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Textbook List

DipCS, BMin, BTheol, GradCertTh, GradDipTh

Semester 1, 2020


Please Note

Books that are designated under “Required Texts” are books that you will need for your course. “Recommended Texts” will be helpful for your assignment writing and worthwhile texts to add to your library, but won’t be needed for course reading.

Following are websites that you can order your textbooks from. The Book Depository does not charge postage. Alternatively you could order through the Manna Store henderson@manna.co.nz or through Manna Online. If you choose to do this, allow plenty of time for delivery.

Electronic books: Be aware that you can often buy the books cheaper through Amazon as electronic Kindle books. To read these you can down load free software “Kindle for PC” and read them on a laptop or you can buy a Kindle e-Reader or use a tablet (ipad etc). The advantages are price (often about $10) and instant delivery. The possible downside is having to read it on a laptop.

106 Biblical Hebrew: Introduction 1


Pratico, Gary D. and Miles V. Van Pelt. Basics of Biblical Hebrew Grammar, third edition. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Zondervan, 2019.

Pratico, Gary D. and Miles V. Van Pelt. Basics of Biblical Hebrew Workbook, third edition. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Zondervan, 2019.


Van Pelt, Miles V. Biblical Hebrew: A Compact Guide. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Zondervan, 2012. (Highly recommended but not essential for the course.)

Zondervan Biblical Hebrew Study Guide (laminated sheet).

111 Biblical Interpretation

The recommended textbooks for this course are:

Klein, W., Blomberg, C. and R. Hubbard, Introduction to Biblical Interpretation. 3rd edition; Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2017.

Gorman, Michael J. Elements of Biblical Exegesis: A Basic Guide for Students and Ministers. Revised and Expanded Edition. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 2009.

115 Biblical Theology

Bartholomew, Craig G, and Michael W. Goheen. The Drama of Scripture: Finding Our Place in the Biblical Story. 2nd Edition. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2014.

123 Old Testament: Eighth Century Prophets

No set text.

140 New Testament: Introduction

The required textbook for this course is:

Keown, Mark J. The New Testament: A Taster. Auckland: Morphe Publishers, 2020.

Alternatives to buying hard copies are:
https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/the-new-testament-a-taster ($8.69 USD—just over $13 NZD)
https://www.amazon.in/New-Testament-Taster-Mark-Keown-ebook/dp/B082Z9FWMD ($9.23 USD—$13.95NZD)

The recommended textbooks for this course are:

Keown, Mark J. Discovering the New Testament: An Introduction to its Background, Theology, and Themes. Vol. 1 The Gospels & Acts. Bellingham, WA: Lexham, 2018.

Keown, Mark J. Exploring the New Testament: Paul, Hebrews, the General Epistles, and Revelation. Auckland: Laidlaw, 2018.
(Given as notes)

DeSilva, David A. An Introduction to the New Testament: Contexts, Methods & Ministry Formation. Nottingham, Eng.: Apollos, 2004.
(Highly recommended)

149 New Testament: Epistles

Full course notes will be given including introductory material, verse by verse exegesis, and some thematic discussions.

Moo, Douglas J. Galatians. Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2013.

202 Theology: Christ and Revelation

O'Collins, S.J. Gerald, Christology: A Biblical, Historical, and Systematic Study of Jesus. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009.

203 Theology: God and Creation

For Level 7 there is one required text: Young, W.P. The Shack. Los Angeles: Windblown Media, 2007.

For Level 6 there is no set textbook for this course, however access to one or more of the following is strongly recommended:

Allen, Michael and Scott R. Swain (eds). Christian Dogmatics. Grand Rapids, MI, Baker Academic, 2016.

Bird, Michael F. Evangelical Theology. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2013.

Van der Kooi, Cornelis and Gijsbert van den Brink, Christian Dogmatics. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2017.

Erickson, Millard J. Christian Theology. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 2013 (or another recent edition).

Horton, Michael. The Christian Faith. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2011.

Habets, Myk. The Progressive Mystery: Tracing the Elusive Spirit in Scripture and Tradition. Bellingham: Lexham Press, 2019.

215 Beginning Theology

Recommended textbook is:

Harris, Brian. The Big Picture: Building Blocks of a Christian World View. Milton Keynes: Paternoster, 2015.

307 History of New Zealand Christianity


Stuart Lange, Te Rongopai. 200 years of the Gospel in Aotearoa, 1814-2014. Glass Eye Productions, 2014 (DVD documentary, 106 minutes). Copies are available from Laidlaw Reception, or from the New Zealand Christian Network website.

Allan Davidson, Christianity in Aotearoa: A History of Church and Society in New Zealand. Wellington: Education for Ministry, 3rd edition 2004.

Other recommended pre-reading:
Stuart Lange, “Admiring, Disdainful, or Somewhere in the Middle: Interpretations of Missionaries and Christianity among Māori, in Geoffrey Troughton and Stuart Lange, eds. Sacred Histories in Secular New Zealand. Wellington: Victoria University Press, 2016.

(The Allan Davidson text can be purchased for $43.70 (includes GST and courier) through Valda McBeth at EFM NZ. Email admin@efm.org.nz for purchase details.)

464 Leadership Dynamics

Cladis, George. Leading the Team-Based Church: How Pastors and Church Staffs Can Grow Together into a Powerful Fellowship of Leaders. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 1999.

500 Youth Ministry: Introduction

Trotter, Phil and Anglican Youth (NZ). Youth Ministry Well. Christchurch, N.Z.: Phil Trotter,

This book can be purchased at Henderson Reception or through https://www.anglicanyouth.org.nz/youthministrywell

505 Mission, Church and Community

Recommended textbook:

Dixon, Nigel. Villages without Walls: An Exploration of the Necessity of Building Christian Community in a Post-Christian World. New Zealand: Vox Humana, 2010.

NB: Electronic copies are available for purchase on the Laidlaw website: https://www.laidlaw.ac.nz/products/villages-without-walls/

608 Survey of Islam

For level 6 the required textbook is:
Riddell P. & Cotterell, P., Islam in Context, Grand Rapids: Baker, 2003 [Recommend e-book 2012; available from amazon.com]

For level 7 the required textbook is:
Rippin, Andrew, Muslims: Their Religious Beliefs and Practices, London: Routledge, 3rd edn. 2005

857 Human Development

Required textbook is:

Drewery, W. & Clairborne, L. (2014). Human Development: Family, Place, Culture (2nd edition). North Ryde: McGraw Hill.

Recommended textbook is:

Balswick, J., King, P., and Reimer, K. (2016). The Reciprocating Self. Westmont: IVP.

921 Theology of Suffering and Hope

Swinton, J. (2007). Raging with Compassion: Pastoral responses to the problem of evil. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans.

Wright, N. T. (2008). Surprised by hope: Rethinking heaven, the resurrection, and the mission of the church. New York, NY: HarperOne. (n.b. any printing of this book eg. 2011, 2018 is fine)