Back to the Bible Resources

For those of us who have experienced spiritual violence, reading scripture can feel more dangerous than inspiring. Finding resources to help us think about the Bible in new ways can be helpful towards reclaiming the tradition. This list is a diverse array of books (in alphabetical order by author), each with their own perspective, but not specifically about OtherWise experience. 

What Is the Bible?: How an Ancient Library of Poems, Letters, and Stories Can Transform the Way You Think and Feel About Everything (2017) by Rob Bell

Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time: The Historical Jesus and the Heart of Contemporary Faith (1995 with later reprints) by Marcus Borg

Reading the Bible Again For the First Time: Taking the Bible Seriously But Not Literally (2001) by Marcus Borg

The Cross and the Lynching Tree (2011) James H. Cone  

Reading the Bible from the Margins (2002) by Miguel de la Torre

“Breaking Open: Biblical Literalism & Inerrancy” edited by Alba de Onofrio, available at

Set Them Free: The Other Side of Exodus (2002) by Laurel Dykstra

Liberating Biblical Study: Scholarship, Art, and Action (2011) edited by Laurel Dykstra and Ched Myers

The Bible Tells Me So: Why Defending Scripture Has Made Us Unable to Read It (2015) by Peter Enns

How the Bible Actually Works: In Which I Explain How An Ancient, Ambiguous, and Diverse Book Leads Us to Wisdom Rather Than Answers—and Why That’s Great News (2019) by Peter Enns

Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, and Loving the Bible Again (2018) by Rachel Held Evans

Five Books Of Miriam: A Woman’s Commentary on the Torah (1997) by Ellen Frankel

Womanist Midrash: A Reintroduction to the Women of the Torah and the Throne (2017) by Wilda C. Gafney

Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah (2017) by Wilda C. Gafney

Daughters of Miriam: Women Prophets in Ancient Israel (2008) by Wilda C. Gafney

The Good Book: Reading the Bible with Mind and Heart (2002) by Peter Gomes

Unsettling the Word: Biblical Experiments in Decolonization (2019) edited by Steve Heinrichs

Unveiling Empire : Reading Revelation Then and Now (1999) by Anthony Gwyther and Wes Howard-Brook

“Come Out My People!”: God’s Call Out of Empire in the Bible and Beyond (2010) by Wes Howard-Brook  

Empire Baptized: How the Church Embraced What Jesus Rejected (2016) by Wes Howard-Brook  

Living in the Shadow of the Cross: Understanding and Resisting the Power and Privilege of Christian Hegemony (2013) by Paul Kivel  

The Misunderstood Jew: The Church and the Scandal of the Jewish Jesus (2009) by Amy-Jill Levine

The Jewish Annotated New Testament (2011) edited by Amy-Jill Levine and Marc Zvi Brettler

The Meaning of the Bible: What the Jewish Scriptures and Christian Old Testament Can Teach Us (2011) by Amy-Jill Levine and Douglas A. Knight

Entering the Passion of Jesus: A Beginner’s Guide to Holy Week (2018) by Amy-Jill Levine

Binding the Strong Man: A Political Reading of Mark’s Story of Jesus (1988) by Ched Myers

Who Will Roll Away the Stone?: Discipleship Queries for First World Christians (1994) by Ched Myers

The Africana Bible: Reading Israel’s Scriptures from Africa and the African Diaspora (2009) Edited by Hugh R. Page Jr., et al

Rescuing the Bible from Fundamentalism: A Bishop Rethinks the Meaning of Scripture (1992 and 2009) by John Shelby Spong

Liberating the Gospels: Reading the Bible with Jewish Eyes (2009) by John Shelby Spong

Jesus and the Disinherited (1984) by Howard Thurman

Steps to Recovery From Bible Abuse (2000) by Rembert Truluck

Just a Sister Away: Understanding the Timeless Connection Between Women of Today and Women in the Bible (2007 revision of 1988 classic) by Renita J. Weems

I Asked for Intimacy: Stories of Blessings, Betrayals, and Birthings (1993) by Renita J. Weems

Battered Love (1995) by Renita J. Weems


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