Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Things to read before theological study

The definitive essential pre-theological study list:

  1. Barbara Thiering, Jesus & the Riddle of the Dead Sea Scrolls – start of with a good helping of utter *ollocks first – it’ll make everything else seem great.
  2. David A. deSilva, An Introduction to the New Testament – a superb, albeit rather one-sided, introduction and overview to every NT book, and to various exegetical and interpretive methods (check out the Amazon link as it is reviewed by none other than our own Alan Bandy).
  3. The Pan Guide to Arm Wrestling – as essential as number 1.
  4. Tom Wright, What Saint Paul Really Said – The man needs no introduction. Mike Bird, sitting at feet, Marburg, one greater now here, etc. It’s motivational, inspiring, paradigm shifting, refreshing, lucid, and a good introduction to some popular Pauline debates.
  5. Kümmel, The New Testament: The history of the investigation of its problems – or The Interpretation of the New Testament, 1861-1986 by Wright and Neill. Unputdownable.
  6. A. McGrath, Christian Theology: An Introduction. Lucid – and it served me well. Plus his Christian Theology Reader.
  7. B. W. Anderson’s, The Living World of the Old Testament. The ‘review’ on this one is err, interesting.
  8. W. Wally, Where's Wally?: Special Edition – For if you ever get stuck on a train and you’ve forgotten all your other theology books.
  9. Karl Barth, Church Dogmatics. Just to scare the living crap out of 1st year students – and because I’ve got some terribly exciting news, but … No. I won’t say anything yet.
  10. The All American Girls 2006 Bikini Calendar: Soapsuds edition – serves as a compelling introduction to various anthropological and sociological themes.


At 2/08/2006 1:18 AM, Anonymous Jim said...

1- Skip it- it's Dreck
2- No.
3- Must confess as to never having read it.
4- Yuck. Anyone but him. If you've read one of his books you've read them all.
5- Yes! Brilliant.
6- Nope.
7- Nope.
8- Never have read it.
9- Barth... have you come to your senses and abandoned Barth for Zwingli?
10- Ummm... nope - don't have it. Not the soap edition anyway. Have you seen the Library edition? They are all dressed as 18th century shool-marms sitting in the library with a German theologian- discussing Theologie!

All in all a quite dreadful list. I'd offer my own but I can't read.

At 2/08/2006 1:55 AM, Anonymous Ben Myers said...

Great list, Chris -- very, well, Tillingian.

I can't wait to hear the exciting news -- I hope it's got something to do with that musty old Tübingen bookshop....

At 2/08/2006 4:55 AM, Anonymous T.B. Vick said...

I'll take the Where's Wally? even if I'm not "stuck on a train and you’ve forgotten all your other theology books."

Wally is 'da bomb!'


btw - the word verification for this comment is "ihpoo" - makes me want to say - "bless you!"

At 2/08/2006 6:07 PM, Anonymous Sean said...

You wicked, wicked, little boy...

I love it!

At 2/08/2006 10:59 PM, Anonymous Chris Tilling said...

The words 'Tom Wright' and 'yuck' shouldn't even be in the same library, never mind same breath.
And I must say, that 18th century version sounds exciting!

At 2/08/2006 11:00 PM, Anonymous Chris Tilling said...

Ben, I'm looking forward to telling you the news, and it is far better than any 'musty old Tübingen bookshop' could offer ...

At 2/08/2006 11:02 PM, Anonymous Chris Tilling said...

TB, some may say that Where's Wally? is the best on the list. I prefer the last - for academic reasons, of course.

Sean, thank you for your, err, kind words.


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