Saturday, April 19, 2008
What's Your Favorite Book on Jesus?
As some of you may know, I'm currently working on a new book on Jesus (forthcoming from Eerdmans). The working title is:
Jesus and the Last Supper:
Ancient Judaism and the Origin of the Eucharist
It's been almost three years in the making now, and I keep finding new material that is more exciting than I can say... Let's just say I don't post everything on the blog.
Anyway, as I'm writing, I am re-reading some of the classic books on Jesus that have been written in the last century or so, and was wondering who you thought I should model my writing after. One of the tips Dale Allison once gave me is to read great writers while writing your final drafts, so I've been following his advice.
I have my favorite books on Jesus, but was wondering if you wanted to chime in: What's your favorite book on Jesus?
I'm thinking here of several criteria:
1. Excellent writing (Clarity, style, etc.)
2. Exciting content.
3. Fresh Insights (explanatory power).
4. Historical Plausibility.
5. Footnotes vs. Endnotes.
Here are my top five (in no particular order):
1. N. T. Wright, Jesus and the Victory of God
2. E. P. Sanders, Jesus and Judaism
3. Albert Schweitzer, The Quest of the Historical Jesus
4. Hilarin Felder, Christ and the Critics
5. Dale Allison, Jesus of Nazareth, Millennarian Prophet
(I realize this isn't a complete work on Jesus, but Allison is so brilliant, I love anything he writes, even when I disagree)
In your answers, be sure to let me know what you like most about your favorite Jesus book, so I can steal it and add it to my work!