This is one of those pointless 'favourite books' posts. Pointless, as if I were to sit down tomorrow and try the list again, I would change my mind on not a few. And my categories are completely arbitrary – literally made up on the spot. I.e. I could have covered many more. What is more, such lists say more about me than the books in question. These points aside, here are my favourites from a number of subjects relating to the NT and theology; my favourites, at least, as I think off of the top of my head the first Sunday evening of November 2007.
- My favourite biblical commentary: Anthony Thiselton's NIGTC commentary on 1 Corinthians, with Dunn's Galatians commentary second
- My favourite book on the historical Jesus: N.T. Wright, Jesus and the Victory of God. This is my absolute favourite book of all time, actually. Second comes Richard Bauckham's Jesus and the Eyewitnesses
- My favourite book on NT eschatology: Andrew Perriman's The Coming of the Son of Man. There are only a few books that have made me think as much as this one.
- My favourite Pauline Theology generally: James Dunn's The Theology of the Apostle Paul.
- My favourite work on Pauline theology generally from a limited perspective (if you know what I mean): Westerholm's Perspectives Old and New on Paul.
- My favourite biblical scholarship history: Kümmel's The New Testament: The history of the investigation of its problems
- My favourite NT introduction: Either deSilva's An Introduction to the NT, or Schnelle's volume.
- My favourite work on the nature of scripture: John Goldingay, Models for Scripture. Enns Inspiration and Incarnation is second. I'm yet to read Webster's contribution.
- Favourite work relating to NT Christology: Mehrdad Fatehi's The Spirit's Relation to the Risen Lord in Paul. Second comes Larry Hurtado's Lord Jesus Christ. Of course, on Paul's Christology, second comes Fee's Pauline Christology.
- Favourite work by on the emergent church: Ray Anderson's An Emergent Theology for an Emergent Church. Though Brian McLaren's Generous Orthodoxy is a close second. I am presently reading Otherways, by Andrew Perriman which could end up my favourite in this category too.
- My favourite collection of essays relating to the NT: Rudolf Bultmann's Glauben und Verstehen (vol. I-IV)
- My favourite introduction to the Christian faith: Rowan Williams' Tokens of Trust.
- My favourite polemic work on Christian Theology in the last ten years: David Bentley Hart's The Beauty of the Infinite. This has been on my menu recently and I cannot recommend it more highly. Make sure you understand the basics of Derrida and his ilk, and you will LOVE it.
- My favourite collection of sermons: Jüngel's win hands down.
- My favourite systematic theology: This is difficult, as the one I most enjoy reading I have not finished (and won't do so for a long time), namely Karl Barth's Church Dogmatics. But with that understood, I still don't think I can say any other. I simply love reading Barth's CD!
- My favourite book on universalism: Gregory MacDonald's The Evangelical Universalist.
- My favourite work on judgment in Paul: Konradt's Gericht und Gemeinde
- My favourite book on NT Pneumatology: Max Turner's The Holy Spirit and Spiritual Gifts, then and Now
- My favourite book on Christian Zionism: I've recently been reading a pro Zionist book by Barry E. Horner, namely Future Israel: Why Christian Anti-judaism Must Be Challenged. It has been helpful in some ways, but I have a number of criticisms I will post here at some stage. My favourite remains Steve Motyer's Israel in the Plan of God.
- My favourite book on theodicy: David Bentley Hart's The Doors of the Sea
I'll stop now before I go back over what I've written and change my mind.