Have You Read Any of These Books?

Have you read any of the books in my header image?  If so, which ones?  Did you like them or not?  Why or why not?

B”H

23 thoughts on “Have You Read Any of These Books?

  1. I used to have _Introduction to New Testament Christology_, but Katrina got that one. _Putting Jesus in his Place_ is one my lengthy “to be read list”. I’ve just dug out _Orthodox Corruption of Scripture_ for reference in the Acts Sunday School notes.

    Nope, not read but one, really. Several I should eventually get around to.

  2. Chuck: My condolences. It’s never fun to lose a book. :(

    TC: Early Christian Doctrines is one of my favorite books of all time.

    Matthew: From left to right there is:

    1. A Brief History of the Doctrine of the Trinity in the Early Church — Franz Dünzl

    2. The Seven Ecumenical Councils — Leo Donald Davis

    3. When Jesus Became God — Richard Rubenstein

    4. Fathers and Heretics: Six Studies in Dogmatic Faith with Prologue and Epilogue — G.L. Prestige

    5. Justin Martyr and His Worlds — Sara Parvis; Paul Foster, eds.

    6-7. Patrology (vols. 2 & 3) — Johannes Quasten

    8. Early Christain Doctrines — J.N.D. Kelly

    9-10. A History of Christianity (vols. 1-2) — Kenneth Scott Latourette

    11. The Pelican History of the Church, Vol. 1: The Early Church — Henry Chadwick

    12. The Rise of Christianity — Rodney Stark

    13. God Under Fire — Douglas Huffman; Eric Johnson, eds.

    14. Lord Jesus Christ — Larry Hurtado

    15. Pauline Christology — Gordon Fee

    16. Jesus the Sage — Ben Witherington, III

    17. Jesus: God and Man — Wolfhart Pannenberg

    18. The Preexistent Son — Simon Gathercole

    19. Putting Jesus in His Place — Rob Bowman; Ed Komoszewski

    20. Jesus as God — Murray J. Harris

    21. Christ the Lord — Harold R. Rowdon

    22. Contours of Christology in the New Testament — Richard Longenecker, ed.

    23. The Christology of Early Jewish Christianity — Richard Longenecker

    24. From Jesus to John — Martinus C. De Boer, ed.

    25. An Introduction to New Testament Christology — Raymond Brown

    26. The Orthodox Corruption of Scripture — Bart Ehrman

    27. Was Christ God? — Spiros Zodhiates

    Nathan: Aww man, you need to read some of them!

  3. So have you given a review of #3: When Jesus Became God — Richard Rubenstein [?]

    If not, what do you think of this book?

  4. Matthew: Indeed. In fact, if I didn’t already own them, I’d covet all except the last on the list.

    Nathan: The vast majority are very interesting. If you could only read one of them, then I would without hesitation suggest that you pick up Hurtado’s Lord Jesus Christ.

    Brian: The books or the authors?

    Troy: Now-a-days I generally only review the books that publishers send me, so I haven’t reviewed it (since I bought it and don’t have to :) ) — but as far as the book goes, it’s a decent account of the events leading up the Council of Nicaea, written in an easy-to-follow narrative style. Not nearly as bad as the title would have one think.

  5. I was of the understanding that this book was authored by one who rejected the doctrine of the Trinity and instead holds to a Unitarian position. Is this correct?

    If so, how influential, potentially, is this book to overturn the historical witness to the Trinity?

  6. Troy: As far as I know, Rubenstein is a Jew, but I’m not sure that he’s a religious Jew (as opposed to secular). So I would imagine that he might be some kind of Unitarian.

    As far as overturning the historical witness to the Trinity, I don’t think this book could do that since it’s fairly accurate in the history it recounts. I can’t think of any serious errors off the top of my head in his retelling of the events. But for some reason or another, I’ve encountered more than a few Unitarians (of the Socinian variety) who seem to think that this book helps their cause, although I’ve never seen how this is so.

  7. Thanks Nick. So have you ever read the book The Trinity : True or False? by James H. Broughton & Peter J Southgate [?]
    I’ve heard that it is deemed by some to be the most well researched and academic response to the doctrine of the Trinity. Have you read it?

  8. I’ve read the Fee and Hurtado book and that’s about it. Loved the Hurtado book and I thought the Fee book was ok-good (that’s saying something since Fee is my favorite). The exegesis and all that was definitely top notch but it was necessarily repetitive and not a topic that I’m particularly interested in. Not as good as his GEP. The Hurtado book was great and I’ll definitely second that as the one to get if you ca only get one.

    Oh yeah I just realized I read the Stark book too. I liked it. It didn’t wow me as much as “For the Glory of God” since it was more statistics and data. But still fascinating nonetheless looking at a hypothesis if the growth of Christianity from a sociological point of view.

    As far as ones I’d be interested in reading:

    Early Christain Doctrines — J.N.D. Kelly

    A History of Christianity (vols. 1-2) — Kenneth Scott Latourette

    The Pelican History of the Church, Vol. 1: The Early Church — Henry Chadwick

    Uninterested in reading:

    God Under Fire — Douglas Huffman; Eric Johnson, eds.

    Jesus the Sage — Ben Witherington, III

    When Jesus Became God — Richard Rubenstein

    Was Christ God? — Spiros Zodhiates

    Bryan

  9. Bryan: The Zodhiates book isn’t that great. If you’ve ever seen a “Key Word Study Bible” then you’ve basically seen what he says in this book. It’s a lot of “this word means this…” type of reading. But if you’ve read Witherington’s book then Fee’s critique of Wisdom Christology is all the more poignant. God Under Fire actually has some pretty good essays in it, and since you seem to be interested in Church history from the list of books you listed, then you might actually enjoy Rubenstein’s book, although it’s all info you’ll come across in Kelly’s or Chadwick’s.

  10. You convinced me. Hurtado’s Lord Jesus Christ is on the way.

    Great thing is, I’m on vacation the week of the June 9th. A wonderful opportunity to read without much distraction.

    Thanks for the suggestion.

  11. George: Awesome! You won’t be disappointed. And I’ve only read bits and pieces of those two volumes. Thus far I’ve used them for reference more than anything. How did you like them?

  12. Immensely. But I like all that “history” stuff. And the books repeatedly return to the fact that this “history” of the church is really more than just some historical phenomenon, but the will of the Holy Spirit in action, with reflection on specific ways that people were reacting to the Holy Spirit through each progressive phase.

    I unfortunately borrowed them, and was “forced” to return them. Oh, well.

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