Understanding the Old Testament by Bernhard W. Anderson

ISBN978-0130923806

Understanding the Old Testament weaves together historical, theological, and literary elements in the study of the Old Testament. Anderson's textbook has long been noted for its lively presentation of Israel's narrative from the Exodus to the post-exilic period. This fifth edition of a highly popular introduction updates both the text and the bibliography to reflect the most recent scholarly insights into the meaning of the Old Testament, while retaining Anderson's distinctive approach. Anderson's Understanding the Old Testament is unparalleled for its clear and engaging prose that introduces the history, literature, and belief system of ancient Israel.

 

Understanding the New Testament by Howard Clard Kee

ISBN: 978-0139482663

An introduction to the New Testament that weaves together literary, religious and historical concerns, and emphasizes the community pattern of Christianity from its birth.

 

Opening the Bible (The New Church's Teaching Series - Volume 2) by Roger Ferlo

ISBN978-1561011445

The second volume in the New Church's Teaching Series addresses the how, why, and what questions of reading Holy Scripture.

 

Kingdom of God by John Bright

ISBN: 978-0687209088

This book traces the concept of The Kingdom of God throughout both the Old and New Testaments. It looks at the history of that concept and suggests its contemporary relevance. Bright states, "To grasp what is meant by the Kingdom of God is to come very close to the heart of the Bible's gospel of salvation."

 

A Short Introduction to the Hebrew Bible (3rd edition)

by: John J. Collins

ISBN978-1-5064-4599-1

John J. Collins's A Short Introduction to the Hebrew Bible is one of the most popular introductory textbooks in colleges and seminary classrooms. Enriched by decades of classroom teaching, it is aimed explicitly at motivated students, regardless of their previous exposure to the Bible or faith commitments. This more compact version of Collins's renowned Introduction to the Hebrew Bible is combined with even more student-friendly features, including charts, maps, photographs, chapter summaries, and bibliographies for further reading.

Collins proceeds through the canon of the Old Testament and the Apocrypha, judiciously presenting the current state of historical, archaeological, and literary understanding of the biblical text, and engaging the student in questions of significance and interpretation for the contemporary world.

The third edition is presented in a new and engaging format with new maps and images. An index has been added to the volume for the first time.

 

The New Oxford Annotated Bible - with Apocrypha (NRSV)

ISBN978-0-1902-7607-2

For over 50 years students, professors, clergy, and general readers have relied on The New Oxford Annotated Bible as an unparalleled authority in Study Bibles. This fifth edition of the Annotated remains the best way to study and understand the Bible at home or in the classroom. This
thoroughly revised and substantially updated edition contains the best scholarship informed by recent discoveries and anchored in the solid Study Bible tradition.

* Introductions and extensive annotations for each book by acknowledged experts in the field provide context and guidance.
* Introductory essays on major groups of biblical writings - Pentateuch, Prophets, Gospels, and other sections - give readers an overview that guides more intensive study.
* General essays on history, translation matters, different canons in use today, and issues of daily life in biblical times inform the reader of important aspects of biblical study.
* Maps and diagrams within the text contextualize where events took place and how to understand them.
* Color maps give readers the geographical orientation they need for understanding historical accounts throughout the Bible.
* Timelines, parallel texts, weights and measures, calendars, and other helpful tables help navigate the biblical world.
* An extensive glossary of technical terms demystifies the language of biblical scholarship.
* An index to the study materials eases the way to the quick location of information.

The New Oxford Annotated Bible, with twenty new essays and introductions and others - as well as annotations - fully revised, offers the reader flexibility for any learning style. Beginning with a specific passage or a significant concept, finding information for meditation, sermon preparation, or
academic study is straightforward and intuitive.

A volume that users will want to keep for continued reference, The New Oxford Annotated Bible continues the Oxford University Press tradition of providing excellence in scholarship for the general reader. Generations of users attest to its status as the best one-volume Bible reference tool for any
home, library, or classroom.

 

Introducing the New Testament (2nd Edition)

by: Mark Allan Powell

ISBN978-0-8010-9960-1

This lively, engaging introduction to the New Testament is critical yet faith-friendly, lavishly illustrated, and accompanied by a variety of pedagogical aids, including sidebars, maps, tables, charts, diagrams, and suggestions for further reading. The full-color interior features art from around the world that illustrates the New Testament's impact on history and culture.

The first edition has been well received (over 60,000 copies sold). This new edition has been thoroughly revised in response to professor feedback and features an updated interior design. It offers expanded coverage of the New Testament world in a new chapter on Jewish backgrounds, features dozens of new works of fine art from around the world, and provides extensive new online material for students and professors available through Baker Academic's Textbook eSources.