Recommended Reading List

The Letters of Paul

Each section will provide three types of works:
1. Introductions – explanations of theology and general meaning as well as descriptions of setting, author, literary style, history, sociology, et cetera
2. Commentaries – detialed explanatory notes about the meaning of the Scripture, usually verse by verse
3. Monographs & Articles – single topic or thematic explorations within a given book
Some notes on the bibliogrpahy:
* Difficulty – Items marked with an  asterisk (*) are recommended places to begin. Items mareks with a caret (^) are more advanced or technical works.
* Availability/Affordability – All the items listed are generally accessible at a reasonable cost. There might be better sources written but if they are out of print or cost prohibitive, they are not listed here (with exceptions).

In this Reading List
1. General Works on Paul’s Letters
2. Romans
3. Corinthians
4. Galatians 
5. Ephesians
6. Philippians
7. Colossians
8. Thessalonians
9. Timothy
10. Titus
11. Philemon

1. Introduction to Paul & His Leters

* Paul in Fresh Perspective by NT Wright (Fortress Press: 2009).

* According to Paul. Studies in the Theology of the Apostle by Joseph A Fitzmyer (Paulist Press: 1993).

* Paul and His Letters by Leander E Keck (Proclamation Commentaries, Fortress Press: 1988).

The First Urban Christians. The Social World of the Apostle Paul by W. A. Meeks (Yale University: 2003)

^ Paul the ApostleJew and Greek Alike by Romano Penna (Volume 1, Liturgical Press, 1996).

^ Paul the ApostleWisdom and Folly of the Cross by Romano Penna (Volume 2, Liturgical Press, 1996).

2. Romans

* Romans by Brendan Byrne (Sacra Pagina 6, The Liturgical Press: 2007).     [commentary]

The Story of Romans by Katherine Grieb (Westminster John Knox Press: 2002).     [commentary

3. 1st & 2nd Corinthians

4. Galatians

* Galatians by Frank J Matera (Sacra Pagina 9, The Liturgical Press: 1992).     [commentary]

5. Ephesians

6. Philippians

* Philippians by Stephen Fowl (Two Horizons NT Commentary, Eerdmans Publishing: 2005).     [commentary]

7. Colossians

8. Thessalonians

9. Timothy

10. Titus

11. Philemon