Saturday, 4 February 2006

Things to read before college

Rory Shiner has posted a list of books for students to read before commencing theological studies. Naturally most people won’t begin to do this kind of reading until they’re already in the midst of (or until they’ve completed!) their theological studies. Nevertheless, if I were to offer a list of 25 books to read before beginning theological study, my list would probably look something like this (ordered alphabetically):

* Rainer Albertz, History of Israelite Religion in the OT Period (2 vols.)
* Karl Barth, Dogmatics in Outline
* Karl Barth, Evangelical Theology: An Introduction
* Richard Bauckham, God Crucified: Monotheism and Christology in the NT
* Günther Bornkamm, Jesus of Nazareth
* Martin Buber, I and Thou
* Rudolf Bultmann, “New Testament and Mythology” (essay)
* Rudolf Bultmann, Theology of the NT (2 vols.)
* Gerhard Ebeling, Problem of Historicity in the Church and Its Proclamation
* Robert Jenson, Story and Promise
* Ernst Käsemann, Jesus Means Freedom
* Hans Küng, The Church
* Alister McGrath, Making of Modern German Christology
* Bruce Metzger, Text of the NT: Its Transmission, Corruption and Restoration
* Jürgen Moltmann, The Crucified God
* Wolfhart Pannenberg, “Dogmatic Theses on the Doctrine of Revelation” (essay)
* Wolfhart Pannenberg, Jesus—God and Man
* Gerhard von Rad, OT Theology (2 vols.)
* Karl Rahner, The Trinity
* E. P. Sanders, Jesus and Judaism
* Friedrich Schleiermacher, Brief Outline on the Study of Theology
* Udo Schnelle, History and Theology of the NT Writings
* Albert Schweitzer, Quest of the Historical Jesus
* Anthony Thiselton, Two Horizons: NT Hermeneutics and Philosophical Description
* John Webster, Holy Scripture: A Dogmatic Sketch

Admittedly I’m imagining here a very committed person who has a lot of spare reading-time, and access to a theological library. Which books or essays would be on your list?


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