journal of biblical literatureHere is a list of good journals that I use and recommend for studying the New Testament. These journals fall roughly into two categories: academic and semi-popular. These categories should be taken as a very rough guideline, though, since the level of technicality vs. broad readability will vary a great deal from article to article. Several of these journals are available full-text through the ATLA religion database, and all should be available in print at the Tyndale library (and most other theological libraries).

Journals marked with an (e) contain English articles only. Journals marked with (f) or (g) indicate those written exclusively in French or German. Other journals will contain some English articles, along with articles in other languages.

Those journals marked with an asterisk (*) are particularly consistent in the quality of their articles. This is not to say that the articles are always correct, but the scholarship is consistently rigorous and well-argued.

Academic NT Journals

  • Biblica
  • Biblical Theology Bulletin (e)
  • Bibliotheca Sacra (e)
  • Bulletin for Biblical Research (e)
  • Catholic Biblical Quarterly*
  • Currents in Biblical Research* (e)
  • Early Christianity*
  • Journal for the Study of the New Testament* (e)
  • Journal for the Study of the Historical Jesus
  • Journal of Biblical Literature* (e)
  • Journal of Greco-Roman Christianity and Judaism
  • Journal of Theological Interpretation
  • Neotestamentica
  • New Testament Studies* (e)
  • Novum Testamentum
  • Revue Biblique
  • Semeia (e)
  • Textual Criticism (e)
  • Trinity Journal (e)
  • Tyndale Bulletin (e)
  • Zeitschrift für die Neutestamentliche Wissenschaft*

Semi-Popular NT Journals

  • Expository Times (e)
  • Interpretation* (e)
  • Review and Expositor (e)
  • Themelios (e)
  • Theology Today (e)
  • Word and World (e)

Theology & Religious Studies Journals with Some NT Articles

  • Christian Research Journal (?)
  • Evangelical Quarterly
  • Ephemerides Theologicae Lovaniensis*
  • Harvard Theological Review*
  • International Journal of Systematic Theology
  • Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society
  • Journal of Theological Studies*
  • Scottish Journal of Theology*
  • Studies in Religion/Études Religieuses
  • Theological Studies (e)
  • Theologische Zeitschrift (g)
  • Zeitschrift für Theologie und Kirche (g)

Journals on Early Judaism

  • Dead Sea Discoveries
  • Hebrew Union College Annual
  • Journal for the Study of Judaism*
  • Journal for the Study of the Pseudepigrapha
  • Journal of Ancient Judaism
  • Journal of Jewish Studies
  • Review de Qumran
  • Studia Philonica Annual

Is there a journal I’ve missed? Please leave a comment to suggest an addition to the list.

2 replies on “Good Journals for New Testament Studies

  1. Hi Ian,
    This is a wonderful and helpful list. If you would like to update it to reflect the electronic access in the Tyndale Library you could put an (e) beside the following titles as almost all access to these is now digital:
    Catholic Biblical Quarterly*
    Currents in Biblical Research
    Ephemerides Theologiae Lovaniensis* (typo should be Theologicae)
    Journal for the Study of the Historical Jesus
    Novum Testamentum
    Studies in Religion/Études Religieuses
    Trinity Journal
    Zeitschrift für die Neutestamentliche Wissenschaft*


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