I was very happy to get in the mail a copy of Mike Bird’s latest offering, The Gospel of the Lord: How the Early Church Wrote the Story of Jesus (Eerdmans). I have just read the first thirty pages or so and it is, as usual, not only well-argued and clear, but seasoned with wit and clever anecdotes. I will say a word about a few of the chapters in due time, but I thought I would note that Mike’s work is a great place to get a sense for, not only what he thinks, but also a concise and trustworthy discussion of the history of study in areas like he formation of the Jesus tradition, the Synoptic problem, and the big “genre” question.
This book, I already imagine, will nestle snugly among some of my favorite gospels introductions. Just for fun, here are some of my quick-reference picks for gospels study.
Graham Stanton, The Gospels and Jesus
Mark Allan Powell, Fortress Introduction to the Gospels
Mark Strauss, Four Portraits, One Jesus
Stephen Barton, ed. The Cambridge Companion to the Gospels
Richard Burridge, Four Gospels, One Jesus?