Books Old(er) and Still Worth Knowing
I’m moving office in New College, and this means packing up my books. As it will be a smaller office, this also means down-sizing my book-collection. In the process of having to make such decisions, one comes across books read long ago but still very much worth noting (and some acquired but never read!). Here are just a few gems that today’s students in NT/Christian Origins should know (and know first-hand).
Among these are works largely forgotten in recent generations of NT scholars, such as Adolf Deissmann’s Light from the East (ET, 1927), which contains numerous data and pointers on the world of the NT to further exploration that still repay attention. A. M. Hunter, Paul and His Predecessors (1961), is a slender but valuable study of Paul’s indebtedness and connections to Jewish Christian co-religionists. A. D. Nock, Early Gentile Christianity and Its Hellenistic Background (1964) is an enduring analysis of the relationship of early Christianity to its religious environment.