Rachel Held Evans 

Thomas Nelson, 2012   


Evans, an award-winning blogger and author (Evolving in Monkey Town), challenges herself to follow the biblical precepts to women in the First and Second Testament. She cooks, cleans, dresses, acts--and also becomes the model wife--according to twelve womanly virtues, one for each month of the year.

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.

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.


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.

J. Philip Newell

Paulist Press, 2000


This little jewel of a book offers reflections and then questions that probe for our awareness of the kingdom of God around us and within us in the "promptings of paradise."  Internationally recognized Celtic author and scholar John Philip Newell succintly discusses its location in the world, in the church, in our prayer, and in our desire, out of earthly pain, for healing in the world.


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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.


Adele Berlin, Marc Zvi Brettler

and Michael Fishbane, editors

Oxford University Press, 2004

An excellent study bible on the First Testament  which has been acclaimed by both Jewish and Christian clergy.  Included are scholarly articles on criticism, various traditions of Judaism, poetry, and the history of its canonization.

Kenneth E. Bailey

IVP Academic, 2011

The newest study by respected scholar and clergy whose personal experience of living in the the Middle East and thoroughly digesting its culture and history gives a uniquely informed perspective of First Letter to the Corinthians, one of the most quoted Pauline epistles.

John Philip Newell

Suzanne Butler, soloist

Material Media, 2010

Internationally known Celtic scholar and author Newell's latest music release is original chants in the Celtic tradition, calling for peace among the Abrahamic religions, using Near Easter harmonies.  Each chant coordinates with his book Praying with the Earth and employs a Scripture verse from Judaism, Islam, and Christianity, along with their musical traditions. Newell  reads each Scripture passage and then the chant follows, sung in Butler's beautiful voice.  Excellent for individual prayer and group gatherings.

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Jean-Yves Leloup

Inner Traditions, 2006

In deeper pursuit of the Jesus and Mary Magdalene mystery, LeLoup presents a thorough investigation of the scripture in order to explore and understand their profoundly transformative spiritual relationship.

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