Essential books

An annotated list of top titles on atonement.


Jesus scenarios

Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews: A Jewish Life and the Emergence of Christianity, by Paula Fredriksen


Meeting Pilate

Pontius Pilate, by Ann Wroe


Jesus on Death Row: The Trial of Jesus and American Capital Punishment

Karl Barth once asked a poignant question about capital punishment: “Now that Jesus Christ has been nailed to the cross for the sins of the world, how can we still use the thought of expiation to establish the death penalty?” With that in mind, I eagerly anticipated reading this book by Mark Osler, a professo

Saving Paradise: How Christianity Traded Love of This World for Crucifixion and Empire

In this fascinating book, Rita Nakashima Brock and Rebecca Ann Parker contest a widely held impression of Christianity.