This is a list of books I give students in my college class, “Biblical Theology of Peace and Justice” for background reading.
Alter, Robert. The Art of Biblical Narrative. Basic Books, 1981.
Aukerman, Dale. Darkening Valley: A Biblical Perspective on Nuclear War. Seabury Press, 1981.
Bauckham, Richard. The Theology of the Book of Revelation. Cambridge University Press, 1993.
Beck, Robert R. Nonviolent Story: Narrative Conflict Resolution in the Gospel of Mark. Orbis, 1996.
Berrigan, Daniel. Daniel: Under the Siege of the Divine. Plough, 1998.
Berrigan, Daniel. Isaiah: Spirit of Courage, Gift of Tears. Fortress, 1996.
Birch, Bruce C. Let Justice Roll Down: The Old Testament, Ethics, and Christian Life. Westminster/John Knox Press, 1991.
Birch, Bruce C. What Does the Lord Require? The Old Testament Call to Social Witness. Westminster/John Knox, 1985.
Blount, Brian. Can I Get a Witness? Reading Revelation Through African-American Culture. Westminster John Knox, 2005.
Boesak, Allan A. Comfort and Protest: The Apocalypse from a South African Perspective. Westminster Press, 1987.
Borg, Marcus. Jesus, A New Vision: Spirit, Culture, and the Life of Discipleship. Harper & Row, 1987.
Brueggemann, Walter. A Social Reading of the Old Testament: Prophetic Approaches to Israel’s Communal Life. Fortress Press, 1994.
Brueggemann, Walter. Interpretation and Obedience: From Faithful Reading to Faithful Living. Fortress Press, 1991.
Brueggemann, Walter. Israel’s Praise: Doxology Against Idolatry and Ideology. Fortress Press, 1988.
Brueggemann, Walter. Living Toward a Vision : Biblical Reflections on Shalom. Chalice, 1976.
Brueggemann, Walter. Reverberations of Faith: A Theological Handbook of Old Testament Themes. Westminster John Knox Press, 2002.
Brueggemann, Walter. The Land: Place and Gift, Promise, and Challenge in Biblical Faith. Fortress Press, 1977.
Brueggemann, Walter. The Prophetic Imagination. Fortress Press, 1978.
Cahill, Thomas. The Gifts of the Jews: How a Tribe of Desert Nomads Changed the Way Everyone Thinks and Feels. Doubleday, 1998.
Claiborne, Shane and Chris Haw. Jesus for President: Politics for Ordinary Radicals. Zondervan, 2008.
Countryman, L. William. Dirt, Greed, and Sex: Sexual Ethics in the New Testament and Their Implications for Today. Fortress Press, 1988.
Crossan, John Dominic. In Search of Paul: How Jesus’ Apostle Opposed Rome’s Empire with God’s Kingdom. HarperSanFrancisco, 2004.
Davenport, Gene. Into the Darkness: Discipleship in the Sermon on the Mount. Abingdon, 1988.
Douglass, James W. The Nonviolent Coming of God. Orbis Books, 1991.
Elliott, Neil. Liberating Paul: The Justice of God and the Politics of the Apostle. Orbis Books, 1994.
Ellul, Jacques. The Meaning of the City. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1970.
Gill, Athol. Life on the Road: The Gospel Basis for a Messianic Lifestyle. Herald Press, 1989.
Gingerich, Ray and Ted Grimsrud, eds. Transforming the Powers: Peace, Justice, and the Domination System. Fortress, 2006.
Griffiths, Lee. The War on Terrorism and the Terror of God. Eerdmans, 2002.
Grimsrud, Ted. God’s Healing Strategy: An Introduction to the Main Themes of the Bible. Pandora Press US, 2000.
Grimsrud, Ted and Loren L. Johns, eds. Peace and Justice Shall Embrace: Power and Theopolitics in the Bible. Pandora Press US, 1999.
Grimsrud, Ted. Triumph of the Lamb: A Self-Study Guide to the Book of Revelation. Herald, 1987.
Gutiérrez, Gustavo. On Job: God-Talk and the Suffering of the Innocent. Orbis Books, 1987.
Harink, Douglas. Paul Among the Postliberals: Pauline Theology Beyond Christendom and Modernity. Brazos Press, 2003.
Harrelson, Walter. The Ten Commandments and Human Rights. Fortress Press, 1980.
Hays, Richard B. The Moral Vision of the New Testament: A Contemporary Introduction to New Testament Ethics. HarperCollins, 1996.
Herzog, William R. Jesus, Justice, and the Reign of God: A Ministry of Liberation. Westminster John Knox Press, 2000.
Heschel, Abraham J. The Prophets. Harper and Row, 1962.
Hobbs, T. R. A Time for War: A Study of Warfare in the Old Testament. Michael Glazier, 1989.
Howard-Brook, Wes and Anthony Gwyther. Unveiling Empire: Reading Revelation Then and Now. Orbis, 1999.
Janzen, Waldemar. Old Testament Ethics: A Paradigmatic Approach. Westminster/John Knox Press, 1994.
Johns, Loren. The Lamb Christology of the Apocalypse of John. Mohr Siebeck, 2003.
Keller, Catherine. Apocalypse Now and Then: A Feminist Guide to the End of the World. Beacon, 1996.
Kern, Kathleen. We are the Pharisees. Herald Press, 1995.
Klassen, William. Love of Enemies: The Way to Peace. Fortress Press, 1984.
Lind, Millard C. Yahweh is a Warrior: The Theology of Warfare in the Old Testament. Herald, 1980.
Lohfink, Gerhard. Jesus and Community: The Social Dimension of Christian Faith. Fortress, 1984.
Maier, Harry O. Apocalypse Recalled: The Book of Revelation After Christendom. Fortress, 2002.
Marshall, Christopher D. Beyond Retribution: A New Testament Vision for Justice, Crime, and Punishment. Eerdmans, 2001.
Marshall, Christopher D. Crowned with Glory and Honor: Human Rights in the Biblical Tradition. Pandora Press US, 2001.
McDonald, Patricia. God and Violence: Biblical Resources for Living in a Small World. Herald, 2004.
McEntire, Mark. The Blood of Abel: The Violent Plot in the Hebrew Bible. Mercer University, 1999.
McLaren, Brian. Everything Must Change: Jesus, Global Crises, and a Revolution of Hope. Thomas Nelson, 2007.
Mott, Stephen Charles. Biblical Ethics and Social Change. Oxford University Press, 1982.
Myers, Ched. Binding the Strong Man: A Political Reading of Mark’s Story of Jesus. Orbis, 1988.
Nelson-Pallmeyer, Jack. Jesus Against Christianity: Reclaiming the Missing Jesus. Trinity, 2002.
Nelson-Pallmyer, Jack. Saving Christianity From Empire. Continuum, 2005.
Niditch, Susan. War in the Hebrew Bible: A Study in the Ethics of Violence. Oxford, 1993.
Rensberger, David. Johannine Faith and Liberating Community. Westminster Press, 1988.
Ringe, Sharon. Jesus, Liberation and the Biblical Jubilee: Images for Ethics and Christology. Fortress Press, 1985.
Rossing, Barbara. The Rapture Exposed: The Message of Hope in the Book of Revelation. Westview, 2004.
Roth, John D. Choosing Against War: A Christian View. Good Books, 2002.
Schottroff, Luise. Let the Oppressed Go Free: Feminist Perspectives on the New Testament. Westminster John Knox, 1993.
Schwartz, Regina M. The Curse of Cain: The Violent Legacy of Monotheism. University of Chicago Press, 1997.
Smith-Christopher, Daniel. Jonah, Jesus, and Other Good Coyotes: Speaking Peace to Power in the Bible. Abingdon, 2007.
Spohn, William C. Go and Do Likewise: Jesus and Ethics. Continuum, 1999.
Stringfellow, William. An Ethic for Christians and Other Aliens in a Strange Land. Word, 1973.
Swartley, Willard M.. Covenant of Peace: The Missing Piece in New Testament Theology and Ethics. Eerdmans, 2006.
Trible, Phyllis. Texts of Terror: Literary-Feminist Readings of Biblical Narratives. Fortress, 1978.
Volf, Miroslav. Exclusion & Embrace: A Theological Exploration of Identity, Otherness, and Reconciliation. Abingdon Press, 1996.
Walsh, J. P. M. The Mighty From Their Thrones: Power in the Biblical Tradition. Fortress, 1987.
Weems, Renita J. Battered Love: Marriage, Sex, and Violence in the Hebrew Prophets. Fortress, 1995.
Weinfeld, Moshe. Social Justice in Ancient Israel and in the Ancient Near East. Fortress, 1995.
Wink, Walter. Engaging the Powers: Resistance and Discernment in a World of Domination. Fortress, 1992.
Wink, Walter. Naming the Powers: The Language of Power in the New Testament. Fortress, 1984.
Wink, Walter. The Human Being: Jesus and the Enigma of the Son of Man. Fortress, 2002.
Wink, Walter. Unmasking the Powers: The Invisible Forces That Determine Human Existence. Fortress Press, 1986.
Wood, John A. Perspectives on War in the Bible. Mercer University Press, 1998.
Wright, N. T. The Challenge of Jesus: Rediscovering Who Jesus Was and Is. InterVarsity, 1999.
Yoder, John Howard. The Original Revolution: Essays on Christian Pacifism. Herald Press, 1971.
Yoder, John Howard. The Politics of Jesus. 2nd edition. Eerdmans, 1994.
Yoder, Perry B. Shalom: The Bible’s Word for Salvation, Justice, and Peace. Faith and Life, 1987.