I’ve been having some good Twitter exchanges with people in transitions. One of them is with a person headed to seminary this Fall. Here is a quick list of resources I would suggest as you get ready:
1a) The Pocket Dictionary of Theological Terms. Tiny little book. Do 1 letter per day. 26 days you are set!
1b) The Global Dictionary of Theology. Massive work (996 pages) Read it and you will be unstoppable.
2) Shalom and the Community of Creation by Randy Woodley. American contextual theology connecting Jewish Biblical notions.
3) She Who Is by Elizabeth Johnson. The nature and importance of religious language and God-talk.
4) To Each Its Own Meaning: Biblical Criticisms and Their Application by McKenzie and Hays. Genre is everything.
5) Postcolonial Criticism and Biblical Interpretation by R. S. Sugirtharajah. You will never see the Bible the same. Available on audible as well.
6) Beyond Liberalism and Fundamentalism by Nancy Murphy. The #1 book I wish I had read before seminary.
7) Post-Christendom by Stuart Murray. Gotta know your context. Mind-blowing analysis.
8) Modern Christian Thought: Twentieth Century edited by Livingston and Fiorenza. Epic tome (554 pages) covers everything you will need to get started. SO good!
9) Theology at the End of Modernity edited by Sheila Greeve Davaney. 15 authors who light up the subject! Powerful.
That is my Top 10 list. I love this stuff so much and am grateful to have been asked this question.
I would love to hear your thoughts or additions!
June 22, 2015 at 5:51 pm
I really wish I could own a copy of #10, but it’s over $2k on Amazon!
Was wondering if you could answer a question along a similar line. I’m the youth leader at my church, and my fellow helpers and I are planning on bringing on an intern. In addition to helping us out, I’d like to find a book for her to work through for personal enrichment and knowledge. She’ll be a senior this year, and she’s pretty bright. Any recommendations?
June 23, 2015 at 1:09 am
Patrick, thanks for writing – email me at anEverydayTheology@gmail.com and I might be able to help you with that book for less than $2,000
I also have some thoughts on personal development books. -Bo