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Books identified with * are available for free loan through the Secaucus Public Library and the Bergen Country Cooperative Library Service.


Publishers Weekly has an interesting article about Books about the Bible. If you find any books of interest that are not listed here, come back to this page to place an order.


In the BeginningIn the Beginning:
The Story of the King James Bible and How It Changed a Nation, a Language and a Culture
By Alister McGrath / Hardcover / April 2001 *

For the lover of history, literature, or language, In the Beginning is a book that shouldn't be missed. In bringing the story of the King James Bible to light, it captures a vanished period of history in vivid, compelling detail, and will more than prove Roberth Lowth's famous assertion that the King James translation is the "noblest monument of English prose

Reading the BibleReading the Bible Again for the First Time-- Taking the Bible Seriously but Not Literally
by Marcus J. Borg / Hardcover / Feb 2001 *

Marcus Borg, an Episcopal priest and a professor of religion at Oregon State University, has written this book as a follow-up to Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time. Like his earlier book, this one is written for lay people whose faith has been frustrated by their misapprehension that fundamentalism's claim to be the one true faith is valid."Reading the Bible is a credible guide to the project it names. It is a faithful exercise of reason, undertaken to help Christians hear more clearly the many voices recorded in the Bible." --Michael Joseph Gross

Hear Marcus Borg in a Grace Cathedral Forum (Read Audio)

The Saint The Saint John's Bible: Wisdom BooksJohn's Bible: Wisdom Books
by Artistic Director and Illuminator Donald Jackson / Hardcover / Sep 2007 0814690556

Wisdom Books, the fifth volume of The Saint John's Bible to be released, includes some of the Old Testament's literary masterpieces, including Song of Songs, Ecclesiastes, and Proverbs. Also in this volume is the much-loved book of Job and two Old Testament works originally written in Greek, Sirach and the Wisdom of Solomon. Wisdom Books continues the work of earlier volumes, with a script created by calligrapher Donald Jackson specifically for this project. There are over fifteen large illuminations, among them the spectacular frontispiece for Ecclesiastes and another titled "Creative Wisdom." As you spend time with Wisdom Books, you will find yourself treasuring both the words and the images in your heart.

Visit the website for the Saint John's Bible for further information about the project. Prints of the Bible's illuninations and a page search of the new Bible are available in the giftshop.

The Saint Saint John's Bible: 0814690521John's Bible: Prophets
by Artistic Director and Illuminator Donald Jackson / Hardcover / December 2006

Prophets is the fourth volume of the full-color reproduction books of The Saint John's Bible, featuring some of the most beautiful passages in all of Sacred Scripture. The prophets continue to call us to respond to God's love and offer their unvarnished judgment on our behavior. Jackson's images amplify the prophetic word, keeping the flame of hope alive today. Prophets includes artistic depictions from Isaiah, Ezekiel, Jeremiah, Micah, Amos, Daniel, and Zechariah. Major images are Isaiah's Temple Vision and Suffering Servant, Ezekiel's Call and the Valley of the Dry Bones, Daniel's Son of Man, Amos' Plea for Social Justice, and Zechariah's Messianic Prediction. In addition, famous passages such as Isaiah 2:4 "He shall judge between the nations, and shall arbitrate for many peoples; they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more" receive special calligraphic and artistic treatment.

The Saint Saint John's Bible: 0814690521John's Bible: Pentateuch
by Artistic Director and Illuminator Donald Jackson / Hardcover / July 2006

The third in a series of full-color, reproductions from The Saint John's Bible, the Pentateuch is foundational to both Judaism and Christianity. The Pentateuch features text and illuminations of the first five books of the Old Testament (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy) known as the Torah in Judaism. Prominent illuminations include Creation, Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve, Jacob's Ladder, Abraham and Sarah, the Ten Commandments and the Death of Moses. In beautiful handwritten script and elegant design, the Pentateuch contains the cherished stories of faith that are thousands of years old. This book provides an artistic interpretation of humanity's oldest literature&emdash;still recited as living history.

The Saint Saint John's Bible: PsalmsJohn's Bible: Psalms
by Artistic Director and Illuminator Donald Jackson / Hardcover / February 2006

The second in a seven-volume series of full-color, page-by-page reproductions from The Saint John's Bible, Psalms engages the eye and ear with five distinct scripts and exquisite illuminations that include digital voice prints of sacred songs from many ethnic and religious traditions. Illuninator Donald Jackson chose colors to represent different themes, and designs to symbolize the different types of Psalms. He devised a way of weaving the two together that resulted in a unique script, colors and shading. Readers can identify the patterns representing the national history of Israel corresponding with the individual types of Psalms. The way the Psalms appear in The Saint John's Bible provide a way to read our favorite Psalms with new eyes so that we might truly see the Psalms whether they are sung or read poetically.

The Saint Saint Johns Bible: Gospels and ActsJohn's Bible: Gospels and Acts
by Artistic Director and Illuminator Donald Jackson / Hardcover / February 2005

This is the first in a seven-volume series of full-color, page-by-page reproductions from The Saint John's Bible, the first handwritten, illuminated Bible of the modern era. Gospels and Acts has more than 25 illuminations, including full-page opening illuminations for each of the four gospels. The goal has been to create a Bible that expresses the values of our own age, using medieval techniques.

Illuminating Illuminating the Wordthe Word: The Making of the Saint John's Bible
by Christopher Calderhead / Hardcover / March 2005

This companion volume to The Saint John's Bible by Christopher Calderhead, an Episcopal priest, reveals the working process behind one of the greatest undertakings of our time and vividly brings to life its challenges and triumphs. He describes lectio divina, the unique method the Benedictine monks use to read the Bible, in which the Holy Scriptures come alive through the power of imagination. He explores the challenge of creating new images for ancient stories. He chronicles the artistic techniques, the tools and materials and workshop practices Donald Jackson used to create his lifetime masterpiece.

A series of essays by The Rev Christopher Calderhead concerning the project are on the Saint John's Bible website.

The Bible Makes Sense
by Walter Brueggemann / paperback /Apr 97

The Bible Makes Sense is a unique how-to book about the Bible. More than simply introducing readers to major themes, the author reveals an engaging biblical understanding of the world that leads to a life of joy, wholeness, and peace.



Reding the Women of  the BibleReading the Women of the Bible : A New Interpretation of Their Stories
by Tikva Frymer-Kensky / Hardcover / July 2002 *

"You'll never see the women of the Bible in quite the same way after reading Tikva Frymer-Kensky's excellent new book. In her able hands, these women emerge from the ancient texts with new strength and vigor. Frymer-Kensky is a dazzling thinker who presents her ideas with unusual energy and clarity." -- Ari L. Goldman, author of The Search for God at Harvard

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Is the Bible TrueIs the Bible True?
by Jeffery L. Sheler / Hardcover / Nov 1999 *

Named Christianity Today Book of the Year for 2000

"Sheler has waded into the difficulties and complexities of current biblical scholarship. He has sorted matters out to write an account that is accessible, well informed, and balanced in judgment." --Walter Brueggemann, Columbia Theological Seminary, author of Theology of the Old Testament


Four WitnessesThe Four Witnesses:
The Rebel, the Rabbi, the Chronicler,
and the Mystic
by Robin Griffith-Jones
hardcover / Apr 2000 *

"The great mystery of the four Gospels and the one Jesus is given a clarifying explication and demonstration in this novel approach. It may well recapture for a new millennium the excitement about Jesus which characterized the first millennium of Christian faith."-- Peter J. Gomes

The author, Robin Griffith-Jones, served as chaplain and taught New Testament for several years at Lincoln College, Oxford University. He recently was named Master of the Temple Church in London, one of the most important and influential positions in the Anglican Church.


The Good Book

The Good Book:
Reading the Bible with Mind and Heart

by Peter J. Gomes / Paperback / May 1998 *

Biblical studies have historically been consigned to theological schools and church groups. In The Good Book, Peter Gomes, pastor of Harvard University's Memorial Church and a professor of theology, has written a vivid, common sense and wise analysis of what the Bible means for us today.


Biblical Authority or Biblical Tyranny?
Scripture and the Christian Pilgrimage
by Louis William Countryman / Paperback / Mar 1994

Is the Bible the final authority for Christians, or not? Is it the last word, or the first step on a journey to knowledge of God? What is the relationship between the Bible and the church? Who decides how to interpret the Scriptures, the individual believer or the community? These are some of the hard questions Bill Countryman takes up in his graceful, concise study of Scripture's relationship to doctrine, certainty, and mystery. His goal is to persuade us to let go of our presuppositions and to see the Bible as a standard against which our lives and our theology can be judged, rather than a fixed basis of theology and the Christian life. Ultimately, Countryman argues, the Bible's authority is compromised when we try to use it in ways it was never meant to be used, for its real authority lies in helping to bring about our conversion.

L. William Countryman , an Episcopal priest, is Professor of New Testament at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific.


Three Gospels

The Three Gospels:
The Good News According to Mark, the Good News According to John, an Honest Account of a Memorable Life
by Reynolds Price / hardcover / May 1996 *
If anyone wanted an introduction to the Gospels, I would turn them first to Price's book, rather than any contemporary theologian. [Three Gospels] is that good.
 The Washington Post, Larry Woiwode
Also in paperback and large print


Give Us King

Give Us a King:
Samuel, Saul, and David
by Everett Fox / hardcover / Nov 1999 *

Everett Fox's new translation of Saul I and II. Fox, is an outstanding contemporary rendering of Hebrew Scripture. The text appears on the page in the form of free verse, not as prose and preserves the strangeness of the Hebrew text, rather than smoothing it over with English euphemisms and elegant transitions.


Five Books of Moses

The Five Books of Moses:
Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy : A New Translation With Introductions, Commentary, and Notes
by Everett Fox / hardcover / May 1997 *

This new translation recreates the full force of the Bible's original rhetoric and poetry -- its rhythms, nuances, and stylistic devices --allowing the English reader to experience the spiritual and aesthetic power of the Bible's own voice. Also in paperback. and deluxe editions


Great Poems of the Bible

The Great Poems of the Bible
By James L. Kugel / hardcover / Oct 1999*

Much of the Bible is written in poetry. Kugel's sparkling translations together with the fascinating insights that accompany them, bring new life to some of history's greatest poems, and offers a new look at a Bible we thought we already knew.
Excerpt - Chapter One


Deep Deep Memory, Exuberant HopeMemory, Exuberant Hope:
Contested Truth in a Post-Christian World
by Walter Brueggemann / paperback / Sep 2000

Awarded the Theologos Award for Best General Interest Book of 2000 by the Association of Theological Booksellers
Deep Memory, Exuberant Hope explores the leading Old Testament theologians reflections on the meaning of the gospel in today's world. Third volume of series.

TextsTexts That Linger Words That Explode That Linger Words That Explode :
Listening to Prophetic Voices
by Walter Brueggemann, Patrick D. Miller (Editor) / Paperback / Apr 2000

Both Isaiah and Jeremiah and their exposés of the people of Judaism are given new life by Dr. Brueggemann. Second volume of series.

The The Covenanted SelfCovenanted Self :
Explorations in Law and Covenant
by Walter Brueggemann, Patrick D. Miller (Editor) / Paperback / Sep 1999

These exciting studies on the first five books of the Bible cover a wide range of topics, challenging the reader to confront the issues of faithfulness, responsibility, and justice in an every-changing world. Brueggemann sets the issues of praise and lament, grace and duty, truth and power in new frames of reference that call for a response.

Isaiah (Volume 1, Chapters 1-39)
Isaiah (Volume 2, Chapters 40-66)
by Walter Brueggemann/Paperback / Oct 1998

Walter Brueggemann excels in his ability to illuminate the text and truth for his readers. As he exegetes the scripture, laying bear its truth and its relevancy to us today, he calls for the reader to draw their own conclusions about the application of the text to today's world.

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