Undergraduate Reading Lists

Preparing for your Degree

Undergraduate Reading Lists

Buying and reading books before beginning a degree will prove immensely valuable. However, you are not expected to buy all or even most of the books here! All these books have been recommended by the people who will be teaching you, but you should browse and explore. The references are all linked to ‘Amazon’, and so you can compare the price and sometimes the content of the books. Choose whatever seems best.

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Degree Programmes

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Bachelor of Divinity

BS101: Foundations of Biblical Studies, CH102: Church History, ST103: Fundamentals of Revelation, SR102: Christianity in the Modern World, either PH101:Philosophy of Religion, or one of: OT101: Biblical Hebrew, NT101:New Testament Greek, LN100:Latin for Beginners, PS300:Christian Ethics

BA Abrahamic Religions: Judaism, Christianity & Islam

General Introduction, AR102: Judaism: Beliefs and Practices, AR103: Christianity: Beliefs and Practices, AR104: Islam:Beliefs and Practices, PH101: Philosophy of Religion

BA Philosophy

General Philosophy, PH102: Knowledge and Reality, PH103: Introduction to Value, PH104: Greek Philosophy, PH105: Reason and Argument, PH107: Philosophical Texts

BA Philosophy, Religion and Ethics

PH100: Introduction to Philosophy, ST102: Introduction to Theology and Religion, PH101: Philosophy of Religion, PS101: Ethics and Moral Reasoning

BA Philosophy and Theology

General Philosophy, PH102: Knowledge and Reality, PH103: Introduction to Value, BS101: Foundations of Biblical Studies, ST102: Introduction to Theology & Religion

BA Theology

BS101: Foundations of Biblical Studies; CH102: Church History, ST102: Introductions to Theology and Religion, either PH101: Philosophy of Religion, or one of: OT101: Biblical Hebrew, NT101: New Testament Greek, LN100: Latin for Beginners

BA Study of Religions

AR102: Judaism: Beliefs and Practices, AR103: Christianity: Beliefs and Practices, AR104: Islam:Beliefs and Practices, SR101: Theory, methods and themes in the study of religion

General Introduction to Abrahamic Religions

Jacob Neusner, Religious Foundations of Western Civilization: Judaism, Christianity and Islam (USA: Abingdon Press, US, 2006)

F E Peters, The Children of Abraham: Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Princeton Classic Editions (Princeton University Press, 2004)
This is a short, challenging-to-read history of the development of these three religions, with chapters dedicated to such topics as Community and Hierarchy, Law, and Theology.

AR102: Judaism: Beliefs and Practices

C.M. Pilkington, Teach Yourself Judaism (London: Hodder, 2003)
This text is clear, accessible and provides a good introduction to the course.

It is worth becoming familiar with the website http://www.myjewishlearning.com.

AR104: Islam: Beliefs and Practices

Abdullah Saeed, Islamic Thought: An Introduction (Routledge, 2006)
This book is a fresh and contemporary introduction to the philosophies and doctrines of Islam. The author traces the development of religious knowledge in Islam, from the pre-modern to the modern period. Exploring the influences of Islamic Art and Culture, and the Islamic texts of the Qur’an, and hadith, as well as Sufism, Islamic laws, and politics, Islamic Thought is ideal for anyone who wants to understand more about Muslims and the Islamic faith.

Carl W Ernst, Following Muhammad: Rethinking Islam in the Contemporary World (University of North Carolina Press, 2003)

BS101: Foundations of Biblical Studies

New Testament: general
- Ehrman, Bart D., The New Testament : a historical introduction to the early Christian writings (New York: Oxford University Press, c2012)
- Horrell, David G., An introduction to the study of Paul (London; New York: T&T Clark, 2006)
- Sanders, E. P., Paul (Oxford ; New York: Oxford University Press, 1991)
- Hooker, Morna D., Paul: a beginner's guide (Oxford: Oneworld, 2008)
- Stanton, Graham N., The Gospels and Jesus (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2nd ed 2002)
- Woodman, Simon, The Book of Revelation (SCM Core Text) (SCM 2008)

Old Testament General:

- Rogerson, John; Davies, Philip R., The Old Testament world (Repr. ed.). (London: T & T Clark, 2007)

Introduction to the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament:

- Richard Coggins, Introducing the Old Testament (Oxford Bible Series, 2001) second edition

- Davies, Phil, Whose Bible Is It Anyway? (London and New York: T. & T. Clark Publishers, Ltd. 2004)

- Bruggemann, Walter, An Introduction to the Old Testament: The Canon and Christian Imagination, (Westminster John Knox Press, 2003)

On Ancient Israel history:

- Philip R. Davies, In Search of "Ancient Israel": A Study in Biblical Origins (Library Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies; T&T Clark, 1992)

and / or

- Davies, Philip R., Memories of ancient Israel : an introduction to biblical history - ancient and modern (Louisville, Ky.: Westminster John Knox Press, 2008)

- Rogerson, John, et al. Beginning Old Testament Study, Second Edition (St. Louis: Chalice Press, 1998)

CH102: Church History

Tanner, Norman, New Short History of the Catholic Church (London: Burns & Oates, 2011)
This is a clear and concise introduction to the history of Christianity, which will provide you with a general sketch that the lectures will proceed to fill in.

PH103: Introduction to Value

NT101: New Testament Greek

We shall be starting with the Greek alphabet at the first lecture. No previous knowledge is required. The textbook for this course is Duff, Jeremy, The Elements of New Testament Greek (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 2005) which students are advised to purchase in advance of the course.

OT101: Biblical Hebrew

LN100: Latin for Beginners

The teaching of Latin will start from scratch. Text books will be provided at the first lecture. Suggestions about a Latin dictionary will be made at that time. It would be useful to know (a) an outline of the history of Rome and its Empire, (b) the common Roman myths and legends. Both of these could be found in the children’s section of your local library.

SR101: Theory, methods and themes in the study of religion

ST103: Fundamentals of Revelation

Avery Dulles, Models of Revelation (USA: Orbis Books, 1996 reprint)Models of Revelation

It would be valuable for you to have read this book, very especially pp. 3-128. Ownership of this significant book, while not essential, would be a plus.

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