The Books on My Top Shelf

As you can see I have a picture of some books as the new banner for this blog — these are the books on my top shelf (with a couple changes since this photo was taken) — from left to right the titles are:

Darrell L. Bock — Jesus According to Scripture: Restoring the Portrait from the Gospels

John P. Meier — A Marginal Jew, Rethinking the Historical Jesus, Vol. 1:  The Roots of the Problem and the Person

Darrell L. Bock — Studying the Historical Jesus: A Guide to Sources and Methods

Darrell L. Bock — Blasphemy and Exaltation in Judaism: The Charge Against Jesus in Mark 14:53-65

Gerd Luedemann — The Resurrection of Jesus: History, Experience, Theology 

Raymond E. Brown — The Birth of the Messiah: A Commentary on the Infancy Narratives in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke

Raymond E. Brown — The Death of the Messiah, From Gethsemane to the Grave: A Commentary on the Passion Narratives in the Four Gospels, Vol. 1

Raymond E. Brown — The Death of the Messiah, From Gethsemane to the Grave: A Commentary on the Passion Narratives in the Four Gospels, Vol. 2

Larry W. Hurtado — Lord Jesus Christ: Devotion to Jesus in Earliest Christianity

Simon J. Gathercole — The Preexistent Son: Recovering the Christologies of Matthew, Mark, and Luke

Ben Witherington, III — Jesus the Sage: The Pilgrimage of Wisdom

James D.G. Dunn — The Theology of Paul the Apostle

Gordon D. Fee — Pauline Christology: An Exegetical-Theological Study

N.T. Wright — The New Testament and the People of God

R.P.C. Hanson — Search for the Christian Doctrine of God: The Arian Controversy, 318-381

Rowan Williams — Arius: Heresy and Tradition, 2nd ed.

John Behr — Formation of Christian Theology, Vol. 1: The Way to Nicaea

John Behr — Formation of Christian Theology, Vol. 2: The Nicene Faith, Part 1

John Behr — Formation of Christian Theology, Vol. 2: The Nicene Faith, Part 2

Robert Letham — The Holy Trinity: In Scripture, History, Theology, and Worship

Robert Morey — The Trinity: Evidence and Issues

James R. White — The Forgotten Trinity

I highly recommend every book on that shelf with the exception of the last two.  I found both Morey’s and Whites treatment of the Trinity to be a little too simplistic for my taste — but don’t let that stop anyone who has no knowledge of the doctrine from picking them up — they can certainly act as primers for more in depth studies of the doctrine.

And if you can’t tell, my main areas of interest are the Trinity, Christology, and the Historical Jesus. =)

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*The aforementioned changes are that Gerd Luedemann’s book on the resurrection has moved and James White’s book on the Trinity has moved.  Taking their places are Gerald O’Collins’ The Tripersonal God: Understanding and Interpreting the Trinity and The Trinity: An Interdisciplinary Symposium on the Trinity by multiple authors.

B”H

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