Parallel Lives of Jesus: A Guide to the Four Gospels, by Edward Adams. Introductions to the Gospels most often underscore the individual personality of each Gospel and leave aside questions of the Gospels’ similarity. Parallel Lives of Jesus achieves both with economy and clarity.
One of the most interesting shifts in Christian theology after the Shoah was in how the adjective Jewish was used. In the patristic era, to call someone’s work Jewish was to insult it: the work was too fleshly or legalistic. Since the Shoah, to call someone’s work Jewish is to praise it as appropriately this-worldly, concerned with the ordinary stuff of life, embodied.
Thomas Cahill's title comes from Genesis 49:26. Though it is hard to see any reference to Jesus in that passage, it does come close to defining this book's tone. Cahill calls himself "a faithful but flawed Catholic." It is clear that he has thought vigorously about Jesus and is an enthusiastic and able student of his subject.
The Historical Christ and the Theological Jesus
Dale C. Allison Jr.
No Ordinary Angel: Celestial Spirits and Christian Claims About Jesus
Susan R. Garrett
Original Sin: A Cultural History
Revelation: A Commentary (New Testament Library)
Brian K. Blount
The Gospel of John and Christian Theology
Richard Bauckham and Carl Mosser, eds.
Sinners: Jesus and His Earliest Followers
The Moral Teaching of Paul: Selected Issues (3rd edition)
Victor Paul Furnish
An Introduction to the Bible
Robert Kugler and Patrick Hartin
I, II, and III John: A Commentary (New Testament Library)
Judith M. Lieu
Mark 8-16: A New Translation with Introduction and Commentary
Few biblical scholars at work today combine Allison’s extensive learning, personal modesty and refreshing honesty. In this study he attempts to reconcile his theological commitments and his historical reconstruction.
The Power of the Word: Scripture and the Rhetoric of Empire
Elizabeth Schüssler Fiorenza
Engaging Biblical Authority: Perspectives on the Bible as Scripture
William P. Brown, ed.
The Bible Salesman: A Novel
At the Heart of the Gospel: Suffering in the Earliest Christian Message
L. Ann Jervis
Reading Other-wise: Socially Engaged Biblical Scholars Reading with Their Local Communities
Gerald O. West, ed.
Introduction to the Synoptic Gospels
Our Mother Saint Paul
Beverly Roberts Gaventa
The Talking Book: African Americans and the Bible
Allen Dwight Callahan
Encounters with Jesus: Studies in the Gospel of John
Because Brown’s collection of writers hail from a wide range of theological and cultural perspectives and address biblical authority as something vital to them both as scholars and as members of faith communities, readers will not discover here any simple answers or formulas.
An Introduction to the New Testament and the Origins of Christianity
Introducing the New Testament: Its Literature and Theology
Paul J. Achtemeier, Joel B. Green and Marianne Meye Thompson
It’s the toughest job you’ll ever love. And no, it’s not the Marine Corps. Teaching an introductory course in New Testament can be worthy of combat pay. This is especially true when most of the students are Christian.
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