As I prepare to move to Austin, I have gotten a number of requests for book recommendations, particularly books that might help one dig more into the Hebrew Scriptures. So here I go, attempting to make a good short list of some of my personal favorites. Don’t @ me. There are many books I would like to recommend that did not make this intro list.
- Wrestling the Word: The Hebrew Scriptures and the Christian Believer by Carolyn J. Sharp. This 2010 text focuses on questions related to how we go about reading the Hebrew Scriptures as Christians.
- An Introduction to the Old Testament, Second Edition: The Canon and Christian Imagination by Walter Brueggemann and Tod Linafelt. This is a good solid intro text and companion for your study bible.
- Getting Involved with God: Rediscovering the Old Testament by Ellen Davis. This beautifully written book will spark your imagination and provoke you to take another look at the scriptures of the OT.
- Old Testament Theology: Reading the Hebrew Bible as Christian Scripture by R.W.L. Moberly. This book explores OT scriptures through key theological themes that weave their way through the Bible as a whole.
This should go without saying, but have your study bible handy when you read these!