English Language Reference Works and Core Texts

These works are recommended to seminary libraries by the Foundation for Theological Education in South East Asia Library Development Task Group


Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible / David Noel Freedman; Allen C. Myers; Astrid B. Beck.
Grand Rapids, Mich. : W.B. Eerdmans, 2000.

Theological Dictionary of the New Testament. Abridged in One Volume / Geoffrey W. Bromiley.
Grand Rapids: Eerdman's; & Exeter: Paternoster, 2003.

Global Bible Commentary/ Daniel Patte.
Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2004.

The SCM Dictionary of Biblical Interpretation / ed. by R J Coggins & J L Houlden.
London: SCM Press, 2003.

The New Testament : a Historical Introduction to the Early Christian Writings / Bart D. Ehrman.
New York : Oxford University Press, 2008.

Asian Biblical Hermeneutics. /ed. by Sugirtharajah, R.S.
Maryknoll: Orbis Books, 1998.

The Asia Bible Commentary Series /. Dr. Bruce J. Nicholls & Dr. Sang-Bok David Kim, gen.eds.
Asian Theological Association with OMF, 20 vols by 2009

The Oxford Bible Commentary / edited by John Barton and John Muddiman.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2001.

Theology and philosophy of religion

Westminster Dictionary of Theological Terms / Donald K. McKim.
Louisville, KY : Westminster John Knox Press, c1996.

Global Dictionary of Theology : a Resource for the Worldwide Church / William Dyrness and Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen, eds.,
Downers Grove Ill. ;Nottingham England: IVP Academic; Inter-Varsity Press, 2008.

Asian Christian Theologies: Research Guide to Authors, Movements, Sources. 3 vols. ed. by John C. England et al..
Delhi: Indian Society for the Propagation of Christian Knowledge; Manila: Claretian,; Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2001-4.

Introduction to Asian Feminist Theologians, Books 1-5. Yong Ting Jin et al.
Kuala Lumpur: AWRCCT, 2005-10.

The Bible & Theology in Asian Contexts: An Evangelical Perspective on Asian Theology / ed. by Bong Rin Ro and Ruth Eshenaur .
New York: Word of Life Press, 2001.

Evangelical Dictionary of Theology / edited by Walter A. Elwell.
Grand Rapids, Mich. : Baker Academic ; Carlisle, Cumbria, U.K. : Paternoster Press, c2001.

Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Religion / edited by William J. Wainwright.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2005.

Companion Encyclopedia of Asian Philosophy / Brian Carr, Indira Mahalingam eds.
London & New York: Routledge, 2003.

Church History / World Christianity

Historical Atlas of Christianity / Franklin H. Littell.
New York : Continuum, 2001.

Atlas of Global Christianity 1910-2010 / ed. by Todd M. Johnson, Kenneth R. Ross.
Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press, c2009.

Handbook of Source Materials for Students of Church History up to 650 A.D. / William G. Young.
Madras: Christian Literature Society, 1999.

The Concise Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church / [edited by] E.A. Livingstone.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2006.

A Dictionary of Asian Christianity / edited by Scott W. Sunquist ;
Grand Rapids, Mich. : W.B. Eerdmans, c2001.

A History of the Ecumenical Movement in Asia / editied by Ninan Koshy. 2 Vols.
Hong Kong: WSCF-AP, YMCA-AP, CCA., 2003, 2004..

For All the Peoples of Asia. Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences Documents from 1970-2001, 3 vols. ed. by Guadencio Rosales, C.G. Arevalo, & Franz-Josef Eilers.
Quezon City: Claretian, 1997-2001.(also FABC Papers 1-130 1970-2010).

Christians in Asia Before 1500 / I.Gilman & H-J Klimkeit.
Richmond, Curzon, 1999.

A History of Christianity in Asia. Samuel Hugh Moffett Vols. 2 & 3: 1500 to 2000.
San Francisco, HarperCollins, 2005 - .

Dictionary of Christian Biography / edited by Michael Walsh.
London : Continuum ; Collegeville, Minn. : Liturgical Press, 2001.

History of the World Christian Movement / Dale T. Irvin, Scott W. Sunquist.
Maryknoll, N.Y. : Orbis Books, c2001- Vol. 1

A History of Christianity in Asia, Africa & Latin America, 1450-1990/ Klaus Koschorke, et al. (eds.). A Documentary Sourcebook.
Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2007.

Dictionary of Third World Theologies / Virginia Fabella and R.S. Sugirtharajah, editors.
Maryknoll, N.Y. : Orbis Books, c2000.

Feminist Theology from the Third World, a Reader / ed. by Ursula King.
London: SPCK & Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Press, 2009.

Dictionary of the Ecumenical Movement / ed. by Nicholas Lossky ... [et al.].
Geneva, Switzerland : WCC Publications, c2002. .

Blackwell Encyclopedia of Modern Christian Thought / ed. by Alister E. McGrath.
Oxford [England] Cambridge, Mass. : Blackwell, 2000.

At the Side of the Multitudes. The Kingdom of God and the Mission of the Church in the FABC Documents (1970-1995) / Miguel Marcello Quatra.
Quezon City: Claretian Publications 2000.

Transforming Mission: Paradigm Shifts in Theology of Mission / David Jacobus Bosch.
New York: Orbis Books, 2005.

The People of God among all God's Peoples: Frontiers in Christian Mission / ed. by Philip Wickeri.
Hong Kong: Christian Conference of Asia; London: Council for World Mission, 2000.

[ N.B. Jan. 2011 Christianities in Asia/ ed. Peter Phan. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwells.].


Cambridge Companion to Christian Ethics / ed. by Robin Gill.
Cambridge, U.K. ; New York: Cambridge University Press, 2001.

Ethical Issues in Six Religious Traditions / ed. by Peggy Morgan & Clive Lawton.
Edinburgh: University of Edinburgh, 2006.

Christian Ethics / J. Russell Chandran,.
Delhi, ISPCK, 1996.

Oxford Handbook of Theological Ethics / ed. by Gilbert Meilaender and William Werpehowski.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2005.

The Church & the World / Somen Das.
Delhi: ISPCK, 2006

Ministry and worship

Concise Dictionary of Pastoral Care and Counseling / Glenn H Jr. Asquith.
Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2010

Serving With the Poor in Asia: Cases in Holistic Ministry (What Research Tells Us) /ed. by T. Yamamori .
Oxford: Marc, 1995.

Pilgrims & Citizens: Christian Social Engagement in East Asia Today./ ed. by Michael Nai-chiu Poon.
Adelaide: ATF Press, 2006

Christian Witness in Society: A Tribute to M.M. Thomas / ed. by K.C. Abraham.
Bangalore, BTE SSC, 1998

Equipping Church Guidebook / Sue Mallory and Brad Smith.
Grand Rapids, Mich. : Zondervan Pub. House, 2001.

Celebration. A Sourcebook for Christian Worship./ Lydia N. Niguidula.
Quezon City: New Day, 2004.

Oxford History of Christian Worship / Geoffrey Wainwright, Karen B. Westerfield Tucker, eds.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2006.

A Primer on Christian Worship : Where We've Been, Where We Are, Where We Can Go / William A. Dyrness.
Grand Rapids, Mich. : W.B. Eerdmans Pub., 2009.

The Liturgy after the Liturgy. Mission and Witness from an Orthodox Perspective / Ion Bria.
Geneva: WCC, 1996


List compiled by John C. England and colleagues. Posted by Martha Smalley (martha.smalley@yale.edu) on behalf of the Foundation for Theological Education in South East Asia Library Development Task Group.