This week's book giveaway is in the OCAJP 8 forum. We're giving away four copies of OCA Java SE 8 Programmer I Study Guide and have Edward Finegan & Robert Liguori on-line! See this thread for details.
Have you considered using TestNG? One of the features of TestNG is that is allows parameters to be passed from the test suite xml file directly to the test method. Also, TestNG has an @DataProvider annotation that can be used to create an object array in which the test is run once for every element in the array.