SOTS Book Lists

Reviews published in the Society for Old Testament Study Book Lists, 2001-16.

Copies of the 2005 and subsequent Book Lists are available only through Sage Publications. In some cases briefer and more general reviews have also been posted in Amazon, UK.


Fokkelman, J P, Reading Biblical Narrative: an Introductory Guide (trans Ineke Smit), Deo Publishing, Leierdorp, 1999.


Boadt, Lawrence and Smith, Mark S, Imagery and Imagination in Biblical Literature: Essays in Honor or Aloysius Fitzgerald,FSC, The Catholic Biblical Quarterly Monograph Series, 32, The Catholic Biblical Association of America, Washington, DC, 2001.

Bruggemann, Walter, David’s Truth in Israel’s Imagination and Memory, Fortress Press, Minneapolis MN, 1985.

Daniell, David, William Tyndale: A Biography, Yale University Press, Newhaven CN, 2001.

Habel, Norman C & Wurst, Shirley (eds), The Earth Story in Wisdom Traditions (The Earth Bible, 3), Sheffield Academic Press, Sheffield/The Pilgrim Press, Cleveland, 2001.

Habel, Norman, C (ed), The Earth Story in the Psalms and the Prophets (The Earth Bible, 4), Sheffield Academic Press, Sheffield/The Pilgrim Press, Cleveland, 2001.

Hull, John M, In the Beginning There was Darkness, SCM Press, London, 2001.

Kaiser Jr, Walter C, Mission in the Old Testament. Israel as a Light to the Nations, Baker Books, Grand Rapids, MI, 2000.

Wallace, Ronald S, The Story of Joseph and the Family of Jacob, Eerdmans, Grand Rapids, Rutherford House, Edinburgh, 2001.


De La Torre, Miguel A, Reading the Bible from the Margins, Orbis Books, Maryknoll, NY, 2002.

Habel, Norman C & Balabanski, Vicky (eds), The Earth Story in the New Testament (The Earth Bible, 5), Sheffield Academic Press, Sheffield/The Pilgrim Press, Cleveland, 2002.


Wimbush, Vincent L, The Bible and African Americans: A Brief History, Fortress Press, Minneapolis, MN, 2003.

Sakenfeld, Katharine Doob, Just Wives? Stories of Power and Survival in the Old Testament and Today, Westminster John Knox Press, Louisville, KY, 2003.

Daniell, David, The Bible in English: its History and Influence, Yale University Press, London,2003.

Briggs, Richard, Reading the Bible Wisely, Baker Academic, Grand Rapids, MI, SPCK, London, 2003.


Blenkinsopp, Joseph, Treasures Old and New: Essays in the Theology of the Pentateuch, Eerdmans, Grand Rapids,, MI, 2004).

Claasens, L Juliana M, The God Who Provides. Biblical Images of Divine Nourishment, Abingdon Press, Nashville, TN, 2004).

Hutton, Rodney R, The Prophets, Fortress Press, Minneapolis, MN, 2004.

Leal, Robert Barry, Wilderness in the Bible. Toward a Theology of Wilderness, SBL., 72; New York: Peter Lang Publishers, 2004.

Magonet, Jonathan, A Rabbi Reads the Bible, London: SCM Press, 2004.

Marshall, Howard I, Beyond the Bible: Moving from Scripture to Theology, Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2004.

Sugirtharajah, R S, Postcolonial Reconfigurations. An Alternative Way of Reading the Bible and Doing Theology, London: SCM Press, 2003.


Birch, Bruce C, Walter Brueggemann, Terence E Fretheim and David L Petersen, A Theological Introduction to the Old Testament, Abingdon Press, Nashville, TN, 2nd edn, 2005.

Hargreaves, John, A Guide to Psalms, SPCK International Study Guide, 6, London, SPCK, 2nd edn, 2005.

Kim, Uriah Y, Decolonizing Josiah: Toward a Postcolonial Reading of the Deuteronomistic History, The Bible in the Modern World, 5,  Phoenix Press, Sheffield, 2005.


An, Choi Hee and Katheryn Pfisterer Darr, (eds), Engaging the Bible: Critical Readings from Contemporary Women, Fortress Press, Minneapolis, MN, 2006.

Anderson, Bernard W, The Unfolding Drama of the Bible, Fortress Press, Minneapolis, MN, 4th edn, 2006.

Robinson, Thomas A and Rodrigues, Hillary (eds), World Religions, SCM Press, London, 2006.


Bergant, Dianne, Israel’s Story: Part One, Liturgical Press, Collegeville, MN, 2006.

Bergant, Dianne, Israel’s Story: Part Two, Liturgical Press. Collegeville, MN, 2007.

Brueggemann, Walter, The Word Militant: Preaching a Decentering Word, Fortress Press, Minneapolis, MN, 2007.

MacDonald, Lee Martin, The Biblical Canon: its Origin, Transmission and Authority, Hendrickson, Peabody, MA, rev 3rd edn, 2007.

Theissen, Gerd, The Bible and Contemporary Culture, (trans David E Green), Fortress Press, Minneapolis, MN, 2007.

West, Gerald O (ed), Reading Other-wise: Socially Engaged BIblical Scholars Reading with their Local Communities, Semeia Studies, 62, Society for Biblical Literature, Atlanta, GA, 2007.


Boxall, Ian, New Testament Interpretation, SCM Study Guide, SCM Press, London, 2008.

Gottwald, Norman K, The Hebrew Bible: A Brief Socio-Literary Introduction, Fortress Press, MN, 2009.


Bosworth David A, The Story within a Story in Biblical Hebrew Narrative, Catholic Biblical Quarterly, 45, Washington, DC, 2008.

Bridge, Steven L, Getting the Old Testament: What It Meant to Them, What It Means for Us, Alban Books, Edinburgh, 2009.

Brueggemann, Walter, Great Prayers of the Old Testament, Westminster John Knox Press, Louisville, KY, 2008.

Wegner, Paul D, Using Old Testament Hebrew in Preaching. A Guide for Students and Pastors,  Kregel Publications, Grand Rapids, MI, 2009.


Boynton, Susan and Diane J Reilly (eds), The Practice of the Bible in the Middle Ages: Production, Reception and Performance in Western Christianity, Columbia University Press, New York, 2011. 

Hamlin, Hannibal and Norman W. Jones (eds), The King James Bible after 400 years: Literary, Linguistic and Cultural Influences, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge,  2010.

Manser, Martin H, and Debra K Reid, Who’s Who of the Bible? Lion Books, Oxford, 2012.

Zetterholm, Karin Hedner, Jewish Interpretation of the Bible. Ancient and Contemporary, Fortress Press, Minneapolis, MN, 2012.


Webster, Jane S. and Glenn S.Holland (eds), Teaching the Bible in the Liberal Arts Classroom, Vol 1, Phoenix Press, Sheffield,  2012.


Long, Siobhán Dowling, The Sacrifice of Isaac: The Reception of a Biblical Story in MusicThe Bible in the Modern World, 54, Sheffield Phoenix Press, Sheffield, 2013.

Shantz, Colleen and Rodney A Werline, (eds), Experientia. II. Linking Text and Experience, Early Judaism and its Literature, 35, Society of Biblical Literature, Atlanta, GA, 2012.


Maro, Fabio, Uses of the Bible. A Starting Point (Sintesi e ricerche storico religiose,9), CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, North Charleston SC, 2015.

Webster, Jane S. and Glenn S.Holland (eds.), Teaching the Bible in the Liberal Arts Classroom Volume 2, Phoenix Press, Sheffield, 2015.

Smith, Garry V, Interpreting the Prophetic Books. An Exegetical Handbook, Kregel Academic, Grand Rapids MI, 2014.

Brueggemann, Walter, The Role of Old Testament Theology in Old Testament Interpretation and Other Essays (ed. KC. Hanson), James Clarke & Co, Cambridge, 2015.


Davis, Ellen F. with Austin McIver Dennis, Preaching the Luminous Word: Biblical Sermons and Homiletical Essays, Eerdmans, Grand Rapids,MI, 2016.

Gordon, Robert P, Genesis 1-11 in its Ancient Context (Grove Biblical Series, 75), Cambridge Grove Books, 2015.

Jackson, Ken, Shakespeare and Abraham, University of Notre Dame Press, IN, 2015.

Niditch, Susan, The Responsive Self: Personal Religion in Biblical Literature of the Neo-Babylonian and Persian Periods, Anchor Yale Bible Reference Library New Haven, CT and Yale University Press, London, 2015.

Provan, Iain, Discovering Genesis: Content, Interpretation, Reception (Discovering Biblical Texts), Eerdmans,  Rapids, MI, 2016.

Snider, Gordon, L., The Use of the Old Testament in a Weslyan Theology of Mission (James Clark,Cambridge, 2016).


Boyle, Elizabeth Michael and Carol J Dempsey, The Bible and Literature (Theology in Dialogue, Orbis Books, New York, 2015.

Chapman, Stephen and Marvin A Sweeney (eds), The Cambridge Companion to the Hebrew Bible Old Testament (CUP, Cambridge, 2016.

Davies, Philip R, In Search of 'Ancient Israel': A Study in Biblical Origins, 2nd edn, Cornerstones, New York and Bloomsbury/T & T Clark, London, 2015.

Hauser, Alan J. and Duane F Watson (eds), A History of Biblical Interpretation, III. The Enlightment through the Nineteenth Century, Eerdmans, Grand Rapids, MI, 2017.

Sugirtharajah, R S (ed.),Voices from the Margin, Interpreting the Bible in the Third World, 25th Anniversary Edition, Orbis Books, Maryknoll, N.Y, 2017.


Bar, Shaul, A Nation is Born: the Story of Jacob, Wipf & Stock, Eugene, OR, 2016.

Crooks, James, We Find Ourselves Put to the Test: A Reading of the Book of Job, McGill-Queens University Press, Montreal, 2018.


Sweeney, Marvin A (ed.), Theology of the Hebrew Bible. Volume 1, Methodological Studies (Resources for Biblical Study, 92); Atlanta, GA: SBL Press, 2019. 

Benckhuysen, Amanda W, The Gospel according to Eve: A History of Women’s Interpretation, Downers Grove,IL: IVP Academic, 2019. 



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