Below is a list of the better books and articles I read or referenced for my classwork during this past semester of divinity school.
The list is not in any particular order, though I attempted to group them by topic. My classes were on Greek, New Testament Interpretation, Theology, a Public Theology Internship, and Islamophobia.
This list includes around 85% of our assigned reading and the major resources for some of my papers. Most all the assignments were thought-provoking and worth reading. Below my classwork list is a list of some of the other books and authors recommended to me by people I trust over the past semester.
- The HarperCollins Study Bible, Revised Edition, edited by Harold W. Attridge (San Francisco: HarperOne, 2006).
- Clayton Croy, A Primer of Biblical Greek (Eerdmans, 1999).
- Bruce M. Metzger, Lexical Aids for Students of New Testament Greek, 3rd edition (Baker, 1998).
- Warren Carter and Amy-Jill Levine, The New Testament: Methods and Meanings (Nashville: Abington, 2013).
- Jonathan L. Reed, Harper Collins Visual Guide to the New Testament (HarperOne, 2007).
- Krister Stendahl, “Why I Love the Bible.” Harvard Divinity Bulletin 35 (2007), https://bulletin.hds.harvard.edu/articles/winter2007/why-i-love-bible.
- “Act of Thecla,” PBS.org, https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/religion/maps/primary/thecla.html
- “Quotations from primary sources relevant to the study of Josephus’ account of Jesus,” Josephus.org, http://www.josephus.org/quotes.htm.
- Ernest Best,“Church,” In The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary, edited by Paul J. Achtemeier (New York: HarperCollins, 1996), 183-185.
- Raymond F. Collins, First Corinthians, in Volume 7 of the Sacra Pagina Series, General Editor Daniel J. Harrington (Collegeville, Minnesota: The Liturgical Press 1999).
- William F. Orr and James Arthur Walther, I Corinthians: A New Translation. Volume 32 of The Anchor Bible, General Editors William Foxwell Albright and David Noel Freedman(Garden City, New York: Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1976).
- Anthony C. Thiselton, The First Epistle to the Corinthians: A Commentary on the Greek Text, Volume 7 of the New International Greek Testament Commentary, General Editors I. Howard Marshall and Donald A. Hagner, (Grand Rapids, Michigan: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2000).
- Alister E. McGrath, Theology: The Basics, 3rd ed. (West Sussex, UK: Wiley-Blackwell, 2012).
- Elizabeth A. Johnson, Abounding in Kindness (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2015).
- James H. Evans, Jr., We Have Been Believers: An African-American Systematic Theology, 2nd Edition (Fortress Press, 2012).
- Pamela R. Lightsey, Our Lives Matter: A Womanist Queer Theology (Pickwick, 2015).
- Alister E. McGrath, The Christian Theology Reader, 4th ed. (John Wiley & Sons, 2011).
- Daniel L. Migliore, Faith Seeking Understanding, 3rd ed. (Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2014).
- Pope Francis Address to Theology Faculty at the Catholic University of Argentina.
- M. Shawn Copeland, “Racism and the Vocation of the Theologian,” Spiritus: A Journal of Christian Spirituality 2.1 (2002), 15-29.
- Leonardo Boff, Trinity and Society (2005).
- Ivone Gebara, “Ecofeminism and the Trinity,” Longing for Running Water (1999).
- Jon Sobrino, Where is God? (Maryknoll, New York: Orbis Books, 2004).
- Michelle A. Gonzalez, Created In God’s Image:An Introduction to Feminist Theological Anthropology (2007).
- Augustine of Hippo, Confessions.
- Julian of Norwich, Showings.
- Wendy Farley, “Knit and Oned to God,” The Wounding and Healing of Desire: Weaving Heaven and Earth (2005).
- Andreas Weber, Matter and Desire (Chelsea Green Publishing, 2017).
- Council of Chalcedon, Definition of Christian Faith.
- JoAnn Marie Terrell, “Rethinking Sacrifice,” Power in the Blood?: The Cross in the African American Experience (2005).
- Mary McClintock Fulkerson and Marcia W. Mount Shoop, “Race, Memory, and Eucharist,” A Body Broken, A Body Betrayed: Race, Memory, and Eucharist in White-Dominant Churches (Cascade Books, 2015).
- William Placher and Paul Knitter, “What About Them? Christians and Non-Christians,” Essentials of Christian Theology (Westminster John Knox Press, 2003).
- Pope Francis, Evangelism and Interreligious Dialogue.
- Warren J. Blumfield, “God and Natural Disasters: It’s the Gays Fault?,” Huffington Post.com, November 5, 2012, https://www.huffingtonpost.com/warren-j-blumenfeld/god-and-natural-disasters-its-the-gays-fault_b_2068817.html.
- Benjamin Wirt Farley, The Providence of God (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Book House, 1988).
- Gillian R. Evans, Augustine on Evil (New York: Cambridge University Press, 1982).
- Terence E. Fretheim, Creation Untamed (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Academic, 2010).
- Chad Meister, “Theodicy,” In Dictionary of Christianity and Science, Paul Copan et al., editors (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan, 2017).
- S. Paul Schilling, God and Human Anguish (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1977).
- Ted Steinberg, Acts of God, 2d ed. (New York: Oxford University Press, 2000).
- Gary Stern, Can God Intervene? (Westport, Connecticut: Praeger Publishers, 2007).
- John Walton, The Lost World of Genesis (Downers Grove, Illinois: IVP Academic, 2009).
- Todd H. Green, The Fear of Islam: An Introduction to Islamophobia in the West (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2015).
- Daniel W. Brown, A New Introduction to Islam, Second Edition (Wiley-Blackwell, 2011).
- Kecia Ali, Sexual Ethics & Islam: Feminist Reflections on Qur’an, Hadith, and Jurisprudence (London: Oneworld Publications, 2008).
- Edward E. Curtis, Muslims in America: A Short History (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009).
- Toufic El Rassi, توفيق (Arab in America) (San Francisco: Last Gasp, 2016).
- The Qur’an, Translated by M. A. S. Abdel Haleem (Oxford: Oxford World Classics, 2008).
- Amina Wadud, Qur’an and Woman: Rereading the Sacred Text from a Woman’s Perspective (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999).
- Mahmoud Ayoub, Islam: Faith and History (Oneworld Publications, 2005).
- William E. Shepard, Introducing Islam, 2nd ed. (Routledge, 2014).
- Joshua Canzona, “Opposition to Teaching and Learning about Islam” (July 20, 2016).
- Sachiko Murata and William Chittick, The Vision of Islam (Paragon House, 1998).
- “Islamophobia: A Challenge for Us All – Report of the Runnymede Trust Commission on British Muslims and Islamophobia.”
- “Legislating Fear: Islamophobia and Its Impact in the United States,” CAIR.
- Samuel P. Huntington, “The Clash of Civilizations?” Foreign Affairs (1993).
- A Muslim American Slave: The Life of Omar Ibn Said (University of Wisconsin Press, 2011).
- “Muslims, Islam(s), Race and American Islamophobia” in Islamophobia: The Challenge of Pluralism in the 21st Century (Oxford University Press, 2011).
- Alex Haley and Malcolm X, The Autobiography of Malcolm X.
- Su’ad Abdul Khabeer, Muslim Cool: Race, Religion and Hip Hop in the United States (NYU Press, 2016).
- Russell L. Weaver & Donald L. Lively, The First Amendment (4th ed. 2012).
- Daniel A. Farber, The First Amendment (3rd ed. 2010).
- 2017). The Evangelicals: The Struggle to Shape America (Simon & Schuster,
- Jennifer Powell McNutt, “The Clergy Behind Science as We Know It,” Christianity Today (November 27, 2017) (available to non-CT subscribers here).
Also, here is a list of some of the books suggested to me during the semester by people I respect, again in no particular order (I have not had a chance to read these):
- James H. Cone, God of the Oppressed.
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- James V. Brownson, Bible Gender Sexuality (Eerdmans, 2013).
- Justin Lee, Torn (Jericho Books, 2013).
- Richard B. Hays, The Moral Vision of the New Testament (HarperOne, 1996).
- N.T. Wright, Acts (For Everyone) (2008).
- The Study Quran: A New Translation and Commentary, Seyyed Hossein Nasr, ed. (New York: HarperOne, 2015).
- Kester on New Testament Gospels.
- Adela Yarbro Collins on New Testament Gospels.
- Gail O’Day on New Testament Gospels.
- Warren Carter, Telling Tales About Jesus (Fortress Press, 2016).
- Amy Jill Levine and Marc Zvi Brettler, The Jewish Annotated New Testament (Oxford University Press, 2017).
- Lucretia B. Yaghjian, Writing Theology Well: A Rhetoric for Theological and Biblical Writers (Bloomsbury Academic, 2006).
D.A. Carson, Exegetical Fallacies (Baker Academic, 1996).
Sally Gary, Loves God, Likes Girls: A Memoir (Leafwood Publishers/ACU Press, 2013), centerpeace.net.
National Geographic, “Gender Revolution,” http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/gender-revolution-a-journey-with-katie-couric/.
Philip Yancey, Where is God When it Hurts? (Zondervan).
Harold S. Kushner, When Bad Things Happen to Good People (Anchor).
- Michael Eric Dyson,Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America (2017)
- Howard Thurman, Jesus and the Disinherited (1996)
- James H. Cone, The Cross and the Lynching Tree (2013)
- Jon Sobrino, The Principle of Mercy: Taking the Crucified People from the Cross (1994)
- Wendell Berry, anything by
- Peter Enns, The Bible Tells Me So: Why Defending Scripture Has Made Us Unable to Read It (2014).
What book(s) would you add to the list of theological books to read?
(The picture is one I took in the main library at Wake Forest University.)
Updated: Added 19-24 in second list.