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THEO1350 Reading List

Introduction to the Bible, 2017/18, Semester 2
Dr Rachel Muers
r.e.muers@leeds.ac.uk
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

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Bart D. Ehrlich, The Bible : a historical and literary introduction ISBN: 9780195308167; 0195308166 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014)  

The Bible (“contents”, individual books, history):

Bruce Chilton, ed., Cambridge Companion to the Bible – note useful explanations of key terms/theories in biblical studies

John Rogerson, An introduction to the Bible (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1996) – see also chapters on “Study of the Bible” for approaches to biblical studies/biblical criticism

Approaches to reading the Bible:

John Barton ed.,Cambridge Companion to Biblical Interpretation– higher-level discussion of various approaches, mainly useful for “reading lists” – and for a sense of the range and variety involved

Sue Gillingham,One Bible, many voices : different approaches to biblical studies– on historical and literary approaches, note some helpful “case studies”

Joel B. Green ed.,Hearing the New Testament : strategies for interpretation (chapters on different approaches to NT criticism)

Steve Moyise,Introduction to biblical studies– particularly useful for relating historical and other critical approaches to how the Bible is read in Christian communities

Hebrew Bible:

Marc Zvi Brettler,How to read the Jewish Bible(Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007)

Lee Humphreys,Crisis and story : an introduction to the Old Testament (Mountain View: Mayfield, 1990)

Christopher Stanley,The Hebrew Bible : a comparative approach(Minneapolis: Fortress, 2009) – very accessible, recommended as your first ‘port of call’ after the module textbook

Michael D. Coogan,The Old Testament : a historical and literary introduction to the Hebrew scriptures(New York: Oxford University Press, 2011)

New Testament:

Harold Greenlee,The Text of the New Testament(Peabody: Hendrickson, 2008) – on ‘textual criticism’, a very good explanation of specific issues related to establishing the text of the NT

Dale Martin,New Testament history and literature(New Haven: Yale University Press, 2012)

M. Eugene Boring,An introduction to the New Testament : history, literature, theology (Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2012)

Mark Allan Powell,Fortress introduction to the Gospels(Minneapolis: Fortress, 1998)

Pheme Perkins,Introduction to the synoptic gospels (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2007)

This list was last updated on 09/12/2017