A Gospels and Acts Bibliography (New Testament Resource Guide)

A Gospels and Acts Bibliography (New Testament Resource Guide) April 2, 2021


Jesus Studies

Bailey, Kenneth. Jesus through Middle Eastern Eyes. IVP, 2008.

Bockmuehl, Markus.  The Cambridge Companion to Jesus. Cambridge, 2001.

Bond, Helen. The Historical Jesus: A Guide for the Perplexed.  T&T Clark, 2012.

Burkett, Delbert, ed. The Blackwell Companion to Jesus. Blackwell, 2010.

Capes, David et al. Rediscovering Jesus: An Introduction to Biblical, Religious and Cultural Perspectives on Christ. IVP, 2015.

Charlesworth, James H. and Petr Pokorny, ed. Jesus Research. 2 vols. Eerdmans, 2007-2014.

Dunn, James D.G. Jesus Remembered. Eerdmans, 2003.

Fredriksen, Paula and Adele Reinhartz, ed. Jesus, Judaism, and Christian Anti-Judaism: Reading the New Testament after the Holocaust. 2002.

Holmén, Tom and Stanley E. Porter. Handbook for the Study of the Historical Jesus. 4 vols. Brill, 2011

Keener, Craig S. Christobiography: Memory, History, and the Reliability of the Gospels. Eerdmans, 2019.

Keener, Craig S. The Historical Jesus of the Gospels. Eerdmans.

Keener, Craig S. Miracles. 2 vols. Baker, 2011.

Keith, Chris. Jesus Against the Scribal Elite. T&T Clark, 2020.

Meier, John P. A Marginal Jew. 5 vols. to date. Doubleday, 1991-

Powell, Mark Allan. Jesus as a Figure in History. WJK, 2013.

Wright, N. T. Jesus and the Victory of God. Fortress, 1996.

Genre Studies

Bond, Helen. The First Biography of Jesus: Genre and Meaning in Mark’s Gospel. Eerdmans, 2020.

Burridge, Richard. What Are the Gospels? A Comparison with Graeco-Roman Biography. Baylor Press, 2020. 25th anniversary ed.


Introductions to the Gospels and Key Studies

Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels (MUST HAVE!)

Bauckham, Richard. Jesus and the Eyewitnesses. Eerdmans, 2017 (2nd ed.)

Bauckham, Richard. Gospel Women. Eerdmans, 2002.

Bauckham, Richard, ed. The Gospels for All Christians: Rethinking the Gospel Audiences. Eerdmans, 1997.

Bird, Michael F. The Gospel of the Lord. Eerdmans, 2014.

Blomberg, Craig. Jesus and the Gospels. B&H, 2009 (2nd ed.)

Carroll, John T. Jesus and the Gospels: An Introduction. WJK, 2016.

Levine, Amy-Jill . Short Stories by Jesus: The Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial Rabbi. HarperOne 2015.

McKnight, Scot. The King Jesus Gospel: The Original Good News Revisited. Zondervan, 2016.

Murphy, Frederick, J. An Introduction to Jesus and the Gospels. Hendrickson, 2005.


Pennington, Jonathan T. Reading the Gospels Wisely. Baker, 2012.

Perkins, Pheme. Introduction to the Synoptic Gospels. Eerdmans, 2009.

Porter, Stanley, ed. Reading the Gospels Today. Eerdmans, 2004.


Powell, Mark Allan. Fortress Introduction to the Gospels. Fortress, 2019. (2nd ed.)

Rowe, C. Kavin. Early Narrative Christology: The Lord in the Gospel of Luke

Stanton, Graham. The Gospels and JesusOxford, 2002.

Strauss, Mark L. Four Portraits, One Jesus: An Introduction to Jesus and the Gospels. Zondervan, 2020.2

Thiessen, Matthew. Jesus and the Forces of Death. Baker, 2021.

Wright, N. T. The Resurrection of the Son of God. Fortress, 2003.

Wright, N.T. How God Became King: The Forgotten Story of the Gospels. HarperOne, 2016.


Historical Approaches to the Gospels, Synoptic Problem

Goodacre, Mark. The Synoptic Problem: A Way through the Maze. T&T Clark, 2004.

Goodacre, Mark. The Case Against Q: Studies in Markan Priority and the Synoptic Problem. TPI, 2002.

Keith, Chris and Anthony Le Donne, ed. Jesus, Criteria, and the Demise of Authenticity. T&T Clark, 2012.

Parker, Cyndi. Encountering Jesus in the Real World of the Gospels. Hendrickson, 2021.

Porter, Stanley and Bryan Dyer, ed. The Synoptic Problem: Four Views. Baker, 2016.

Tuckett, Christopher. Q And the History of Early Christianity. 1996.


Literary Approaches to the Gospels

Brown, Jeannine K. Gospels as StoriesA Narrative Approach to Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John

Dinkler, Michal Beth. Literary Theology and the New Testament. Yale University Press, 2019.

Huebenthal, Sandra. Reading Mark’s Gospel as a Text from Collective Memory. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2020.

Rhoads, David, Joanna Dewey, et al. Mark as Story: An Introduction to the Narrative of a Gospel. 2012.


Other Approaches to the Gospels

Allison, Dale. Constructing Jesus: Memory, Imagination, and History. Baker, 2013.

Watson, Francis. Gospel WritingA Canonical Perspective. Eerdmans, 2013.


The Apocryphal Gospels

Bockmuehl, Markus. The Ancient Apocryphal Gospels. WJK, 2017.

Foster, Paul. The Apocryphal Gospels: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford, 2009.

Introductions to Acts and the Early Church

Blomberg, Craig L. and Darlene M. Seal, with Alicia S. Duprée. From Pentecost to Patmos: An Introduction to Acts through Revelation. B & H, 2021.2

Dunn, James D. G. Beginning from Jerusalem.  Eerdmans, 2009.

Dunn, James D. G. Neither Jew nor Greek: A Contested Identity. Eerdmans, 2015.

Jipp, Joshua. Reading Acts. Cascade, 2018.

Padilla, Osvaldo. The Acts of the Apostles: Interpretation, History and Theology. IVP, 2016.

Schnabel, Eckhard J.  Early Christian Mission, 2 vols. IVP, 2004.

Schnelle, Udo. the First One Hundred Years of Christianity. Baker, 2020.

Important Works on Acts

Adams, Sean. The Genre of Luke-Acts and Collected Biography. SNTSMS 156. Cambridge, 2013.

Alexander, Loveday C. A. Acts in Its Ancient Literary Context. T & T Clark, 2008.

Bock, Darrell. A Theology of Luke and Acts. Zondervan, 2012.

Brink, Laurie. Soldiers in Luke-Acts: Engaging, Contradicting, and Transcending the Stereotypes. WUNT 2. Mohr Siebeck, 2014.

Calpino, Teresa. Women, Work, and Leadership in Acts. WUNT 2. Mohr Siebeck, 2014.

Chen, Diane. God as Father in Luke-Acts. 2006.

Dicken, Frank. Characters and Characterization in Luke-Acts. LNTS. T&T Clark, 2016.

Finger, Reta. Of Widows and Meals: Communal Meals in the Book of Acts. 2007.

Gonzalez, Justo. The Story Luke Tells: Luke’s Unique Witness to the Gospel. Eerdmans, 2015.

Green, Joel. B. Conversion in Luke-Acts: Divine Action, Human Cognition, and the People of God. Baker, 2015.

Hemer, Colin J. The Book of Acts in the Setting of Hellenistic History, ed. Conrad Gempf.  J. C. B. Mohr 1989

Marshall, I. Howard and David Peterson, eds. Witness to the Gospel: The Theology of Acts. Eerdmans, 1998.

Muños-Larrondo, Rubén. A Postcolonial Reading of the Acts of the Apostles. 2012.

Parsons, Mikeal. Body and Character in Luke and Acts: The Subversion of Physiognomy in Early Christianity. Baker, 2006.

Rowe, C. Kavin. World Upside Down: Reading Acts in the Graeco-Roman Age. Oxford University Press, 2009.

Skinner, Matthew. Intrusive God, Disruptive Gospel: Encountering the Divine in the Book of Acts. Brazos, 2015.

Thompson, Alan. The Acts of the Risen Lord Jesus: Luke’s Acts Account of God’s Unfolding Plan. NSBT. IVP, 2011.

Walton, Steve. Reading Acts Today: Essays in Honor of Loveday C.A. Alexander. LNTS. T&T Clark, 2011.

Wilson, Brittany. Unmanly Men: Refigurations of Masculinity in Luke-Acts. Oxford, 2015.

Winter, Bruce W., ed. The Book of Acts in Its First-Century Setting, 5 vols. Eerdmans, 1993-96.

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