I’ve been up to the seminary library more than once since the last report, and my check-out pile has changed a lot. It changes because my non-student borrowing limit (30 books) is always maxed, and I must return books in order to check-out new titles. Thursday I took a half-day vacation and got 90 minutes in the stacks enroute to an important errand for the father-in-law.
Thursday I dumped the 50’s-era redaction studies by Marxsen, Conzelmann, Bornkamm, and Perrin, etc. (8 titles in all). I hadn’t gone too far in any of them except Marxsen, but something I read in Wright’s Jesus and the Victory of God (or was it the NTPG?) convinced me it was OK to forget my layman’s intellectual insecurity over these guys – I had worried something crucial might embarrass me if I didn’t nail them. But it’s not what I really need.
Six volumes I picked up Thursday:
Ben F. Meyer, The Aims of Jesus (1979) – the 2002 ed. with NT Wright’s Introduction. Meyer’s book is a key to Wright’s ‘Third Quest’ line of study, which represents to me a much better row to hoe right now than either the New Quest (Marxsen, etc.) or those Jesus Seminar dudes (who, if Wright has his way, will never get their own quest-number but will always be step-children of the New (2nd) Questers).
Craig A. Evans, ed., The Historical Jesus, Vols. II and III (2004), because Evans has made a great choice of lots of classic studies of this question in this 4-volume set, and I have access to the originals of all the excerpts if any look particularly promising.
Mark Matson’s 1998 dissertation on influences of the Fourth Gospel on Luke’s Passion Narrative (published by SBL 2001). Germane to the Passion series I’m currently running on this blog.
Barbara Shellard, New Light on Luke (2002), chiefly for her treatments of Luke’s dependency on Matthew and the Luke-Johannine connections.
John Lierman, ed., Challenging Perspectives on the Gospel of John (2006), because I think most of the XIX century issues with the Johannine writings are going to be passé in the next theology.