This page represents a selected bibliography for the BOOK podcast. I don’t necessarily endorse each of these titles fully, but all have contributed to my research or influenced my method of study. Some titles are explicitly Jewish or Christian, and some are explicitly secular. All are helpful academic resources. Special attention is given to the two titles by Dr. R. Bryan Widbin, my professor and mentor from Alliance Theological Seminary. His work in Hebrew linguistics and “First Testament” literature has heavily influenced my biblical methodology. His blog can be found here.

Widbin, R. Bryan, The First Testament in Historical and Cultural Context (2012)

Widbin, R. Bryan, Psalms (2011)

Kugel, James L., The Bible As It Was (1999)

Kugel, James L. How To Read The Bible: A Guide To Scripture, Then and Now (2008)

Sailhamer, John H., The Pentateuch As Narrative: A Biblical-Theological Commentary (1995)

Sarna, Nahum M., Understanding Genesis (1970)

Sarna, Nahum M., Exploring Exodus (1996)

Pritchard, James B. The Ancient Near East: An Anthology of Texts and Pictures (2010)

Heidel, Alexander, The Gilgamesh Epic and Old Testament Parallels (1963)

Hillers, Delbert R., Covenant: The History of a Biblical Idea (1969)

Herrmann, Siegfried, Israel in Egypt (1973)

Bandstra, Barry, Genesis 1-11: A Handbook On the Hebrew Text (2008)

Walton, John H., The IVP Bible Background Commentary (2000)