Top 10 Books in New Testament Studies

Last week I wrote on my “Top 10 Books in Old Testament Studies”—that is the books that shaped me and had enormous impacts on me. This week I had a harder time narrowing the list relevant to the New Testament, but here is my attempt (again in alphabetical order):

  • Rudolf Bultmann, The History of the Synoptic Tradition
  • John Dominic Crossan, In Parables: The Challenge of the Historical Jesus
  • Dennis C. Duling, The New Testament: History, Literature, and Social Context (orig. by Norman Perrin)
  • James D. G. Dunn, The Unity and Diversity of the New Testament: An Inquiry into the Character of Earliest Christianity
  • Richard Horsley (with John Hanson), Bandits, Prophets, and Messiahs: Popular Movements in the Time of Jesus
  • Bruce J. Malina, The New Testament World: Insights from Cultural Anthropology
  • Bruce J. Malina and Richard L. Rohrbaugh, Social-Science Commentary on the Synoptic Gospels (now 2nd ed.)
  • C. F. D. Moule, The Birth of the New Testament, 3rd ed.
  • Douglas E. Oakman, Jesus and the Economic Questions of His Day
  • John J. Pilch, Healing and the New Testament: Insights from Medical and Mediterranean Anthropology


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