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The Historical Jesus: Five ViewsThe Historical Jesus: Five Views
Edited by James K. Beilby & Paul Rhodes Eddy
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The discussions about the "Historical Jesus" are now perhaps the most popular topic of debate, if not in New Testament studies, then certainly in Gospel studies. In this volume of essays, The Historical Jesus: Five Views myriad positions are set forth, and critiqued, and responded too. Includes leading scholars from several perspectives including Robert M. Price, John Dominic Crossan, Luke Timothy Johnson, James D.G. Dunn, and Darrell L. Bock.

For professors who want to introduce their students to this discussion, this book is an excellent resource as the major positions on the "Historical Jesus" are thoughtfully set out and critiqued. It would thus be an excellent text book to generate discussion, or simply as an added read for a college level course.
     

 
The Historical Christ and the Theological JesusThe Historical Christ and the Theological Jesus
Dale C. Allison Jr.
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Asserting that "the unexamined Christ is not worth having," respected scholar Allison thoughtfully addresses ongoing questions about the Jesus of history, doctrine, faith, and practice. Why is there continuing discord among New Testament experts? How does their research impinge upon conventional Christian beliefs? And what does it contribute to contemporary theological reflection?
     

 
Beginning from Jerusalem: Christianity in the Making, Vol 2Beginning from Jerusalem: Christianity in the Making, Vol 2
James D.G. Dunn
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Second in a notable trilogy by Dunn, this volume journeys through the formation of the early faith and historical church from 30 to 70 C.E., starting with Jesus in Jerusalem. Using close analysis and detailed interaction with secondary sources, Dunn also expounds upon the literary legacies of Paul, Peter, and James in relation to early Christianity. 1392 pages, hardcover from Eerdmans.
     

 
Jesus Remembered: Christianity in the Making SeriesJesus Remembered: Christianity in the Making Series
James D.G. Dunn
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The first installment of a projected 3-volume history by a scholar extraordinaire. Commanding an amazing knowledge of written sources, archaeological findings, and sociological research, Dunn critiques the quest for the historical Jesus, then presents the main themes of Jesus' ministry. 992 pages, hardcover. Eerdmans.
     

 

 
The Five Gospels: What Did Jesus Really Say?The Five Gospels: What Did Jesus Really Say?
R.W. Funk
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Are you familiar with what non-evangelical scholars are saying about Jesus? Get up to date with this latest release by the Jesus Seminar! These scholars opine that no more than 20 percent of the sayings attributed to Jesus in the four Gospels (plus the "Gospel of Thomas") were actually his own words; the color-coded text shows you at a glance which sayings are thought to be authentic, which contain his ideas, and which are the sayings of his followers. Commentary and notes on the Gospel texts complete this controversial volume. 560 pages.
     

 
The Meaning of Jesus: Two VisionsThe Meaning of Jesus: Two Visions
Marcus J. Borg, N.T. Wright
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The authors' address their work to three groups of people. "First, we hope that those who would not call themselves Christians will find the conversation interesting and refreshing....Second, we hope to shift logjammed debates into more fruitful possibilities. Much current writing about Jesus falls into rather sterile either-or distinctions....we hope that this book will serve as a bridge between many other groups of Christians....Third, we hope to open up more specifically the perennially important question of how different visions of Jesus relate to different visions of the Christian life. Many who are deeply concerned with issues of justice, spirituality, pastoral care, and other matters within the churches do not always relate these issues to the question of Jesus. We propose some ways in which this might be done." No small feat, but if any are equipped to tackle this momentous task, it is outstanding scholars such as Wright and Borg.
     

 
Jesus & the Restoration of Israel: A Critical Assessment of N.T. Wright's Jesus & the Victory of GodJesus & the Restoration of Israel: A Critical Assessment of N.T. Wright's Jesus & the Victory of God
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Acclaimed as one of the most significant works in the quest for the historical Jesus, Wright's Jesus and the Victory of God reveals a surprising portrait of Christ. In this critical appraisal of Wright's book, Alister McGrath, Marcus Borg, and other well-known scholars discuss Wright's views on Jesus' identity, acts, and sayings. Includes a well reasoned and thoughtful response from Wright. 287 pages in Softcover.
     

 

 
Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time: The Historical Jesus & the Heart of Contemporary FaithMeeting Jesus Again for the First Time: The Historical Jesus & the Heart of Contemporary Faith
Marcus J. Borg
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Borg outlines his own spiritual journey from early naivete to a period of skepticism to a more authentic understanding of Christ that takes into account the findings of modern critical scholarship. He urges his readers not to be overly concerned with creeds and doctrines, but to be attuned to the Spirit. 160 pages, softcover. HarperSanFrancisco.
     

 
The God We Never Knew, ReissueThe God We Never Knew, Reissue
Marcus Borg
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In softcover! "Notable Religious Book of 1997,"---Publishers Weekly. Jesus Seminar scholar Borg comes down squarely on the side of God's immanence, elaborating on how his own ideas have evolved from childhood, and how theology must interact with science, critical thinking, and religious pluralism. 192 pages

     

 
Studying the Historical Jesus: A Guide to Sources and MethodsStudying the Historical Jesus: A Guide to Sources and Methods
Darrell L. Bock
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Interest in the historical Jesus continues to occupy much of today's discussion of the Bible. The vexing question is how the Jesus presented in the Gospels relates to the Jesus that actually walked this earth. This book is an introductory guide to how one might go about answering that question by doing historical inquiry into the material found in the Gospels. Darrell Bock introduces the sources of our knowledge about Jesus, both biblical and extra-biblical. He then surveys the history and culture of the world of Jesus. The final chapters introduce some of the methods used to study the Gospels, including historical, redaction, and narrative criticisms. Bock, a well respected author, provides an informed evangelical alternative to radical projects like the Jesus Seminar. His audience, however, is not limited only to evangelicals. This book, written for college and seminary courses, offers an informed scholarly approach that takes the Gospels seriously as a source of historical information.
     

 
The Real JesusThe Real Jesus
Luke Timothy Johnson
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This book challenges the findings of the Jesus Seminar, the controversial group of two hundred scholars who claim Jesus said 18 percent of what the Gospels attribute to him. Drawing on the biblical and historical scholarship Johnson demonstrates that the "real Jesus" is the one experienced in the present through faith rather than the one found in speculative historical reconstructions. A new preface by the author presents his point of view on the most recent rounds of this lively debate.
     

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