Allison’s New Book on Jesus
Dale Allison’s latest (he says, his final) book on the historical Jesus is out and is very much the one to read on this subject now: Constructing Jesus: Memory, Imgaination, and History (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2010).
At 462 pp. (+ a 70-pp bibliography and also indexes), it’s not a lightweight work. I read it in proofs some months ago, and I’ll cite my own commendation from the back cover: “Displaying jaw-dropping acquaintance with primary evidence and the oceanic body of scholarship on Jesus, a sweeet reasonableness toward the complexities involved, and just plain good judgment time after time on controverted issues, Constructing Jesus is essential reading for anyone concerned with the scholarly approach to the Jesus of history.”