Friday, December 03, 2010

Darrell Bock's Top 5 Books on the Historical Jesus

Inside the Hagia Sophia, Istanbul
On Darrell Bock lists his personal top 5 books o the historical Jesus. They are:\

  1. The 4 Gospels - Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Bock says, "I am serious about this—nothing has helped shape my view of Jesus more than the Gospels, read repeatedly as narrative, ethic,and theology—especially looking to see where they challenge my perspectives." I am serious about this, too. Few things have affected me as much in my life as the last five years of studying the 4 Gs and preaching through them at Redeemer. The result is I am today more in love with, intrigued by, and captivated with Jesus of Nazareth than ever. This is after years of following after Jesus, doing part of my doctoral work in Christology, and so on. And - I find that many who critique Jesus have not themselves simmered for years in the 4 Gospels, which would be a scholarly no-no.

  2. The Words and Works of Jesus Christ: A Study in the Life of Christ, by J. Dwight Pentecost.
  3.  The Origins of New Testament Christology, by I. Howard Marshall.
  4.  The Christology of Jesus, by Ben Witherington III.
  5. Jesus and the Victory of God, by N. T. Wright.
I've got Craig Keener's new The Historical Jesus and have been slow-cooking in it for several months. So much fun!