Jesus-Paul Resources

Related Books by George Shillington

Jesus and His Parables: Interpreting the Parables of Jesus Today
. Editor. Edinburgh: T & T Clark, 1997. A collection of essays on selected parables from the Synoptic Gospels, written by a variety of biblical scholars, illustrating various approaches to interpreting the puzzling stories Jesus told.



2 Corinthians
in BCBC. Scottdale: Herald Press, 1997. The commentary wrestles with the challenging issues the Apostle Paul raises in his complex letter to congregations in the important city of Corinth. Each unit is discussed under four headings: Overview, Explanatory Notes, the Text in Biblical Context, and The Text in the Life of the Church.



 Reading the Sacred Text: An Introduction to Biblical Studies. London: T & T Clark/Continuum, 2002. Serves as a textbook for graduate students in theology, but would be a valuable resource for anyone interested in responsible interpretation of biblical texts. It deals with the writing and selection of the documents of the Bible, the translation from the original languages, and especially modern approaches to interpreting the texts.



An Introduction to the Study of Luke-Acts
, in the series T & T Clark Approaches to Biblical Studies. London: T & T Clark/Continuum, 2003. The Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles were both written by the same person. The book explores major themes and texts in the two volumes using a variety of approaches. A useful starter for anyone interested in leading group study of one or the other of the two books. Paul’s person and work filtered through the lens of Acts.



The New Testament in Context: A Literary and Theological Textbook
. London: Continuum, 2009. A handbook for entry-level students in university/college, or anyone interested in disciplined study of the NT. Useful for anyone leading a group in a New Testament book-study. “Introduction” should guide the analysis of texts.



On a Journey with God: You Come too . . . Winnipeg, Springfield, 2003. (Available from Kindred Productions, Winnipeg). A collection of selected sermons, or lectures, delivered over several years. Titles include, “Sorting out the Salt Scenario” (a saying of Jesus), “Loved by an Enemy” (Good Samaritan),  “God’s Basket Case” (Paul expelled from Nabatea), “Male and Female” (Paul on gender equality).




Related articles/chapters by George Shillington

 Paul’s Success in the Conversion of Gentiles: Dynamic Centre in Cultural Diversity.” Direction, 20, 2 (1994). 125–34

Biblical Interpretation: The State of the Discipline.” Direction, 24, 1 (1995) 3–13.

“Atonement Texture in 1 Corinthians 5.5.” Journal for the Study of the New Testament, 71 (1998) 29–50.

Significant Translation: Exchange as Literary and Theological Pattern in John.Direction, 33, 2, (2004) 158-170.

“Reading Jesus’ Parables in Light of his Crucifixion.” In A Wandering Galilean: Essays in Honour of Seán Freyne, edited by Zuleika Rodgers with Margaret Daly-Denton and Anne Fitzpatrick McKinley. Leiden: Brill, 2009. 505–24.

“The Spirit-Paraclete as Jesus’ Alter Ego in the Fourth Gospel (John 14–16)”. Vision,  spring 2012.

Related Books by other authors.

Chilton, Bruce. Rabbi Jesus: An Intimate Biography. New York: Doubleday, 2000. Easy to read, imaginative, and also provocative in recovering an image of Jesus of Galilee.




Crossan, John Dominic. Jesus: A Revolutionary Biography. San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco, 1994. A shorter version of his principal work on Jesus (1991), but an insightful probing into the context and character of the man, Jesus, and his visionary ministry about non-violent justice.



Donaldson. Terence L. Paul and the Gentiles: Remapping the Apostle’s Convictional World. Minneapolis: Fortress, 1997. Explores how Paul’s abiding convictions concerning the death and resurrection of Jesus guided his mission and his letter writing.



Eisenbaum, Pamela M. Paul was not a Christian: The Real Message of a Misunderstood Apostle. New York: HarperOne, 2009. Aimed at putting Paul in his place within Judaism behind the doctrines and practices that marked later Christianity.



Elliot, Neil. Liberating Paul: The Justice of God and the Politics of the Apostle. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 1994.  A valiant effort to release Paul from his later interpreters, including those within the Pauline tradition in the NT, e.g. the Pastorals, and hear him on his own terms in the fifties C. E.



Freyne, Sean. Jesus: A Jewish Galilean. London: T. & T. Clark, 2005. An intensive study of Jesus against the background of the Hebrew Bible and the land and society within which he lived in the first century CE.



Herzog II, William R. Parables as Subversive Speech: Jesus as Pedagogue of the Oppressed. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 1994. A re-reading of the parables as Jesus’ way of moving his Jewish audiences in Palestine to find ways of undoing the oppression under which they lived. The alternative is the reign of God.



Nanos, Mark D. The Mystery of Romans: The Jewish Context of Paul’s Letter. Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress, 1996. An in-depth analysis of Paul’s weighty letter to the capital of the empire, keenly aware of Paul’s Jewish world of thought, and some of the tensions he faced in his mission to the non-Jewish world.



Rivkin, Ellis. What Crucified Jesus? London: SCM, 1984. Acknowledging the leaders involved in the execution of Jesus, this book probes the situation in Roman-occupied Palestine in which Jesus worked and taught. Jesus appeared as a subversive teacher and worker, although non-violent.



Robinson, James M. Jesus: According to the Earliest Witness. Philadelphia: Fortress, 2007. A collection of articles focused on the importance of the Q source for reconstructing the vision and work of Jesus in relation to the reign of God.



Sanders, E. P. The Historical Figure of Jesus. London: Penguin, 1993. A shorter, and somewhat simpler version of his larger work, Jesus and Judaism. The focus is on the acts of Jesus in relation to the ruling authorities in Palestine. A careful and controlled analysis.




See the comprehensive bibliography on the subject in Jesus and Paul Before Christianity (2011).