Recommended Readings

What follows is a list of recommended readings on a variety of topics. Being included in this list does not necessarily indicate that I agree with all, or even most, of what is in the writing. It indicates that I think the writing is important or of high quality. Nonetheless, writing that I generally agree with is far more likely to find its way into this list. Bold face is used to indicate writings that I think are the best of the best for the subject in question.

Bible and Christianity

Bible Commentaries and Single Book Studies

Bible History and Study

  • The Birth of Christianity: The First Twenty Years by Paul Barnett
  • Jesus and the Logic of History by Paul Barnett
  • Jesus and the Eyewitnesses: The Gospels as Eyewitness Testimony by Richard Bauckham
  • The Historical Reliability of the Gospels by Craig Blomberg
  • The Historical Reliability of John’s Gospel by Craig Blomberg
  • The Historical Reliability of the New Testament by Craig Blomberg
  • The Book of Acts in its First Century Setting (5 volumes)
  • Cynic Sage or Son of God? by Gregory Boyd
  • The Birth of the Messiah by Raymond Brown
  • The Death of the Messiah by Raymond Brown
  • The New Testament Documents: Are They Reliable? by F. F. Bruce
  • What Are the Gospels?: A Comparison with Graeco-Roman Biography by Richard A. Burridge
  • Ancient Jewish and Christian Perceptions of Crucifixion by David W. Chapman
  • The Tomb of Jesus and His Family? Exploring Ancient Jewish Tombs Near Jerusalem’s Walls by James H. Charlesworth
  • What Did the Biblical Writers Know & When Did They Know It? What Archaeology Can Tell Us about the Reality of Ancient Israel by William G. Dever
  • Who Were the Early Israelites and Where Did They Come From? by William G. Dever
  • Christianity in the Making (3 volumes) by J. D. G. Dunn
  • The Oral Gospel Tradition by J. D. G. Dunn
  • The Theology of Paul the Apostle by J. D. G. Dunn
  • The Jesus Legend: A Case for the Historical Reliability of the Synoptic Jesus Tradition by Paul Rhodes Eddy & Gregory Boyd
  • Handbook of Biblical Chronology by Jack Finegan
  • Memory and Manuscript with Tradition and Transmission in Early Christianity by Birger Gerhardsson
  • The Reliability of Gospel Tradition by Birger Gerhardsson
  • The Case for the Resurrection of Jesus by Gary Habermas and Michael Licona
  • Crucifixion: In The Ancient World And The Folly Of The Message Of The Cross by Martin Hengel
  • The Four Gospels and the One Gospel of Jesus Christ by Martin Hengel
  • Revisiting the Days of Genesis: A Study of the Use of Time in Genesis 1-11 in Light of Its Ancient Near Eastern and Literary Context by B.C. Hodge
  • Chronological Aspects of the Life of Christ by Harold Hoehner
  • Ancient Israel in Sinai: The Evidence for the Authenticity of the Wilderness Tradition by James K. Hoffmeier
  • Do Historical Matters Matter to Faith?: A Critical Appraisal of Modern and Postmodern Approaches to Scripture by Hoffmeier & Magary
  • Israel in Egypt: The Evidence for the Authenticity of the Exodus Tradition by James K. Hoffmeier
  • Inside Roman Libraries: Book Collections and Their Management in Antiquity by George W. Houston
  • Destroyer of the gods: Early Christian Distinctiveness in the Roman World by Larry Hurtado
  • Biographies and Jesus: What Does It Mean for the Gospels to be Biographies? edited by Craig S. Keener and Edward T. Wright
  • The Historical Jesus of the Gospels by Craig S. Keener
  • Miracles: The Credibility of the New Testament Accounts by Craig S. Keener
  • On the Reliability of the Old Testament by K.A. Kitchen
  • Life in Biblical Israel by Philip J. King and Lawrence E. Stager
  • The Heresy of Orthodoxy by Kostenberger & Kruger
  • The Resurrection of Jesus: A New Historiographical Approach by Michael Licona
  • Hidden in Plain View: Undesigned Coincidences in the Gospels and Acts by Lydia McGrew
  • Memory, Jesus, and the Synoptic Gospels by Robert McIver
  • A Marginal Jew (5 volumes) by John P. Meier
  • The Case for Jesus: The Biblical and Historical Evidence for Christ by Brant Pitre
  • Unmasking the Pagan Christ: An Evangelical Response to the Cosmic Christ Idea by Stanley Porter and Stephen Bedard
  • No God but One: Allah or Jesus?: A Former Muslim Investigates the Evidence for Islam and Christianity by Nabeel Qureshi
  • Redating the New Testament by J. A. T. Robinson
  • Jesus and Judaism by E. P. Sanders
  • Romand Society and Roman Law in the New Testament by A. N. Sherwin-White
  • Stories with Intent: A Comprehensive Guide to the Parables of Jesus by Klyne R. Snodgrass
  • From Abraham to Paul: A Biblical Chronology Andrew E. Steinmann
  • The Mysterious Numbers of the Hebrew Kings by Edwin R. Thiele
  • Paul’s Divine Christology by Christ Tilling
  • Cold-Case Christianity: A Homicide Detective Investigates the Claims of the Gospels by J. Warner Wallace
  • Easter Enigma: Are the Resurrection Accounts in Conflict? by John Wenham
  • Jesus, Paul and the End of the World: A Comparitive Study in New Testament Eschatology by Ben Witherington III
  • Old Testament Ethics for the People of God by Christopher J. H. Wright
  • The Resurrection of the Son of God by N. T. Wright

Source Criticism

Textual Criticism

  • The Text of the New Testament: Its Transmission, Corruption, and Restoration (Fourth Edition) by Metzger & Ehrman
  • A Textual Commentary on the Greek New Testament by Bruce Metzger
  • Textual Criticism of the Hebrew Bible by Emanuel Tov
  • Revisiting the Corruption of the New Testament: Manuscript, Patristic, and Apocryphal Evidence by Daniel B. Wallace

Formation of the Canon

  • Holy Writing, Sacred Text: The Canon in Early Christianity by John Barton
  • Who Chose the Gospels?: Probing the Great Gospel Conspiracy by C.E. Hill
  • The Canon of the New Testament: Its Origin, Development, and Significance by Bruce Metzger


  • Jesus the Messiah: Tracing the Promises, Expectations, and Coming of Israel’s King by Bateman IV, Bock, and Johnston
  • Unchanging Witness: The Consistent Christian Teaching on Homosexuality in Scripture and Tradition by Donald Fortson and Rollin Grams
  • The Fire That Consumes: A Biblical and Historical Study of the Doctrine of Final Punishment by Edward Fudge
  • God’s Final Victory: A Comparative Philosophical Case for Universalism by John Kronen and Eric Reitan
  • The Logic of God Incarnate by Thomas Morris
  • The Christian Doctrine of Apokatastasis: A Critical Assessment from the New Testament to Eriugena by Ilaria L. E. Ramelli
  • Terms for Eternity: Aiônios and Aïdios in Classical and Christian Texts by Ilaria L. E. Ramelli and David Konstan
  • The Messianic Hope: Is the Old Testament Really Messianic? by Michael Rydelnik



  • Testimony: A Philosophical Study by C. A. J. Coady
  • An Aristotelian Account of Induction: Creating Something from Nothing by Louis Groarke



  • The One and the Many: A Contemporary Thomistic Metaphysics by W. Norris Clarke
  • Aquinas by Edward Feser
  • The Last Superstition by Edward Feser
  • Scholastic Metaphysics: A Contemporary Introduction by Edward Feser
  • Real Essentialism by David S. Oderberg
  • The Science Before Science: A Guide to Thinking in the 21st Century by Anthony Rizzi
  • Dictionary of Scholastic Philosophy by Bernard Wuellner
  • Summary Of Scholastic Principles by Bernard Wuellner

Philosophy of Mind

  • Soul Hypothesis: Investigations into the Existence of the Soul by Mark C. Baker and Stewart Goetz
  • Philosophical Foundations of Neuroscience by M. R. Bennett and P. M. S. Hacker
  • Philosophy of Mind by Edward Feser
  • The Emergent Self by William Hasker
  • The Handbook of Near-Death Experiences: Thirty Years of Investigation by Holden et al
  • Irreducible Mind: Toward a Psychology for the 21st Century by Kelly et al

Philosophy of Nature

  • The Philosophy of Nature: A Guide to the New Essentialism by Brian Ellis

Philosophy of Religion


  • Christian Attitudes Toward War and Peace: A Historical Survey and Critical Re-Evaluation by Roland H. Bainton
  • Israel: Ancient Kingdom or Late Invention? by Daniel I. Block
  • The Legacy of Islamic Antisemitism by Andrew Bostom
  • The Legacy of Islamic Jihad by Andrew Bostom
  • The Myth of Religious Violence: Secular Ideology and the Roots of Modern Conflict by William T. Cavanaugh
  • Medical Miracles: Doctors, Saints, and Healing in the Modern World by Jacalyn Duffin
  • The Politically Incorrect Guide to Western Civilization by Anthony Esolen
  • The Barbarian Conversion: From Paganism to Christianity by Richard Fletcher
  • The Story of Christianity (2 Volumes) by Justo L. Gonzalez
  • Chronicles of the Crusades: Eye-witness Accounts of the Wars Between Christianity and Islam by Elizabeth Hallam
  • God’s Philosopher’s: How the Medieval World Laid the Foundations of Modern Science by James Hannam
  • From Reliable Sources: An Introduction to Historical Methods by Martha Howell and Walter Prevenier
  • The Spanish Inquisition: A Historical Revision by Henry Kamen
  • Justifying Historical Descriptions by Christopher Behan McCullagh
  • Galileo Goes to Jail and Other Myths about Science and Religion by Ronald L. Numbers
  • The Salem Witch Trials: A Day-by-Day Chronicle of a Community Under Siege by Marilynne K. Roach
  • The Early Church on Killing: A Comprehensive Sourcebook on War, Abortion, and Capital Punishment by Ronald J. Sider
  • The Christians as the Romans Saw Them by Robert Louis Wilken
  • The Rise and Fall of Ancient Egypt by Toby Wilkinson
  • How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization by Thomas E. Woods Jr.
  • The Decline of Eastern Christianity under Islam: From Jihad to Dhimmitude by Bat Yeor