Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Michael Bird: Books to Read Before You Start Seminary/Divinity College

Saya menemukan tulisan di bawah ini dalam blog Michael Bird dan Joel Willits di sini. Artikel ini ditulis oleh Michael Bird tgl. 4 September 2012 dan sampai sekarang menjadi one of the most popular posts di blog itu.

Saya bisa menebak maksud Bird ketika menuliskan daftar buku di bawah ini: No.1 – mempersiapkan mahasiswa untuk memulai studi teologi yang menantang, mengasyikkan, sekaligus bisa melemahkan. No. 2 – bagaimana menafsirkan Alkitab. No. 3 – misi dari sudut pandang biblical theology. No. 4 – Injil dan Yesus sejarah. No. 5 – pengenalan dasar semua kitab dalam Alkitab. No. 6 – sejarah kekristenan. No. 7 – sejarah perkembangan doktrin kekristenan. No. 8 – ringkasan doktrin dasar. No. 9 -  mengenai pelayanan, kepemimpinan, dst. Lengkap!!

Andai saja dulu saya tahu ini… :-) Bagi yang ingin mempersiapkan diri masuk ke sekolah teologi, silakan mulai membaca. Atau bagi yang ingin sekedar belajar dari dasar, buku-buku ini akan sangat berguna. Di bawah ini adalah tulisannya:

I wish students were a bit more literate before they started theological education. So my top books – mostly short books designed for lay folks – to read before starting seminary or divinity college are:

Andrew Cameron and Brian S. Rosner (eds.), The Trials of Theology: Becoming a “Proven Worker” in a Dangerous Business (Fearn, Ross Shire: Christian Focus, 2010).

Gordon D. Fee and Douglas K. Stuart, How To Read the Bible For All Its Worth (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2003).

Christopher Wright, The Mission of God: Unlocking the Bible’s Grand Narrative (Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2006).

N.T. Wright, The Challenge of Jesus (London: SPCK, 2000).

Philip S. Johnston (ed.), The IVP Introduction to the Bible (Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2006).

Mark A. Noll, Turning Points: Decisive Moments in the History of Christianity (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 1997).

Tony Lone, The Lion Concise Book of Christian Thought (Oxford: Lion, 1996).

J.I. Packer, Concise Theology: A Guide to Historic Christian Beliefs (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House, 1993).

John Stott, Basic Christian Leadership: Biblical Models of Church, Gospel, and Ministry (Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2002).

That is nine books, what should number ten be?


Ita said...

TTC recommends:

Adler, Mortimer Jerome, and Charles Lincoln Van Doren. How to Read a Book. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1972.

Thielicke, Helmut. A Little Exercise for Young Theologians. Grand Rapids: W.B. Eerdmans Pub. Co, 1962.

Anonymous said...

haha... yup.. thanks for the additional references :-)

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