Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Congratulations to Michael Bird!
This is great news. And it couldn't happen to a better scholar.
Michael's has done some excellent work on the historical Jesus and I hope the attention this book is getting will also inspire others to pick up his other books as well.
His monograph, Jesus and the Origins of the Gentile Mission (Bloomsbury T & T Clark, 2007), is a learned study and a model of academic erudition. In addition, his book, Are You the One Who Is to Come? The Historical Jesus and the Messianic Question (Eerdmans, 2009), is a wonderfully balanced study.
So I must confess that I am praising these works because I have not yet read his latest. It has been sitting on the top of my guilt pile but because my recent work has focused more on Pauline studies I haven't been able to get to it.
Brant Pitre, in particular, has been urging me to read it.
And so I look forward to reading it though over the Christmas break. It'll be my reward for finishing grading.
Get your copy, here and let me know what you think.