I went to Powell’s Books here in Portland yesterday to sell some books I no longer found useful (e.g. a Strong’s Concordance!). One of the greatest things about Powell’s is you actually receive a nice return on your sales and even more if you use it for store credit rather than cash (from $18+ to $22 +). I was able to purchase a book that I have had my eye on ever since it began receiving comments on other blogs: The Historical Jesus: Five Views edited by James K. Beilby and Paul R. Eddy.
I have been slowly reading through Richard Bauckham’s Jesus and the Eyewitnesses this summer as well so this should help me some with one of my largest blindspots, a.k.a. the gospels and historical Jesus studies! It appears Bauckham’s view will be closest to the contribution of Darrell L. Bock so it will be important for me to give attention to the views of Robert M. Price, Luke Timothy Johnson, and James D.G. Dunn. I have had some interaction with the writings of Dominic Crossan so I am a tad more informed there.
In addition I grabbed a copy of Pascal’s Pensees in French to help with my reading (or to utterly discourage me). It is the edition of Michel Le Guern which tries to keep it in the format of the notes from which the book derived which allows for me to read it in little chunks. I thought if I were going to learn theological French reading Pascal wasn’t too bad an idea.