I picked up at the library yesterday Larry Hurtado’s book on early Christ-devotion in the church, Lord Jesus Christ (2003) hoping to buff up a little on elements of what I think could be a good argument against the minimalist view that the Son’s divinity was not believed until after the written gospels started showing up.
I might have to check out Dunn’s (more recent) book on the subject later, but I already have Dunn’s book on The Theology of Paul (1998), and thought
I should avoid the distraction until after Hurtado.
I also grabbed Bauckham’s Jesus and the God of Israel (2009) on the monotheism issue, because I think early devotion to Jesus would be huge if a context of strict monotheism could be shown for first century Judaism – also think it good fun to be able to harass the defenders of the idea that the Jesus cult
was just Judaism as usual until John’s Gospel showed up.
The Gospel of John and Christian Theology (ed. Bauckham and Mosser 2008) is another book of interest I’m looking into. I also picked up Paul N. Anderson’s Christology of the Fourth Gospel (1996) because I’m hungry for authors who are willing to argue that John is an eyewitness source.
Meanwhile I have a new interest in the spiritualized approach to theology attempted by Hans Denck and Dirk Philips (early sixteenth century) to add to my theme of ‘getting over’ the Reformation (without going Catholic).
Henry Ward Beecher was one of my five favorite preachers of the nineteenth century (and no, the names Finney and Spurgeon and Moody are not
anywhere on my list). I took home Beecher’s first ‘Plymouth Pulpit’ series (1868-69). Another source of inspiration will be Fr. Pierre Charles (S.J.), Prayer for All Times (1922).
Found a 20th century theologian of interest, the late John McIntyre; I have been reading his Theology after the Storm (1996).
Also excited about Sergei Bulgakov’s Bride of the Lamb (1945/2002).
Maurice Casey’s Jesus of Nazareth (2010) looks like it will be both stimulating and frustrating.
Lots of new reading – and this bunch is only part of my total 40-book check-out limit.