Bauckham’s forthcoming book (Jesus and the Eyewitness) mentioned here is really quite a read with some claims that will make the jaws of most drop to the floor with a clatter. I wanted to wait until I finished my exegesis of 1 Cor before I started reading it, but now that I have, even after having read just the first chapter, my brain has already crashed and rebooted a couple of times. I may need new software.
While on the historical Jesus, do have a look at this excellent list of books (I love these sort of posts!) suggested by Chris Petersen of Resurrection Dogmatics. He says that James Dunn’s Jesus Remebered is the last book on the historical Jesus he plans to read for a while - but hang on, Chris, for Bauckham’s.
I wonder too, if many of my readers know of Rainer Riesner’s, Jesus als Lehrer: eine Untersuchung zum Ursprung der Evangelien-Überlieferung (Tübingen: Mohr, 1988). Rainer’s scholarship is always top-quality, and I mention him not only as his is a neighbour of mine.
‘But it’s written in German, Chris’, I hear you protest.
Well, not to worry. Last year, I translated from German (and I think cleaned up parts that were an attempt at English) a summary article of the book, written by Rainer himself, entitled: ‘From the Messianic Teacher to the Gospels of Jesus Christ’. It, of course, gets my highest recommendations (though I forget where it was published. If anyone wants to know, I’ll check it out).