Selected Resources ... for serious students
NEW TESTAMENT (CHRISTIAN SCRIPTURES)
Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
Bart D. Ehrman, The New Testament: An Historical Introduction to the Early Christian Writings. 3rd edition (Oxford University Press, 2003). A readable standard contemporary introduction to the New Testament
Burton H. Throckmorton, Jr., Gospel Parallels: A Comparison of the Synoptic Gospels (Thomas Nelson Publishers, 5th edition).
The New Greek-English Interlinear New Testament, translated by Robert K. Brown and Philip W. Comfort; editor, J.D.Douglas (Tyndale House Publishers).
www.religiousstudies.uncc.edu/JDTABOR/ - a site every serious student of the New Testament should be familiar with
virtualreligion.net/forum/ - for information on the Jesus Seminar and its research
Burton L. Mack, Who Wrote the New Testament? (HarperSanFrancisco, 1995)
EARLY CHRISTIAN ORIGINS
St. Catherine Monastery.
Bart D. Ehrman, Lost Christianities (Oxford University Press, 2003). Explores the varieties of early Christianities ... Ebionite, Marcionite, Gnostic and many other forms
Bart D. Ehrman, Lost Scriptures (Oxford University Press, 2003). A companion book to Lost Christianities. Provides translations of many important writings from early Christianity, with excellent introductions
www.fordham.edu/halsall/ancient/asbook11.html - A comprehensive site related to New Testament studies and early Christianity
Michael Skobac, The DaVinci Code: A Jewish Perspective
Julie Galambush: The Reluctant Parting: How the New Testament's Jewish Writers Created a Christian Book (HarperSanFrancisco, 2005).
L.Michael White, From Jesus to Christianity (HarperSanFrancisco, 2004).
DEAD SEA SCROLLS
Geza Vermes, The Complete Dead Sea Scrolls in English (Penguin, 1997). A good translation of the Dead Sea scrolls with introduction that upholds the consensus position concerning the origins of the Dead Sea Scroll movement
Michael O. Wise, The First Messiah: Investigating the Savior before Christ (HarperSanFrancisco, 1999). A reconstruction of a different explanation than Vermes concerning the origins of the Dead Sea Scroll movement and its Teacher of Righteousness
THE JESUS MOVEMENT (JESUS EXTENDED FAMILY; POLITICAL AGENDA)
James D. Tabor, The Jesus Dynasty (Simon & Shuster, 2006). An important, readable book on Jesus' extended family - his parents, brothers, sisters, cousin and successors as well as on the political thrust of Jesus' mission - www.jesusdynasty.com
Jeffrey J. BŁtz, The Brother of Jesus and the Lost Teachings of Christianity (Inner Traditions, 2005). Excellent book on James, the brother of Jesus
THE CHRIST MOVEMENT
Hyam Maccoby, The Myth-maker: Paul and the Invention of Christianity (Harper & Row, 1986)
Barrie Wilson, "Taking Paul at his Word," (to access article, click on Publications)
Barrie Wilson, "What's a Messiah to Do?" (to access article, click on Publications)
HISTORY OF ANTI-SEMITISM
James Carroll, Constantine's Sword: The Church and the Jews (Houghton Mifflin, 2001)
Dennis Prager & Joseph Telushkin, Why the Jews? (Simon & Shuster, revised edition 2003)
Phyllis Chesler, The New Anti-Semitism (Jossey-Bass, 2003)
OLD TESTAMENT (HEBREW BIBLE)
At the Foot of the Pyramids.
www.hope.edu/bandstra/ RTOT/RTOT.HTM - An excellent student-friendly introduction to the books and ideas of the Old Testament (Hebrew Bible)
Hershel Shanks (editor), Ancient Israel: From Abraham to the Roman Destruction of the Temple (Biblical Archeology Society, 1999).
Documentary by Simcha Jacobovici, "The Exodus Decoded" (2006). See: www.theexodusdecoded.com/index1.jsp
INTRODUCTION TO THE PROBLEM OF THE HISTORICAL JESUS
See Bart D. Ehrman, "The Historical Jesus: Sources, Problems and Methods," chapter 13 of The New Testament: An Historical Introduction to the Early Christian Writings. 3rd edition (Oxford University Press, 2003).
HISTORICITY OF JESUS
Tom Harpur, The Pagan Christ (Thomas Allen Publishers, 2004). www.tomharpur.com/books/paganchrist/
REVISED STANDARD VERSION TRANSLATION OF BOOKS OF THE BIBLE
TRANSLATIONS OF EARLY CHRISTIAN WRITINGS
BIBLICAL ARCHEOLOGY SOCIETY
Biblical Archeology Society (publisher of Biblical Archeology Review and many publications, videos, CDs). www.biblicalarchaeology.org/