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By John F.A. Sawyer
This dictionary not only identifies terms and biblical figures but also examines them from the perspective of "reception history"--the history of the Bible's effect on its readers. Biblical books, passages, and characters certainly played important r...
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Disinheriting the Jews 
Abraham in Early Christian Controversy
By Jeffrey S. Siker
Disinheriting the Jews is a scholarly work of great interest and significance for both Christians and Jews. Jeffery Siker shows how strongly the figure of Abraham has shaped our religious identities. He also uses the portrayals of Abraham by early Ch...
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By Rowan A. Greer, James L. Kugel
This highly accessible book discusses how the early Jewish and Christian communities went about interpreting Scripture.The Library of Early Christianity is a series of eight outstanding books exploring the Jewish and Greco-Roman contexts in which the...
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Engaging Biblical Authority 
Perspectives on the Bible as Scripture
By William P. Brown
Is the Bible infallible as some churches claim? Is it a historical document or a piece of literature, as scholars suggest? This helpful new book offers a brief introduction to the question of biblical authority, using essays by sixteen scholars who u...
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The Genesis of Liberation 
Biblical Interpretation in the Antebellum Narratives of the Enslaved
By Emerson B. Powery
Considering that the Bible was used to justify and perpetuate African American enslavement, why would it be given such authority? In this fascinating volume, Powery and Sadler explore how the Bible became a source of liberation for enslaved African A...
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By Richard N. Soulen, R. Kendall Soulen
This best-selling textbook, now in its fourth edition, continues to be a valuable resource for the beginning student in the critical study of the Bible. Thoroughly revised to include the newest methods, discoveries, and developments in the field of b...
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By John Barton
In a clear and concise way, John Barton describes the development of the Bible. He explains how the Bible came to be written and collected into the authoritative Scriptures of the Christian Church. Barton untangles the web of history and lets the rea...
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The Old Testament Writings 
History, Literature, Interpretation
By James M. Efird
A simple and direct introduction to the Old Testament, The Old Testament Writings emphasizes the faith dimension of the Old Testament. The literary, critical, and historical problems of the Old Testament are discussed but only to provide help in unde...
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Romans in Full Circle 
A History of Interpretation
By Mark Reasoner
The New Testament book of Romans has played an important role in the life of the church from the period of the early church and through to the present day. In this concise survey of the major theological changes associated with Paul's letter, Mark Re...
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Sacred Scripture 
A Short History of Interpretation
By Richard N. Soulen
How did the Bible's sixty-six books become sacred Scripture? How have they been understood and interpreted over the last two thousand years? What was it that led to our acceptance of the Bible as the true word of God? For two millennia, Christians ha...
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By Alison Jack
The SCM Core Text The Bible and Literature explores the crossover between attempts to read the Bible as literature and to read the Bible in literature. It seeks to assess what form a truly inter-disciplinary approach to the reading of the Bible would...
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Slaying the Dragon 
Mythmaking in the Biblical Tradition
By Bernard F. Batto
In Slaying the Dragon: Mythmaking in the Biblical Tradition, Bernard Batto argues that biblical authors, like other ancient Near East authors, used mythic traditions in composing their works. Batto joins massive evidence with masterful argument to sh...
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