This is a list I gave my Hebrew class. The formatting didn’t quite come through, and I don’t have time to link everything, but you can download a properly formatted .pdf copy here. Enjoy.
Resources for Study of the Hebrew Bible
1. See FARMS suggested readings on the Old Testament at
a. It has links to Amazon.
b. New book prices can be compared at www.addall.com, www.bestbookbuys.com and used book prices at www.abe.com.
c. Other places to look for books are from www.cbd.com, www.eisenbrauns.com, and www.hendrickson.com.
2. Useful Commentaries
Commentaries arenâ€™t for doctrine per se. Rather, they are to help us understand the text and show us connections we havenâ€™t seen on our own.
a. Word Biblical Commentary- 58 volumes
i. BS 491.2 .W67
ii. Available in Logos format. www.logos.com
iii. A conservative but scholarly series that includes translation, bibliography, and commentary on linguistic, cultural, historical, and authorship questions.
b. New International Commentary on the Old Testament
i. Volumes not shelved together in BYU library.
ii. 19 Volumes so far.
iii. Similar to the WBC above.
c. The Anchor Bible Series
i. BS 192.2
ii. Extensive series of uneven value, with at least one commentary on each book plus reference volumes.
iii. Scholarly and less conservative.
a. Bright, John. A History of Israel. 4th ed. Louisville, Ky: Westminster John Knox Press, 2000.
i. 3rd Ed. Available in BYU library. DS 121 .B72 1981
ii. Follows in the Albright tradition, takes a traditional view informed by archaeology and non-biblical texts. Technical.
b. Miller, James Maxwell, and John Haralson Hayes. A History of Ancient Israel and Judah. 1st ed. Philadelphia: Westminster Press, 1986.
i. DS 117 .M6 1986
ii. A very balanced treatment. Less technical.
c. Shanks, Hershel, ed. Ancient Israel: From Abraham to the Roman Destruction of the Temple. Rev. ed. Washington, D.C.: Biblical Archaeology Society, 1999.
i. DS 117 .A66 1988
ii. An excellent brief work introducing the issues, questions, and history of Israel. Introductory.
iii. Available electronically on the Biblical Archaeology Review archive from www.logos.com
4. Related Texts
a. Pritchard, James Bennett, ed. Ancient Near Eastern Texts Relating to the Old Testament. 3d ed. Princeton, N. J.: Princeton University Press, 1969.
i. BS 1180 .P83 1969
ii. Frequently abbreviated and cited as ANET.
b. Hallo, William W., and K. Lawson Younger. The Context of Scripture. 3 vols. Leiden; New York: Brill, 1997.
i. BS 1180 .C66 1996
ii. Replaces ANET. Up-to-date translations, brief commentary, bibliography, and cross-references.
iii. Available electronically from www.logos.com
5. Introductions to the Hebrew Bible
All of these books will inform as well as challenge you. Read critically and thoughtfully.
a. Collins, John J. Introduction to the Hebrew Bible. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2004.
i. BS 1140.3 .C65 2004
ii. Available with or without CD-rom in Logos format.
iii. The most up-to-date treatment, Collins introduces the reader to the basic outline, history, and interpretation of the Hebrew bible, with valuable bibliography at the end of each chapter.
iv. Collinsâ€™ conclusions reflect a secular position in many cases, e.g. the non-existence of the patriarchs. However, many of the positions he takes have become the majority opinion. This book is valuable for getting an idea of the current scholarly climate on such questions, but questions is what it will leave you with.
b. Bandstra, Barry L. Reading the Old Testament: An Introduction to the Hebrew Bible. Belmont, Calif.: Wadsworth, 1995.
i. Updated version at BS 1140.2 .B32 2004
ii. 1995 version available free on-line, at www.hope.edu/academic/religion/bandstra/RTOT/RTOT.HTM
iii. This is primarily useful for its availability. Same caveats as above.
c. Harrison, Roland K. Introduction to the Old Testament. London: Tyndale Press, 1970.
i. BS 1140.2 .H35
ii. Though somewhat outdated, this volume remains a very thorough treatment to the history of interpretation of the Hebrew bible.
a. LDS journals that include articles touching on the Hebrew Bible include
i. BYU Studies,
2. BX 8605.1 .B76b
3. Many articles are available to download for free.
ii. The FARMS Review
2. BX 8622 .R325x
iii. Journal of Book of Mormon Studies.
2. BX 8622 .J826
b. Non-LDS Journals
i. Journal of Biblical Literature (JBL)
2. BS 410 .J7
ii. Journal for the Study of the Old Testament (JSOT)
2. BS 410 .J68
iii. Vetus Testamentum (VT)
2. BS 410 .V45
iv. Catholic Biblical Quarterly (CBQ)
2. BS 410 .C37x
v. Bible Review (BR)
2. Electronic archive available from www.logos.com
3. BS 410 .B58
vi. Biblical Archaeology Review (BAR)
2. Electronic archive available from www.logos.com
3. BS620 .A1 B52
7. Cultural and other Reference Books
a. Freedman, David Noel, ed. Anchor Bible Dictionary. 6 vols. New York: Doubleday, 1992. 7200 pages.
i. BS 440 .A54 1992
ii. Available electronically from www.logos.com
iii. BYU Lib. has an electronic copy at the Humanities Reference Desk.
b. Vaux, Roland de. Ancient Israel: Its Life and Institutions. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans, 1997. (First published in the 50â€™s.)
i. DS 112 .V313 1997
ii. Cultural and social institutions of Israel.
c. King, Philip J., and Lawrence E. Stager. Life in Biblical Israel. Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2001.
i. DS 112 .K48 2001
ii. Cultural and social institutions of Israel, with pictures, archaeological and ANE background.
d. Sasson, Jack, ed. Civilizations of the Ancient Near East. 2 Volumes. Hendrickson, 1995.
i. DS 57 .C55 1995 (4 volume Scribner edition.)
ii. 2-volume edition is $99 at www.cbd.com