HarperCollins Study Bible - Student Edition: Fully Revised & Updated by Harold W. Attridge et al.. The landmark general reference Bible that offers the full text as well as in-depth articles, introductions, and comprehensive notes by today’s leading biblical scholars for the Society of Biblical Literature. Completely revised and updated, this edition incorporates the latest scholarship and findings as well as incorporating new diagrams, charts, and maps—25% revised or new material.
Neil Douglas-Klotz is an internationally known scholar in the fields connecting religious studies and psychology as well as a poet and musician. He has written many books in the area of "Aramaic Words of Jesus".
Don't Know Much About the Bible: Everything You Need to Know About the Good Book but Never Learned by Kenneth C. Davis, With wit, wisdom, and an extraordinary talent for turning dry, difficult reading into colorful and realistic accounts, the author brings the world of the Old and New testaments to life as no one else can. Relying on new research and improved translations, Davis uncovers some amazing questions and contradictions about what the Bible really says.
Understanding the Bible: An Introduction for Skeptics, Seekers, and Religious Liberals by John Buehrens. A thoughtful, warm, and witty introduction Understanding the Bible is designed to help empower skeptics, seekers, nonbelievers, and those of a liberal and progressive outlook to reclaim the Bible from literalists.
Reading the Bible Again For the First Time: Taking the Bible Seriously But Not Literally by Marcus J. Borg. provides a much-needed solution to the problem of how to have a fully authentic yet contemporary understanding of the scriptures.