I got some new books that I bought myself for my birthday in the mail today! I do love books.
The two that arrived today are:
Jesus in Context: Background readings for Gospel Study by Darrell L. Bock and Gregory J. Herrick
Studying the Historical Jesus: A Guide to Sources and Methods Darrell L. Bock
Now, I really like Dr. Bock's work. I got to meet him at the Last Twelve Verses in Mark conference that Southeastern hosted and he was exceptionally nice, particularly considering the mob of people that were waiting in line to chat with him. I've read his book The Missing Gospels a few times and really enjoyed it.
The other books that I'm expecting to come in soon are:
E.P. Sanders Jesus and Judaism (I know, I repent a thousand times for not having read this yet!)
E.P. Sanders The Historical Figure of Jesus
Stanley Hauerwas The Peaceable Kingdom (If you don't like Hauerwas, well...we have a saying in Texas about you, and it goes something like *bleep*)
Karl Barth The Humanity of God
Karl Barth Evangelical Theology: An Introduction
I'm excited about reading Barth's books. I've read Dogmatics in Outline and a few books about him. I actually used to really dislike Barth, mistaking him (of course without reading him) for a "dirty liberal" (Yes, I used to be like that). Barth is one of my favorites now. One thing I dislike about a lot of modern theological writers is that I feel like they're trying to sell me something. They make wild oversimplifications of historical or theological matters, then overstate the implications of those oversimplifications. I like Barth because of how systematic he is, how he seems to account for all angles.