Bibliography for the Theology of Suffering and the Life of Joseph

books.jpgWhenever I study for a sermon series, I spend a lot of time far in advance of that sermon series doing research, reading books, thinking, reading articles, reflecting, reading more books, writing, and reading even more.

I usually gather all of the resources I use together into a bibliography for each series. Sometimes, I have bibliographies with sub-bibliographies because, well, that’s the sort of person that I am.

I had a lot of positive feedback on our Lenten series, “The Life of Joseph: God’s Sovereignty in Our Suffering.” I know there were many reasons for that, from the devotional written by members of our congregation at Eastbrook to the stories of God’s work in people’s lives and so much more.

Along with everything else, I also studied a lot for that series. I read a lot of old books and interacted with a lot of contemporary blogs and articles to help shape my thinking on the biblical text from Genesis and also the issues of God’s sovereignty and human suffering. With all that in mind, I thought I’d share my book list from that series. As is usually the case, I do not endorse the views of all of these books. In fact, many of them I disagree with sharply. However, the authors became meaningful conversation partners in shaping the direction and content of this series.

Life of Joseph – Bibliography

Genesis and the Biblical Story

Paul Borgman. Genesis: The Story We Haven’t Heard. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2001.

John Bright. A History of Israel, 4th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Westminster John Knox Press, 2000.

Walter Brueggemann. Genesis. Interpretation. Atlanta: John Knox Press, 1982.

Gene A. Getz. Joseph: Overcoming Obstacles through Faithfulness. Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1996.

Henry Jackson Flanders, Jr., Robert Wilson Crapps, and David Anthony Smith. People of the Covenant: An Introduction to the Hebrew Bible, 4th ed. New York: Oxford University Press, 1996.

F. B. Meyer. Joseph: Exalted Through Trials. New York: Fleming H. Revell, n. d.

Charles R. Swindoll. Joseph: A Man of Integrity and Forgiveness. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, 1988.

Gerhard Von Rad. Genesis. OTL. Philadelphia, PA: Westminster Press, 1961.

Bruce K. Waltke with Cathi J. Fredricks. Genesis: A Commentary. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2001.

John H. Walton and Victor H. Matthews. The IVP Bible Background Commentary: Genesis-Deuteronomy. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1997.

John H. Walton, ed. Zondervan Illustrated Bible Background Commentary. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2009.

Gordon J. Wenham. Genesis 16-50. WBC. Dallas: Word Inc., 1994.


Theology of Suffering

Randy Alcorn. If God Is Good. Colorado Springs: Multnomah, 2009.

Thomas Boston. The Crook in the Lot. Edinburgh: Banner of Truth, 2017.

Gregory A. Boyd. Is God to Blame?: Beyond Pat Answers to the Problem of Suffering. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2003.

Frederick Buechner. Telling the Truth: The Gospel as Tragedy, Comedy and Fairy Tale. New York: Harper & Row, 1977.

D. A. Carson. How Long, O Lord?: Reflections on Suffering and Evil, 2nd ed. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2006.

Richard J. Foster. “The Prayer of Suffering,” in Prayer: Finding the Heart’s True Home. New York: Harper, 1992.

Nancy Guthrie, ed. Be Still, My Soul: Embracing God’s Purpose and Provision in Suffering. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2010.

Douglas John Hall. God and Human Suffering: An Exercise in the Theology of the Cross. Minneapolis, MN: Augsburg Publishing House, 1986.

Timothy Keller. Walking with God through Pain and Suffering. New York: Dutton, 2013.

C. S. Lewis. The Problem of Pain. New York: Macmillan, 1961.

N. T. Wright. Evil and the Justice of God. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2013.

Philip Yancey. Where Is God When It Hurts? Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2002.

Ravi Zacharias and Vince Vitale. Why Suffering?: Finding Meaning and Comfort When Life Doesn’t Make Sense. New York: FaithWords, 2015.

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