There are many works of literature about the bible, and today is a great way to study deeper about the world’s most popular book.
For many of us, reading about the scriptures and the bible served as solace during these periods of quarantines and lockdowns. Many find inspiration, wisdom, and assurance from the word of God. Also, it is one of the most popular books ever published. It has sold over 5 billion copies, with over 100 million copies sold each year as of the 2000s. It is also the most widely translated book today. It has been translated into more than 7,300 spoken languages, and over 2,600 translations into new languages still in progress. Because of its popularity and significance, many works are inspired by the Bible. Here are 5 books that help us know more about the Bible and the word of God.
Seeing the Word by Markus BockMuehl
Markus Bockmuehl (Ph.D., University of Cambridge) is a Professor of the Exegesis of Holy Scripture at the University of Oxford. He is the author of the books Law in Gentile Churches, Philippians in Black’s New Testament Commentary series, and This Jesus: Martyr, Lord, Messiah. In 2006, BockMuehl published his book Seeing the Word further shares his assessment of the current New Testament studies. He hopes to encourage more readers and theologians in studying the text and context of the Bible. Seeing the world features a study of the apostolic memory of the early church as well as its history. It is a must-read book for those who are interested not only in the history of the church but also in the history of some of the most celebrated texts in the bible.
On the Reliability of the Old Testament by Kenneth Kitchen
British Egyptologist Kenneth Kitchen published his book in 2003. The books are pretty controversial as it provides scholarly arguments about the historical value of the Old Testament. The books open with an introductory chapter dealing with the continuous narrative found in the Hebrew Bible, from the period of creation up to the return of the Jews to Jerusalem from the Babylonian captivity (5th century BC). Kitchen argues that this history was written at the same time as the events it describes and therefore, can be compared with other written sources as well as archaeological facts. On the Reliability of the Old Testament is a book that means to address, history, literature, and culture. History students as well as those interested in the timeline of the Old Testament will find this book both interesting and educational.
The Bible Was Not Written in English by David Murdoch
Published in 2015, The Bible Was Not Written in English: How Church Traditions Have Kept Us in the Dark contains observations and insights about the Bible in its original manuscript. For Murdoch, there are misinterpretations and misconceptions in today’s bible. It also features Murdoch on understanding God’s overall plan. The Bible Was Not written in English is divided into three sections. Murdoch imparts obstacles that most Christians face whenever they try to research deeper about God in the first section. The second section tackles the myths and how the Church’s tradition has influenced modern-day belief structures. The last section discussed God’s food laws. This is something that is not often discussed in most Bible literature. Murdoch adds that if we follow these food laws, we can avoid most of today’s health problems.
An Introduction to the New Testament by Raymond E. Brown
An Introduction to the New Testament by Father Raymond E. Brown is perhaps the most popular and trustworthy guidebook for studying and understanding the Christian Bible. Published more than 20 years ago, the book covers the entire scope of the New Testament, drawing from Brown’s extensive and intensive study of the Bible, as well as his rich experience in scholarship, preaching, teaching, and writing. The book is famous for its summaries of each book and the historical background of the ancient Greco-Roman world. Raymond E. Brown’s book provides readers with information, illustrative tables, maps, as well as answers to some controversial issues. An Introduction to the New Testament is the ultimate guidebook for those who want to study more about the Holy Bible.
Discerning the Voice of God: How to Recognize When God Speaks by Priscilla Shirer
Since its publication in 2006, Priscilla Shirer’s Discerning the Voice of God has helped many readers discover the root to clear and daily communication with God through humble obedience. For Shirer, surrendering yourself to God opens a door to many blessings and will help us hear and heed to His voice. The book promises to help readers experience a deeper and more meaningful relationship with God. The book focuses on the Bible and the benefits of Bible Study. Discerning the Voice of God also provides the following features:
- All-new interactive teaching videos approximately 30-40 minutes per session available for rent or purchase
- Leader tips in the back of the Bible Study BookIn-depth stories and illustrations
- Personal study to be completed among the 7 group sessions
- Articles and insights from Dr. Tony Evans
- Exercises to equip you post-study
These are just some of the books that we think will inspire you to study more about the bible and its related works of literature. Have a serene and delightful read!