The Alternative Seminary

This is a partial list of resources that have been formative in the work of the Alternative Seminary. Please let us know of other articles or books that you find challenging and powerful in your own reading of Scripture.



  • Neill Elliott, Liberating Paul
  • Elsa Tamez, The Scandalous Message of James
  • Dietrich Bonhoeffer, The Cost of Discipleship
  • Walter Brueggeman, The Prophetic Imagination
  • Shane Claiborne, The Irresistible Revolution: Living As An Ordinary Radical
  • Shane Clairborn and Chris Haw, Jesus For President
  • Laurel Dykstra, Set Them Free: The Other Side of Exodus.
  • Norman Gottwald, The Hebrew Bible: A Socio-Literary Introduction
    • The Tribes of Yahweh: A Sociology of the Religion of Liberated Israel, 1250-1050 BCE
  • Gustavo Gutierrez, Theology of Liberation
  • Joyce Hollyday, Clothed with the Sun
  • Wes Howard-Brook and Sharon Ringe, eds., The New Testament: The Way of Discipleship
  • Martin Luther King, Jr., A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Ross and Gloria Kinsler, The Biblical Jubilee and the Struggle for Life: An Invitation to Personal, Ecclesial, and Social Transformation
  • Stan Saunders and Charles Campbell, The Word on the Street: Performing the Scriptures in the Urban Context
  • Ched Myers,
    • Binding the Strong Man
    • Who Will Roll Away the Stone?: Discipleship Queries for First World Christians
    • Say to this Mountain: Mark's Story of Discipleship (with Marie Dennis, Cynthia Moe-Lobeda, Joseph Nangle, Stuart Taylor)
    • ‘…And distributed to whoever had need…’ The Biblical Vision of Sabbath Economics
  • William Stringfellow, An Ethic for Christians and Other Aliens in a Strange Land
    • Conscience and Obedience
    • A Private and Public Faith
  • Mark Lewis Taylor, The Executed God
  • Andre Trocme, Jesus and the Nonviolent Revolution
  • Walter Wink, Naming the Powers
    • Unmasking the Powers
    • Engaging the Powers
    • The Powers that Be: Theology for a New Millennium
  • Bill Wylie-Kellermann, A Keeper of the Word: Selected Writings of William Stringfellow
  • Marcus Borg, Jesus: A New Vision
  • Jim Wallis, The Call to Conversion: Recovering the Gospel for These Times

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