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Textbook List

Semester 1, 2020

Distance Learning

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


Gary D. Pratico and Miles V. Van Pelt, Basics of Biblical Hebrew Grammar, second edition (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2008). The textbook also includes a CD containing additional learning resources.

Gary D. Pratico and Miles V. Van Pelt, Basics of Biblical Hebrew Workbook, second edition (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2008).


Zondervan Biblical Hebrew Study Guide (laminated sheet).

108 Biblical Greek: Introduction 1

The required textbook for all students is:

Duff, Jeremy. The Elements of New Testament Greek. Third Edition. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005.

111 Biblical Interpretation

The required 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. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2010.
[You can also purchase the Revised and Expanded Edition published in 2008 or 2009.]

115 Biblical Theology

The required textbook for this course is:

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

The required textbook for this course is:

Smith, Gary V. The NIV Application Commentary: Hosea/Amos/Micah. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2001.

(Students enrolling in the Hebrew option are recommended to have the Logos Original Languages edition, but it is not essential. HALOT is also highly recommended.)

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)

148 New Testament: 1 Corinthians

The required textbook for this course is:

Ciampa, Roy E. and Brian S. Rosner. The First Letter to the Corinthians. The Pillar New Testament Commentary. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2010.

The following are highly recommended, but are not compulsory:

Dunn, J.D.G. 1 Corinthians. London: T&T Clark International, 2003.
[Dunn’s book gives a good introduction to 1 Corinthians.]

Fee, Gordon D. The First Epistle to the Corinthians. Rev. ed. NICNT. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2014.

Hawthorne, Gerald F., Ralph P. Martin and Daniel G. Reid, eds. Dictionary of Paul and His Letters. Downers Grove & Leicester: IVP, 1993. Or 1994 edition.
[This dictionary is a particularly important work for study of Paul. It has many articles on key topics with bibliographies.]

Marshall, Chris. Paul and Corinthian Christianity. Auckland: BCNZ, 1995.

Also, reading the introduction sections to recent commentaries gives up to date coverage of the main issues in study of 1 Corinthians.

201 Introduction to Systematic Theology

The required textbook for this introductory course is:

Olson, Roger E. The Mosaic of Christian Belief: Twenty Centuries of Unity & Diversity. 2nd ed. Downers Grove, Ill.: IVP Academic, 2016.

Please note that as well as the print version, this book is available as a Kindle edition from Amazon, which means it can be read on a Kindle device, or on a free Kindle reader download on your computer, tablet, or smartphone. Also, the Kindle edition is available to you almost immediately.

202 Theology: Christ and Revelation

The required textbook for this course is:

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

203 Theology: God and Creation

The required textbook for this course is:

Erickson, Millard J. Christian Theology. 3rd ed. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2013.
This edition is available as an E-book from the Laidlaw Library.

215 Beginning Theology

The required textbook is supplied as a PDF within Moodle under Course Information. This is a book that introduces students to doing theology at an introductory university-level of study:

• Breingan, Lucienne. Beginning Theology: An Introduction for Students. Newcastle, Aus.: Lucienne Breingan, 2015.

Students are also strongly recommended to acquire the following:

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

307 History of New Zealand Christianity

The required textbooks for this course are:

Davidson, Allan K., Christianity in Aotearoa: A History of Church and Society in New Zealand. Wellington: Education for Ministry, 1991, 1997 or 2004.

This book is available from Education for Ministry for $43.70 which includes GST and postage. Contact Valda McBeth for purchase details: admin@efm.org.nz.

Davidson, Allan K. and Peter J. Lineham. Transplanted Christianity: Documents Illustrating Aspects of New Zealand Church History, Fifth Edition. Whangaparoa, NZ: Kereru Publishing Ltd, 2015.

This book is available directly from Kereru Publishing Ltd as either an e-book or a Kindle download. It is not available in a paper version. To order this book, please go to www.kererupublishing.com and buy directly from there. If you use a Kindle, it will be easiest to follow the Amazon link from the kererupublishing website.

Also essential as a research tool:
Lineham, Peter J., Religious History of New Zealand: A Bibliography, 2015 Edition.

• This resource is available online at https://www.academia.edu/12323553/New_Zealand_Religious_History_Bibliography_2015_edition_

401 Formation

There is no set textbook for this course.

403 Spirituality for Ministry

There is no set textbook for this course.

460 Journeying into Ministry

The required textbook for this course is:

Wilson, Michael Todd and Brad Hoffmann. Preventing Ministry Failure: A ShepherdCare Guide for Pastors, Ministers and Other Caregivers. Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2007.

Required Reading: Strengths Finder (Choose at least One)

Clifton, Donald O., Albert L. Winseman and Curt Liesveld. Living Your Strengths: Living Your Strengths: Discover Your God-given Talents And Inspire Your Community. New York: Gallup, 2004.

Rath, Tom and Barry Conchie. Strengths Based Leadership. New York: Gallup Press, 2009.

Rath, Tom. Strengths finder 2.0. New York: Gallup, 2007.

464 Leadership Dynamics

The required textbook for this course is:

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.

If unavailable you can download the kindle app to your laptop/PC from Amazon http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html?docId=1000426311 and purchase the kindle version http://www.amazon.com/Leading-Team-Based-Church-Fellowship-Publication/dp/0787941190

Additional Key Texts

Seamands, Stephen. Ministry in the Image of God: The Trinitarian Shape of Christian Service. Downers Grove: IVP, 2005.

Plueddemann, James. Leading Across Cultures: Effective Ministry and Mission in the Global Church. Downers Grove: IVP, 2009.

466 Philosophy of Ministry

There is no set textbook for this course.

474 Leadership Internship I

There is no set textbook for this course.

Recommended books are:

Malphurs, Aubrey. Being Leaders: The Nature of Authentic Christian Leadership. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Books, 2003.

Wilson, Michael Todd and Brad Hoffmann. Preventing Ministry Failure: A ShepherdCare Guide for Pastors, Ministers and Other Caregivers. Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2007.

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/

513 Pastoral Care in Life’s Crises

The required textbook for this course is:

Jacobs Michael. Swift to Hear: Facilitating Skills in Listening and Responding. 2nd ed. London: SPCK, 2000.

561 Introduction to Preaching

The required textbook for this course is:

Long, Thomas G. The Witness of Preaching. 3rd ed. Louisville, Ky.: Westminster John Knox Press, 2017.

617 Mercy, Justice and Social Transformation

The required textbook for this course is:

Myers, Bryant L. Walking With the Poor: Principles and Practices Of Transformational Development, Revised and Expanded edition. Maryknoll: Orbis Books, 2011.