Last Updated 2021-05-23

People from all walks of life are wise and have attained wisdom and happiness without study.  That’s not the case for me; I study a lot, and my studies have shaped my opinions in The Hunt for Happiness and other writings; they have shaped my life.

Some of my studies have been a happenstance – the first was a book that literally fell into my hand while browsing, James Kugel’s How to Read The Bible.  Others, notably Philo and Josephus, I selected because of Cecil B. DeMille’s introduction to his epic film The Ten Commandments and his disclosure of sources (Spoiler alert: you can study until the cows come home and not find the story in that movie – it does not come directly from any ancient texts).  Two came from a dare to read Killing Jesus and Zealot.  

The most, however, are a pattern of studies from early times to the beginning of Islam towards the end of understanding why we of the Western World have become who we are.  And I have focused on ancient writings more than on modern authors interpreting the writings.  The wisdom of the ages has not changed much, you see.  We are much as we were more than 2,000 years ago.  Technology and Science are radically different, the people are not.

As I share posts about what I find, it seems only proper to disclose what I’m reading to come to those conclusions.  That’s what this post is for, and I will update it periodically.

Below is a list of my studies to date.  Dates ending in an asterisk are current studies, all others are complete.  The dates used are for the earliest date in the study at which time the text as we have it was in final form.

Last Updated: 12/9/21

Date Author/Editor Book/Link
2400 BCE James Allen The Ancient Egyptian Pyramid Texts (Writings from the Ancient World)
2100 BCE Stephen Mitchell Gilgamesh: A New English Version
1900 BCE James Pritchard Ancient Near Eastern Texts Relating to the Old Testament with Supplement
1700 BCE Stephanie Dalley Myths from Mesopotamia: Creation, the Flood, Gilgamesh, and Others
1700 BCE John Van Seters The Hyksos: A New Investigation
1250 BCE Zarathustra The Hymns of Zarathustra: Being a Translation of the Gathas
834 BCE Goelet/Faulkner The Egyptian Book of the Dead: The Book of Going Forth by Day: The Complete Papyrus of Ani Featuring Integrated Text and Full-Color Images
800 BCE (ca.) Homer The Iliad: A New Translation. Tr: Peter Green, 2015
800 BCE (ca.) Homer The Odyssey: A New Translation. Tr: Peter Green, 2018
745 BCE Ecole Biblique The Jerusalem Bible (1966)
745 BCE Senior, Getty, Stuhlmeuller, Collins, et al. The Catholic Study Bible: New American Bible (1990-08-16)
745 BCE St. Athanasius Academy of Orthodox Theology The Orthodox Study Bible: New King James Verison (New Testament, Septuagint Old Testament)
745 BCE George Lamsa Holy Bible: From the Ancient Eastern Text: George M. Lamsa’s Translation From the Aramaic of the Peshitta
745 BCE Jewish Publication Society Tanakh: The Holy Scriptures – The New JPS Translation According to the Traditional Hebrew Text
745 BCE J. Van Seters The Life of Moses: The Yahwist As Historian in Exodus-Numbers
ca 700 BCE R&K Waterfield The Greek Myths: Stories of the Greek Cods and Heroes Vividly Retold
440 BCE Herodotus The Landmark Herodotus: The Histories
404 BCE Thucydides The Landmark Thucydides: A Comprehensive Guide to the Peloponnesian War
350 BCE Xenophon The Landmark Xenophon’s Hellenika
348 BCE Plato tr. R. Waterfield Republic
348 BCE Plato tr. R. Waterfield Phaedrus
348 BCE Plato tr. R. Waterfield Symposium
348 BCE Plato tr. R. Waterfield Timaeus and Critias 
ca 340 BCE Xenophon tr. R. Waterfield Conversations of Socrates (Classics) [Memorabilia, Apology, Oeconomicus, Symposium]  
ca 340 BCE Aristotle tr. C.D.C. Reeve Aristotle Metaphysics
ca 340 BCE Aristotle tr. Bartlett & Collins Aristotle’s Art of Rhetoric 
ca 340 BCE Aristotle tr. C.D.C. Reeve Aristotle De Anima 
ca 340 BCE Aristotle tr. C.D.C. Reeve Aristotle Physics 
ca 340 BCE Aristotle tr. Bartlett & Collins Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics 
300 BCE Feldman/Kugel Outside the Bible, 3-volume set: Ancient Jewish Writings Related to Scripture
250 BCE James H. Charlseworth The Old Testament Pseudepigrapha (2 vols)
100 BCE Hans Dieter Betz The Greek Magical Papyri in Translation: Including the Demotic Spells
44 BCE Kurt Raaflaub The Landmark Julius Caesar: The Complete Works: Gallic War, Civil War, Alexandrian War, African War, and Spanish War
9 BCE Livy Delphi Complete Works of Livy
50 CE N. T. Wright The Kingdom New Testament: A Contemporary Translation
50 CE Philo The Works of Philo: Complete and Unabridged, New Updated Edition
100 CE Josephus Josephus: The Complete Works
100 CE Plutarch tr. R. Waterfield Hellenistic Lives including Alexander the Great
100 CE Plutarch tr. R. Waterfield Roman Lives: A Selection of Eight Roman Lives: A Selection of Eight Lives
108 CE Tacitus Annals of Emperial Rome
119 CE Suetonius The Lives of the Caesars
150 CE James A. Kleist Didache, Epistle of Barnabas, Epistles and the Martyrdom of St. Polycarp, Fragments of Papias, Epistle to Diognetus
150 CE James A. Kleist Epistles of St. Clement of Rome and St. Ignatius of Antioch
150 CE Arrian Landmark Arrian: The Campaigns of Alexander
180 CE Marcus Aurelius tr. Robin Waterfield Meditations: The Annotated Edition
200 CE Louis Ginzberg Legends of the Jews (7 vols)
200 CE Meyer, Funk, Poirier, Robinson The Nag Hammadi Scriptures
200 CE Jacob Neusner The Mishnah: A New Translation
500 CE* Jacob Neusner The Babylonian Talmud: A Translation and Commentary 22-Volume Set
609 CE Muhammed The Meaning of The Holy Qur’an: Explanatory English Translation, Commentary and Comprehensive Index
1487 CE Kramer/ Sprenger Malleus Maleficarum
1558 CE Nostradaums The Prophecies: A Dual-Language Edition with Parallel Text
1610 CE Scripture Douay-Rheims & Clementina Vulgata (English and Latin Edition)
1650 CE Brother Lawrence The Practice of the Presence of God
1830 CE Joseph Smith Book of Mormon
1862 CE Victor Hugo tr. Isabel F. Hapgood Les Miserables
1939 CE Dietrich Bonhoeffer Life Together: The Classic Exploration of Christian in Community
1946 CE Howard Taylor Hudson Taylor’s Spiritual Secret
1976 CE Robert Graves et al. I, Claudius
1978 CE Richard Foster Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth 
1990 CE Peter Green Alexander to Actium: The Historical Evolution of the Hellenistic Age
1990 CE James Kugel In Potiphar’s House: The Interpretive Life of a Biblical Text
1991 CE Peter Green Alexander of Macedon 356-323 B.C.: A Historical Biography
1992 CE Richard Foster Prayer: Finding the Heart’s True Home
1996 CE N. T. Wright The New Testament and the People of God (Christian Origins and the Question of God)
1997 CE James Kugel The Bible as it was
1997 CE N. T. Wright Jesus and the Victory of God (Christian Origins and the Question of God)
1999 CE James Kugel The Great Poems of the Bible: A Reader’s Companion with New Translations
1999 CE James Kugel Traditions of the Bible: A Guide to the Bible As It Was at the Start of the Common Era 
2003 CE James Kugel The God of Old: Inside the Lost World of the Bible
2003 CE N. T. Wright The Resurrection of the Son of God (Christian Origins and the Question of God)
2003 CE N. T. Wright The Resurrection of the Son of God (Christian Origins and the Question of God)
2003 CE Ian Shaw The Oxford History of Ancient Egypt
2003 CE William K. Simpson et al. The Literature of Ancient Egypt
2006 CE Brian McLaren A Generous Orthodoxy
2008 CE James Kugel How to Read the Bible: A Guide to Scripture, Then and Now
2008 CE Ann Rice Christ the Lord: The Road to Cana
2009 CE James Kugel The Ladder of Jacob: Ancient Interpretations of the Biblical Story of Jacob and His Children
2011 CE James Kugel In the Valley of the Shadow: On the Foundations of Religious Belief
2011 CE Ann Rice Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt: A Novel
2011 CE Sarah Ruden Paul Among the People: The Apostle Reinterpreted and Reimagined in His Own Time
2013 CE Bill O’Reilley Killing Jesus
2013 CE N. T. Wright Paul and the Faithfulness of God (2 vols) (Christian Origins and the Question of God)
2013 CE N. T. Wright Evil and the Justice of God
2014 CE Reza Azlon Zealot
2017 CE James Kugel The Great Shift: Encountering God in Biblical Times
2019 CE N.T. Wright / Michael Bird The New Testament in Its World: An Introduction to the History, Literature, and Theology of the First Christians

6 thoughts on “Wisdom and Scholarship (Bibliography)

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s