Friday, December 07, 2007

Biblical studies: good books to get

There were quite a number of first-timers in the last "Study on the Gospel of John" class and I made good friends with one of them, Jing Shan. I had caught up with her since classes completed last week, and she got lost in the forest - trying to get hold of what she needs to do with a theological paper and a short exegesis.

I am trying to help her come up with a list of good books to have for starters: I have these in mind. This is by no means the best books but I think they should be good enough. And in the course of looking for them: my own wishlist has expanded! Oh dear.

  • Exploring the New Testament by David Wenham and Steve Walton
  • Old Testament Survey: The Message, Form, and Background of the Old Testament by William Sanford LA Sor, David Allan Hubbard, Frederic William Bush, and Leslie C. Allen

  • Biblical Dictionary
  • Dictionary for Theological Interpretation of the Bible by Kevin J. Vanhoozer
  • Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible by David Noel Freedman, Allen C. Myers, and Astrid B. Beck

  • Biblical Interpretation
  • Introduction to Biblical Interpretation by William W. Klein, Craig L. Blomberg and Robert L. Hubbarb
  • New Testament Exegesis: A Handbook for Students and Pastors by Gordon D. Fee
  • Old Testament Exegesis: A Handbook for Students and Pastors by Douglas K. Stuart

  • Bible Background
  • The IVP Bible Background Commentary: OT by by John H. Walton, Victor H. Matthews, and Mark W. Chavalas
  • The IVP Bible Background Commentary: NT by Craig S. Keener
  • A Historical Survey of the Old Testament by Eugene H. Merill

  • For a more complete bibliography, check out Denver Seminary's:
  • Annotated Old Testament Bibliography - 2007
  • New Testament Exegesis Bibliography - 2007

  • pearlie


    1. thanks for the books recommendations, especially the denver seminary link.

    2. Good for your Friday book-shopping ;)

    3. I'd recommend the NIV Application Commentary series as well. I'm nearing the end of a four year project to read them all (just Daniel and Revelation to go now after 2 Peter/Jude) and they've been marvellous. Wish they'd get on an publish the last four as well!

    4. Hi Anon,
      Thanks for the heads-up! I have not used it before but I do hear may good reviews about them. I hope to get hold on one and try out it out - which would you recommend as the best of the lot.