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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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!