Professor's Picks

Hans Boersma

J.I. Packer Professor of Theology, Regent College

Professor Hans Boersma is renowned for both his ecumenical dialogue and his love for the early church fathers. He has helped to bring a greater awareness of the broader Christian tradition to Evangelical Protestants, and is known (and loved!) for his kindness and warmth to students here at Regent. Plus, he's got cool new glasses! We asked Hans to give us his top picks on 'Scripture and the Great Tradition' and he graciously offered the following recommendations along with his own comment on each book.

Hans Boersma

Scripture in the Tradition Buy
Scripture in the Tradition
Henri de Lubac
The Crossroad Publishing Company

This classic discussion and defence of patristic and medieval exegesis introduces the reader to a mode of interpretation that not only takes Scripture with utmost seriousness but also helps deepen one's relationship with God.

The Meaning of Tradition Buy
The Meaning of Tradition
Yves Congar
Ignatius Press

For both Protestants and Catholics, this brief introduction to the relationship between Scripture and Tradition is a must-read.  This bookdispels wrongly held myths and positively articulates a significant way forward in ecumenical dialogue.

From Shadows to Reality
From Shadows to Reality
Jean DaniƩlou
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

This republication of DaniĆ©lou's classic work on typology deserves the widest possible dissemination.  It is a book that converts heart and mind to a Christ-centered way of reading the Scriptures with the fathers and with the liturgy of the church.

Praise Seeking Understanding: Reading the Psalms with Augustine Buy
Praise Seeking Understanding: Reading the Psalms with Augustine
Jason Byassee

This is a lovely book highlighting the centrality of Christ and the church in Saint Augustine's treatment of the Psalms.  Theological and hermeneutical reflection at its best!

Interpreting Scripture with the Great Tradition
Interpreting Scripture with the Great Tradition
Craig A. Carter
Baker Academic

I love this book! Carter unequivocally starts out with the Christian Platonism that informed the Nicene tradition and unabashedly takes aim at the naturalism that undergirds biblical exegesis in modernity.

Participatory Biblical Exegesis Buy
Participatory Biblical Exegesis
Matthew Levering
University of Notre Dame Press

There is simply no better introduction to the relationship between metaphysics and the reading of Scripture.  Levering thoroughly dismantles the problems inherent in the modern abandonment of participation and offers a positive way forward by way of a participatory view of reality.