One of my PhD qualifying exams was in Ancient Christology. Christology is still, for me, an area I study in. This is my first love: knowing Jesus, and making Jesus known.
Here are books and websites I recommend for studying Jesus, with a few annotations.
This list could be miles long! These are some I recommend. If you read these, you'll be well on your way in studying Christ and thinking Christologically. You will, increasingly, be able to separate the real from the false.
BOOKS ON JESUS
Ruth Haley Barton
Greg Boyd & Paul Eddy
Craig Evans and N.T. Wright
- Jesus: A Very Short Introduction - a beautiful introduction to the Real Jesus by a great scholar.
- Jesus and the Eyewitnesses: The Gospels as Eyewitness Testimony - Bauckham delivers a strong case that the four Gospels are closely based on eyewitness testimony of those who knew Jesus. Note: all four Gospels.
- Bauckham's website is HERE.
- Cynic Sage or Son of God?: Recovering the Real Jesus in an Age of Revisionist Replies - I was talking with Craig Keener in his office and asked, "What books do you recommend on Jesus studies?" Craig pulled Greg's book off the shelf and said, "This is very good."
- Crucifixion of the Warrior God: Interpreting the Old Testament's Violent Portraits of God in Light of the Cross
- Cross Vision: How the Crucifixion of Jesus Makes Sense of Old Testament Violence
- Boyd's website is HERE.
Greg Boyd & Paul Eddy
- The Jesus Legend: A Case for the Historical Reliability of the Synoptic Jesus Tradition - Among other things Boyd and Eddy debunk the idea that the Jesus story emerged from surrounding pagan myths.
- Lord or Legend?: Wrestling with the Jesus Dilemma - A more accessible version of their book The Jesus Legend.
- The Historical Jesus: An Essential Guide - By Princeton New Testament scholar Charlesworth.
William Lane Craig
Paul Eddy and James Beilby
- Fabricating Jesus: How Modern Scholars Distort the Gospels - The great New Testament scholar debunks, among others, Bart Ehrman.
- Jesus and His World: The Archaeological Evidence - I got this book as a Christmas gift, and began to read it last night. It is highly reviewed.
Craig Evans and N.T. Wright
- Jesus, the Final Days: What Really Happened. This would be an excellent little book to read leading up to Easter 2013.
Gordon Fee and Cherith Nordling FeeSimon Gathercole, Robert Stewart, N. T. Wright
Larry Hurtado and Chris Keith
- Jesus among Friends and Enemies: A Historical and Literary Introduction to Jesus in the Gospels. I recently picked up this book and have begun to read it.
- The Historical Jesus of the Gospels
- Miracles: The Credibility of the New Testament Accounts
- Any of Craig's New Testament commentaries.
- Christobiography: Memory, History, and the Reliability of the Gospels
- Lots of great, free material on the Real Jesus at Craig's blog HERE.
J. N. D. Kelly
- Gospel of the Kingdom: Scriptural Studies in the Kingdom of God. This is one of the books to be read on the nature of "the kingdom of God."
- A Theology of the New Testament (This was one of my seminary texts, which I have worn out (it's falling apart!)).
- Familiar Stranger: An Introduction to Jesus of Nazereth. This is another book Craig Keener strongly recommended to me.
- The King Jesus Gospel: The Original Good News Revisited. Why read this book? Because it has two Forewards, by N.T. Wright and Dallas Willard. This book is about the Real Jesus and the actual Gospel.
- Any of McKnight's New Testament commentaries.
- McKnight's excellent blog is HERE.
Richard Norris and William Rusch
- Tell It Slant: A Conversation on the Language of Jesus in His Stories and Prayers
- Practice Resurrection: A Conversation on Growing Up in Christ
- The Jesus Way: A Conversation on the Ways that Jesus Is the Way
- American Jesus: How the Son of God Became a National Icon - A good read on who the Real Jesus is not.
- Stories with Intent: A Comprehensive Guide to the Parables of Jesus. The best book on the parables ever written?
- Living in Christ's Presence: Final Words on Heaven and the Kingdom of God
- Renovation of the Heart: Putting on the Character of Christ
- The Christology of Jesus
- The Jesus Quest: The Third Search for the Jew of Nazareth
- What Have They Done with Jesus?: Beyond Strange Theories and Bad History--Why We Can Trust the Bible
- Witherington's blog is HERE.
N.T. Wright (No one, except Craig Keener, is writing more about Jesus than Wright is.)
- How God Became King: The Forgotten Story of the Gospels . Remember that understanding the "kingdom of God" is the hermeneutical key to understanding the Real Jesus.
- Jesus and the Victory of God
- The Resurrection of the Son of God
- Simply Jesus: A New Vision of Who He Was, What He Did, and Why He Matters
- Following Jesus: Biblical Reflections on Discipleship
- Wright's website is HERE.
NEW TESTAMENT COMMENTARIES
When the following New Testament scholars write a commentary, it's going to be worth reading.
- Richard Bauckham
- Craig Blomberg
- D.A. Carson
- Craig Evans
- Gordon Fee
- R.T. France
- David Garland
- Joel Green
- Richard Hays
- Craig Keener
- Andreas Kostenberger
- Scot McKnight
- Douglas Moo
- Klyne Snodgrass
- Ben Witherington
- N.T. Wright - especially see Wright's "For Everyone" series.
WEBSITES ON JESUS AND THE NEW TESTAMENT