Read More About It

Somewhat belatedly, here are some resources for reading about the Nativity stories, the Roman Empire and Christmas. This is by no means a complete list. It is based on my personal library and the public and college libraries near me. Please add your own favorite books and resources to my list. That way we can all learn.

      Want to Read More about Nativity stories?

Barton, John, ed. The Oxford Bible Commentary, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001

Brown, Raymond E. The Birth of the Messiah A Commentary on the Infancy Narratives in Matthew and Luke. Garden City, NY: Doubleday& Company, Inc., 1977

Johnson, Luke Timothy. The Writings of the New Testament: An Interpretation, Revised Edition, Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1999
Mays, James L. ed. HarperCollins Bible Commentary, San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco, 1988, 2000.
Rogerson, John W. ed. Eerdmans Commentary on the Bible, Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2003.

Stanton, Graham N. The Gospels and Jesus. Oxford Bible Series, eds. Peter R. Ackroyd, Graham N. Stanton, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1989.


     Want to read more about the Gospel of Luke ?

 Bock, Darrell L. Luke: NIV Application Commentary.  ed. Verlyn D. Verbrugge, Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publishing House, 1996.


Culpepper, R. Allen. “The Gospel of Luke” in New Interpreter’s Bible, Vol IX Luke, John. Ed. Leander E. Keck, Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1995.


Evans, Craig A., Luke, New International Biblical Commentary, Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishing, 1990.


Fitzmeyer, Joseph A. The Gospel According to Luke I-IX  A new translation with Introduction and commentary The Anchor Bible  Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1981


 Green, Joel B. The Gospel of Luke The New International Commentary on the New Testament, Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1997


 Marshall, I. Howard.  New International Greek New Testament Commentary Commentary on Luke  A Commentary on the Greek Text. Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1978


Tannehill, Robert C. Luke, Abingdon New Testament Commentaries, Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1996.


Walker, Thomas. Luke, Interpretation Bible Studies, Louisville: Geneva Press, 2001.


 Wright, N.T. Luke for Everyone, London: SPCK, Westminster John Knox Press, 2001.


     Want to read more about The Gospel of Matthew? 

Boring, M. Eugene, “Matthew” in New Interpreter’s Bible:Matthew, Mark Vol VIII, ed. Leander Keck, Nashville:Abingdon Press, 1995.

Carter, Warren, Matthew and the Margins A Sociopolitical and Religious Reading  Maryknoll, New York: Orbis Books, 2001


Wright, Tom, Matthew for Everyone:Chapters 1-15, London:SPCK, Westminster John Knox Press,2004.


       Want to read more about the Ancient World ?                               

 Boatwright, Mary T.,  Daniel J. Gargola, Richard J.A. Talbert. The Romans From Village to Empire  A History of Ancient Rome form Earliest times to Constantine, New YorkOxford:Oxford University Press, 2004 


 Cantor, Norman F. Antiquity: The Civilization of the Ancient World, HarperCollins Publishers, 2003


 Casson, Lionel. Everyday Life in Ancient Rome.  Revised and Expanded Edition The Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore and London1998


 Partner, Peter, Two Thousand Years  The First Millennium: The Birth of Christianity to the Crusades, London:Granada Media, 1999


PBS NOVA    Multiple programs about ancient Israel, Rome, Egypt


 Shanks, Hershel, ed. Ancient Israel From Abraham to the Roman Destruction of the Temple  Revised and expanded edition Prentice Hall Biblical Archaeology Society,1999



      Want to read more about Biblical Interpretation and Christmas ?  

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


  Horsley, Richard and James Tracy, eds. Christmas Unwrapped Consumerism, Christ, and Culture.  Harrisburg, Penn.: Trinity Press International, 2001


Peterson. Eugene H. Eat This Book: A Conversation in the Art of Spiritual Reading, Grand Rapids, Mich: W. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2006.


Wright, N.T. The Last Word: Beyond the Bible Wars to a New Understanding of the  Authority of Scripture, New York: HarperSanFransisco, 2005.


Happy Reading.














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