I just picked up Friends and Enemies: A Historical and Literary Introduction to Jesus in the Gospels, by the great New Testament scholar Larry Hurtado and NT scholar Chris Keith.
I also discovered The Jesus Blog, by NT scholars Keith and Anthony Le Donne. This is a weblog dedicated to historical Jesus research.
Reviews for the Hurtado-Keith book from the back cover:
"Time and time again in this innovative book we are taken to the Gospels themselves to see how the narratives shape our understanding of Jesus. It is the breadth of the testimony of these narratives that makes this book sparkle."
--Scot McKnight, North Park University
"The recipe for this book is brilliantly simple: get to know Jesus through those who knew him. Seek out both friends and enemies. Interview family and foreigners, disciples and detractors, men and women. Confer not only with secret allies but also with public opponents, with loyalists as well as traitors. Find out what drew each group toward Jesus or scared them away. Into this mix stir what modern scholars are saying about the impressions Jesus left on the Romans and Jews of his day and about the most responsible ways to read the Gospels. Simmer. Season with clear prose. Serve. Jesus among Friends and Enemies is a great read, a rich introduction to Jesus and his world, and a fresh addition to the often-bland menu of Jesus studies."
--Bruce Fisk, Westmont College
"An outstanding teaching resource. Though Jesus and the New Testament Gospels are the primary focus, the Dead Sea Scrolls, non-Christian discussions of Jesus, writings associated with apocalyptic Judaism, and noncanonical Gospel traditions are also addressed, providing readers with a rich store of comparative data."
--Jennifer Knust, Boston University
"This book covers it all, providing clear and robust historical and literary examinations of Jesus from our knowledge of John the Baptist, Mary Magdalene, Nicodemus, Caiaphas, Pilate, Judas Iscariot, and more. This book will inspire classes."
--April DeConick, Rice University; author, Holy Misogyny: Why the Sex and Gender Conflicts in the Early Church Still Matter
"The essays in this volume bring a fresh approach to the question, Who was Jesus? by combining the best elements of historical research and narrative criticism. The content of the discussion will be of interest to scholars, while the accessible presentation will make this book a valuable resource for students."
--Tom Thatcher, Cincinnati Christian University