Theology and Religious Studies reading list
Information for TRS applicants
We advise you to read the Theology and Religious Studies page thoroughly. For reading and preparation advice you should find the following sections particularly useful:
Information for TRS offer-holders
Congratulations on your offer to study at King's! We look forward to welcoming you to the College in October. The following information may be useful in helping you think about possible choices for your first year papers, and once you have made your choices, it will certainly be useful in terms of perpearation for the course.
Paper 1: Languages
As you'll be aware, you have to take a scriptural language paper in your first year, in addition to four other papers. Please email the Director of Studies, Dr Jeremy Morris (firstname.lastname@example.org), when you are ready to start thinking about your language choice. Once you have decided which language you wish to take, it would really help if you culd get hold of the relevant text book, and begin to work through it systematically. The further you get before you arrive, the easier you will find it when you're here.
Hebrew (Paper A1a)
- C.L. Seow, Grammar for Biblical Hebrew, Revised Edition (Nashville: Abingdon, 1995). This can be purchased from Alban Books or Heffers in Cambridge.
New Testament Greek (Paper A1b)
- Duff, J. Elements of New Testament Greek (3rd edition) (Cambridge University Press, 2005)
- New Testament Greek website
Sanskrit (Paper A1c)
- Coulson, M., Sanskrit: an introduction to the Classical Language (2nd edn., Hodder & Stoughton, 1992)
- Coulson, M., Teach Yourself Sanskrit (2nd edn.,1992)
Qur'anic Arabic (Paper A1d)
- Hayward, J. A. & Nahmad, H. M. A., New Grammar of the Written Arabic Language (Lund Humphries, 1990)
The other papers
As well as the language paper, you have to choose four other papers, at least one of which must be either Paper 2 or Paper 3. You are entirely free to choose the papers you'd like to study otherwise. Some sort of rough guideline could be that if you're interested above all in studying Christian theology, then obviously you would do best to choose from papers 2,3,4,5 and 8, whereas a strong interest in religious studies would suggest, say, papers 2,3,6,7 and 8.
Once you have decided what paper choices you are likely to make, you should begin some intorductory reading (in addition to the language, that is). Again, the more you can do before you arrive, the easier you will find it to settle in once you're here. Degree level work is quite a change in gear from A level and equivalent qualifications, and one of the things that marks the difference is the amount of self-regulated reading that you're required to do here. So it does make sense to begin to get into the rhythm of reading and note-taking again.
General Books on Biblical Interpretation
- Grant, R. M. & Tracy, D. A., Short History of the Interpretation of Scripture (1984)
- Hayes, J. H. & Holladay, C. R., Biblical Exegesis: A Beginner's Handbook (1983)
- Alter, R. & Kermode, F., The Literary Guide to the Bible (1987)
- Morgan, R., & Barton, J., Biblical Interpretation (1988)
- Rogerson, J.W., Introduction to the Bible (1999)
- Paper A2 - David: Israel's Greatest Hero?
- Paper A3 - Jesus and the Origins of the Gospels
- Paper A4 - Christianity and the Transformation of Culture
- Paper A5 - Who is Jesus Christ?
- Paper A6 - Understanding Contemporary Religion
- Paper A7 - World Religions in Comparative Perspective
- Paper A8 - Philosophy of Religion and Ethics
- Dixon, T.M., How to Get a First (2004)
For more information, please consult the Divinity Faculty website.