Ben Witherington's Summer Reading List


Summer is the time to catch up with both my essential and my fun reading.  On the fun side I have two ancient Roman novels showing up on my Kindle Fire on June 5– Lindsey Davis’ Master and God, and Stephen Saylor’s The Seven Wonders.   Both feature the ancient equivalent of detectives (Falco and Gordianus respectively) and both are long running serials. I recommend the whole of both these series as they will both entertain and educate you along the way.  Davis is more humorous; Saylor more serious, but they both know their ancient world well.

As for serious reading, I am reading now a fascinating volume edited by William Johnson of Duke entitled Ancient Literacies (Oxford), with classics scholars as contributors. There are interesting articles in here about graffiti in Pompeii, ancient book stores, the levels of literacy, ancient readers and writers. All good stuff and blog-worthy. I have to get back to reading Feldmann and Spieckerman’s The God of the Living, a massive tome of Biblical Theology put out last year by Baylor.  School and life interrupted the reading of this massive and important work.

And in the just for fun department, Asbury Seminary readers would enjoy my latest best seller A Week in the Life of Corinth, which tells the story of one Nicanor who is enmeshed with Paul, Priscilla, Aquila, and Erastus in some intriguing events in Corinth in the A.D. 50s.  You might also enjoy the latest installment in the Art West adventure series Ann and I write, entitled— Corinthian Leather.


Dr. Witherington joined the Asbury Seminary faculty in 1995. A prolific author, Dr. Witherington has written more than 40 books and six commentaries. He is a John Wesley Fellow for Life, a research fellow at Cambridge University and a member of numerous professional organizations, including the Society of Biblical Literature, Society for the Study of the New Testament and the Institute for Biblical Research. In his leisure time, Dr. Witherington appreciates both music and sports. It is hard to say which sound he prefers: the sophisticated sonance of jazz sensation Pat Metheny or the incessant tomahawk chant of the Atlanta Braves faithful. A graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill, he is a dedicated Tar Heels basketball and football fan. He and his wife, Ann, have two children.