Friday, June 18, 2010

NT Historicity Readings

Here are the books I'm recommending in my AnCon seminar (Ancon, if you're interested, currently has over 630 registrations). Are there books any that you would add, or subtract?

Short and easy to give away
Andrew Errington, Can We Trust What the Gospels say about Jesus? Matthias Media, Sydney, 2009. Andrew has a MA in early Christian and Jewish Studies and is a former EU president.

Murray Smith, Jesus: All About Life, The Bible Society, Sydney, 2009. Murray is currently completing a PhD on Jesus and Early Christianity. He’s also a former EU president. Reviewed here and here.

If you want to know more
Paul Barnett, Is the New Testament History?, revised edition, Aquila Press, Sydney, 2003.

John Dickson, The Christ Files: How historians know what they know about Jesus, Blue Bottle Books, Sydney, 2006.

John Dickson, Jesus: A Short Life, Lion Books, Oxford, 2008.

John Dickson, A Spectator’s Guide to Jesus, Blue Bottle Books, Sydney, 2005.

John Dickson, Life of Jesus course guidebook, Centre for Public Christianity, Sydney, 2009.

John Dickson, Jesus: Reconsider? SUEU re:Jesus festival 2008,, accessed 17 June 2010.

Chris Forbers, Does the Historical Jesus Have a Leg to Stand On? SUEU Think Weeks 2006,, accessed 17 June 2010.

More serious books
Richard Bauckham, Jesus and the Eyewitnesses: the Gospels as Eyewitness Testimony, Erdmans, Grand Rapids, 2008.

Craig Blomberg, The Historical Reliability of the Gospels, second edition, IVP, Leicester, 2008.


Anonymous said...

Hey! That's my bible!

Neat list. I like the way its organised.

byron smith said...

my AnCon seminar (which, if you're interested, currently has over 630 registrations)
Sounds like a big seminar! ;-)

What are the recommendations for? To be given away to postgrads evangelistically? For general consumption by postgrad Christians?

In either case, may I suggest raising the bar a little on the reading level? Not that those texts aren't excellent and written by guys who know their stuff, it is just that most of them are written at a fairly popular level.

How about NTW's The Challenge of Jesus? And is there a reason you're sticking to historical Jesus material? No theology? Ethics? Social critique?

I'm not sure I've got the point of the list yet so maybe these comments are irrelevant.

byron smith said...

PS That AnCon link doesn't seem to work for me. Great news about the numbers!

Matthew Moffitt said...

Hi Byron, the ancon website is down.

My seminar is for about 25 students, and is on the Tuesday at AnCon, so they will all most likely be undergrads. My seminar is on the historicity of the New Testament, with the point being to sharpen the apologetic skills of undergrad students.

What kind of theology, ethics or social critique books did you have in mind?

I have some quotes from NTW, Ed Sanders, Christopher Tucket etc. in the seminar, but I'm really happy to recommend some books that lift the bar. Any suggestions?

byron smith said...

Ah sorry - I misunderstood. I thought you were giving a seminar to postgrads. That makes good sense now and those books look good.