Faith, Hope and Love

For whatever reason God chose to make man as he is— limited and suffering and subject to sorrows and death—He had the honesty and the courage to take His own medicine. Whatever game He is playing with His creation, He has kept His own rules and played fair. He can exact nothing from man that He has not exacted from Himself. He has Himself gone through the whole of human experience, from the trivial irritations of family life and the cramping restrictions of hard work and lack of money to the worst horrors of pain and humiliation, defeat, despair and death. When He was a man, He played the man. He was born in poverty and died in disgrace and thought it well worthwhile.” Dorothy Sayers

Some Useful Christian Resources and Texts

If you are interested in studying the Bible and the historical Jesus, I have included some text books below. The first is an Introduction to the New Testament by the late Catholic scholar, Raymond Brown. A balanced introduction to the New Testament is crucial to understanding relevant issues of authorship, dating, the synoptic problem and the format and tructure of the Biblical books. It should picque your interst and give you an idea of the state of scholarship on various NT issues. Its really a springboard for future research. Brown's work is noted for its sobriety. Bart Ehrman's 'The New Testament' is also a quite fair and balanced introduction. Second I have included a synopsis of the gospels. Most scholars feel Matthew and Luke used the text of Mark when composing their own respective gospels. A synopsis places passages and events from one gospels side-by-side with their occurence in the other gospels. This allows for easy comparisons between the works and for authors to ascertain redactional tendecies of some of the evangelists. The third image is the New Jerome Biblical Commentary. It offers commentary on the majority of passages in every book of the Bible. it also includes chapters on geography, archaeology, textual crticism, hermenuetics, Jesus, Paul, the Synoptic problem and so much more. Dating and authorship issues for most works are also covered. If I were only allowed to own a single print resource on the Bible, this would be it. The fourth picture is for those interesting in wading through the academic mess of Historical Jesus Studies. John Meier's four-volume Marginal Jew series should be seminal for years to come.
Introducton to the New Testament by Raymond Brown.
Aland's Synopsis of the Four Gospels
New Jermoe Biblical Commentary
John Meier's Marginal Jew Series