Amy-Jill Levine and Marc Z. Brettler, editors

Oxford University Press, 2011

 

An in-depth study of the Second testament that focuses on the Jewish culture and faith of Jesus, his family and followers.  It includes essays on the religious traditions and the perspectvie of the era, the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Midrash, and comtemporary sects.  Christian orthodoxy and rituals are explained.

 

James C. Howell

John Knox Westminster Press, 2012

Howell, a United Methodist pastor and author of The Beauty of the Word  and The Will of God, presents an opportunity to explore this oft-quoted passage from the First Testament, Micah 6:8.  He gives us a background on Micah and his historical setting and brings new understanding to the original meaning of the words which helps us to see this passage in a different way.

Mary C. Earle

Morehouse Publishing, 2003

 

Author, Episcopal priest, and spiritual director, Earle writes from her own experience of living with chronic illness and finding the practice of lectio divina, the ancient church discipline of closely reading and praying with Scripture, to be helpful to those like herself needing support and comfort through the difficulties of sickness and physical pain.

 

Carol Newsom

Sharon H. Ringe

Jacqueline E. Lapsley, editors

Wesminster John Knox Press, 2012

This is the Third Edition of the Women's Bible Commentary.  It has become a classic commentary for feminist biblical scholarship and is written by some of the best scholars in the field.  This edition has new or completely revised and updated essays to reflect current research and perspectives.

David Buttrick

Fortress Press, 1987

Homiletics professor Buttrick lays out a model for sermons which focuses on presenting the message of the Scriptures with sensitivity to the spoken word and to the listener, and most of all, reverence for the Word.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

HarperCollins, 1954

Originally published by Bonhoeffer in 1939, this book grew out of his experiences in Finkenwalde at the seminary he founded and led until its expulsion by the Nazi government.

M. Thomas Shaw

Rowman & Littlefield, 2008

Shaw, Episcopal Bishop of Massachusetts, offers a unique guide for Bible study.  He has organized his exquisite book around issues that matter to churches, such as conflict and outreach, and reflected on how they are similar to the concerns of the communities of the gospel writers and of Paul.

Anna Carter Florence

Westminster John Knox Press, 2007

As a leading academic in homiletics, Florence, in a book that is already a classic, introduces the reader to America's earliest and most outstanding women preachers as she also shows us how to get under the skin of a biblical text and find the words to speak its truth.

Stephen Cottrell

Church House Publishing, 2009

This little book is a treasure! Packed with the wisdom earned over years of parish ministry, Cottrell truly understands the meaning of servant leadership and how a clergyperson's honest examination of their own intentions and motivations in view of Christianity is fundamental to leading a congregation.

Eugene H. Peterson

Wm. B. Eerdmans, 1993

This is a must-read for parish pastors who wish to approach and apply their calling from a spiritual perspective.