This is the bibliography (kinda sorta, not really) from my recently completed book The Unvarnished Jesus. Posting it here because I know blog surfers always love a good list.
This is neither a bibliography nor a works cited. The list of resources that have influenced this work directly and indirectly over the years would be too long to be of much help. Also, I figure the last thing anyone who trudged through this book would want to find at the end is the author showing off his nerditude with a vast array of books he’s read.
On the other hand, I do think it might be helpful to provide a short list of works related to the message and themes of this one, a starter reading list for those wanting to explore Jesus studies further. With the exception of the work by Blomberg, I have excluded commentaries and heavy theological doorstops (for the aforementioned nerditude concern). These are the books I personally have found the most profitable, and I recommend them to you with unreserved enthusiasm.
Blomberg, Craig L. Jesus and the Gospels: An Introduction and Survey. Nashville: Broadman and Homan, 1997.
Bonhoeffer, Dietrich. The Cost of Discipleship. New York: Macmillan, 1972.
Bruce, F.F. Jesus: Lord and Savior. Downer’s Grove, Illinois: InterVarsity, 1986.
Ladd, George Eldon. The Gospel of the Kingdom. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1959.
McKnight, Scot. The Jesus Creed. Brewster, Massachusetts: Paraclete, 2005.
Peterson, Eugene. Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2005.
Piper, John. What Jesus Demands from the World. Wheaton, Illinois: Crossway, 2006.
Piper, John and Justin Taylor. The Supremacy of Christ in a Postmodern World. Wheaton, Illinois: Crossway, 2007.
Stott, John. The Incomparable Christ. Downer’s Grove, Illinois: InterVarsity, 2001.
Wright, N.T. Following Jesus: Biblical Reflections on Discipleship. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1994.
Wright, Tom. The Original Jesus: The Life and Vision of a Revolutionary. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1996.