Pittsburgh Theological Seminary

Recommended Reading

Wondering what you should read during vacation? Looking to add to your library? Want to brush up on theological resources before attending seminary? Check out what books faculty recommend that you read. As they continue to research, write, and lecture, suggested reading will be updated so be sure to check back. Happy reading!

       The Heidelberg Catechism

Recommended by the Rev. Dr. John P. Burgess, James Henry Snowden Professor of Systematic Theology
    Jesus Through the Centuries: His Place in the History of Culture, Jaroslav Pelikan (Yale University Press,1999)

Recommended by the Rev. Dr. William Carl III, President and Professor of Homiletics

God and World in the Old Testament: A Relational Theology of Creation, Terence Fretheim (Abingdon Press, 2005)

Recommended by the Rev. Dr. Jerome F. D. Creach, Robert C. Holland Professor of Old Testament


Injustice and the Care of Souls: Taking Oppression Seriously in Pastoral Care, edited by Sheryl A. Kujawa-Holbrook and Karen B. Montagno (Fortress Press, 2009).

Recommended by the Rev. Dr. Leanna K. Fuller, Assistant Professor of Pastoral Care

    For the Life of the World: Sacraments and Orthodoxy, Alexander Schmemann (St. Vladimir's Seminary Press, 1997)

Recommended by Dr. Edith M. Humphrey, William F. Orr Professor of New Testament
    Studies in Matthew: Interpretation Past and Present, Dale Allison (Baker Academic, 2005)

Recommended by the Rev. Dr. Susan Kendall, Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program

Stations of the Heart: Parting with a Son, Richard Lischer (Knopf, 2013)

Recommended by the Rev. Dr. L. Roger Owens, Associate Professor of Leadership and Ministry

    The Trinitarian Faith: The Evangelical Theology of the Ancient Catholic Faith, Thomas F. Torrance (T&T Clark International, 2000)

Recommended by the Rev. Dr. Andrew Purves, Professor of Reformed Theology
    Listening for the Soul: Pastoral Care and Spiritual Direction, Jean Stairs (Fortress Press, 2000)

Recommended by Dr. Martha Robbins, Joan Marshall Associate Professor Emerita of Pastoral Care
    Sinai and Zion: An Entry into the Jewish Bible, Jon Levenson (HarperOne, 1987)

Recommended by the Rev. Dr. Steven Tuell, James A. Kelso Professor of Hebrew and Old Testament
    Breathing Space: A Spiritual Journey in the South Bronx, Heidi Neumark (Beacon Press, 2004)

Recommended by the Rev. Dr. Edwin Chr. van Driel, Directors' Bicentennial Associate Professor of Theology 
    The Theology of John Calvin, Charles Partee (WJK, 2008)

Recommended by the Rev. Dr. John Wilson, P.C. Rossin Professor Emeritus of Church History