Recommended Reading

One of the purposes of this site is to point readers to books, articles, websites, etc. that assist in our understanding of the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures. This list is divided by topic and will include links to the relevant works when available. I’ll do my best to update it from time to time.


Hebrew Scriptures

  • Torah (Pentatech)
    •  Robert Alter, The Five Books of Moses: A Translation with Commentary. New York, NY: W.W. Norton & Company, Inc., 2004.
      Though I have only recently finished the book of Genesis in Alter’s translation, I highly recommend it both because of the clarify of the translation and the superb commentary featured beneath the text itself. Alter’s translation relies on more than just the Masoretic text and he even corrects it where older manuscript traditions differ with it and it is warranted. But the best part is the commentary which features a variety of insights into cultural practices as well as literary analysis. Alter approaches the Torah as ancient Jewish literature, which it is, and reveals how it tells the story of the origins of the Jewish people.
    • Gary A. Rendsburg, “The Genesis of the Bible,” Rutgers, 2004.
      An interesting lecture positing that the book of Genesis was written to justify the monarchy in Israel both in its dynasty (Davidic) and location (Jerusalem). He notes the themes of the younger son preferred to the older (Isaac over Ishmael, Jacob over Esau, David over Jesse’s other sons) as well as the “mount of the LORD,” an obvious reference to Jersusalem and also the place where Abraham goes to sacrifice Isaac and the city over which Melchizedek is ruler and priest.

Christian Scriptures

  • Misc. New Testament Passages

    • Bill Mounce, “Mondays with Mounce.”
      A weekly blog series covering various passages in the Greek New Testament. Mounce is a scholar of New Testament Greek and has written various works on Koine Greek including Basics of Biblical Greek and Greek for the Rest of Us as well as a commentary covering the Pastoral Epistles in the Word Biblical Commentary series (a series I highly recommend).



Last updated 8/21/17