Top 10 List: Books I’ve Read in 2009

Here’s the top 10 books I’ve read this year (n.b. that none of them were published in 2009):

  1. One God, One Lord: Early Christian Devotion and Ancient Jewish Monotheism
  2. Jesus and the God of Israel: God Crucified and Other Studies on the New Testament’s Christology of Divine Identity
  3. God’s Empowering Presence: The Holy Spirit in the Letters of Paul
  4. From Messiah to Preexistent Son: Jesus’ Self-Consciousness and Early Christian Exegesis of Messianic Psalms
  5. Exegetical Fallacies
  6. Early Narrative Christology: The Lord in the Gospel of Luke
  7. How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth
  8. How to Choose a Translation for All Its Worth
  9. Biblical Words and Their Meaning: An Introduction to Lexical Semantics
  10. Healing in the Early Church: The Church’s Ministry of Healing and Exorcism from the First to the Fifth Century


11 thoughts on “Top 10 List: Books I’ve Read in 2009

  1. Hey I like seeing Gordon Fee well represented on this list! : )

    All your books appear to be really good reads. I guess we shouldn’t be suprised that 5 books on your list are about Christology. It is interesting that none of them were on the Trinity although I guess that wasn’t your big focus this year.

    I gotta come up with my list. I was waiting to see if a book I was presently reading was going to make the list but unfortunately it didn’t.

  2. Bryan: Yeah, the Trinity took a backseat this year to Christology. Of the books I’ve read on the Trinity none of them were so great that they’d bump any of these books off. The best of the bunch was definitely Trinitarian Theology for the Church: Scripture, Community, Worship. The book I’m reading right now from Fairbairn could beat it out but I’ll never have it finished before midnight tonight.

    Are you talking about the Thiselton book?

  3. Did you enjoy Bauckham’s lead essay in Jesus and God of Israel? The original printing of that (i.e., God Crucified) was paradigm shifting for me.

  4. >Seth: I was familiar with God Crucified before it was republished in this volume, but it was just as good the second time. Having come across Hurtado before Bauckham I can’t say that Bauckham was paradigm shifting, but he did serve as a nice supplement to Hurtado’s work, which I’m persuaded is the best out there on the subject.

  5. No doubt that Hurtado is a must read for ‘early high Christology’! I came across Bauckham first and read Hurtado after seeing him in Bauckham’s footnotes. I assume you are referring to One God, One Lord and Lord Jesus Christ? Have you read his latest book called The Earliest Christian Artifacts? They are all very stimulating!

  6. Seth: I’m referring to ALL of Hurtado’s published material, books, essays, chapters in edited volumes, etc. Hands down my favorite scholar!

    I do have The Earliest Christian Artifacts but I haven’t finished it yet. Very good stuff though. Leave it to Hurtado to note how Christology affected scribal tendencies and physical manuscripts.

  7. Yeah I’m talking about the Thiselton book, unfortunately. What subject are you on next year? Language and hermeneutics?

  8. Bryan: I’m just gonna see where my reading takes me. Last year’s goal was the canon and I hardly read anything at all on it. I’m not going to be so quick to try and predetermine my interests this year. But I’d like to read all those hermeneutics and language books I got.

    Celucien: Thanks! And Happy New Year!

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