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THEO1350 Reading List

Introduction to the Bible, 2021/22, Semester 1
Dr Johanna Stiebert
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

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While I appreciate that you may be more dependent than usual on online resources, do be careful with online materials. There are many unsuitable (e.g. confessional and uncritical, poorly researched or aimed at proselytizing) resources online. Please note that neither evangelical websites, nor Wikipedia count as appropriate resources for research for this module. There are some very good confessional/theological resources and Wikipedia can be a good starting point (e.g. for finding sources). If you have questions about re/sources, please ask.

Here are some useful online resources:

  1. Bible Odyssey: see This site is run by the Society of Biblical Literature, and offers a range of short articles and videos on people, places, and themes in the Bible. All are created by scholars working in the field of biblical studies. It also has some useful resource lists, and suggestions for further reading. Good for getting an overview of a particular topic.

2.     YouTube: search for ‘Helen Paynter Tour of the Bible’. During the Covid-19 lockdown, Rev. Dr. Helen Paynter recorded short, thoughtful summaries (with points of focus) for every single book of the Bible. These recordings are about 15 minutes long each. The focus is theological. They are great to listen to for gaining an overview.

3. Bibledex, which is a series of videos produced by the Theology and Religious Studies department at Nottingham University (

More great resources…

See ‘Biblical Studies Online’:   Here you can find many very good recorded lectures and talks by established biblical scholars.

Several scholars have their own blogs. This includes Wilda Gafney, for instance: . This blog offers lots of thought-provoking materials. The focus is theological.

Bible and Critical Theory (= BCT) Online Journal

This is an excellent open access resource on the Bible. Please see: for the full archive.

E.g. for Esther – see the article by womanist Ericka Dunbar in BCT 15/2 (2019) and the article by Sarah Emanuel in BCT 13/1 (2017).

The holdings in the University library are considerable. The following are just a few ideas to get you started. There are also very many commentaries in the library. Most commentary are on an individual book in the Bible (e.g. a commentary on Genesis, or Gospel of John, etc.). 

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:

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 12/09/2021