Dr. Jim Hamilton is a professor of Biblical theology at the world’s greatest seminary – Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY; and more importantly, a pastor at Kenwood Baptist Church; a theologian; and an author. He is also the author of the blog: For His Reknown . Dr. Hamilton made a most helpful post last summer on his favorite books in Biblical Studies, which he removed after a commenter accused him of self promotion. I’d like to re-post the list here because I think the list is helpful. This list is subjective and biased (obviously), but I think it is useful and should be public. I’m always curious about the works that influence pastors and theologians, so I always find these types of lists helpful in deciding what I want to read.
Amongst those that I hope to read someday: the two on Old Testament Theology, the NT Theology by Ladd, Beale’s book on the temple (see my recent blog post), and the work on the Pentateuch by Alexander, which I’d like to read soon.
“1. God’s Glory in Salvation through Judgment: A Biblical Theology – sorry if this seems like shameless self-promotion, but there’s no one I agree with more than myself. In this book I aimed to get at the heart of the theology of every book of the Bible. I didn’t say everything, no doubt more could be said and better, but I said what I thought needed to be said as well as I could say it.
2. Stephen Dempster, Dominion and Dynasty: A Theology of the Hebrew Bible – this book profoundly shaped my approach to OT Theology.
3. Paul House, Old Testament Theology – unlike Dempster, House goes book by book through the OT, which I allowed to serve as a guided tour of the OT reading through it one year. I learned a ton about every book of the Old Testament.
4. Oskar Skarsaune, In the Shadow of the Temple: Jewish Influences on Early Christianity – fascinating. Insightful. Explanatory. Fun to read.
5. N. T. Wright, The New Testament and the People of God – don’t agree with everything (especially the adoption of Sanders’ conclusions), but this may be the best book Wright has written, thoughResurrection may be better.
6. Thomas R. Schreiner, Paul, Apostle of God’s Glory in Christ – the best thematic study of Paul’s theology available, and it had a profound impact on me when I first started thinking about biblical theology.
7. G. E. Ladd, New Testament Theology – I read this book right after reading N. T. Wright’s Jesus and the Victory of God, and I remember feeling that at the points where Wright lost his footing on the beam, Ladd was right on balance.
8. G. K. Beale, The Temple and the Church’s Mission – a seminal, paradigm shifting book that reshaped the way I think about the world, the temple, the church, and what we’re here to do.
9. Richard Bauckham, The Theology of the Book of Revelation – this is a great book. Short, eye-opening, thorough, moving.
10. T. D. Alexander, From Eden to the New Jerusalem: An Introduction to Biblical Theology – it’s amazing what Alexander packs into this short book! I could just as well have listed his book From Paradise to the Promised Land, but this one covers the whole Bible (and I slipped the other in by mentioning it!).”