Sacred Scripture (general)

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Introductions

General Introductions & Dictionaries

Introductions on specific books of the Bible as well as general introductions to the Old and New Testaments can be found on the particular bibliographies of the Old Testament and the New Testament.

• Alter, R. The Hebrew Bible: A Translation with Commentary. 3 Volumes. New York: Norton, 2004.
• Brueggemann, W. The Prophetic Imagination, 2nd edition. Knoxville: Doubleday, 1992.
• Freedman, D.N., ed. The Anchor Bible Dictionary, 6 volumes. New York: Doubleday, 1992.
• *Harrington, D.J. Invitation to the Apocrypha. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1999.
• Horsley, R., ed. In the Shadow of Empire: Reclaiming the Bible as a History of Faithful Resistance. Knoxville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2008.
• Howard-Brook, W. “Come Out, My People!” God’s Call Out of Empire in the Bible and Beyond. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2012.
• *Metzger, B.M. & Coogan, M.D., eds. The Oxford Companion to the Bible. Oxford: University Press, 1993.

THEMATIC STUDIES

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History & Biblical Culture

History & Biblical Culture

• Matthews, V.H. The Cultural World of the Bible, 4th Edition. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academics, 2015. [Revised and updated from Manners and Customs in the Bible. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 2006, 1988.]
• Soggin, J.A. Israel in the Biblical Period: Institutions, Festivals, Ceremonies, Rituals. London: T&T Clark, 2001.

OLD TESTAMENT SPECIFIC
• Arnold, B.T. & Strawn, B.A., eds. The World around the Old Testament: The People and Places of the Ancient Near East. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2016.
• *Davies, P.R. The History of Ancient Israel: A Guide for the Perplexed. New York: T&T Clark, 2015.
• Jagersma, H. A History of Israel to Bar Kochba. London: SCM, 1994.
• Soggin, J.A. An Introduction to the History of Israel and Judah, 3rd edition. London: SCM, 1999, 1984.

NEW TESTAMENT SPECIFIC
• Green, J.B. & McDonald, L.M., eds. The World of the New Testament: Cultural, Social, and Historical Contexts. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2017.
• Jeffers, J.S. The Greco-Roman World of the New Testament Era. Exploring the Background of Early Christianity. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 1999.
• Millar, F. The Roman Near East 31 BC – AD 337. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1994.
• *Witherington, B. New Testament History: A Narrative Account. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 2001.

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Hermeneutics

Hermeneutics

• Fitzmyer, J.A. Scripture: the Soul of Theology. New York: Paulist Press, 1994.
• Horsley, R., ed. In the Shadow of Empire: Reclaiming the Bible as a A History of Faithful ResistanceKnoxville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2008.
• *Keegan, T.J. Interpreting the Bible. A Popular Introduction to Biblical Hermeneutics. New York: 1985.
• McDonald, L.M. The Biblical Canon: Its Origin, Transmission, and Authority. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 2007. [Revised and updated from The Formation of the Christian Biblical Canon. Peabody, MA 1995, 1988.
• *Pontifical Biblical Institute. The Interpretation of the Bible in the Church. Vatican City: PBC, 1994.

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Narrative Art

Bible as Narrative Art

• Alter, R. The Art of Biblical Narrative, revised. New York: Basic Books, 2011, 1981.
• Alter, R. The Art of Biblical Poetry, revised. New York: Basic Books, 2011, 1985.
• Alter, R. & Kermode, F. editors. The Literary guide to the Bible.Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1987. 
• Bar-Efrat, S. Narrative Art in the Bible. New York: T&T Clark, 2004, 1989.
• Boomershine, T.E. Story Journey: An Invitation to the Gospel as Storytelling. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1988.
• Fokkelman, J.P. Reading Biblical Narrative: An Introductory Guide. Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2000.
• Fokkelman, J.P. Reading Biblical Poetry: An Introductory Guide. Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2001.

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