Thursday I took a vacation day in honor of mother Earth and visited my favorite seminary library. I count it a great good to live within 50 miles of such a fine theological school, and I am able to use it about twice a month (community patron privilege). OK, I used more fossil fuel getting to the library than if I had gone to work.
Rudolf Schnackenburg, the Gospel According to John, vols. 1 and 3 (1965/68, 1975/82)
Tom Thatcher, Why John Wrote a Gospel (2006)
Richard Bauckham, Jesus and the Eyewitnesses (2006)
I have already checked out or own copies of Westcott (1881), Bernard (ICC 1928), Dodd (1963), Bultmann (1964/68), Robinson (1985), and Vol. 1 of the John, Jesus, and History Project symposium (Ed. Anderson et al, SBL 2007).
On the trials of Jesus (a current interest) I picked up a challenge in Dominic Crossan’s Who Killed Jesus? (1995 – I don’t like Crossan’s work, but I’m a little embarrassed about that). While among the ‘Trial of Jesus’ call numbers, I was surprised at the number of attorneys who have over the past 200 years published books on the illegality of trials.
Finally, my antique pick sounds very retro but actually anticipates E.P. Sanders by 100 years in some regards – the 2-vol. Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah by Alfred Edersheim (8th, 1896).