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Theological Notebook: Some of the Very Best Books of My Doctorate

This brilliant constellation of texts changed, deepened, and revolutionized my vision of earliest Christianity. It's not that everything I thought I knew was wrong, rather it's that what was right was so much more rich than I'd ever imagined. This is the stuff I'm reviewing for my upcoming talk to the Seminar on the Jewish Roots of Eastern Christian Mysticism. A most pleasurable duty.

Edit: I added April DeConick's book, which was a glaring oversight on my part.





The Image of the Invisible God: Essays on the Influence of Jewish Mysticism on Early Christology
Novum Testamentum et Orbis Antiquus - NTOA 30
by Jarl E. Fossum
Academic Press Fribourg, 1995











'Mysticism' in the Gospel of John: An Inquiry into Its Background (Journal for the Study of the New Testament Supplement Series, 158)
by Jey J. Kanagaraj
Sheffield (April 1998)













Word and Glory: On the Exegetical and Theological Background of John's Prologue (Journal for the Study of the New Testament Supplement, No 89)
by Craig A. Evans
Sheffield (May 1994)









Two Powers in Heaven: Early Rabbinic Reports About Christianity and Gnosticism
by Alan F. Segal (Author)
Brill Academic Publishers (July 2002)














The Great Angel: A Study of Israel's Second God
by Margaret Barker
Westminster John Knox Press; 1st American ed edition (September 1992)














The Jewish Roots of Christological Monotheism: Papers from the St. Andrews Conference on the Historical Origins of the Worship of Jesus (Supplements to the Journal for the Study of Judaism)
by St. Andrews Conference on the Historical Origins of the Worship of Jesus (Author), James R. Davila (Author), Carey C. Newman (Editor), Gladys S. Lewis (Editor)
Brill Academic Publishers (October 1999)











Border Lines: The Partition of Judaeo-Christianity
by Daniel Boyarin
University of Pennsylvania Press (May 17, 2004)













Voices of the Mystics: Early Christian Discourse in the Gospels of John and Thomas and Other Ancient Christian Literature
by April D. DeConick
Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press (2001)
Tags: biblical studies, books, christology, historical, incarnation, jesus, jewish mysticism, marquette, mysticism/spirituality, patristics, personal, prologue to john, theological notebook, trinity
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