For the first time in my life I purchased two books which I have read already. The first I finished about a week ago. It is James G. Crossley's Jesus and the Choas of History: Redirecting the Life of the Historical Jesus.
The Amazon.com blurb:
My response after finishing it?
I meant it, so I bought my own copy after previously reading through one loaned from a local library. The same is true of Walter Wink's John the Baptist in the Gospel Tradition, especially as I've begun to lose confidence in our ability to access the "historical" John the Baptist behind the text as if to say we can somehow subvert the very text upon which we rely to know anything about John at all. Wink's project focuses on the literary angle of the Gospel Tradition, which I think will play a far larger role in my research than I originally imagined when I read this book a couple years ago in a library.