Works with an index of Biblical references are marked with an asterisk (*). For commentaries on individual books, refer to the bibliographies in D. N. Freedman, ed. (1992), Anchor Bible Dictionary, 6 vols. (New York: Doubleday) and the forthcoming International Catholic Bible Commentary, which contains some treatment of reception history. For ancient and mediæval commentaries, see also the comprehensive list in D. L. Jeffrey (1992), Dictionary of Biblical Tradition in English Literature (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans), pp. 901–926.

General Reference | Texts and Topics | Jewish Interpretation | Antiquity
Middle Ages | Reformation | 19th Century | 20th Century

1. General Reference

  • Ackroyd, P. R. et al., eds. 1963–70. Cambridge History of the Bible. 1969–70. 3 vols. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.*
  • Beuken, W., S. Freyne and A. Weiler, eds. 1991. The Bible and its Readers. Concilium. London: SCM Press and Philadelphia: Trinity Press International.
  • Beuken, W. and S. Freyne, eds. 1995. The Bible as Cultural Heritage. Concilium. London: SCM Press and Maryknoll: Orbis.
  • Carroll, R. and S. Prickett, eds. 1997. The Bible. Authorized King James Version with Apocrypha. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Coggins, R. and Houlden, J. L., eds. 1990. A Dictionary of Biblical Interpretation. London: SCM Press and Philadelphia: Trinity Press International.
  • Diestel, L. 1869. Geschichte des Alten Testamentes in der christlichen Kirche. Jena: H. Dufft.*
  • Dowling Long, S. and J.F.A. Sawyer. 2015 The Bible in Music. A Dictionary of Songs, Works and More. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.*
  • Exum, J. C., ed. 2007. Retellings: The Bible in Literature, Music, Art and Film.
  • Farmer, W., ed. 1998. International Catholic Bible Commentary. Collegeville, Minn.: St. John’s Abbey Press.
  • Giancarlo, R. 1989. Biblia Gentium. Rome: Libreria Sacre Scritture.*
  • Hayes, J. L., ed. 1999. A Dictionary of Biblical Interpretation. Nashville: Abingdon.
  • Jeffrey, D. L., ed. A Dictionary of Biblical Tradition in English Literature. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1992.
  • Knight, M. and T. Woodman, eds. 2006. Biblical Religion and the Novel, 1700–2000. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2006.
  • Sawyer, John F. A. 2009. A Concise Dictionary of the Bible and its Reception. Louisville: Westminster John Knox.*
  • Stoddart, J. T. 1913. The Old Testament in Life and Literature. London: Hodder and Stoughton.*
  • Stoddart, J. T. 1914. The New Testament in Life and Literature. London: Hodder and Stoughton.*
  • Swindell, A. C. 2010. Reworking the Bible: The Literary Reception-History of Fourteen Biblical Stories. Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix.
  • Vigouroux, F. G., ed. 1895–1912. Dictionnaire de la Bible. 5 vols. Paris: Letouzey et Ané.
  • Ziolkowski, E. 2001. Evil Children in Religion, Literature and Art. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

1.1 English Literature

  • Atwan, R. and L. Wieder, eds. 1993. Chapters into Verse: Poetry in English Inspired by the Bible. 2 vols. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Cook, A. S. 1898. Biblical Quotations in Old English Prose Literature. London: Macmillan.
  • Lemon, Rebecca et al. 2009. The Blackwell Companion to the Bible in English Literature. Oxford: Blackwell.
  • Norton, D. 1993. A History of the English Bible as Literature. 2 vols. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.*
  • Tannenbaum, L. 1982. Biblical Tradition in Blake’s Early Prophecies. Princeton: Princeton University Press.
  • Wright, D. F., ed. 1988. The Bible in Scottish Life and Literature. Edinburgh: St Andrew Press.*

1.2. Art

  • Hermann, H. 1956. The Bible in Art: Miniatures, Paintings, etc. Inspired by the Old Testament. London: Phaidon.
  • Male, E. 1986. Religious Art in France: The Late Middle Ages. Princeton: Princeton University Press.*
  • Marrow, J. H. 1979. Passion Iconography in Northern European Art of the Late Middle Ages and Early Renaissance: A Study of the Transformation of Sacred Metaphor into Descriptive Narrative. Brussels: Van Ghemmert.
  • Murray, P. and L. Murray, eds. 1996. Oxford Companion to Christian Art and Architecture. Oxford: Oxford Unviersity Press.
  • Réau, L. 1955–59. Iconographie de l’art chrétien. 3 volumes. Paris: Presses Univ. de France.
  • Schiller, G. 1972. Iconography of Christian Art. 2 vols. London: L. Humphries.*

1.3. Liturgy and Hymnology

  • Bower, P., ed. 1987. Handbook for the Common Lectionary. Philadelphia: Geneva Press.
  • Danielou, J. 1956. The Bible and the Liturgy. London: Darton, Longman, and Todd and Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press.
  • Fant, C. E., Jr. and W. M. Pinson, eds. 1971. 20 Centuries of Great Preaching. 2 vols. Waco: Word.
  • Hymns Ancient and Modern for Use in the Services of the Church. 1909. Historical Edition. London: Clowes.
  • Hymns and Psalms. 1983. London: Methodist Publishing House.*
  • Lectionary Order of Readings for use at Mass. 1970. London: G. Chapman.*
  • Mayhew, K., ed. 1989. Hymns Old and New: With Supplement. Rattlesden: K. Mayhew. [Catholic]*
  • Mayhew, K., ed. 2008. Anglican Hymns Old and New. Suffolk: K. Mayhew.
  • Moffat, J. and M. Patrick. 1927. Handbook to the Church Hymnary. London: Oxford University Press. [Presbyterian]*

2. Studies of Individual Texts and Topics

2.1 Genesis

  • Byron, J. 2011. Cain and Abel in Text and Tradition: Jewish and Christian Interpretations of the First Sibling Rivalry. Leiden: Brill.
  • Cohen, J. 1989. “Be Fertile and Increase; Fill the Earth and Master It”(Genesis 1:28). The Ancient and Medieval Career of a Biblical Text. Ithaca: Cornell University Press.
  • Cohn, N. 1996. Noah’s Flood. The Genesis Story in Western Thought. New Haven: Yale University Press.
  • Giere, S. D. 2009. A New Glimpse of Day One: Intertextuality, History of Interpretation, and Genesis 1.1–5. BZNW 172. Berlin and New York: W. de Gruyter.
  • Lang, Bernhard. 2009. Joseph in Egypt: A Cultural Icon from Grotius to Geothe. New Haven: Yale University Press.
  • Morris, P. and D. Sawyer, eds. 1992. A Walk in the Garden: Biblical Iconographical and Literary Images of Eden. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press.
  • Polhemus, R. M. 2005. Lot’s Daughters. Stanford: Standford University Press.

2.2 Exodus

  • Britt, Brian. 2004. Rewriting Moses. London: T. and T. Clark.
  • Childs, B. S. 1974. Exodus. A Commentary. London: SCM Press.
  • Holladay, W. 1993. The Psalms through 3000 Years. Minneapolis: Fortress Press.
  • Terrien, S. 1996. The Iconography of Job through the Centuries. University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press.*
  • van Iersel, B. and A. Weiler, eds. 1987. Exodus: A Lasting Paradigm. Concilium. Edinburgh: T. and T. Clark.*

2.3 Psalms

  • de Wald, E. T. 1932. The Illustrations of the Utrecht Psalter. Princeton: Princeton University Press.

2.4 Isaiah

  • Sawyer, J. F. A. 1996. The Fifth Gospel. Isaiah in the History of Christianity. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press.*
  • Seitz, C. R., ed. 1988. Reading and Preaching the Book of Isaiah. Philadelphia: Fortress Press.

2.5 Jonah

  • Sherwood, Y. 2000. A Biblical Text and its Afterlives. The Survival of Jonah in Western Culture. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

2.6 Judith

  • Stocker, Margarita. 1998. Judith, Sexual Warrior. Women and Power in Western Culture. New Haven: Yale University Press.

2.7 Gospels

  • Gubar, S. 2009. Judas, a Biography. New York: Norton.
  • Jack, A. M. 2010. Scottish Fiction as Gospel Exegesis. Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix.
  • Most, G. W. 2005. Doubting Thomas. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.
  • Pelikan, J. 1985. Jesus through the Centuries. His place in the History of Culture. New Haven and London: Yale University Press.
  • Pelikan, J. 1996. Mary through the Centuries. New Haven and London: Yale University Press.
  • Warner, M. 1985. Alone of all Her Sex. The Myth and the Cult of the Virgin Mary. London: Pan.
  • Williamson, C. M. and R. J. Allen. 1989. Interpreting Difficult Texts. Anti-Judaism and Christian Preaching. London: SCM and Philadelphia: Trinity Press.
  • Wright, T. R. 2007. The Genesis of Fiction: Modern Novelists as Gospel Interpreters. Aldershot: Ashgate.

2.8 Revelation

  • van der Meer, F. 1978. Apocalypse: Visions from the Book of Revelation in Western Art. London: Thames and Hudson.

3. Jewish Interpretation

  • Berlin, Adele and M. Z. Brettler, eds. 2004. The Jewish Study Bible. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Bevan, E. R. and C. Singer, eds. 1927. The Legacy of Israel. Oxford: Clarendon Press.
  • Boyarin, D. 1994. Intertextuality and the Reading of Midrash. Bloomington: Indiana University Press.
  • Cohen, A., ed. 1945–. Soncino Books of the Bible. London: Soncino.
  • Danby, H. 1933. The Mishnah. Oxford: Clarendon Press.*
  • Encyclopedia Judaica. 1971–72. 16 vols. Jerusalem: Keter.
  • Etheridge, J. W. 1862–65. The Targums of Onkelos and Jonathan ben Uzziel on the Pentateuch. English trans. 2 vols. London: Longman, Green, Longman and Roberts.
  • Fackenheim, E. 1990. The Jewish Bible after the Holocaust. Bloomington: Indiana University Press and Manchester: Manchester University Press.
  • Freedman, H., ed. 1951. Midrash Rabbah. 10 vols. 2nd ed. London: Soncino.*
  • Ginzberg, L., ed. 1954. Legends of the Jews. 7 vols. 10th ed. New York: Jewish Publication Society.
  • Handelman, S. A. 1982. Slayers of Moses. The Emergence of Rabbinic Interpretation in Modern Literary Theory. Albany: State University of New York Press.
  • Lange, A. and M. Weigold, eds. 2011. Biblical Quotations and Allusions in Second Temple Jewish Literature. Goettingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht
  • Montefiore, C. G. and H. Loewe, eds. 1974. A Rabbinic Anthology. New York: Schocken.*
  • Schwartz, H. 1998. Reimagining the Bible. The Story-Telling of the Rabbis. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Singer, I., ed. 1904. Jewish Encyclopedia. 10 volumes. New York and London: Funk and Wagnalls.
  • Singer, S. ed. 1962. Authorised Daily Prayer Book. New edition. London: Eyre and Spottiswoode.
  • Vilnay, Z. 1977. The Guide to Israel. 19th ed. Jerusalem: Ahiever.

4. Antiquity

  • The Ante-Nicene Fathers. 1994. 10 vols. Peabody: Hendrickson.*
  • The Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers. Series 1, Augustine and Chrysostom. 1886–89. 14 vols. Peabody: Hendrickson.*
  • The Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers. Series 2, Cappadocians and Others. 1890–1900. 14 vols. Peabody: Hendrickson.*
  • Fathers of the Church. 1947–. Washington: Catholic University of America Press.*
  • Allenbach, J. et al., eds. 1975.  Biblia patristica: index des citations et allusions bibliques dans la littérature patristique. 2 vols. Paris: Editions du Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique.*
  • Balas, D. L. and D. J. Bingham. 1998. “Patristic Exegesis of the Books of the Bible,” pp. 64–115 in William Farmer, ed., International Catholic Bible Commentary. Collegeville: Liturgical Press.
  • Blowers, P. M., ed. 1977. The Bible in Greek Christian Antiquity. The Bible Through the Ages 1. Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press.*
  • Charlesworth, J. H., ed. 1985. The Old Testament Pseudepigrapha. 2 vols. London: Darton, Longman and Todd. [Note: This work has been published in several different editions by both UK and US publishers.]
  • Delamarter, Steve and J. H. Charlesworth. 2002. A Scripture Index to Charlesworth’sThe Old Testament Pseudepigrapha. London and New York: Sheffield Academic Press.*
  • Fishbane, M. 1985. Biblical Interpretation in Ancient Israel. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Fontaine, J. and C. Pietre, eds. 1985. Le monde latin antique et la Bible. La Bible de tous les temps 2. Paris: Beauchesne.
  • García Martínez, F. 1994. The Dead Sea Scrolls Translated: The Qumran Texts in English. Trans. W. G. E. Watson. Leiden: Brill and Grand Rapids: Eerdmans.
  • Gorday, P. 1988. Principles of Patristic Exegesis: Romans 9-11 in Origen, John Chrysostom and Augustine. New York: Mellen.
  • Hennecke, E., W. Schneemelcher, and R. McL. Wilson, eds. 1963–65. New Testament Apocrypha. 2 vols. Philadelphia: Westminster.
  • Longenecker, R. N. 1975. Biblical Exegesis in the Apostolic Period. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans.
  • Sieben, H. J. 1991. Kirchenvaterhomilien zum Neuen Testament: ein Repertorium der Textausgaben und Ubersetzungen. Mit einem Anhang der Kirchenvaterkommentare. Instrumenta Patristica 22. Steenburgis: Abbatia S. Petri.
  • Weber, R. 1975. Biblia Sacra iuxta Vulgatam versionem. 2 vols. 2nd ed. Stuttgart: Württembergische Bibelanstalt.
  • Wiles, J. W. 1995. A Scripture Index to the Works of St Augustine in English. Lanham: University Press of America.
  • Ziegler, J. and A. Rahlfs, eds. Septuaginta. 1931–. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck and Ruprecht.

5. Middle Ages

  • Berger, S. 1884. La Bible Francaise au Moyen Age. Paris: Imprimerie Nationale.
  • de Lubac, H. 1959–64. Exegese medievale. Les quatre sens de l’Ecriture. 4 vols. Paris: Aubier.
  • Gibson, M. T. 1993. The Bible in the Latin West. Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press.
  • Harper, J. 1991. The Forms and Orders of Western Liturgy from the Tenth to the Eighteenth Century: A Historical Introduction and Guide for Students and Musicians. Oxford: Clarendon Press.
  • Jungmann, J. A. 1951–55. The Mass of the Roman Rite: Its Origins and Development. 2 vols. New York: Benziger.
  • Kaske, R. E., A. Groos and M. W. Twomey. 1988. Medieval Christian Literary Imagery: A Guide to Interpretation. Toronto Medieval Bibliographies 11. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.
  • Rost, H. 1939. Die Bibel im Mittelalter. Augsburg: M. Seitz.
  • Smalley, B. 1983. The Study of the Bible in the Middle Ages. 3rd ed. Oxford: B. Blackwell.
  • Walsh, K. and D. Wood, eds. 1985. The Bible in the Medieval World. Oxford: Blackwell.
  • Wilson, D. 1976. The People and the Book. The Revolutionary Impact of the English Bible, 1380–1611. London: Barrie and Jenkins.

6. Reformation and Enlightenment

  • Blackwell, R. J. 1991. Galileo, Bellarmine and the Bible. Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press.
  • Calvin, John. 1994. New Testament Commentaries. 12 vols. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans.*
  • Bornkamm, H. 1969. Luther and the Old Testament. Trans. E. W. Gritsch and R. C. Gritsch. Ed. V. I. Gruhn. Philadelphia: Fortress.
  • Henkel, A. and A. Schone, eds. 1967. Emblemata: Handbuch zur Sinnbildkunst des XVI. und XVII. Jahrhunderts. Stuttgart: J. B. Metzler.
  • Henkel, A. and A. Schone, eds. 1976. Emblemata: Handbuch zur Sinnbildkunst des XVI. und XVII. Jahrhunderts. Vol. 2, Supplement der Erstausgabe. Stuttgart: J. B. Metzler.
  • Hill, C. 1993. The English Bible and the Seventeenth Century Revolution. London: A,. Lane and New York: Penguin.
  • Luther, M. 1955–. Luther’s Works. Ed J. Pelikan et al. 55 vols. St Louis: Concordia.*
  • Poole, M. 1700 [repr. 1979]. A Commentary on the Holy Bible. 3 vols. Edinburgh: Banner of Truth Trust, Edinburgh.
  • Rashkow, I. N. 1990. Upon the Dark Places: Anti-Semitism and Sexism in English Renaissance Biblical Translation. Bible and Literature Series 28. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press.
  • Schmidt, Ph. 1962. Die Illustration der Lutherbibel 1522-1700. Basel: F. Reinhardt.
  • Steinmetz, D. C. ed. 1990. The Bible in the Sixteenth Century. Durham: Duke University Press, 1990.
  • Wesley, J. 1986–. Works. 6 vols. Ed. A. C. Outler. Nashville: Abingdon.

7. Nineteenth Century

  • Cheyne, T. K., et al., eds. 1899–1903. Encyclopedia Biblica. 10 vols. New York: Macmillan and London: A. and C. Black.
  • Cone, J. 1972. The Spirituals and the Blues: An Interpretation. New York: Seabury.
  • Denzinger, H. 1856. Enchiridion Symbolorum. Wirceburgi.
  • Frei, H. 1974. The Eclipse of Bible Narrative: A Study of 18th and 19th Century Hermeneutics. New Haven: Yale University Press.
  • Johnson, B. R. 1993. We’ll Understand it Better By and By: Pioneering African-American Gospel Composers. Washington, DC: Smithsonian.
  • Kitto, J. 1848. The Cyclopaedia of Biblical Literature. Edinburgh: A. and C. Black.
  • Roston, M. 1965. Prophet and Poet: The Bible and the Growth of Romanticism. London: Faber & Faber.
  • Spurgeon, C. 1857. Sermons. New York: Sheldon, Blakeman and Co.

8. Twentieth Century

  • Alter, R. and F. Kermode, eds. 1987. The Literary Guide to the Bible. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press and London: Grafton.
  • Babington, B. 1993. Biblical Epics: Sacred Narrative in the Hollywood Cinema. Manchester, N. Y.: Manchester University Press.
  • Cohn Sherbok, D., ed. 1991. Using the Bible Today. Canterbury Papers 3. London: Belew.
  • Houlden, J. L., ed. 1995. The Interpretation of the Bible in the Church. London: SCM Press. Translation of L’interpretation de la Bible dans l’Eglise (Pontifical Biblical Commission, 1993).
  • Kraeling, E. 1955. The Old Testament since the Reformation. New York and London: Harper.
  • Neill, S. and N. T. Wright. 1987. The Interpretation of the New Testament: 1861-1986. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Scofield, C. I. 1917. Scofield Reference Bible. Rev. ed. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Swindell, A. C. 2009. How Contemporary Novelists Rewrite Stories from the Bible. Lampeter and New York: Mellen.

8.1. Millennarianism

  • Boyer, P. 1992. When Time Shall be No More: Prophecy Belief in Modern American Culture. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard.
  • Halsell, G. 1986. Prophecy and Politics. Westport, Conn.: Hill.
  • Wainwright, A. W. 1993. Mysterious Apocalypse: Interpreting the Book of Revelation. Nashville: Abingdon.

8.2. Liberation Theology

  • Brown, R. A. 1984. Unexpected News: Reading the Bible with Third World Eyes. Philadelphia: Westminster.
  • Miranda, J. P. 1977. Marx and the Bible. London: SCM.*
  • Rowland, C. and M. Corner. 1990. Liberating Exegesis: The Challenge of Liberation Theology to Biblical Studies. London: SPCK.*
  • Sugirtharajah, R. 1991. Voices from the Margin:  Interpreting the Bible in the Third World. London: SPCK and Maryknoll: Orbis.

8.3 Feminism

  • Brenner, A. and C. Fontaine, eds. 1993–98. A Feminist Companion to the Bible. First series. 10 vols. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press.
  • Ruether, R. R. 1983. Sexism and God-talk: Towards a Feminist Theology. London: SCM Press.
  • Schussler Fiorenza, E., ed. 1993. Searching the Scriptures: A Feminist Introduction.London: SCM 1993.
  • Trible, P. 1978. God and the Rhetoric of Sexuality. Philadelphia: Fortress Press.

8.4. Theory and Method

  • Barr, J. 1973. The Bible in the Modern World. London: SCM.
  • Bauckham, R. 1989. The Bible in Politics. London: SPCK and Louisville: Westminster/John Knox.*
  • Bible and Culture Collective, The. 1995. The Postmodern Bible. New Haven: Yale University Press.
  • Borgman, Eric et al., eds. 2004. Literary Canons and Religious Identity. Aldershot: Ashgate.
  • Fish, S. 1980. Is there a Text in This Class? The Authority of Interpretive Communities. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.
  • Hirsch, E. D. 1976. The Aims of Interpretation. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
  • Iser, W. 1974. The Implied Reader. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press.
  • Kung, H. and J. Moltmann. 1980. Conflicting Ways of Interpreting the Bible. Concilium 138. Edinburgh: T. & T. Clark and New York: Seabury.
  • Tompkins, J. P., ed. 1980. Reader-Response Criticism: From Formalism to Post-Structuralism. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press.
  • Watson, F., ed. 1993. The Open Text: New Directions for Biblical Studies? London: SCM Press.