The Development of the Canon

F. F. Bruce, The Canon of Scripture (InterVarsity, 1988)

L. M. McDonald, J. A. Sanders, eds., The Canon Debate (Hendrickson, 2002)

How To Read The Bible

W. W. Klein, Introduction to Biblical Interpretation (Thomas Nelson, 2004) 1 

N.T. Wright, Scripture and the Authority of God (HarperOne, 2013) 2 

Aids To Interpreting the Bible

P. J. Achtemeier, ed., Harper’s Bible Dictionary (Harper & Row, 1985) 2

C. W. Draper, C. Brand, S. England, eds., Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (Thomas Nelson, 2003) 2

R. L. Harris, G. L Archer, B. K. Waltke, Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament, 2 vols. (Moody, 1980) 2

T. Longman III, P. Enns, eds., Dictionary of the Old Testament (IVP Academic, 2008) 2

W.E. Vine, M. Unger, Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words (Thomas Nelson, 1996) 2

The Theological Interpretation of Scripture

J. T. Billings, The Word of God for the People of God (Eerdmans, 2010) 2

B. Childs, Biblical Theology of the Old and New Testaments (Fortress, 1993) 2

E. F. Davis, R. B. Hays, eds., The Art of Reading Scripture (Eerdmans, 2003) 2

G. Free, Listening to the Spirit in the Text (Eerdmans, 2000) 2

J. Green, Practicing Theological Interpretation (Baker Academic, 2011) 2

C. Hall, Reading Scripture With the Church Fathers (Intervarsity, 1998) 2

R. B. Hays, Reading Backwards (Baylor University Press, 2014) 2 

D. K. McKim, A Guide to Contemporary Hermeneutics (Eerdmans, 1986) 2

R. S. Sugirtharajah, ed., Voices From the Margin: Interpreting the Bible in the Third World (SPCK, 1991) 2

D. Treier, Introducing Theological Interpretation of Scripture (Baker, 2008) 1  

K. J. Vanhoozer, ed., Dictionary for the Theological Interpretation of the Bible (Baker Academic, 2005) 2

T. Ward, Words of Life (IVP Academic, 2009) 2

W. Wink, The Bible in Human Transformation (Fortress, 2010) 1 

The Christocentric Reading of Scripture

D. A. Carson , ed., The Scriptures Testify about Me ( Crossway, 2013) 1  

B. Chapell, Christ-Centered Preaching (Baker, 2nd ed. 2005) 1

E. Clowney, Preaching Christ in All of Scripture (Crossway, 2003) 1

R. B. Hays, Reading Backwards (Baylor University Press, 2014) 2

G. A. F. Knight, Christ the Center (Eerdmans, 1999) 2 

S. Greidanus, Preaching Christ from the Old Testament (Eerdmans, 1999) 2

G, Goldsworthy, Christ-Centered Biblical Theology (IVP Academic, 2012) 2 

K. Tanner, Christ the Key (Cambridge University Press, 2010) 2

T. F. Torrance, The Mediation of Christ (Helmers & Howard, 1992) 2

M. Williams, How to Read the Bible through the Jesus Lens: (Zondervan, 2012) 2 

Anabaptist Biblical Interpretation

T. N. Finger, A Contemporary Anabaptist Theology (InterVarsity, 2004) 2 

S. Murray, Biblical Interpretation in the Anabaptist Tradition (Herald, 2000) 2

L. Pietersen, Reading the Bible After Christendom (Herald, 2012) 2 

C. A. Snyder, Anabaptist History and Theology (Pandora, 1995) 2 

W. Swartley, ed., Essays on Biblical Interpretation (Institute of Mennonite Studies, 1984) 2

Methodological Issues in Biblical Interpretation

C. Cosgrove, Appealing to Scripture in Moral Debate (Eerdmans, 2002) 2

P. Enns, The Bible Tells Me So…(New York: HarperOne, 2014) 1

S. E. Porter, D. Tomb, eds., Approaches to New Testament Study (Sheffield Academic Press, 1995) 2

D. Flood, Disarming Scripture (Metanoia Books, 2014) 2

G. R. Osborne, The Hermeneutical Spiral (InterVarsity, 1991) 2

K. Sparks, God’s Word in Human Words (Baker Academic, 2008) 2

N.T. Wright, Surprised by Scripture: Engaging Contemporary Issue (HarperOne, 2015) 2 

W. Wink, The Bible in Human Transformation (Fortress, 2010) 1 

The Bible and Historical-Critical Issues

B. T. Arnold, R. S. Hess, eds., Ancient Israel’s History: An Introduction to Issues and Sources, (Baker Academic, 2014) 2

L. R. Bailey, Noah, the Person and the Story in History and Tradition (University of South Carolina Press, 1989) 2

G. Bartholomew, C. S. Evans, M. Healy, M. Rae, eds., Behind the Text: History and Biblical Interpretation (Zondervan, 2003) 2

C. Brown, History and Faith (Zondervan, 1987) 2 

B. Childs, Biblical Theology in Crisis (Westminster, 1979) 2 

J. D. G. Dunn, Unity and Diversity in the New Testament (Trinity, 2nd ed., 1990 [1977]) 2

P. Enns, The Evolution of Adam ( Brazos, 2012) 2

J. Goldingay, Key Questions About Biblical Interpretation (Baker Academic, 2011) 2 

J. K. Hoffmeier, D. R. Magary, eds., Do Historical Matters Matter to Faith? (Crossway, 2012) 2

J. P. Hyatt, ed., The Bible in Modern Scholarship (Abingdon, 1965) 2

J. A. T. Robinson, Redating the New Testament (Westminster, 1976) 2 

W. Ryan, W. Pitman, Noah’s Flood: The New Scientific Discoveries about the Event That Changed History (Simon & Schuster, 1998) 2

J. L. Sheler, Is the Bible True? (New York: HaperSanFrancisco, 1999) 2

K. Sparks, God’s Word in Human Words (Baker Academic, 2008) 2 

H. Sun, eds., Problems in Biblical Theology (Eerdmans, 1997) 2

I. Wilson, Before the Flood: The Biblical Flood as Real Event and How It Changed the Course of Civilization (St. Martin’s, 2001) 2

W. Wink, The Bible in Human Transformation (Fortress, 2010) 1 

Nature and Significance of Oral Traditions

Note: These are works that address the general reliability of oral traditions in non-literate cultures. Greg’s interest in this category is based on the commonly held scholarly conviction that most of the content of the Bible, and especially of the Gospels, circulated as oral tradition before being written down.

L. Honko, J. Handoo, J. M. Foley The Epic: Oral and Written (Central Institute of Indian Languages, 1998) 2

D. C. Parker, The Living Text of the Gospels (Cambridge University Press, 1997) 2

L. Tarkka, ed., Dynamics of Tradition (Finnish Literature Society, 2003) 2

E. Tonkin, Narrating Our Pasts (Cambridge University Press, 1992) 2

J. Vansina, Oral Tradition as History (University of Wisconsin Press, 1985) 2 

F. A. Yates, The Art of Memory (University of Chicago Press, 1966) 2

Commentaries on the Whole Bible

G. W. Baker, J. Watts, R. Martin, eds., Word Bible Commentary Series, 24 Vols (Zondervan, 1977-2015) 2

B. Childs, Biblical Theology of the Old and New Testaments (Fortress, 1993) 2

L. Keck, The New Interpreters Bible Commentary, 10 Vols. (Abingdon, 2015) 2

E. S. Fioenza, ed. Searching the Scriptures, Vol. 2: A Feminist Commentary (Crossroad, 1994) 2

D. Patte, ed., Global Bible Commentary (Abingdon Press, 2004) 2

L. Russell, ed., Feminist Interpretation of the Bible (Westminster, 1985) 2

V.D. Verbrugg, The NIV Application Commentary Series, 22 Vols (Zondervan, 1996-2015) 1

Biblical Theology

S. J. Draftchick, C. D. Meyers, B. C. Ollenburger, eds., Biblical Theology (Abingdon, 1995) 2 

R. Feldmeier, H. Spieckerman, God of the Living: A Biblical Theology (Baylor, 2011) 2 

H. Sun, eds., Problems in Biblical Theology (Eerdmans, 1997) 2 

W. VanGemeren, The Progress of Redemption (Zondervan Academic, 1988) 2

C. J. H. Wright, The Mission of God: Unlocking the Bible’s Grand Narrative (IVP Academic, 2006) 2

Centrality of Covenant in Scripture

W. J. Dumbrell, Covenant and Creation (Paternoster, 1984) 2

P. Gentry, S. J. Wellum, Kingdom through Covenant (Crossroad, 2012) 2

P. J. Grabe, New Covenant, New Community (Paternoster, 2006) 2

W. Hahn, Covenant and Communion (Brazos, 2008) 2 

M. G. Kline, By Oath Consigned (Eerdmans, 1968) 2 

R. Rendtorff, Canon and Theology (Fortress, 1993) 2 

M. Smith, The Power of the Blood Covenant (Harrison House, 2006) 2 

P. R. Williamson, Sealed with an Oath (InterVarsity, 2007) 2

N.T. Wright, The Climax of the Covenant (Fortress, 1991) 2 

Cosmic Conflict/ Spiritual Warfare in Scripture

C. Arnold, Powers of Darkness (InterVarsity, 1992) 2

C. Auffarth, L. T. Stuckenbruck, The Fall of the Angels (Brill, 2004) 2

J. Beilby, P. R. Eddy, Understanding Spiritual Warfare: Four Views (BakerAcademic, 2012) 2 

C. Caird, Principalities and Powers: A Study in Pauline Theology (Clarendon, 1956) 2

D. Cole, ed, Servant God: The Cosmic Conflict Over God’s Trustworthiness (Loma Linda University Press, 2013) 2

P. L. Day, An Adversary in Heaven (Scholars Press, 1995) 2

V. Eller, Christian Anarchy: Jesus’ Primacy over the Powers (Eerdmans, 1987) 2 

N. Forsyth, The Old Enemy: Satan and the Combat Myth (Princeton University Press, 1987) 2

K. Wa Gatumu, The Pauline Concept of Supernatural Powers (Paternoster, 2008) 2

A. H. van den Heuvel, Those Rebellious Powers (Friendship, 1965) 2

J. Kallas, Jesus and the Power of Satan (Westminster, 1968) 2 

H. A. Kelley, The Devil at Baptism: Ritual, Theology and Drama (Cornel University Press, 1965) 2

A. König, New and Greater Things (University of South Africa Press, 1988) 2

E. Langton, Essentials of Demonology (Epworth, 1949) 2

R. Leivestad, Christ the Conqueror: Ideas of Conflict and Victory in the New Testament (Macmillan, 1954) 2 

T. Ling, The Significance of Satan (SPCK, 1961) 2 

T. Longman, III, D. G. Reid, God is a Warrior (Zondervan, 1995) 2

S. E. Noll, Angels of Light, Powers of Darkness (InterVarsity, 1998) 2

J. Russell, The Devil: Perceptions of Evil from Antiquity to Primitive Christianity (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1977) 2

G. E. Smith, The Evolution of the Dragon (Manchester University Press, 1919) 2

E. Theile, M. Theile, Job and the Devil (Pacific Press, 1988) 1

P. G. R. de Villers, Like a Roaring Lion (University of South Africa, 1987) 2

G. Wingren, The Living Word (Muhlenberg, 1960 [1949]) 2

T. R. Yoder Neufeld, ‘Put on the Armour of God’: The Divine Warrior from Isaiah to Ephesians (Sheffield Academic, 1997) 3

The “Dark Side” of Scripture

L. Barret, The Way God Fights: War and Peace in the Old Testament (Eerdmans, 1978) 2

D. G. Bloesch, Is the Bible Sexist? (Wipf & Stock, 2001) 2

W. Brueggeman, Divine Presence Amid Violence (Cascade, 2009) 2

M. M. Campbell, Light on the Dark Side of God (Truth For the Final Generation, 2003 [1989]) 1

J. J. Collins, Does The Bible Justify Violence? (Fortress, 2004) 2

P. Copan, Is God a Moral Monster? (Baker, 2011) 2

C.S. Cowles, et. al. Show Them No Mercy (Zondervan, 2003) 2  

P. C. Craigie, The Problem of War in the Old Testament (Wipf and Stock, 2002 [1978]) 2 

E. W. Davies, The Immoral Bible (T & T Clark, 2010) 2

K. J. Dell, ed., The Ethical and Unethical in the Old Testament (Clark, 2010) 2

E. O. Douglin, God’s Character: The Best News in the Universe! (Truth for the Final Generation, 2001) 1

D. Earl, The Joshua Delusion? (Cascade Books, 2010) 2

V. Eller, War and Peace From Genesis to Revelation (Wipf & Stock, 2003 [1981]) 1  

P. Enns, The Bible Tells Me So…( HarperOne, 2014) 2

D. Flood, Disarming Scripture (Metanoia Books, 2014) 2

R. Girard, Things Hidden Since the Foundation of the World (Stanford University Press, 1977) 2

P. Jenkins, Laying Down The Sword (HarperOne, 2011) 2 

C. C. Kroeger, J. R. Beck, eds., Women, Abuse, and the Bible (Baker, 1996) 2

D. Lamb, God Behaving Badly (InterVarsity, 2011) 1

K. Löning, E. Zenger, To Begin with, God Created….: Biblical Theologies of Creation (Liturgical Press, 2000) 2

G. Lüdemann, The Unholy in Holy Scriptures (Westminster John Knox, 1997) 2

S. Matthews, E. L. Gibson, eds., Violence in the New Testament (T & T Clark, 2005) 2

P. McDonald, God and Violence (Herald Press, 2004) 2

M. J. Murray, Michael C. Rea. eds., Divine Evil? (Oxford University Press, 2011) 2

A. Orr-Ewing, Is the Bible Intolerant? Sexist? Oppressive? Homophobic? Outdated? Irrelevant? (InterVarsity, 2012) 1

R Schwager, Must There Be Scapegoats? (Harper Collins, 1987) 2 

R. M. Schwartz, The Curse of Cain: The Violent Legacy of Monotheism (Chicago University Press, 1997) 2

E. Seibert, Disturbing Divine Behavior (Fortress Press, 2009) 2

C. Sherlock, The God Who Fights: The War Tradition in Holy Scripture (Glazier, 1989) 2

K. Sparks, Sacred Word Broken Word (Eerdmans, 2012) 2 

T. Stark, The Human Face of God (Wipf & Stock, 2011) 2

M. Strauss, Jesus Behaving Badly (IVP Books, 2015) 2

A.A. Thomas, J. Evans, P.Copans, eds. Holy War in the Bible (InterVarsity, 2013) 2

A. Thompson, Who’s Afraid of the Old Testament God? (Pacesetters Bible School, 4th rev. ed., 2003 [1988]) 1

D. Weaver, The Non-Violent God (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2013) 2

P. Trible, Texts of Terror (Fortress, 1984) 2

W. Webb, Slaves, Women, and Homosexuals (InterVarsity, 2001) 2 

T. Yoder Neufeld, Killing Enmity (Baker Academic, 2011) 2 

J. Young, The Violence of God and the War on Terror (Seabury, 2008) 2

Other Themes in Biblical Theology

W. Achtner, S. Kunz, T. Walter, Dimensions of Time (Eerdmans, 2002)

J. S. Burnett, Where is God? Divine Absence in the Hebrew Bible (Fortress, 2010)

G. M. Burge, Jesus and the Land: The New Testament Challenge to “Holy Land” Theology (Baker Academic, 2010) 

S. Collins, L. C. Scott, Discovering the City of Sodom: The Fascinating, True Account of the Discovery of the Old Testament’s Most Infamous City (Howard, 2013)

R. M. Davidson, Flame of Yahweh: Sexuality in the Old Testament (Hendrickson, 2007)

J. Enz, The Christian and Warfare: The Roots of Pacifism in the Old Testament (Herald, 1972)

Y. Muffs, The Personhood of God (Jewish Lights, 2005)

J. Peckham, The Love of God (IVP Academic, 2015)

C. Pinnock, R. Brow, Unbounded Love (InterVarsity, 1994)

W. Swartley, Covenant of Peace (Eerdmans, 2006)

S. Travis, Christ and the Judgment of God (Hendrickson 2008) 

D. Weaver, The Non-Violent God (Grand Rapids/Cambridge: Eerdmans, 2013)