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.Read More »

Holy Week Poems

This year I pulled together a cycle of poems related to themes of Holy Week here on my blog. The poems follow the journey of Jesus, at times through the eyes of different characters. They are part of a longer series of poems that I am not ready to share yet. I wanted to simply gather them into one post here, so you could read them one after the other as they were mean to be read.

“Unseeing in Sleep”

“Maker Unmade”

“Nothing for Him”

“The Glory”

“Three Figures”

“Joseph’s Offering”

“The First Day”

“Unbelievable Words”

Nothing for Him

With loud shouts they insistently demanded that he be crucified, and their shouts prevailed. So Pilate decided to grant their demand. (Luke 23:23-24)

No law can withstand human demands.
No governor forestalls foregone conclusions.
We stand amidst the crowd, shouting
For the death of our God to satisfy
Our anger. With no words for the crowd
And no words for Pilate, Jesus submits
Meekly to the grinding gears. No tears
Now from the King who is not of this world.
No harsh rebuke of a holy and awesome God.
No one leaps to His aid. No angels fall
From the skies. No one stops what has now
Been set into motion. The cold, cruel world
Reaches out for destruction, but still,
Even still, there is divine intention.
Hidden within and without from our eye,
God is working, transforming our reality.

[This is the third in a group of original poems composed for Holy Week.]

Maker Unmade

The man who were guarding Jesus began mocking and beating him. (Luke 22:63)

The mouths made by Him
through whom all things were made –
The mouths in which the gift
of language was given to bless –
Those mouths now rage against
their Creator with cruel curses.

The hands held by Him
from the earliest moments of life –
The hands that hold, hug,
greet and build –
Those hands descend in fast fury
to deconstruct their Maker.

[This is the second in a group of six original poems composed for Holy Week.]