Willi Marxsen, Mark The Evangelist (1956/ET1969)
Gunther Bornkamm, et al, Tradition and Interpretation in Matthew (1956/ET 1963)
Hans Conzelmann, The Theology of Luke (1953/ET1961)
Erhardt Guttgemanns, Candid Questions Concerning Gospel Form Criticism (1970/ET1979)
I figure I need to know the first three thinkers if I’m going to approach the synoptics from square one. I’m a bit conservative on the method of redaction criticism, and so I want to see where I stand with these three, and depend on Guttgemanns to give me leverage against them. Oh yeah, and I also grabbed Norman Perrin’s What is Redaction Criticism? (1969), which also more or less starts with Conzelmann, Marxsen, and Bornkamm.
Other books home now:
Austin Farrer, St. Matthew and St. Mark (1954). I already like this book after some morning time spent on it. Farrer is my chief defense against Q theory, along with the late Michael D. Goulder, and Mark Goodacre at Duke.
Michael D. Goulder, Midrash and Lection in Matthew (1974). Goulder stepped back from some of this thesis later, I understand, but I want to get situated with his views on the author of Matthew, whom I see as the first reader of Mark who knew ‘other stuff’ about Jesus.
And lastly, I dumped the Crossan which got me so irritated last week, and took home volume 1 of Raymond E. Brown’s Death of the Messiah (1994) to get help with the Passion analysis I’m working on. Crossan would see the irony in that, since he pretty much carves out his position in Who Killed Jesus? by constant contrasts to Brown. Thanks for the tip, Dom.