Monday, 11 February 2008

T & T Clark's Request for Biblical Guides for the Perplexed

A few days ago, the T & T Clark Blog posted a request for ideas for Biblical Guides for the Perplexed. I think this is timely, as I have often been asked by my first year students whether there is a guide where the discussion is comprehensive enough and yet accessible to them on issues like the New Perspective on Paul; the historical Jesus; etc. I often find it hard to recommend 1 book that sufficiently addresses these particular issues at some depth and yet not too overwhelming for these students. At the moment, the IVP Dictionaries of Jesus of the Gospel, Paul and His Letters, Latter NT Development and NT Background are one of my few reliable helps!

So here is my wish list:

  • Use of the OT in the NT

  • Mission in the OT

  • Mission in the NT

  • Jewish background to the NT

  • Greco-Roman background to the NT

  • Feminist Approach to Biblical Studies

  • Social-Scientific Approach to Biblical Studies

  • Narrative Approach to Biblical Studies

  • Post-Colonial Approach to Biblical Studies

  • Miracles of Jesus

  • Sermon on the Mount

  • Parables of Jesus

  • Synoptic gospels

  • Jesus and Paul

  • New Perspective on Paul

  • History of Interpretation of Romans; Corinthian Correspondence, Revelation, etc

  • Paul and his Interpreters

  • Septuagint

  • Paul and his Sufferings

  • Paul and his Theology

I think I better stop somewhere...


BK said...

So what books would you recommend (that are already out there) on some of the subjects above for the beginning student?

Inquisitive minds want to know! :-p

Kar Yong said...

Hi BK,

I would recommend the following (this list is not exhausive):
- the use of OT in the NT: Steve Moyise, THe OT in the New: An Introduction (London: T & T Clark, 2001)
- parables: Craig Blomberg, Interpreting the Parables (Downers Grove: IVP, 1990)
- GR background to the NT: James Jeffers, The Greco-Roman World of the NT Era (Downers Grove: IVP, 1999)
- introduction to Paul: David Horrell, An Introduction to the Study of Paul, 2nd ed. (London: T & T Clark, 2006)
- mission in OT and NT: Andreas J. Kostenberger & Peter O' Brien, Salvation to the Ends of the Earth (Downers Grove: IVP, 2001)
- Jesus studies: Markus Bockmuehl, ed., The Cambridge Companion to Jesus (Cambridge: CUP, 2001)

I better stop somewhere :-)