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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 criticism.

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 seen.

The Supernatural the Occult and the Bible by Gerald Larue. Argues that biblical supernaturalism and modern occultism are two sides of the same coin.

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 thinking people.

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 view.

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 Ten 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 Z.

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 person.

Moses: A Life by Johnathan Kirsch. Examines all that is known and all that has been imagined. Written with a combination of scholarship and storytelling.

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 biblical times.

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. 

Evangelism

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. 

Archeology

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 interested.

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 homosexual.

Software

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.

Gospels

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 Old Testament.

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 Puzzle."

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 anonymous authors.

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 Christianity triumphed.

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. 

Paul

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 materials.

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 deal with.

Peter

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.

Related Links

The Secular Web The most comprehensive website on free-thinking on the web.

Skeptic's Annotated Bible Takes a verse by verse look the Bible. Very comprehensive.