I got this letter from a reader:
I’ve been following your blog via RSS for a few years and really enjoy it. Wondering if you’d consider a post (maybe a Top Ten List?) on recommended religious journals. I realize “religious journals” is a pretty broad category (church history, theology, hermeneutics, etc.) but maybe you could refine it in some way. I work at a small school and we’re reviewing how best to spend our library budget–getting some input from yourself and/or Jesus Creed readers on what they recommend would be very useful.
Journals are a mainstay for recording the results of detailed, specialized focused research. I have long been a subscriber to a number of journals, as well as some magazines that are much less specialized. My own shelf space has led to some cutting back on subscriptions, and the reason is very simple: journals are like a slow growing disease. Eventually it (and they) can take over.
I list here what I subscribe to (and either read or scan), and I’ve listed them in random order.
Journal for the Study of the New Testament
Expository Times (keeps me up with UK stuff)
New Testament Studies
Catholic Biblical Quarterly
New Testament Abstracts: summaries of all journal articles in New Testament studies
Currents in Biblical Research (co-editor; articles on the state of the art in specific Biblical and Judaism studies)
Journal of Biblical Literature
Journal for the Study of the Historical Jesus
Now three for reading in broader topics:
Books and Culture