A couple of readers have asked if I have any bibliography to suggest in connection with the thread I am just finishing now on the sources behind the Pentateuch.   Below are the suggestions I make in my textbook on the Bible, the first three chapters.

As you’ll see, they are briefly annotated to give you a sense of where first to turn, based on you particular interests.  The first chapter is an Introduction to the Bible, and so the bibliography comprises general reference works that I highly recommend.  These may be ones you would want to buy if you are hard core into your interests.  The other two chapters are on Genesis and then the rest of the Pentateuch.





Suggestions for Further Reading


Chapter One: What is the Bible?  And Why Is It So Hard to Understand?

Coogan, Michael and Bruce Metzger, eds.   Oxford Companion to the Bible.  New York: Oxford University Press, 1993.  A superb dictionary of all things biblical, ideal for both beginning and advanced students.

Freedman,  David Noel, ed.  The Anchor Bible Dictionary.  New York: Doubleday, 1992.   This is a six- volume dictionary with articles covering every major aspect of biblical studies.  A highly valuable research tool for all serious students.

May, James L. ed.  HarperCollins Bible Commentary.   San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco, 2000.  A one-volume commentary on every book of the Bible; a great reference work for anyone wanting help with difficult passages.

Powell, Mark Allan, ed.  HarperCollins Bible Dictionary.  New York: HarperOne, 2011.   An excellent one-volume dictionary covering all the important topics of relevance to the study of the Bible.



Chapter Two: The Book of Genesis

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