There are more books written on theology and the Bible than any person could come close to reading. We all have to choose our priorities. There are plenty of good books and resources that aren’t listed here. Rather than try to name them all, we’ve tried to emphasize work by women and people of color. It is intellectually and spiritually degrading to consume all one’s theology from white men, as many of us have been trained to do. If that describes your past theological intake, read some of the theologies below from feminists, womanists, post-colonialists and liberation theologians of color. Also peruse the additional resource lists below highlighting female theologians, black theologians, and indigenous writers.

As we cover topics on the podcast, we will add to the list of topical resources. Note once again that these are highly curated lists that barely scratch the surface of all the scholarship out there. Lastly, we don’t endorse all of the ideas in any of these books, but we believe they’re all at least worthy of engagement.

Popular level books

Searching for Sunday by Rachel Held Evans

Inspired by Rachel Held Evans

A Farewell to Mars by Brian Zahnd

The Bible Tells Me So by Peter Enns

The Sin of Certainty by Peter Enns

Finding God in the Waves by Mike McHargue

Lies We Believe About God by William Paul Young


Paul and Gender by Cynthia Long Westfall

Jesus Feminist by Sarah Bessey

Neither Complimentarian nor Egalitarian by Michelle Lee-Barnewall

A Year of Biblical Womanhood by Rachel Held Evans

Race and Racism

Can White People Be Saved? (Collection of Essays edited by Love L. Sechrest)

Stamped From the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi

Reconstructing the Gospel by Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove

Rethinking Incarceration by Dominique DuBois Gilliard

Disruptive Christian Ethics by Traci C. West

The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

Disunity in Christ by Christina Cleveland

Prophetic Lament by Soong-Chan Rah

I’m Still Here by Austin Channing Brown

So You Want To Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

White Fragility by Robin DeAngelo

One Blood by John Perkins

Woke Church by Eric Mason

The Color of Compromise by Jemar Tisby

The Christian Imagination: Theology And The Origins Of Race by Willie James Jennings

Others resources:


Atonement by T.F. Torrance

A Community Called Atonement by Scot McKnight

The Crucifixion by Fleming Rutledge

Not Ashamed of the Gospel: New Testament Interpretations of the Death of Christ by Morna Hooker

Christ Died for Our Sins by Jarvis J. Williams

Saved from Sacrifice by Mark S. Heim

Monster God Debate a video debate by Brian Zahnd and Michael Brown

New Humanity Institute a blog by Mako Nagasawa

Liberation Theologies

American Indian Liberation: A Theology of Sovereignty by George Tinker

A Black Theology of Liberation by James Cone

Black Theology and Black Power by James Cone

The Cross And The Lynching Tree by James Cone

Liberating Black Theology by Anthony Bradley

Jesus And The Disinherited by Howard Thurman

Womanist Theological Ethics (Collection edited by Katie Geneva Cannon, Emilie M. Townes, and Angela D. Sims)

On the Side of the Poor: The Theology of Liberation by Gustavo Gutierrez and Gerhard Ludwig Muller

Christ The Liberator: A View from the Victims by Jon Sobrino

No Salvation Outside the Poor by Jon Sobrino

Sisters in the Wilderness by Delores S. Williams

The Scandal of Redemption by Oscar Romero

Hope Abundant: Third World and Indigenous Women’s Theology (Collection edited by Kwok Pui-Lan)

Mujerista Theology by Ada Maria Isasi-Diaz

Bible of the Oppressed by Elsa Tamaz

Water Buffalo Theology by Kosuke Koyama

Making Paper Cranes: Toward an Asian American and Feminist Theology by Mihee Kim-Kort and Grace Ji-Sun Kim

Old Testament Studies

Academic Books

The Pentateuch as Narrative by John Sailhamer

The Meaning of The Pentateuch by John Sailhamer

Adam as Israel by Seth Postell

The Mission of God by Christopher Wright

Who Shall Ascend the Mountain of the Lord?: A Biblical Theology of Leviticus by Michael Morales

In the Wilderness: The Doctrine of Defilement in the Book of Numbers by Mary Douglas

Theology of the Old Testament by Walter Brueggemann

Popular Books

Knowing Jesus Through the Old Testament by Christopher Wright

Old Testament Ethics for the People of God by Christopher Wright

Getting Involved with God: Rediscovering the Old Testament by Ellen Davis

Biblical Prophecy by Ellen Davis

The Prophets by Abraham Heschel

The Unseen Realm by Michael Heiser

The Prophetic Imagination by Walter Brueggemann

Other Bible Resources

The Bible Project


The Peoples’ Bible, edited by Curtiss Paul Deyoung, Wilda C. Gafney, Leticia Guardiola-Saenz, George E. Tinker, Frank M. Yamada

The New Testament: A Translation by David Bentley Hart

NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible by Craig Keener and John Walton

Bible Commentaries

The IVP Women’s Bible Commentary ed. by Catherine Clark Kroeger and Mary J. Evans

Women’s Bible Commentary ed. By Carol A. Newsom, Sharon H. Ringe, Jacqueline E. Lapsley

NIV Compact Bible Commentary by John Sailhamer

Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament ed. By G.K. Beale and D.A. Carson

The IVP Bible Background Commentary: New Testament by Craig Keener

The IVP Bible Background Commentary: Old Testament by John Walton, Victor Matthews, Mark Chavalas

True to Our Native Land: An African American New Testament Theology ed. by Bryan K. Blount, Cain Hope Felder, Clarice J. Martin, and Emerson B. Powery