Funny things sometimes happen browsing the web. In searching for what others were saying about a book highly recommended to me as a solid case for astrotheology (I found that the book makes no case at all — no, it’s not by any author I have reviewed on this blog before) I stumbled into a rather suspect discussion group whose moderators have made recent notorious appearances here. Along with some highly dubious titles they include some works that look like real gems:
Crucifixion: In the Ancient World and the Folly of the Message of the Cross by Martin Hengel. This includes an interesting discussion of Prometheus and an ancient use of the technical term for crucifixion.
Gods in the Desert: Religions of the Ancient Near East by Glenn Holland. Looks like a good intro to ancient religion of the Middle/Near East.
Early Christianity and Ancient Astrology by Tim Hegedus. The discussion here on Matthew’s Magi and star — most of it readable on GoogleBooks — should put to rest the astrotheological arguments that have been raised here recently. But it won’t, of course.
Christ’s Resurrection in Early Christianity and the Making of the New Testament. Markus Vinzent has sometimes commented here, and approaches the question from the perspective of Patristic studies. I would like to make more time to have a closer look at quite different perspective.
The Greek Language of Healing from Homer to New Testament Times, by Louise Wells. I love these sorts of background studies.
Inventing Jesus by Paul Gabel. Looks like another mythicist work by a dedicated nonprofessional.
Falsche Zeugen (False Witnesses) by Dr. Hermann Detering. This apparently discusses the non-Christian evidence for Jesus — Suetonius, Tacitus, and co.
I hope to be able to catch up with most of these sooner rather than later. Any comments from those who do know them already would be appreciated.