Posted by: John Adams | September 17, 2009

What I’m Reading

The thought occurred to me that some of you might be interested in what texts I’m reading for classes at Asbury this semester. Browsing through this list, you might find a new book to deepen your own reading, a new text from which to teach a Bible study, or perhaps a taste of what seminary life is like. Comments/questions are more than welcome, and since I actually have to read all these books over the next three months, your prayers would be much appreciated!

Elementary Greek I

  1. A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament and Other Early Christian Literature, Danker et al.
  2. Interlinear for the Rest of Us: The Reverse Interlinear for New Testament Word Studies, William Mounce.
  3. Novum Testamentum Graece, 27th ed., Nestle-Aland.
  4. The Basics of New Testament Syntax: An Intermediate Greek Grammar, Daniel Wallace.

Method & Praxis in Theology

  1. Caught Between Truths: The Central Paradoxes of Christian Faith, Barry L. Callen.
  2. God and History: The Dialetical Tension of Faith & History in Modern Thought, Laurence W. Wood.
  3. Theology as History and Hermeneutics: A Post-Critical Conversation with Contemporary Theology, L. Wood.
  4. The Wesleyan Quadrilateral: Scripture, Tradition, Reason & Experience as a Model of Evangelical Theology, Donald Thorsen.
  5. Who’s Afraid of Postmodernism?: Taking Derrida, Lyotard, and Foucault to Church, James K. A. Smith

Theology of the New Testament

  1. The Living Word of God: Rethinking the Theology of the Bible, Ben Witherington.
  2. The Shadow of the Almighty: Father, Son, and Spirit in Biblical Perspective, Witherington/Ice.
  3. The Many Faces of the Christ: The Christologies of the New Testament and Beyond, Witherington.
  4. Jesus, Paul, and the End of the World: A Comparative Study in New Testament Eschatology, Witherington.
  5. Paul’s Narrative Thought World: The Tapestry of Tragedy and Triumph, Witherington.
  6. The Problem with Evangelical Theology: Testing the Exegetical Foundations of Calvinism, Dispensationalism, and Wesleyanism, Witherington.

Vocation of Ministry

  1. Finding God at Harvard: Spiritual Journeys of Thinking Christians, Kelly Monroe, ed.
  2. Sacred Rhythms: Arranging Our Lives for Spiritual Transformation, Ruth Haley Barton.
  3. Ministry in the Image of God: The Trinitarian Shape of Christian Service, Stephen Seamands.
  4. The Call: Finding and Fulfilling the Central Purpose of Your Life, Os Guinness.
  5. Betrayal of Trust: Confronting and Preventing Clergy Sexual Misconduct, Stanley Grenz/Roy D. Bell.
  6. Ordaining Women: Biblical and Historical Insights, B.T. Roberts.


  1. Whoa! I find it hard to believe you’ll be doing anything BUT reading in the next 3 months.

  2. If it was anybody else other than Witherington, I’d caution you to beware of professors that use their own books for texts.

  3. H…good thing you’re a lightening-fast reader.

  4. remember when u and i chatted on facebook and we mused about switching positions?–u getting ur masters in teaching and me gettting a mdiv?…yeah, after seeing ur booklist, i changed my mind… 🙂 …h that…that’s funny, for ben witherington’s class his assigned books are ALL his books…interesting 🙂 …that’s gotta make his publisher happy ever semester…

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