You did mention one thing above that I think would be good to expand on: What are good books to read about the life of Jesus (and related issues) based on scholarship but intended to the general, but intelligent, reader. I would like you to consider someday to publish here a list of solid books (from various points of view), other than what you have written since most of us are likely familiar with your work, about the life of Jesus, the growth of Christianity, solid theology from various perspectives, the history and description of first century life in the Roman world and other issues that are written based on valid historical and textual research that are intended for readers like me…well educated but not a scholar.
What follows is a bibliography just on the historical Jesus that I published once, over ten years ago now, supplemented with a few of the most significant works to appear since. The list is highly selective – mainly books that I think are either good or important (but not necessarily both J). (I don’t agree with the perspectives of a number of these; but they are all serious scholarship by real experts.) A full annotated bibliography done 17 years ago, Craig A. Evans, Life of Jesus Research: An Annotated Bibliography, rev. edition (New Testament Tools and Studies; 24; Leiden/New York/Köln: E. J. Brill, 1996), already contained 2045 entries of significant books and articles — and even this was not anywhere near exhaustive! And the books/articles keep coming out. In any event, if Bill O’Reilly had read even half as much as the following (or a *third*), he would’ve been in much better shape to write his own account…
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