Literal errors, immoralities and occultism
The Encyclopedia of Biblical Errancy and
Biblical Errancy by C. Dennis McKinsey. These two books were the
outgrowth of a
newsletter published for about ten years.
Is It God's Word? by Joseph Wheless. A hard hitting expose on the
Bible. This is one of my favorite sourcebooks for ideas on biblical
Forgery in Christianity by Joseph Wheless. He uses historical records
to catalog the deceits that went into the founding of Christianity.
Bible of Bibles by Kersey Graves. Discusses parallels with bibles of
other religions and the Bible's many errors and immoralities.
Ken's Guide to the Bible by Ken Smith. Ken takes an irreverent view of
the Bible as he picks out its weirdness, bunk, divine wrath, family
values, gender bashing and others. Enjoyable to read.
Sex and the Bible by Gerald Larue. A well written scholarly work on
moral attitudes towards various forms of sexual activity, and marriage.
The X-Rated Bible by Ben Akerley. Takes an irrelevant tour of all the
Bible sex stories in the Bible. It's the most thorough exposition I've
The Supernatural the Occult and the Bible by Gerald Larue. Argues that
biblical supernaturalism and modern occultism are two sides of the same
The Forgery of the Old Testament by Joseph McCabe. Discusses evidences
of forgery, the myths of immortality and the lies of religious literature.
Rescuing the Bible From Fundamentalism by John Shelby Spong. Written
by an Episcopalian bishop, warns against mindless literalism while trying
to bring the Bible into the twentieth century.
Why Christianity Must Change or Die by John Shelby Spong. A bishop
presents himself as a member of the silent majority who find it
increasingly difficult to remain members of the church and still be
Some Mistakes of Moses by Robert Ingersoll. He was a lawyer and a
prominent free-thinker in his time. This book is just a sampling of the
works that brought him to fame — or infamy, depending on your point of
The Age of Reason by Thomas Paine. Paine is best known for writing
"Common Sense," the book said to spark the Revolutionary War. His barbs
were just as sharp when he threw them at organized religion.
The Bible Tells Me So by Hill and Cheadle. A light reading of how the
Bible has been abused. Sample topics are witchcraft, slavery, Jewish
persecution, war, guilt for disease, homosexuality and school prayer.
The Ten Commandments by Joseph Lewis. This was my main source book on
the topic. See
Ten Commandments Part 1 and
Commandments Part 2.
The Origin and History of Hebrew Law by John Merlin Smith. Argues that
Moses did not write the Pentateuch; it was written much later. Compares
with the codes of Hammurabi, Assryians and Hittites.
Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible by Karel Van Der Toorn,
Bob Becking and Peter W. Der Horst. A very complete source book from A to
Bible — as history and history of
The Story Bible by Pearl S. Buck. This is light reading that covers 70
popular stories from creation to Jesus' Resurrection. For those who know
nothing or very little about the Bible.
David's Secret Demons: Messiah, Murders, Traitor, King by Baruch
Halpern. Examines the written and archaeological evidence, and David as a
Moses: A Life by Johnathan Kirsch. Examines all that is known and all
that has been imagined. Written with a combination of scholarship and
Battles of the Bible by Chaim Herzob & Mordechai Gichon. A
comprehensive collection of military accounts in ancient Israel. From the
invasion of Canaan by Joshua to the Maccabee period.
Asimov's Guide to the Bible by Isaac Asimov. Despite his atheist
background, Asimov presents the Bible from an historical perspective
without criticizing it. This book is breathtaking for its thoroughness.
Unauthorized Version by Robin Lane Fox. This book scans the entire
Bible with Christianity in mind. It covers its many discrepancies and
historical errors. The author is an atheist who does not challenge Jesus
historicity, but he finds many themes hard to believe. Its breadth of
coverage makes it a good introduction to the Bible's credibility problems.
Who Wrote the New Testament? by Burton L. Mack. The author shows how
the NT evolved from a wide collection of myths. The ones that went into
the Bible is what gave the Christian Church its charter. He shows patterns
that would be otherwise hard to see without the guidance from a careerist.
Lost Christianities by Bart Ehrman. Takes a look at the early forms of
Christianity and shows how they suppressed, reformed or forgotten.
Lost Scriptures by Bart Ehrman. Contrary to popular thinking, there
many other sacred writings that did not make it into the canonized
gospels. Contains a collection of texts with introductory background.
Who Wrote the Bible? by Richard Elliot Friedman. Breaks down the Old
Testament by its anonymous authors and the approximate time they were
written. He explains how a later editor merged them together.
Women in Scripture by Carol Meyers. A dictionary of named and unnamed
women in the Hebrew Bible, the Apocryphal/deutero-canonical books
and the New Testament.
Oxford Companion to the Bible by Bruce M. Metzger, Michael. D Coogan.
A single volume reference of names, places, events and the realities of
The HarperCollins Concise Atlas of the Bible by J. B. Pritchard. An
historical atlas lavishly illustrated. The maps cover journeys from
Abraham to Paul include with historical background.
Historical Atlas of Religions by Karen Farrington. A heavily
illustrated book with historical background and descriptions of religions
around the world. On the introductory level.
The Origin of Satan by Elaine Pagels. Discusses the evolution of Satan
in the Bible and early Christian thought afterwards.
Adam, Eve, and the Serpent by Elaine Pagels. Discusses the
controversies in the early church over sexuality, freedom and sin.
Commentary on Revelation: A Classical Evangelical Commentary by E. W.
Bullinger. A very thorough and long book.
Prophecies of the Bible by Daymond R. Duck. It's a kind of a Bible for
dummies book but it's a good source book.
The Bible Unearthed by Finkelstein and Silberman. Two scholars explain
how the Bible diverges sharply with
archaeology finds and offer a new history of ancient Israel. Well written.
The Mythic Past by Thomas L. Thompson. Agrees with The Bible
Unearthed, that the Old Testament lacks historical credibility. Packed
with more insights, and detail then the casual reader might be
The Oxford History of the Biblical World edited by Michael D. Coogan.
Follows the biblical sequence with a scholarly look the archaeological
evidence. A quality book.
Walking the Bible: A Journey by Land Through the Five Books of Moses
by Bruce Feiler. As the title suggests, this is a narrative tour guide
book. His writing in entertaining as well as informative.
Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible by van der Toorn,
Becking and Van Der Horst. It's a 900 page encyclopedic book. For me, it
was invaluable for research.
The Interpreter's Dictionary of the Bible by Crim & Buttrick. An
authoritative five volume series written from a Christian perspective
without the apologetics. I found it a useful a research tool.
Egypt, Canaan, and Israel in Ancient Times by Donald B. Redford. An
Egyptologist reviews the many anomalies between archaeology finds and what
he considers to be Hebrew folklore.
History of the Bible
In the Beginning: The Story of the King James Bible by Alister Mcgrath.
A nicely written account of the motivations and events that went into its
publication. Discusses its language style.
The Oxford Illustrated History of the Bible edited by John Rogerson.
Spans the entire history, from the earliest writings to modern
translations. The second half discusses the history of interpretation.
James I: The Fool as King by Otto Scott. Calls the namesake of the
King James Bible, a "blasphemous joke." He persecuted Puritans and
Presbyterians and promoted the "Divine Right of Kings." Was openly
QuickVerse I use this Bible software in my research. I've tried a few
others, before I settled on this. Their search tools are robust and easy
to use. I think it is the most comprehensive Bible software on the market.
The Jesus Puzzle by Earl Doherty.
This is the best book I have found on the lack
of evidence for Jesus' historicity. He shows that 1) the events of the
gospels are not found in he epistles 2) Jesus resembles pagan savior that
lived only in myth 3) three gospels were copied and reworked from the Book
of Mark 4) the details of Jesus' trial and crucifixion were drawn from the
Did Jesus Exist by G. A. Wells. Wells amasses a wealth of material to show
that there was no historical Jesus. His books complement the "Jesus
The Historical Evidence for Jesus by G. A. Wells. Wells supplements
"Did Jesus Exist" to show that the the Epistles do not follow the Gospels
chronologically. Rather, Paul, who denied knowledge of an historical
Jesus, laid the groundwork from which the Gospels were written.
The Christ Myth by Andrew Drew. This book created a stir when it was
first published in 1910. It covers the pagan and astrological myths that
influenced the writing of the gospels. It also shows how the OT was
falsely interpreted to predict the coming of a messiah.
Jesus by Bart D. Ehrman. Jesus is best understood as an apocalyptic
prophet who was convinced that the world would dramatically end in his
lifetime. A new kingdom would be created on earth which would be just and
peaceful kingdom ruled by a benevolent God.
The Lost Gospel Q by Burton L. Mack. Scholars have found another
gospel within the Synoptic Gospels, consisting of a series of sayings.
Much of what was attributed to Jesus came from these sayings by a group
who did not see Jesus as a savior.
Gospel Fictions by Randel Helms. Argues that the gospels are
non-historical literature reflecting the author's attitude about Jesus.
Who Wrote the Gospels? by Randel Helms. The names associated with the
gospels are second century guesses. It's a study into the minds of the
The Myth of the Resurrection by Joseph McCabe. In three parts, the
first shows parallels with other resurrected Christs. The second sees the
gospels as fictional accounts of a real person. The third discusses how
Deconstruction Jesus by Robert M. Price. Argues the reasons why Jesus
didn't exist. This book makes you work for your information. He knows his
subject but his writing style is rambling.
Who Killed Jesus by John Dominic Crossan. Argues that the gospels were
derived form Old Testament and put into an historical setting. Emphasis a
setting of Jewish rivalry.
Christian Origins by Joel Charmichael. Carmichael discusses the
political unrest and apocalyptic theological speculations that influenced
the earliest Christians. He devotes a good deal of thought on how Paul
tore Christianity away from its Jewish roots.
The Mythmaker by Hyam Maccoby. A Talmudic scholar who gives a Jewish
point of view. He shows that Christian beliefs were invented by Paul, who
used elements from Judaism, Gnosticism and the pagan mystery cults as his
Paul by A. N. Wilson. Wilson is convinced that without Paul,
Christianity would have never broken away from Judaism. His biography of
Paul is rich in giving us a feel for the cultural forces which Paul had to
Saint Peter: A Biography by Michael Grant. There is nothing much to go
on beyond what is in the Bible, but Grant makes the best of it.
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