More Pick Lists
Pick-lists are going around the blogs again. Michael Bird, Scot McKnight, and Sean du Toit have come up with top-10 lists for Jesus books. I'm doing a top-7 list, which I posted on Crosstalk not long ago. See here for full commentary on my choices.
#1 The Historical Figure of Jesus, by E.P. Sanders, 1993.
#2 Jesus, Justice, and the Reign of God, by William Herzog II, 1999.
#3 Jesus of Nazareth: Millenarian Prophet, by Dale C. Allison, 1998.
#4 A Marginal Jew: Rethinking the Historical Jesus, by John P. Meier, 1991, 1994, 2001, 2009, ?
#5 Jesus of Nazareth: King of the Jews, by Paula Fredriksen, 1999.
#6 The Message and the Kingdom: How Jesus and Paul Ignited a Revolution and Transformed the Ancient World, by Richard A. Horsley and Neil Asher Silberman, 1997.
#7 Saint Saul: A Skeleton Key to the Historical Jesus, by Donald Akenson, 2000.
UPDATE: As mentioned by Michael Pahl, Stephen Carlson wisely reminds us of the need for primary sources before engaging the secondary literature. See here. And Mark Goodacre supplements his advice here.
UPDATE (II): Better late than never! See Michael Turton's choices here.