Introductory Texts

Hermeneutics/Interpretation

Understanding Biblical Criticism: What It Is, What It Does, Why It Matters

by F F Bruce, David Capes, Graham Hedges

Publication year: 2018

The term “biblical criticism” simply means discerning the most accurate text of the Bible (“textual criticism”) and then exploring issues such as who wrote the various books of the Bible, when they were written, and the circumstances of the writing (“higher
criticism”).

A Theology of Reading: The Hermeneutics of Love

by Alan Jacobs

Publication year: 2001

Global hermeneutics? Reflections and Consequences

by Knut Holter (Editor), Louis C Jonker (Editor)

Publication year: 2010

Old Testament/Hebrew Bible

An Introduction to the Old Testament: Exploring Text, Approaches & Issues

by John Goldingay

Publication year: 2015

More workbook than handbook, this introduction to the Old Testament is rooted in decades of tried and proven teaching. Goldingay displays a robust confidence in truthfulness of Scripture combined with a refreshing trust in the reader’s ability to
grapple responsibly with the Old Testament.

The Hebrew Bible: A Critical Companion

by John Barton

Publication year: 2016

This book brings together some of the world’s most exciting scholars from across a variety of disciplines to provide a concise and accessible guide to the Hebrew Bible. It covers every major genre of book in the Old Testament together with in-depth
discussions of major themes such as human nature, covenant, creation, ethics, ritual and purity, sacred space, and monotheism. This authoritative overview sets each book within its historical and cultural context in the ancient Near East, paying
special attention to its sociological setting. It provides new insights into the reception of the books and the different ways they have been studied, from historical-critical enquiry to modern advocacy approaches such as feminism and liberation
theology. It also includes a guide to biblical translations and textual criticism and helpful suggestions for further reading. Featuring contributions from experts with backgrounds in the Jewish and Christian faith traditions as well as secular
scholars in the humanities and social sciences, The Hebrew Bible is the perfect starting place for anyone seeking a user-friendly introduction to the Old Testament, and an invaluable reference book for students and teachers.

Editing the Bible: Assessing the Task Past and Present

by John S Kloppenborg, Judith H Newman

Publication year: 2012

“The Bible is likely the most-edited book in history, yet the task of editing the Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek texts of the Bible is fraught with difficulties. The dearth of Hebrew manuscripts of the Jewish Scriptures and the substantial differences
among those witnesses creates difficulties in determining which text ought to be printed as the text of the Jewish Scriptures. For the New Testament, it is not the dearth of manuscripts but the overwhelming number of manuscripts almost six thousand
Greek manuscripts and many more in other languages that presents challenges for sorting and analyzing such a large, multi-variant data set. This volume, representing experts in the editing of the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament, discusses both
current achievements and future challenges in creating modern editions of the biblical texts in their original languages. The contributors are Kristin De Troyer, Peter M. Head, Michael W. Holmes, John S. Kloppenborg, Sarianna Metso, Judith H.
Newman, Holger Strutwolf, Eibert Tigchelaar, David Trobisch, Eugene Ulrich, John Van Seters, Klaus Wachtel, and Ryan Wettlaufer.”–Publisher’s description.

New Testament

A Biblical-Theological Introduction to the New Testament: The Gospel Realized

by Michael J Kruger

Publication year: 2017

Featuring contributions from respected evangelical scholars, this title introduces each New Testament book in the context of the whole canon of Scripture, helping anyone who teaches or studies the Bible to apply it to the church today.

Anatomy of the New Testament, 8th Edition

by Robert A Spivey, C Clifton Black, D Moody Smith

Publication year: 2019

Now in its 8th edition, Anatomy of the New Testament is one of the most trust-worthy and enduring introductory textbooks of its kind. Its authors bring literary and historical approaches to the New Testament together, offering a comprehensive and accessible approach that appeals to students at all levels. Visually appealing and well-designed this compact edition has been designed for today’s student, and is illustrated with engaging images, refreshed maps, and updated bibliographies that make the textbook enjoyable to read and easy to teach. The stand-out pedagogical features have been updated as well, updated for new advances in biblical scholarship and the needs of today’s student: Have You Learned it? Offering questions for analysis and reflection; What Do They Mean? Presenting definitions for key terms to enhance student comprehension and critical thinking.

The New Testament: A Literary History

by Gerd Theissen, Linda M Maloney

Publication year: 2012

“Gerd Theissen takes up the problem of the emergence of the New Testament canon out of the wide variety of early Christian literature. Drawing from Max Weber’s discussion of the evolution of religious organizations, Theissen describes the development of early Christian literature as a series of phases in the life of the movement: the charismatic, the pseudepigraphic, the functional, and the canonical”– Publisher description.

History of Christianity

Key Theological Thinkers from Modern to Postmodern

by Staale Johannes Kristiansen, Svein Rise

Publication year: 2016

The 20th and 21st Centuries have been characterized by theologians and philosophers rethinking theology and revitalizing the tradition. This unique anthology presents contributions from leading contemporary theologians – including Rowan Williams,
Fergus Kerr, Aidan Nichols, G.R. Evans and Tracey Rowland – who offer portraits of over fifty key theological thinkers in the modern and postmodern era. Distinguished by its broad ecumenical perspective, this anthology spans arguably one of the
most creative periods in the history of Christian theology and includes thinkers from all three Christian traditions (Catholic, Protestant & Orthodox).

The Earliest History of the Christian Gathering: Origin, Development and Content of the Christian Gathering in the First to Third Centuries

by Valeriy A Alikin

Publication year: 2010

Using recent insights into the nature of early Christian communities as religious associations, this book offers a new reconstruction of the origins and development of the weekly Christian gathering and its constitutive elements; based on
an analysis of all available evidence from the first three centuries.

Thirsty for God: A Brief History of Christian Spirituality

by Bradley P Holt

Publication year: 2017

A landmark text on the history of Christian, this accessible history provides an excellent primer on the two-millennium quest for union with God. Holt traces the practice of Christian devotion, prayer, and contemplation from early Christianity through the Reformation and modern eras. Globally framed, the book highlights the local contributions of people from a wide array of traditions. This updated edition provides perspective on spirituality in the digital age and in a globalized world. It also includes new bibliographies, spiritual exercises. discussion questions, and an online resource guide.

Christianity in the Twentieth Century: A World History

by Brian Stanley

Publication year: 2018

“Christianity in the Twentieth Century charts the transformation of one of the world’s great religions during an age marked by world wars, genocide, nationalism, decolonization, and powerful ideological currents, many of them hostile to Christianity. Written by a leading scholar of world Christianity, the book traces how Christianity evolved from a religion defined by the culture and politics of Europe to the expanding polycentric and multicultural faith it is today–one whose growing popular support is strongest in sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, China, and other parts of Asia.”

Twenty Questions that Shaped World Christian History

by Derek Cooper

Publication year: 2015

The questions of Christianity are perennial. For example: How are Judaism and Christianity related? Are Jesus and the Holy Spirit God? Is the end of the world imminent? How should we relate faith and reason? In this innovative work, Derek Cooper tells the story of Christian history by presenting the twenty questions (one for each century!) that shaped the Christian church throughout the world. The result is a book that narrates the exciting history of Christianity from a global perspective by means of simple questions and concerns that still face the church today. Each century of world Christian history is explored by means of one question that attempts to encapsulate the central themes and concerns of that century for Christianity. Coverage of each century is sensitive to world regions and theological and cultural concerns that are often overlooked and neglected in books that are oriented in a more Western way.

Reformation & Protestant Theology

The Global Luther: A Theologian for Modern Times

by Christine Helmer

Publication year: 2009

The Gift of Grace: The Future of Lutheran Theology

by Niels Henrik Gregersen

Publication year: 2005

This landmark volume, the first of two, assesses the prospects and promise of Lutheran theology at the opening of a new millennium. From four continents, the thirty noted and respected contributors not only gauge how such classic themes as grace,
the cross, and justification wear today but also look to key issues of ecumenism, social justice, global religious life, and the impact of contemporary science on Christian belief.

The Theology of the Westminster Standards: Historical Context and Theological Insights

by J V Fesko

Publication year: 2014

For centuries, countless Christians have turned to the Westminster Standards for insights into the Christian faith. These renowned documents-first published in the middle of the 17th century-are still considered by many to be some of the most
beautifully written summaries of the Bible’s teaching ever produced. Church historian John Fesko walks readers through the background and theology of the Westminster Confession, the Larger Catechism, and the Shorter Catechism, helpfully situating
them within their original context.

Explorations of Systematic Theology from Mennonite Perspectives

by Willard M Swartley

Publication year: 1984

Latino/a Theology

A Reader in Latina Feminist Theology: Religion and Justice

by María Pilar Aquino, Daisy L Machado, Jeanette Rodriguez

Publication year: 2002

With twelve original essays by emerging and established Latina feminist theologians, this volume adds the perspectives, realities, struggles, and spiritualities of U.S. Latinas to the larger feminist theological discourse. The editors have gathered
writings from both Roman Catholics and Protestants and from various Latino/a communities. The writers address a wide array of theological concerns: popular religion, denominational presence and attraction, methodology, lived experience, analysis
of nationhood, and interpretations of life lived on a border that is not only geographic but also racial, gendered, linguistic, and religious.