Old Testament Library
, always quick to pass on useful things, pointed me to John Goldingay's "An OT Library for Ministers
" (he got the tip from Christchurch blogger Paul Whiting
). Goldingay's list is entertaining and useful.
Entertaining because it is always interesting to see what others would put on such a list, and because of the brief comments, e.g. on survey books:
J. W. Drane - Introducing the Old Testament (Harper), liberally conservative
L. Boadt - Reading the Old Testament (Paulist), conservatively liberal
which in my view nicely sums up both works! And useful because the list is so sensible (well at least in my, dead biased, view).
Then I noticed how "out of date" it felt. Does anyone still use paper concordances in the age of BibleWorks seven? Though, on a third look some of the "out of date" feel came from the presence of older classic works, like both Eichrodt AND von Rad's Theology of the Old Testament
. (Though, of course the list WAS published way back in 2001 ;)
So, I wondered, (exactly what Stephen asked me in his email): What would we put on such a list today?
I plan over the next few days/weeks to return to the question, if others join in we might get a really good list going... I'm sure Jim would like a couple of more skeptical historical works in there somewhere... Though, Jim, (this relates to an issue Chris and others have raised in your recent conversations) remember that the list is intended for "Ministers", so I assume has pastoral and preaching needs in mind.
For today my suggestion is that we replace the Englishman's Hebrew-Chaldee Concordance
by the freeware e-Sword
, and Even-Shoshan's concordance by either BibleWorks
- quicker and easier than paper!