Speaking of Jesus' death...
On Primal Subversion Sean du Toit mentions Scot McKnight's upcoming book, Jesus and His Death. It has a ringing endorsement from Dale Allison:
"This is a brave book. With due awareness of the historical traps and with a mastery of the recent relevant literature, McKnight here asks the crucial question, How did Jesus interpret his own death? His answer, which hearkens back to Albert Schweitzer, does full justice to Jesus' eschatological outlook and makes good sense within a first-century Jewish context. Even those who see things differently -- I do not -- will enjoy how the detailed and rigorous argument develops and will find themselves learning a great deal."
I just placed my order.