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Treasure in the Field: Salvation in the Bible & Our Lives

By Robert A. Krieg. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2013. ISBN: 978-0-8146-8068-1; 978-0-8146-8093-3 (e-book). Buy it now.

A General Bibliography by Robert A. Krieg

July 1, 2013

The books and articles listed below are accessible to general readers who would like to strengthen their understanding of the Bible and Christian theology. These books are arranged under three headings:

Unit 1: Study Bibles and Vatican II’s Dei Verbum

“This holy synod . . . wants the whole world to hear the summons to salvation, so that through hearing it may believe, through belief in may hope, and through hope it may come to love.”
—Vatican Council II, Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation, Dei Verbum, n. 1 (November 18, 1965).

[1] Study Bibles

Study editions of the Bible contain introductions to the biblical books, critical notes, and short essays on the formation of the Bible, the history of the people of Israel, and the forms of biblical interpretation. Among these study editions are:

The Catholic Study Bible. New American Bible Revised Edition (NABRE). Second Edition. Edited by Donald Senior, C.P., and John J. Collins. New York: Oxford University Press, 2011. The HarperCollins Study Bible. New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) with the Apocryphal / Deuterocanonical Books and Concordance. Revised and Updated Edition. Edited by Harold W. Attridge. San Francisco: HarperCollins Publishers, 2006. The New Oxford Annotated Bible. New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) with the Apocryphal / Deuterocanonical Books. Third Edition. Edited by Michael D. Coogan. New York: Oxford University Press, 2001.

[2] Vatican II’s Dei Verbum

Richard R. Gaillardetz and Catherine E. Clifford, Keys to the Council: Unlocking the Teaching of Vatican II. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2012. Edward P. Hahnenberg, A Concise Guide to the Documents of Vatican II. Cincinnati: St. Anthony Messenger Press, 2007. _______, Vatican II: The Essential Texts. New York: Image Books, 2012. Gabriel Moran, Believing in a Revealing God: The Basis of the Christian Life. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2009. Gerald O’Collins, S.J., “Revelation Past and Present,” in Vatican II: Assessment and Perspective. Volume 1, pages 125-37. Edited by René Latourelle. New York: Paulist Press, 1988. John W. O’Malley, S.J., What Happened at Vatican II. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2008. Pontifical Biblical Commission, “Interpretation of the Bible in the Church” (April, 1993), in Dean Béchard, editor, The Scripture Documents, pp. 244-317. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2002. _______, The Jewish People and Their Sacred Scriptures in the Christian Bible. Vatican City: Libreria Editrice Vaticana, 2002.

Unit 2: Preface. Literature on the Bible, Biblical Interpretation, and Theology

“By divine revelation God wishes to manifest and communicate both himself and the eternal decrees of his will concerning the salvation of humankind.”
—Vatican Council II, Dei Verbum, n. 7.

[1] On the Bible

“This sacred tradition, then, and the sacred scripture of both Testaments are like a mirror, in which the church, during its pilgrim journey here on earth, contemplates God, from whom it receives everything, until such time as it is brought to see him face to face as he really is (see John 3:2).”
—Vatican II, Dei Verbum, n. 6.

[a] On the Old Testament and the New Testament
Paul J. Achtemeier, Editor, The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary. San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco, 1996. Raymond E. Brown, S.S., et alii, The New Jerome Bible Handbook. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2013. _______, The New Jerome Biblical Commentary. Englewood Cliffs: Prentice Hall, 1990. Stephen L. Harris, Understanding the Bible. Mountain View: Mayfield Publishing, 2000. Jerome Kodell, O.S.B., The Catholic Bible Study Handbook. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 1985. Bruce M. Metzger and Michael D. Coogan, Editors, The Oxford Companion to the Bible. New York: Oxford University Press, 1993. John Riches, The Bible: A Very Short Introduction. New York: Oxford University Press, 2000. Mary Stommes, Editor, Give Us This Day: Daily Prayer for Today’s Catholic. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2013. See: Carey Walsh, Chasing Mystery: A Catholic Biblical Theology. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2013.
[b] On the Old Testament
Bernhard W. Anderson, Understanding the Old Testament. Englewood Cliffs: Prentice-Hall,1975. Walter Brueggemann, Theology of the Old Testament: Testimony, Dispute, Advocacy. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1997. Thomas Cahill, The Gifts of the Jews: How a Tribe of Desert Nomads Changed the Way Everyone Thinks and Feels. New York: Doubleday, 1998. Richard J. Clifford, S.J., and Daniel Harrington, S.J., Reading the Old Testament: An Introduction. Second Edition. New York: Paulist Press, 2012. John J. Collins, A Short Introduction to the Hebrew Bible. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2007. Michael D. Coogan, The Old Testament: A Historical and Literary Introduction to the Hebrew Scriptures. New York: Oxford University Press, 2006. _______, The Old Testament: A Very Short Introduction. New York: Oxford University Press, 2008. Bruce Feiller, Walking the Bible: A Journey through the Five Books of Moses. San Francisco: HarperCollins, 2001. Jon D. Levenson, The Hebrew Bible, the Old Testament, and Historical Criticism: Jews and Christians in Biblical Studies. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 1993. Richard Rohr, O.F.M., The Great Themes of Scripture: The Old Testament. Cincinnati: St. Anthony Messenger Press, 1987.
[c] On the New Testament
Raymond E. Brown, S.S., An Introduction to the New Testament. New York: Doubleday, 1997. Stephen L. Harris, The New Testament: A Student’s Introduction. Seventh Edition. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2012. Luke Timothy Johnson, The New Testament: A Very Short Introduction. New York: Oxford University Press, 2010. Joseph F. Kelly, An Introduction to the New Testament for Catholics. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2006. Pheme Perkins, Reading the New Testament: An Introduction. Third Edition. New York: Paulist Press, 2012. Richard Rohr, O.F.M., The Great Themes of Scripture: The New Testament. Cincinnati: St. Anthony Messenger Press, 1988.

[2] On Biblical Interpretation

“Seeing that, in sacred scripture, God speaks through human beings in human fashion, it follows that the interpreters of sacred scripture, if they are to ascertain what God has wished to communicate to us, should carefully search out the meaning which the sacred writers really had in mind, that meaning which God had thought well to manifest through the medium of their words.”
—Vatican II, Dei Verbum, n. 12.

Dianne Bergant, C.S.A., Scripture: History and Interpretation. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2008. Etienne Charpentier, How to Read the Bible: Two Volumes in One, trans. John Bowden. New York: Gramercy Books, 1981. Richard J. Clifford, S.J., “Did It Happen? Is It True?: Historicity in the Bible,” America (January 2-9, 2006): 17-19. _______, “The Original Testament: A Catholic Approach to the Hebrew Bible,” America (September 29, 2008): 15-17. Jeremy Corley, Unlocking the Gospels: Five Keys for Biblical Interpretation. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2004. Catherine Cory and Margaret Nutting Ralph, Editors, Understanding the Bible: A Guide to Reading the Scriptures. Winona: Saint Mary’s Press, 2008. Daniel J. Harrington, S.J., How Do Catholics Read the Bible? Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2005. _______, Interpreting the Old Testament: A Practical Guide. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 1981. Luke Timothy Johnson, “How Is the Bible True? Let me Count the Ways,” Commonweal, vol. 137 (May 22, 2009): 12-15. Dale B. Martin, Pedagogy of the Bible. Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2008. Thomas F. O’Meara, O.P. Fundamentalism: A Catholic Perspective. New York: Paulist Press, 1990. Margaret Nutting Ralph, Scripture: Nourished by the Word. Chicago: Loyola Press, 2002. Sandra M. Schneiders, The Revelatory Text: Interpreting the New Testament as Scripture. San Francisco: HarperCollins, 1991. Marc Sevin, 50 Keys to the Bible. New York: Paulist Press, 2013. Ronald D. Witherup, S.S., Biblical Fundamentalism: What Every Catholic Should Know. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2001.

[3] On Theology

“Theology (Gr. ‘science of God’). In the West [theology is] the methodical effort to understand and interpret the truth of revelation. As fides quaerens intellectum (“faith seeking understanding”), theology uses the resources of reason, drawing in particular on the disciplines of history and philosophy. In the face of the divine mystery, theology is always ‘seeking’ and never reaches final answers and definitive insights.”
—Gerald O’Collins, S.J., and Edward G. Farrugia, S.J., A Concise Dictionary of Theology, page 263. Revised and Expanded Edition. New York: Paulist Press, 2000.

Lawrence S. Cunningham, An Introduction to Catholicism. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2009. John H. Erikson, Orthodox Christians in America: A Short History. New York: Oxford University Press, 2008. David Ford. A Short Introduction to Theology. New York: Oxford University Press, 2000. Second Edition: January, 2014. Monika K. Hellwig, Understanding Catholicism. Second Edition. New York: Paulist Press, 2002. Mark A. Knoll, Protestantism: A Very Short Introduction. New York: Oxford University Press, 2008. Dermot A. Lane, The Experience of God: An Introduction to Doing Theology. Dublin: Veritas, 2003. Edward Mahoney, Editor, Scripture as the Soul of Theology. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2005. Richard P. McBrien, Catholicism. New Edition. San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco, 1994. Chapter 2: “Faith and Its Outcomes.” Gerald O’Collins, S.J., and Mario Farrugia, S.J., Catholicism: The Story of Catholic Christianity. New York: Oxford University Press, 2003. _______, Catholicism: A Very Short Introduction. New York: Oxford University Press, 2008. Norman Solomon, Judaism: A Very Short Introduction. New York: Oxford University Press, 2000.

Unit 3: The Book’s Eight Chapters

Click on a page below to see resources specifically recommended for each chapter.