism and the Bible: Anglican Study Series edited by Frederick Houk Borsch, Morehouse Barlow, Wilton, Connecticut, 1984.

Anglican Approaches to Scripture: From the Reformation to the Present by Rowan A. Greer, The Crossroad Publishing Company, New York, 2006.

The Bible’s Authority in Today’s Church edited by Frederick Houk Borsch, published by Trinity Press International, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, 1993.

Reading The King James Bible

In 2011, we celebrated the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible. To gain a greater appreciation of what is often referred to as The Authorized Version of the Bible we commend:

In the Beginning: The Story of the King James Bible and How It Changed a Nation, a Language, and a Culture by Alister McGrath, by Anchor Books, 2005

Bible 1611-2011: the Story of the King James Version by Gordon Campbell, published by Oxford University Press, Oxford, England, 2010.

God’s Secretaries: the Making of the King James Bible by Adam Nicolson, published by Harper Collins Publishers, New York, 2003.

The Book of Books: the Radical Impact of the King James Bible 1611 – 2011 by Melvyn Bragg, published by Hodder & Stoughton, London, 2011.

The Dead Sea Scrolls

The Dead Sea Scrolls: A Very Short Introduction by Timothy H. Lim, published by Oxford University Press, Oxford, England, 2006.

The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Bible by James C. VanderKam, published by William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 2012.

The Archeology of Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls by Jodi Magness, published by William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 2002.

The Dead Sea Scrolls: After Forty Years by Hershel Shanks, James C. Vanderkam, P. Kyle McCarter, Jr., and James A. Sanders, published by the Biblical Archeology Society, Washington, D.C., 1992.

The Complete World of the Dead Sea Scrolls by Philip R. Davies, George J. Brooke and Phillip R. Callaway, published by Thames and Hudson, New York, 2002.

The Gnostic Gospels

The Gnostic Gospels by Elaine Pagels, published by Vintage Books, New York, 1979.

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