This new book from Michael Bird, The Gospel of the Lord: How the Early Church Wrote the Story of Jesus, should be arriving on New Academic in the next few weeks. Here are some endorsements, an interview with the author and some sample pages.
“Well-researched and well-written, this book is a delightful read from beginning to end. It contains both a state-of-the-art discussion of many complex Gospel issues and several creative suggestions for new ways forward. A great resource for studying the Gospels.” —Jonathan T. Pennington
“Studying the Gospels is daunting for the beginner and difficult even for the seasoned scholar. Mike Bird here slices a path through the tangled mess of older hypotheses and offers clear guidelines for the way forward. . . . Everyone will profit enormously from wrestling with the issues presented here in a fresh and compelling manner.”—N.T. Wright