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It is either no coincidence or a nice coincidence that the Decalogue moves from questions about God in its first four statements, to questions about the community and about behavior in its next five, to a question about the inner dynamic of the individual in its tenth; succeeding pages in the Torah expand on this. Right attitudes to Ywhw link with right relationships in the community and right attitudes in oneself. Right attitudes in oneself link with right attitudes to Ywhw and to other people. None of these stands on its own. They form a whole.

– John Goldingay, Israel’s Life (Old Testament Theology vol. 3)

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Earlier this week, Eisenbrauns‘ Deal of the Day was Goldingay’s The Usual Suspects (Walk On, in the USA) for $2.60. Well here’s my own Goldingay Deal of the Day:

Walk On (To the Usual Suspects) – free download (thanks to Fuller Theological Seminary for making it available).

For what it’s worth, I did take advantage of the Eisenbrauns deal and also ordered Michael Gorman’s Cruciformity, since I prefer to read an actual book and $2.60 seemed too good to pass up.

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So, over at Boston Bible Geeks, Danny posted an interesting list of the 5 scholars that the average churchgoer would benefit from reading. That sounded like a great idea to me, and I was interested to read his list, so I’m stealing his idea and making my own. I’ll raise my hand and admit that a good bit of the reading that I do would not be of much benefit to the non-academic. And since I’m confessing here, I’ll also admit that I felt a twinge of guilt at  the statement that Danny quoted about Gordon Fee, whom I admire very much. Too much of my studying is about the Bible as an object, rather than the God it reveals, and that’s not okay.

So on that theme, I’ll list the five scholars that I think the layperson should read.

1. Gordon Fee

I’m with Danny on this one. I haven’t read his book on exegesis, but I have read God’s Empowering Presence, and if there’s any one academic book that I would encourage a layperson to struggle through, it’s probably this one. I’ve read many (too many) scholars that rebuke (rightly) our current churches, but don’t give any possible solutions. Fee isn’t afraid to offer solutions and practical advice to the average church on the corner, which is what scholarship should really be about anyway.

Recommended Reading:

God’s Empowering Presence

Paul, the Spirit, & the People of God

How to Read the Bible For All It’s Worth (w/ Douglas Stuart)

2. NT Wright

NT Wright can be a polarizing figure and for the life of me I can’t figure out why. As far as I’m concerned everything I have read by him has been top-notch stuff that would benefit both the scholarly world and the Church. That doesn’t mean that I agree with everything that he says, and sometimes I wish he would stop blaming “our Western post-enlightenment thinking” for every problem facing our world, but I have found him always to be worth reading, and I agree with him wholeheartedly that we desperately need to recapture the new creation/resurrection eschatology of the New Testament if we are going to have any impact at all on our culture, which is dying while we sit back and watch.

Recommended reading:

Surprised By Hope (Seriously, I wish I could get a copy of this into the hands of every Christian in my city)

Following Jesus

Christians at the Cross

The Meal Jesus Gave Us

3. John Goldingay

Because he makes the Old Testament simply come alive, and his love for the God revealed there comes through on every page.

Recommended Reading:

Old Testament Theology volume 1: Israel’s Gospel

Old Testament Theology volume 2: Israel’s Faith

Old Testament Theology volume 3: Israel’s Life

God’s Prophet, God’s Servant

4. Eugene Peterson

Because he’s so practical that you didn’t even know he was a “scholar”. No really, the Christian faith is a lived out faith, not just a book to be read (no matter how inspired). Peterson knows that and communicates it like no one else.

Recommended Reading:

Pretty much anything.

5. Thomas Oden

Because (at least where I live, which is supposedly the most “Christian” region of the United States), the Body of Christ in the present has almost no knowledge of the generations within that body that have come before us. That’s generalizing for sure, and Lord knows there are Presbyterians here that know (or think they know) John Calvin up and down, but that’s about it as far as I can tell. Oden is doing his best to let us in on the millennium and a half  that transpired before Calvin. (Note for some John Piper fans: That was not hyperbole, there actually were Christians before John Calvin).

Recommended Reading:

Classic Christianity

Anything in the ACCS series

Ancient Christian Doctrine (5 volumes)

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It’s only a metaphor, but you should never put the word “only” before the word “metaphor.


John Goldingay, in response to a student’s discomfort with Paul’s use of “sacrifice” as referring to the Gentiles (in Romans 15) and our bodies (“living sacrifices” in Romans 12).  The problem being, of course, that a sacrifice is something that you offer up to be killed.

No prosperity gospel here.

The audio of the lectures are available on Itunes (search for Fuller Seminary)

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