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Peter Enns - an Old Testament scholar has some wonderful material with the motivation of making the Bible accessible for ordinary people as well as 'the only God-ordained podcast on the internet' with a wide ranging subject matter, often in the form of interviews. Deeply honest, exploratory, great scholarship presented at an easy to access level.

Want something brain stretching from a pioneer of consistently reading the Bible historically? Many challenges in this one for the brain (Author: Andrew Perriman). Tom Wright-ish but pushing beyond. Sees the conversion of Constantine as an (imperfect) fulfilment of the nations acknowledging the God of the Jews as the Universal Lord. By imperfect he is not implying a further fulfilment is being waited for, though does hold to a parousia in the future.

The book, Disarming Scripture, by Derek Flood is a refreshing look at how Jesus and Paul quote the Old Testament, how they edit it so that they effectively leave out the violent parts! A very helpful way in to understand the issue of violence in the Old Testament.

Cross Vision: How the Crucifixion of Jesus makes sense of Old Testament Violence by Greg Boyd also responds to the violence in the Old Testament. He takes what might be considered a more conservative response to Scripture, and had a series of interchanges on the web with Flood (book above). Boyd is more accepting of the Scriptures as they are presented but viewing them through the Cross; Flood argues that the Scriptures themselves demand that we read them critically. (Beyond the above book Boyd is a strong advocate of Open Theology: that the future is not fixed by God, nor that s/he has absolute foreknowledge of it, but always responds with love to the many possibilities. What is known are the all-but infinite number of possibilities - like a chess master who might 'know' all the possible moves, simply multiplied a million+ times over.)

Open Theologian Thomas Jay Oord's book Unconditional Love is probably the best book currently available on Open Theology. He strongly advocates that God's outpouring of his life in love (kensosis) is eternal - it is the manifestation of God eternal, not simply a temporary act in time as in the Incarnation.

Stephen Hill's book that I reference in Volume 1, John, a Prophetic Revelationis a book full of insights to the fourth Gospel. It is strongly underlining the relational aspect of faith, the place of women as catalysts for Jesus, the non-religious approach of Jesus. There are insights from this book that are either explicitly within Humanising the Divine, or have crept in to influence what I wrote below the radar.

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