Top Ten Books for NT Grad Students

March 5, 2012 — 3 Comments

Michael Bird posts his top 10 books for NT Graduate Students. What would you add?

1. Textual Criticism: David Parker, An Introduction to the New Testament Manuscripts and Their Texts.

2. NT Greek: Stanley E. Porter, Idioms of the Greek New Testament.

3. Christian Origins: Christopher Rowland, Christian Origins.

4. Historical Jesus: Gerd Theissen and Annette Merz, The Historical Jesus: A Comprehensive Guide

5. Gospels: Martin Hengel, The Four Gospels and the One Gospel of Jesus Christ.

6. Paul: F.C. Baur, Paul the Apostle of Jesus Christ.

7. Paul: James Dunn, Theology of Paul the Apostle.

8. Catholic Letters: Robert Wall and Karl-Wilhelm Niebuhr, The Catholic Epistles and Apostolic Tradition.

9. Revelation: Richard Bauckham, The Theology of the Book of Revelation

10. NT Theology:  James Dunn, Unity and Diversity in the New Testament


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3 responses to Top Ten Books for NT Grad Students

  1. Neil and Wright, The Interpretation of the New Testament, 1861–1986.

    Tad expensive, but a good and essential read.

  2. Here were a few that came to mind that have been very helpful to me:

    George Ladd, “A Theology of the New Testament”
    Herman Ridderbos, “Paul: An Outline of His Theology”
    Everett Ferguson, “Backgrounds of Early Christianity”
    Bruce Metzger, “The Text of the New Testament”
    N.T. Wright, “The New Testament and the People of God”
    Richard Bauckham, “Jesus and the Eyewitnesses”

  3. Paul, I agree about Neil and Wright’s book. It was one of my favorites.

    Andrew, The last two on your list are must reads. I need to read Metzger, Ridderbos, and Ferguson. Thanks more books on my to read list!

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