Exegesis and Hermeneutics Bibliography

Exegesis and Hermeneutics Bibliography March 24, 2021

This is a starter bibliography for those interested in studying exegesis and hermeneutics. If you have suggestions, feel free to leave a comment. We know this list is not exhaustive!


Hermeneutics (the Philosophy of Interpretation)

Achtemeier, P. J. Inspiration and Authority: The Nature and Function of Christian Scripture. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 1999.

Adam, A. K. M. Faithful Interpretation: Reading the Bible in a Postmodern World. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2006.

Bartholomew, Craig. Introducing Biblical Hermeneutics: A Comprehensive Framework for Hearing God in Scripture. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2015.

Bauckham, Richard, The Bible in the Contemporary World.

Boersma, Hans, Scripture as Real Presence.

Brown, Jeannine. Scripture as Communication: Introducing Biblical Hermeneutics. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2007. 2nd ed coming 2021.

Brown, Sherri and Moloney, Francis J. Interpreting the New Testament.

Brueggemann, Walter. Texts Under Negotiation: The Bible and Postmodern Imagination. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress, 1993.

Croy, Clayton. Prima Scriptura: An Introduction to New Testament Interpretation. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2011.

Davis, Ellen F. and Richard B. Hays, eds. The Art of Reading Scripture. Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans, 2003.

Fee, Gordon D. Gospel and Spirit: Issues in New Testament Hermeneutics. Peabody, Massachusetts: Hendrickson Publishers, Inc., 1991.

Fee, Gordon D. and Stuart, Douglas. How to Read the Bible for All its Worth. 2d ed. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1993. Kaiser, Walter C., Jr. Toward an Exegetical Theology. Grand Rapids: Baker, 1981.

Gooder, Paula. Searching for Meaning: An Introduction to Interpreting the New Testament. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox, 2009.

Goldingay, John. Models for Interpretation of Scripture. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1995.

Gorman, Michael J. Scripture and Its Interpretation: A Global, Ecumenical Introduction to the Bible. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2020.

Green, Joel B. Practicing Theological Interpretation: Engaging Biblical Texts for Faith and Formation. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 2011.

Kaiser, Walter C., and Moisés Silva. An Introduction to Biblical Hermeneutics: The Search for Meaning. Revised and Expanded. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2007.

Keener, Craig S. Spirit Hermeneutics. Reading Scripture in Light of Pentecost. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2016.

McKnight, Scot. The Blue Parakeet: Rethinking How You Read the Bible. Zondervan, 2018.

McKnight, Scot and Nijay K. Gupta, eds. The State of New Testament Studies. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2019.

Osborne, Grant R. The Hermeneutical Spiral. Downers Grove: IVP, 2007.


Porter, Stanley E. and Beth M. Stovell, eds. Biblical Hermeneutics: Five Views. Downers Grove: IVP, 2012.

Laughery, Gregory L. Paul Ricoeur & Living Hermeneutics: Exploring Ricoeur’s Contribution to Biblical Interpretation. 2016.

Starling, David I. Hermeneutics as Apprenticeship: How the Bible Shapes Our Interpretive Habits and Practices. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2016.

Thiselton, Anthony C. Hermeneutics: An Introduction. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2009.

Thiselton, Anthony C. New Horizons in Hermeneutics: The Theory and Practice of Transforming Biblical Reading. London: HarperCollins, 1992.

Vanhoozer, Kevin J. Is There a Meaning in this Text? Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1998.

Webb, William J. Slaves, Women, and Homosexuals: Exploring the Hermeneutics of Cultural Analysis. Downers Grove: Intervarsity, 2001.



Exegesis (the Practice of Interpretation)

Bauer, David and Robert Traina. Inductive Bible Study. Baker, 2011.

Blomberg, Craig L. and Jennifer F. Markley, Handbook of New Testament Exegesis. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2010.

Duvall, J. Scott and J. Daniel Hays. Grasping God’s Word: A Hands-On Approach to Reading, Interpreting, and Applying the Bible. Zondervan, 2020.

Erickson, Richard J. A Beginners Guide to New Testament Exegesis.

Fee, Gordon D. New Testament Exegesis. Rev. Ed. Louisville: Westminster/John Knox, 1993.

Gorman, Michael J. Elements of Biblical Exegesis: A Basic Guide for Students and Ministers. Peabody: Hendrickson, 1998.

Green, J. B., ed. Hearing the New Testament: Strategies for Interpretation. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1995.

Klein, William W., Craig L. Blomberg and Robert L. Hubbard, Jr. Introduction to Biblical Interpretation. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2017.

Osborne, Grant R. The Hermeneutical Spiral. Downers Grove: IVP, 2007.

Richard, E.R. and Brandon J. O’Brien. Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes. IVP, 2012.

Soulen, Richard N. and R. Kendall Soulen. Handbook of Biblical Criticism. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2011.


Narrative and Literary Criticism

Alter, Robert. The Art of Biblical Narrative. New York: Basic Books, 1981.

Brown, Jeannine. The Gospels as Stories. Baker, 2020.

Firth, David G. and Jamie A. Grant, eds. Words and the Word: Explorations in Biblical Interpretation and Literary Theory. Downers Grove: IVP, 2008.

Powell, Mark Allan. What is Narrative Criticism? Fortress, 1991.


Location/Perspective Interpretation

Blount, Brian et al., ed. True to Our Native Land: An African American New Testament Commentary. Fortress, 2007.

Bowens, Lisa M. African American Readings of Paul.

De la Torre, Miguel. Reading the Bible from the Margins.

Felder, Cain Hope. Stony the Road We Trod: African American Biblical Interpretation. Fortress, 1991.

Keener, Craig et al., ed. Global Voices: Reading the Bible with the Majority World. Hendrickson, 2013.

Junior, Nyasha. An Introduction to Womanist Biblical Interpretation. WJK, 2015.

Kim, Uriah, and Seung Ai. T&T Clark Handbook of Asian American Biblical Hermeneutics. T&T Clark, 2019.

Lapsley, Jaqueline. Whispering the Word: Hearing Women’s Stories in the Old Testament. WJK, 2005.

McCaulley, Esau. Reading while Black. IVP, 2020.

Melcher, J. et al., ed. The Bible Disability: A Commentary. Baylor University Press, 2017.

Schottroff, L., et a. Feminist Biblical Interpretation: A Compendium of Critical Commentary on the Books of the Bible and Related Literature.  Eerdmans, 2012.

Smith, Mitzi. Insights from African American Interpretation. Fortress, 2017.

Sugirtharajah, R.S. Postcolonial Criticism and Biblical Interpretation. OUP, 2002.

Trible, Phyllis. Texts of Terror: Literary-Feminist Readings of Biblical Narratives. Fortress, 1984.


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