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Atonement Theology

Recovering the Scandal of the Cross: Atonement in New Testament and Contemporary Contexts, Joel B. Green, Mark D. Baker, IVP Academic, 2000

God’s Just Vengeance: Crime, Violence and the Rhetoric of Salvation, Timothy Gorringe, Cambridge University Press, 2002

The Actuality of Atonement: A Study of Metaphor, Rationality and the Christian Tradition, Colin E. Gunton, Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2003

Cross Examinations: Readings on the Meaning of the Cross Today, Marit Trelstad (Editor), Fortress Press, 2006

Saved from Sacrifice: A Theology of the Cross, S. Mark Heim, Eerdmans, 2006

Stricken by God?: Nonviolent Identification and the Victory of Christ, Bradley Jersak (Editor), Michael Hardin (Editor), Eerdmans, 2007

The Atonement Debate: Papers from the London Symposium on the Theology of Atonement, Justin Thacker (Editor), David Hilborn (Editor), Zondervan Academic, 2008

The Sacrifice of Jesus: Understanding Atonement Biblically, Christian A. Eberhart, Fortress Press, 2011

Anabaptist Readings

The Anabaptist Vision, by Harold S. Bender, Herald Press, 1960

Mennonite Peacemaking: From Quietism to Activism, by Leo Driedger, Donald B. Kraybill, Herald Press, 1994

Mere Discipleship: Radical Christianity in a Rebellious World, by Lee Camp, Brazos Press, 2003

The Upside-Down Kingdom, by Donald B. Kraybill, Herald Pr, 2004

Anabaptist History And Theology: An Introduction, by C. Arnold Snyder, Pandora Press, 2005

Changing Lenses: A New Focus for Crime and Justice, by Howard Zehr, Herald Press, 2005

Early Anabaptist Spirituality: Selected Writings, by Daniel Liechty, Paulist Press, 2005

Dissident Discipleship: A Spirituality of Self-Surrender, Love of God, and Love of Neighbor, by David W. Augsburger, Brazos Press, 2006

Transforming the Powers: Peace, Justice, and the Domination System: Peace, Justice and the Domination System, Ray C. Gingerich and Theodore G. Grimsrud, Fortress Press, 2006

A Community Called Atonement, by Scot McKnight, Abingdon Press, 2007

Jesus Untangled: Crucifying Our Politics to Pledge Allegiance to the Lamb, by Keith Giles, Quoir Publishing, 2007

The Power of Enough: Finding Contentment by Putting Stuff in Its Place, by Lynn A. Miller, Herald Press, 2008

Ambassadors of Reconciliation, Volume 2: Diverse Christian Practices of Restorative Justice and Peacemaking, by Ched Myers, Chad Myers, Orbis Books, 2009

The Naked Anabaptist: The Bare Essentials of a Radical Faith, by Stuart Murray, Herald Press, 2010

Atonement, Justice, and Peace: The Message of the Cross and the Mission of the Church, by Darrin W. Snyder Belousek, Eerdmans, 2011

Killing Enmity: Violence and the New Testament, by Thomas R. Yoder Neufeld, Baker Academic, 2011

This Is My Body: Ekklesia as God Intended, by Keith Giles, 2011

Christian. Muslim. Friend.: Twelve Paths to Real Relationship, by David W. Shenk, Herald Press, 2014

Cooperative Salvation: A Brethren View of Atonement (Brethren Theology Series), by Kate Eisenbise Crell, Wipf & Stock, 2015 

Christian Leaders

My God and My All: The Life of Saint Francis of Assissi, Elizabeth Goudge, Coward-McCann, 1959

Florence Nightingale, Cecil Woodham-Smith, Atheneum Books, 1983

Letters of John Newton, John Newton, Banner of Truth, 1998

Loaves and Fishes, Dorothy Day, Orbis Books, 2003

Dorothy Day: Selected Writings; By Little and by Little, Robert Ellsberg, Orbis Books, 2005

Practical View of Prevailing Religious System of Professed Christians: Contrasted with Real Christianity, William Wilberforce, Forgotten Books, 2018

To the Promised Land: Martin Luther King and the Fight for Economic Justice, Michael K. Honey, W. W. Norton Company, 2019

Christian Life

Kissing the Leper: Seeing Jesus in the Least of These, Bradley Jersak, Fresh Wind Press, 2006

Hospitality and the Other: Pentecost, Christian Practices, and the Neighbor, (Faith Meets Faith), Amos Yong, Orbis Books, 2008

A Meal with Jesus: Discovering Grace, Community, and Mission Around the Table, Tim Chester, Crossway Books, 2011

As Christ Submits to the Church: A Biblical Understanding of Leadership and Mutual Submission, Alan G. Padgett, Baker Academic, 2011

Jesus the Forgiving Victim: Listening for the Unheard Voice: An Introduction to Christianity for Adults, James Alison, DOERS Publishing LLC, 2013

A More Christlike God: A More Beautiful Gospel, Bradley Jersak, CWR Press, 2015

Becoming a Christian in Christendom: Radical Discipleship and the Way of the Cross in America’s Christian Culture, Jason A Mahn, Fortress Press, 2016

The Patient Ferment of the Early Church: The Improbable Rise of Christianity in the Roman Empire,  Alan Kreider (Preface), Baker Academic, 2016

Radical Discipleship: A Liturgical Politics of the Gospel, Jennifer M. McBride, Fortress Press, 2017

Salvation by Allegiance Alone: Rethinking Faith, Works, and the Gospel of Jesus the King, Matthew W. Bates, Baker Academic, 2017

Church History

World Upside Down: Reading Acts in the Graeco-Roman Age, C. Kavin Rowe, Oxford University Press, USA, 2010

Constantine Revisited, John D. Roth (Editor), Pickwick Publications, 2013

Economics

Economics of Good and Evil: The Quest for Economic Meaning from Gilgamesh to Wall Street, Tomáš Sedláček, Oxford University Press, 2009

The Economics of Honor: Biblical Reflections on Money and Property, Roelf Haan, Bert Hielema (Translator), Eerdmans, 2009

Wealth and Wisdom: A Biblical Perspective on Economics, Jake Barnett, Glenn McMahan (Editor), Global Commerce Network, 2015

Virtue and Economy: Essays on Morality and Markets, Andrius Bielskis, Kelvin Knight, Routledge, 2016

Missional Economics: Biblical Justice and Christian Formation, Michael Barram, Eerdmans, 2018

Environment

Caring for creation. Towards a Christian environmental theology, Chris C. Park, HarperCollins, 1992

Redeeming Creation: The Biblical Basis for Environmental Stewardship, Fred Van Dyke, IVP Academic, 1996

Christian Environmental Ethics: A Case Method Approach (ECOLOGY and JUSTICE), James B. Martin-Schramm, Robert L. Stivers, Orbis Books, 2003

The Environment, Benedict XVI, Our Sunday Visitor, 2012

Creation and the Heart of Man: An Orthodox Christian Perspective on Environmentalism (Orthodox Christian Social Thought), Michael Butler, Andrew P. Morriss, Acton Institute, 2013

An Introduction to Christian Environmentalism: Ecology, Virtue, and Ethics, Kathryn D. Blanchard, Kevin J. O’Brien, Baylor University Press, 2014 

A Christian Guide to Environmental Issues, Martin Hodson, Bible Reading Fellowship, 2015

Genesis

The Biblical Period from Abraham to Ezra: An Historical Survey, William Foxwell Albright, Harpercollins College Div, 1963

A Dictionary of Creation Myths, David A. Leeming, Margaret Adams Leeming, Oxford University Press, 1996

Creation Versus Chaos: The Reinterpretation of Mythical Symbolism in the Bible, Bernhard W. Anderson, Augsburg Fortress Publishing, 1997

Stories of the Beginning: Genesis 1-11 and Other Creation Stories, Ellen Van Wolde, Morehouse Publishing, 1997

From Creation to New Creation: Old Testament Perspectives, (Overtures to Biblical Theology), Bernhard W. Anderson, Wipf & Stock Publishers, 2005

Beginnings: Ancient Christian Readings of the Biblical Creation Narratives, Peter C. Bouteneff, Baker Academic, 2008

Hermeneutics

The Hebrew Bible, the Old Testament, and Historical Criticism: Jews and Christians in Biblical Studies, Jon D. Levenson, Westminster John Knox Press, 1993

The Rule of Metaphor, Paul Ricœur, Robert Czerny (Translator), Kathleen McLaughlin (Translator), John Edmond Costello (Translator), Routledge, 2003

From Jesus to the New Testament: Early Christian Theology and the Origin of the New Testament Canon, Jens Schröter, Wayne Coppins (Translation), Mohr Siebeck, 2013

Israel/Palestinian Reconciliation

Light Force, Brother Andrew (Open Doors), Hodder & Stoughton, 2008

We Belong to the Land: The Story of a Palestinian Israeli Who Lives for Peace and Reconciliation, Elias Chacour, Mary E. Jensen, University of Notre Dame Press, 2015

Jesus

Jesus the Temple, Nicholas Perrin, Hendrickson Publishers, 2010

 

Last Days

The Presence of the Future: The Eschatology of Biblical Realism, George Eldon Ladd Eerdmans, 1996

Space, Time and Resurrection, Thomas F. Torrance, Continnuum-3PL, 1998

Theology of the Prophetic Books, Donald E. Gowan, Westminster John Knox Press, 1998

Eschatology in the Old Testament, Donald E. Gowan, Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2000

The Last Days according to Jesus, R. C. Sproul, Baker Books, 2000

God, Eternity, and the Nature of Time, Alan G. Padgett, Wipf & Stock Publishers, 2001

Covenant and Eschatology: The Divine Drama (Covenant series), by Michael S. Horton, Westminster John Knox Press, 2004

Preterism: Orthodox or Unorthodox?, J. E. Adams, Institute for Nouthetic Studies, 2004

From Age to Age: The Unfolding of Biblical Eschatology, Keith A. Mathison, P & R Publishing, 2009

Revelation: A Vision of Hope, (The NIV Application Commentary, New Testament #20), Craig S. Keener, Zondervan, 2010

Metanarrative & Narrative

Theology And Narrative: A Critical Introduction, Michael Goldberg, Wipf & Stock Publishers, 2001

God’s Big Picture: Tracing the Story-Line of the Bible, Vaughan Roberts, Inter-Varsity Press, 2003

Resurrection and the Restoration of Israel: The Ultimate Victory of the God of Life, Jon D. Levenson, Yale University Press, 2006

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

A Narrative Theology of the New Testament: Exploring the Metanarrative of Exile and Restoration (Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament), Mohr Siebeck, 2015

System and Story: Narrative Critique and Construction in Theology (Princeton Theological Monograph Series Book 87), Gale Heide Pickwick Publications, 2015

Nationalism, Christian

Kierkegaard’s Critique of Christian Nationalism, Stephen Backhouse, OUP Oxford, 2011

New Testament

Gospel and Spirit: Issues in New Testament Hermeneutics, Gordon D. Fee, Hendrickson Publishers, 1991

Introduction to New Testament Textual Criticism, J. Harold Greenlee, Hendrickson Publishers, 1995

The Canon of the New Testament: Its Origin, Development, and Significance, Bruce M. Metzger, Clarendon Press, 1997

Just James: The Brother of Jesus in History and Tradition (Personalities of the New Testament Series), John Painter, Augsburg Fortress, 1999

The Servant-Ethic in the New Testament, Philippa Carter, Peter Lang Gmbh, 1999

The New Testament Documents: Are They Reliable?, F.F. Bruce, Eerdmans, 2003

Miracles: The Credibility of the New Testament Accounts (2 Volume Set), Craig S. Keener, Baker Academic, 2012

Old Testament

Ancient Orient and Old Testament, Kenneth A. Kitchen, IVP Academic, 1966

The Old Testament Documents: Are They Reliable and Relevant?, Walter C. Kaiser Jr., IVP Academic, 2001

On the Reliability of the Old Testament, Kenneth A. Kitchen, Eerdmans, 2006

Dating the Old Testament, Craig Davis, Jr., Craig Davis, 2007

The Epic of Eden: A Christian Entry Into the Old Testament, Sandra L. Richter, IVP Academic, 2008

The Old Testament: A Historical, Theological, and Critical Introduction, Richard S. Hess, Baker Academic, 2016 

Parables, Jesus's

Jesus and His Jewish Parables: Rediscovering the Roots of Jesus’ Teaching, Brad H. Young, Paulist Press, 1989

Jesus Through Middle Eastern Eyes: Cultural Studies in the Gospels, Kenneth E. Bailey, IVP Academic, 2008

Palestine in the Time of Jesus: Social Structures and Social Conflicts, K. C. Hanson, Fortress Press, 2008

The Parables of Jesus the Galilean: Stories of a Social Prophet (Matrix: The Bible in Mediterranean Context), Ernest Van Eck, Cascade Books, 2016

Paul

The Theology of Paul the Apostle, James D.G. Dunn, Eerdmans, 2006

Paul and Isaiah’s Servants: Paul’s Theological Reading of Isaiah 40-66 in 2 Corinthians 5:14-6:10, Mark S. Gignilliat, Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2007

The Social Significance of Reconciliation in Paul’s Theology: Narrative Readings in Romans, Corneliu Constantineanu, Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2010

Four Views on the Apostle Paul (Counterpoints), Michael F. Bird (editor), Zondervan, 2012

Conformed to the Image of His Son: Reconsidering Paul’s Theology of Glory in Romans, Haley Goranson Jacob, IVP Academic, 2018

Reconciliation

The Ministry of Reconciliation: Spirituality and Strategies, Robert J. Schreiter, Orbis Books, 1998

The Ambivalence of the Sacred: Religion, Violence, and Reconciliation, R. Scott Appleby, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 1999

Radical Reconciliation: Beyond Political Pietism and Christian Quietism, Allan Aubrey Boesak, Curtiss Paul DeYoung, Orbis Books, 2012

Roadmap to Reconciliation: Moving Communities Into Unity, Wholeness and Justice, Brenda Salter Mcneil, IVP Books, 2016

Refugees

Beyond Homelessness: Christian Faith in a Culture of Displacement, Steven Bouma-Prediger, Brian J. Walsh, Eerdmans, 2008

Hospitality: God’s Call to Compassion; 9 Studies for Individuals or Groups, with Notes for Leaders (LifeGuide Bible Studies), Patty Pell, IVP Connect, 2008

Christians at the Border: Immigration, the Church, and the Bible, Brazos Press, 2013

You Shall Love the Stranger as Yourself: The Bible, Refugees, and Asylum, Fleur S. Houston, Routledge, 2015

Jesus, King of Strangers: What the Bible Really Says about Immigration, Mark W Hamilton, Eerdmans, 2019

Second Temple History & Theology

Jewish Backgrounds of the New Testament, J. Julius Scott Jr., Baker Academic, 2000 

The Dead Sea Scrolls and Christian Origins, Joseph A. Fitzmyer Eerdmans, 2000 

Exploring Jewish Literature of the Second Temple Period: A Guide for New Testament Students, Larry R. Helyer, IVP Academic, 2002 

The Complete Dead Sea Scrolls in English, Géza Vermès (Translator), Penguin Classics, 2004

The World of the New Testament: Cultural, Social, and Historical Contexts, Joel B. Green (Editor), Lee Martin McDonald (Editor), Baker Academic, 2013 

The Jewish War of Flavius Josephus: A New Translation, Flavius Josephus, HardPress, 2018

Sacrifice

Sacrifice in the Bible, Martin J. Selman (Editor), Roger T. Beckwith (Editor), Baker Publishing Group, 1995

Ritual and Metaphor: Sacrifice in the Bible, Christian A. Eberhart (Editor), Society of Biblical Literature, 2011

Sacrifice, Scripture, and Substitution: Readings in Ancient Judaism and Christianity, Ann W. Astell (Editor), Sandor Goodhart (Editor), University of Notre Dame, 2011

The Sign and the Sacrifice: The Meaning of the Cross and Resurrection, Rowan Williams, Westminster John Knox Press, 2016

Violence & Peace

New Testament Basis Of Peacemaking, Richard McSorley, Herald Pr, 1985

The Way God Fights: War And Peace In The Old Testament, Lois Barrett, Herald Press, 1987

Christian Pacifism. Daniel A. Dombrowski, Temple Univ Pr, 1991

The Bible, Violence, and the Sacred: Liberation from the Myth of Sanctioned Violence, James G. Williams, Trinity Press International, 1995

Put on the Armour of God: The Divine Warrior from Isaiah to Ephesians, Thomas Yoder Neufeld, Tom Yoder Neufeld, Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 1997

Seeking Peace, Johann Christoph Arnold (Goodreads Author), Madeleine L’Engle, Plume, 2000

Show Them No Mercy: 4 Views on God and Canaanite Genocide (Counterpoints), C.S. Cowles, Zondervan Academic, 2003

God Is a Warrior, Tremper Longman III, Daniel G. Reid, Zondervan Academic, 2005

God and Empire: Jesus Against Rome, Then and Now, John Dominic Crossan, HarperOne, 2007

Is God a Moral Monster?: Making Sense of the Old Testament God, Paul Copan, Baker Books, 2010

Killing Enmity: Violence and the New Testament, Thomas R. Yoder Neufeld, Baker Academic, 2011

Healing the Gospel: A Radical Vision for Grace, Justice, and the Cross, Derek Flood, Cascade Books, 2012

Jesus and the Subversion of Violence: Wrestling with the New Testament evidence, Thomas Yoder Neufeld, SPCK, 2012

Validating Violence – Violating Faith?: Religion, Scripture and Violence,  William Emilsen ATF Press, 2012 

Violence of Scripture: Overcoming the Old Testament’s Troubling Legacy, Eric Seibert, Fortress Press, 2012

Peace and Peacemaking in Paul and the Greco-Roman World, Edward M. Keazirian, Peter Lang Inc, 2013

Disarming Scripture: Cherry-Picking Liberals, Violence-Loving Conservatives, and Why We All Need to Learn to Read the Bible Like Jesus Did, Derek Flood, Metanoia Books, 2014

Jesus and the Violence of Scripture: How to Read the Bible and Still Be a Christian, John Dominic Crossan, SPCK, 2015

All Things Reconciled: Essays on Restorative Justice, Religious Violence, and the Interpretation of Scripture, Christopher D. Marshall, Cascade Books, 2018 

The Old Testament Case for Nonviolence, Matthew Curtis Fleischer, Epic Octavius the Triumphant, 2018

Women

God and the Rhetoric of Sexuality (Overtures to biblical theology), Phyllis Trible, Augsburg Fortress, 1978

Paul, Women and Wives: Marriage and Women’s Ministry in the Letters of Paul, Craig S. Keener, Hendrickson Publishers, 1992

The Fall of Patriarchy: Its Broken Legacy Judged by Jesus & the Apostolic House Church Communities, Del Birkey, Fenestra Books, 2005

What’s with Paul and Women?, Jon Zens, Quoir, 2010

Creation and the Theology of Sexuality, [Paper delivered by Rev Dr Sue Patterson, Bishopdale Theological College, Nelson Saturday 17 August 2013 at Tough Questions Today: Exploring Theology of Marriage, Theology House Conference, Christchurch New Zealand] 

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