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Resources for EfM Students in the First Year of Study

Education for Ministry focuses on the Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament) in Year 1. Students delve into Biblical Criticism, Commentary, and Old Testament History.

The primary text for Year 1 is A Short Introduction to the Hebrew Bible by John J. Collins. 

Mentor Additional Reading Suggestions

  • The Ancient Synagogue from Its Origins to 200CE: A Source Book, Anders Runesson, David Binder, Birger Olssen
  • Torah and Commentary: The Five Books of Moses: An Easy to Read Torah Translation, Sol Scharfstein

  • How to Read the Bible, Harvey Cox
  • God: A Biography, Jack Miles
  • Principles of Biblical Interpretation, Hank Hanegraaff

Resources for Further Exploration

Unit One

Unit Two


Unit Three


Unit Four


Unit Five